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.Gnosticism (Greek: γνῶσις gnōsis, knowledge) refers to diverse, syncretistic religious movements in antiquity consisting of various belief systems generally united in the teaching that the cosmos was created by an imperfect god, the demiurge with some of the supreme God's pneuma; this being is frequently identified with the Abrahamic God, (as opposed to the Gospel according to the Hebrews) and is contrasted with a superior entity, referred to by several terms including Pleroma and Godhead.^ For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” (1 Peter 4:6.
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^ Its usually a unique teaching of the Mormon Chruch to view God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as three distinct beings, all one in purpose.
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^ The Gnostic/Hermetic doctrine of the divinity of man is the basis for various movements (self-esteem, human potential, interfaith, monastic/ascetic).

[1] Depictions of the demiurge—the term originates with Plato's Timaeus[2]—vary from being as an embodiment of evil, to being merely imperfect and as benevolent as its inadequacy permits. .Gnosticism was a dualistic religion, influenced by and influencing Hellenic philosophy, Judaism (see Notzrim), and Christianity;[3] however, by contrast, later strands of the movement, such as the Valentinians, held a monistic world-view.^ It is clear, however, that Gnostic Christianity flourished from at least the 2nd - 5th c.
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^ Only later Christian consciousness began to value the idea of hell more than the idea of the transfiguration and divinization of the world...

^ The love feast of the Cathars and the elevation of Sophia to the goddess of wisdom in the Gnostic religion demonstrate their egalitarian views."

[4] This, along with the varying treatments of the demiurge, may be seen as indicative of the variety of positions held within the category.
.The gnōsis referred to in the term is a form of mystic, revealed, esoteric knowledge through which the spiritual elements of humanity are reminded of their true origins within the superior Godhead, being thus permitted to escape materiality.^ Man supposedly becomes divine through mystical contemplation and spiritual initiation.

^ In other words, man can become a god through the immediate knowledge of the spiritual truth held by the ancient Gnostics.

^ RITES TO INITIATE THE ELECT - Through the rite of the Five Seals, the Elect remember their true origin, as names and images in the Upper Aeons which reflect the One back to itself.
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[5] .Consequently, within the sects of gnosticism only the pneumatics or psychics obtain gnōsis; the hylic or Somatics, though human, being incapable of perceiving the higher reality, are unlikely to attain the gnōsis deemed by gnostic movements as necessary for salvation.^ The Gnostic/Hermetic doctrine of the divinity of man is the basis for various movements (self-esteem, human potential, interfaith, monastic/ascetic).

^ Human beings are being actively deceived by the Matrix into believing things about reality that are not true.
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^ One cannot help wondering if this dictum only holds within the Matrix or if there is in fact "no spoon" even in the real world beyond it.
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[6][7] .Jesus of Nazareth is identified by some Gnostic sects as an embodiment of the supreme being who became incarnate to bring gnōsis to the earth.^ "[James Parks] Morton's views evolved 'The Earth is God's Body, Jesus and Earth--God incarnate in the flesh of the Earth, flesh of the water , the flesh of the elements of creation and how that creation is suffering -- the passion of the creation .'...

^ God is bringing forth seed in the earth like Jesus Christ Himself.

^ Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” (PHILIPPIANS 2:6 Paul said, in speaking about the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.
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[8] In others (e.g. the .Notzrim and Mandaeans) he is considered a mšiha kdaba or "false messiah" who perverted the teachings entrusted to him by John the Baptist.^ Those priests or deacons who falsely teach of Christ’s deeds are “the counterfeit ones, indeed, that there are multitudes that will mislead other multitudes” (Apocalypse of Peter) .
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^ In the Acts of John, Christ dances with his twelve disciples, who form a ring around him.
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^ John lived to a very old age and had many Greek/non Jewish > > followers who could help him in his writings.
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[9] .Still other traditions identify Mani and Seth, third son of Adam and Eve, as salvific figures.^ And it was sown in the aeons” (Gospel of the Egyptians) - In the Apocryphon of John, the heavenly Adam (Pigera-Adamas) appears in the first aeon, his son Seth appears in the second aeon and the seed of Seth (the Elect) appear in the third aeon: “Through the revelation of the will of the invisible Spirit (...
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^ They became mortal when they separated: “When Eve was still with Adam, death did not exist.
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^ And in the third aeon the seed of Seth was placed over the third light Daveithai.” (Apocryphon of John) - Adam and Eve once had the pneuma (spirit, divine spark) and the gnosis (knowledge of the Upper Aeons).
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[10]
.Whereas Gnosticism has been considered by scholars to originate as a branch of Christianity, alternate theories have proposed traces of Gnostic systems existed some centuries before the Christian Era, thus predating the birth of Jesus.^ The esoteric tradition of Solomon spanned the centuries to the era of Gnostic Christianity which preceded the Merovingian Age.

^ In the earlier centuries of Christianity, Epiphany was considered to be more important than Christmas, even by the so-called orthodox church.

^ Elaine Pagels notes that the similarities between Gnosticism and Buddhism have prompted some scholars to question their interdependence and to wonder whether "...if the names were changed, the 'living Buddha' appropriately could say what the Gospel of Thomas attributes to the living Jesus."
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[11] .The movement spread in areas controlled by the Roman Empire and Arian Goths [12], and the Persian Empire; it continued to develop in the Mediterranean and Middle East before and during the second and third centuries.^ The Macedonian king conquered the Persian Empire and caused the Greek language and philosophy to be spread throughout much of the known world, including Egypt.

^ The Nestorians go into exile in the Persian Empire and become the Assyrian Orthodox Church of the East."

.Conversion to Islam and the Albigensian Crusade (1209–1229) greatly reduced the remaining number of Gnostics throughout the Middle Ages, though a few isolated communities continue to exist to the present.^ It was for this reason that, when Simon de Montfort and the armies of Pope Innocent III descended upon the region in 1209, it was called the Albigensian Crusade.

^ THE BRIDAL CHAMBER IN GENERAL - Since it is a mystery, the Bridal Chamber is compared to the Holy of Holies: “The Holy of the Holies is the bridal chamber.” (Gospel of Philip) - The Bridal Chamber has not been revealed explicitly through the existing Gnostic texts, and remains a mystery.
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.Gnostic ideas became influential in the philosophies of various esoteric mystical movements of the late 19th and 20th centuries in Europe and North America, including some that explicitly identify themselves as revivals or even continuations of earlier gnostic groups.^ In the earlier centuries of Christianity, Epiphany was considered to be more important than Christmas, even by the so-called orthodox church.

^ The Gnostic/Hermetic doctrine of the divinity of man is the basis for various movements (self-esteem, human potential, interfaith, monastic/ascetic).

^ Gnostic mysticism is the goal of the ecumenical movement and will be the basis of the final reformation of religion.

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Nature and structure of Gnosticism

The main features of gnosticism

Gnostic systems (particularly the Syrian-Egyptian schools) are typically marked out by:
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."And the Sophia of the Epinoia [...] brought forth.^ And she brought forth.” (Apocryphon of John) - This same schema appears in the The Trimorphic Protennoia: “And at that instant, his Light appeared, radiant, endowed with the Epinoia (...
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.And [...] something came out of her which was imperfect and different from her appearance, because she had created it without her consort.^ Then the bridegroom came down to the bride.” (Exegesis on the Soul 132:7) - To create another androgynous being, the two consorts ‘consent’ to create a third.
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^ Just because man enjoys something does not mean it comes from God (The God who created the universe and man, not the man that became god as mormonism teaches).
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^ Sophia’s fault was that she created without her consort’s consent, resulting in the bastard child Yaltabaoth, who engendered the Lower Aeons.
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.And it was dissimilar to the likeness of its mother, for it has another form.^ He made another creature, in the form of a woman, according to the likeness of the Epinoia which had appeared to him.
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^ And he (Yaltabaoth) made another creature, in the form of a woman, according to the likeness of the Epinoia which had appeared to him.” (Apocryphon of John).
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"And when she saw (the consequences of) her desire, it changed into a form of a lion-faced serpent. And its eyes were like lightning fires which flash. .She cast it away from her, outside that place, that no one of the immortal ones might see it, for she had created it in ignorance."^ To wit, that the human being, like the immortals, naturally places sexual intercourse far and away above all other joys yet he has left it out of his heaven!
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^ The philosopher Rene Descartes suggested a similar worry: the frightening possibility that all of one's experiences might be the result of a powerful outside force, a "malicious demon."
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^ Thus man is placed on a par with his creator: both are divine and immortal ; man therefore creates when he procreates."

.From The Secret Book of John (long version), Nag Hammadi Library, Codex II, trans.^ See The Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ Several of the Nag Hammadi texts are apocryphonic, such as the Apocryphon of John and the Apocryphon of James.
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Frederik Wisse.[13]
  1. The notion of a remote, supreme monadic divinity, source - this figure is known under a variety of names, including 'Pleroma' (fullness, totality) and 'Bythos' (depth, profundity);
  2. The introduction by emanation of further divine beings, which are nevertheless identifiable as aspects of the God from which they proceeded; the progressive emanations are often conceived metaphorically as a gradual and progressive distancing from the ultimate source, which brings about an instability in the fabric of the divine nature;
  3. The introduction of a distinct creator God or demiurge.^ In addition to this god there are other, lesser divine beings in the pleroma (akin to heaven, a division of the universe that is not Earth), who possess some metaphorical gender of male or female.16 Pairs of these beings are able to produce offspring that are themselves divine emanations, perfect in their own ways.17 A problem arises when one "aeon" or being named Sophia (Greek for wisdom), a female, decides "to bring forth a likeness out of herself without the consent of the Spirit," that is, to produce an offspring without her consort (Apocry.
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    ^ The 'Followers of Horus'...may be identified with a single and originally heliopolitan 'brotherhood' of temple-makers whose function was to prepare and initiate the generations of the Horus kings in order to bring about the 'resurrection' of what was remembered as 'the former world of the gods'."

    ^ And if they do not have libertarian free will, as long as they are the product of human free will, they are not part of the environment God knowingly created.
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    .Which is an illusion and as a later emanation from the single monad or source, this second God is a lesser and inferior or false God.^ Rather, the temporally evolving content of each monad is synchronized with the evolving content of all the other monads by God, creating the illusion of a shared real world.
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    .This creator god is commonly referred to as the demiourgós (a technical term literally denoting a public worker the Latinized form of Greek dēmiourgos, δημιουργός, hence "ergon or energy", "public God or skilled worker" "false God" or "God of the masses"), used in the Platonist tradition.^ "Many Kabbalists conceive of God as embodying both male and female energies, which were divided during creation as part of the process of emanation.

    ^ You also use very disrespectful words referring to someone, even if you do not have a complete knowledge, who could be the Son of God.
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    ^ Answering this question is important to some degree because we typically use the term "enslavement" to refer to something done by one agent to some others.
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    [14]
    The gnostic demiurge bears resemblance to figures in Plato's Timaeus and Republic. .In the former the demiourgós is a central figure, as benevolent creator of the universe who works to make the universe as benevolent as the limitations of matter will allow; in the latter, the description of the leontomorphic 'desire' in Socrates' model of the psyche bears a resemblance to descriptions of the demiurge as being in the shape of the lion; the relevant passage of The Republic was found within a major gnostic library discovered at Nag Hammadi,[15] wherein a text existed describing the demiurge as a 'lion-faced serpent'.[13]
    Elsewhere this figure is called 'Ialdabaoth',[13] 'Samael' (Aramaic: sæmʕa-ʔel, 'blind god') or 'Saklas' (Syriac: sækla, 'the foolish one'), who is sometimes ignorant of the superior God, and sometimes opposed to it; thus in the latter case he is correspondingly malevolent.
    ^ Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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    ^ See Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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    ^ "The creation of the universe (according to the phallic adepts) is the work of the hermaphrodite god.


    .The demiurge as a tyrannical God having caused the imperfect material world and all of its suffering, is as the creator God of the pagan philosophers (Zeus) and the Judaeo-Christian-Islamic creator God (Yahweh or Adonai) not real but a construct or illusion of the human mind (as nous).^ What does the Christian world know about God?
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    ^ PROGRAM OF GOD Church Age : Jesus prayed for the unity of all true Christians.

    ^ The Christian world, so called, are heathens as to their knowledge of the salvation of God.” (Brigham Young, JD 8:171) .
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    .Since no secondary creator God is necessary or of high importance as everything is eternal or emanated and can not be created or destroyed.^ "Many Kabbalists conceive of God as embodying both male and female energies, which were divided during creation as part of the process of emanation.

    ^ I personally believe that any religion that claims that God is a exalted man is a false religion and is of man, not the eternal God of creation.
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    ^ They presumably lacked some of God's creative abilities, but they also had fewer constraints, since God is supposed to be no deceiver.10 Why was the First Matrix a disaster?
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    The demiurge typically creates a group of co-actors named 'Archons', who preside over the material realm and, in some cases, present obstacles to the soul seeking ascent from it;[13] .
    [The demiurge] is blind; because of his power and his ignorance and his arrogance he said, with his power, ."It is I who am God; there is none apart from me."^ Correct my errors, please… Only thing I can conclude is that if one goes back far enough there had to be God who started it all.
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    ^ And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God.
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    ^ NEW HEAVENS & NEW EARTH Only the saved will inhabit the New Jerusalem; none shall dwell there who 'defileth or worketh abomination or maketh a lie'.

    When he said this, he sinned against the entirety. .And this speech got up to incorruptibility; then there was a voice that came forth from incorruptibility, saying, "You are mistaken, Samael" - which is, "god of the blind."^ In the Christian view of God as set forth in the Bible, there are many elements.

    ^ I do realize that there are Mormons out there who believe the sort of thing you described up there, but there’s an important nuance that needs to be brought out.
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    ^ See CHRISM, FIRE - Nevertheless, John the Baptist says: “I baptize with water, but he (Christ) will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (Matthew 3:11) Hence, there is also a ‘baptism of fire’.
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    .From The Hypostasis of the Archons or The Reality of the Rulers, Nag Hammadi Library, Codex II, trans.^ See The Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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    ^ Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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    ^ The Nag Hammadi Library, revised edition, (New York: HarperCollins, 1990; reprint of original Brill edition, 1978).
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    Bentley Layton.[16]
  4. The estimation of the world, owing to the above, as flawed or a production of 'error' but possibly good as its constituent material might allow.^ Neo learns about the true structure of reality and about his own true identity, which allows him to break the rules of the material world he now perceives to be an illusion.
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    [4] .This world is typically an inferior simulacrum of a higher-level reality or consciousness.^ It's easy to think that this is a Gnostic, Buddhist or Platonic/Christian parable, in which what we take to be reality is an illusion, and we have to wake from the world of appearances to some kind of higher spiritual reality.
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    .The inferiority may be compared to the technical inferiority of a painting, sculpture, or other handicraft to the thing(s) of which those crafts are supposed to be a representation.^ Still,) those (who are) above opened to us the things below, in order that we may go in to the secret of the truth.
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    ^ After the fact we may kick ourselves in the ass, but at the time if we saw any other viable alternatives we would have taken those.
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    ^ As I may not always be on this forum, if any would like to keep in contact with me, or see other things I have written.
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    In certain other cases it takes on a more ascetic tendency to view material existence, negatively. .Which then becomes more extreme when materiality, and the human body, is perceived as evil and constrictive, a deliberate prison for its inhabitants;
  5. The explanation of this state through the use of a complex mythological-cosmological drama in which a divine element 'falls' into the material realm and lodges itself within certain human beings; from here, it may be returned to the divine realm through a process of awakening (leading towards salvation).^ "It is through the Shekhinah that humans can experience the Divine...

    ^ Man supposedly becomes divine through mystical contemplation and spiritual initiation.

    ^ However, actually using humans as a source of energy_batteries, if you like_is a much sweeter solution, and more complete.
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    The salvation of the individual thus mirrors a concurrent restoration of the divine nature; a central Gnostic innovation was to elevate individual redemption to the level of a cosmically significant event;
The model limits itself to describing characteristics of the Syrian-Egyptian school of Gnosticism. This is for the reason that the greatest expressions of the Persian gnostic school - Manicheanism and Mandaeanism - are typically conceived of as religious traditions in their own right; indeed, the typical usage of 'Gnosticism' is to refer to the Syrian-Egyptian schools alone, while 'Manichean' describes the movements of the Persia school.
This conception of Gnosticism has in recent times come to be challenged. Despite this, the understanding presented above remains the most common and is useful in aiding meaningful discussion of the phenomena that compose Gnosticism. .Above all, the central idea of gnōsis, a knowledge superior to and independent of faith made it welcome to many who were half-converted from paganism to Christianity.^ Mystern-”Finally, I agree that anyone who is curious about the LDS faith should seek out someone knowledgeable who can answer their questions in person.
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^ And thus the whole creation was made blind, in order that they may not know God, who is above all of them.
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^ Berdyaev writes: 'The central idea of the Eastern Fathers was that of Theosis, the divinization of all creatures, the transfiguration of the world, the idea of the cosmos and not the idea of personal salvation...

The Valentinians, for example, considered pistis (Greek: "faith") as consisting of accepting a body of teaching as true, being principally intellectual or emotional in character.[17] .The age of the Gnostics was highly diverse, they seem to have originated in Alexandria and coexisted with the early Christians until the 4th century AD and due to there being no fixed church authority, syncretism with pre-existing belief systems as well as new religions were often embraced.^ Mysticism "A very important aspect of the secret societies has always been the ultimate unification of the world religions...based on the restoration of the pre-Christian Mystery Tradition , which had been persecuted by the early Church, and forced to go underground in medieval Europe, and that all religions had originated in a universal spirituality referred to as the Perennial Philosophy, the Primordial Tradition or the Ancient Wisdom ."

^ ENNOIA AS PRONOIA AND PROTONOIA - The Gnostic texts emphasize that all the beings which came to exist in the Upper Aeons were ‘first’ and so they ‘pre-exist’.
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^ In one schema, the Elect are ‘pre-existent’ because they existed before the foundation of the world.
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According to Clement of Alexandria, "...In the times of the Emperor Hadrian appeared those who devised heresies, and they continued until the age of the elder Antoninus."[18]
.The relationship between Gnosticism and Orthodox Christianity during the late first and the whole of the second century is vital in helping us to further understand the main doctrines of Gnosticism; due in part to the fact that, prior to the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Library, much of what we know today about gnosticism has only been preserved in the summaries and assessments of early church fathers.^ Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ See Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ As such, Gnostic Christians have spirits while orthodox Christians only have souls.
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.Irenaeus declares in his treatise "Against Heresies"[19] that Gnostic movements subjected all morality to the caprice of the individual, and made any fixed rule of faith impossible.^ See ANTHROPOS. - Hence, all actions pertaining to the body and soul - movement, hunger, desire, fear, illness, aging, death - are subject to the demons’ influence.
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^ The moral compass of the individual is subjective to the point of being nonexistent.
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^ Remember that any arguments made against a single religion must be made based on the canon law or mainstream teachings of the faith and not the actions of a few fanatical individuals.
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.According to Irenaeus, a certain sect known as the "Cainites" professed to impart a knowledge "greater and more sublime" than the ordinary doctrine of Christians, and believed that Cain derived his power from the superior Godhead.^ Knowledge is power, the more you know about people around you, the better off you are.
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^ In the earlier centuries of Christianity, Epiphany was considered to be more important than Christmas, even by the so-called orthodox church.

^ Only later Christian consciousness began to value the idea of hell more than the idea of the transfiguration and divinization of the world...

[20] .Although a Gnostic Christian himself, Clement of Alexandria, a 2nd century church father and the first notable member of the Church of Alexandria, raised a criticism against the followers of Basilides and Valentinus in his Stromata: in his view it annulled the efficacy of baptism, in that it held no value faith, the gift conferred in that sacrament.^ The esoteric tradition of Solomon spanned the centuries to the era of Gnostic Christianity which preceded the Merovingian Age.

^ It is clear, however, that Gnostic Christianity flourished from at least the 2nd - 5th c.
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^ In the earlier centuries of Christianity, Epiphany was considered to be more important than Christmas, even by the so-called orthodox church.

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Dualism and monism

.Typically, Gnostic systems are loosely described as being 'dualistic' in nature, meaning they had the view the world consists of or is explicable as two fundamental entities.^ They are not the result of a systematic correlation between input and output to the brain's perceptual system that is meant to reproduce the consistent coordinated experience that we have when awake.
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^ Even our own culture has experienced many different worlds created by new interpretations of people and of nature that changed what counted as human beings and things.
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^ Which leaves two basic choices: the machines either substantially altered the nature of human beings in the First Matrix (say by arranging a concordance of wills), or else they created a solitary Matrix for each human being.
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Hans Jonas writes: "The cardinal feature of gnostic thought is the radical dualism that governs the relation of God and world, and correspondingly that of man and world."[22] Within this definition, they run the gamut from the 'radical dualist' systems of Manicheanism to the 'mitigated dualism' of classic gnostic movements; Valentinian developments arguably approach a form of monism, expressed in terms previously used in a dualistic manner.
  • Radical Dualism - or absolute Dualism which posits two co-equal divine forces. Manichaeism conceives of two previously coexistent realms of light and darkness which become embroiled in conflict, owing to the chaotic actions of the latter. .Subsequently, certain elements of the light became entrapped within darkness; the purpose of material creation is to enact the slow process of extraction of these individual elements, at the end of which the kingdom of light will prevail over darkness.^ Protennoia: “I am the life of my Epinoia that dwells within every Power and every eternal movement, and (in) invisible Lights and within the Archons and Angels and Demons, and every soul dwelling in Tartaros, and (in) every material soul.
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    ^ Although the presence of individual Christian elements within the film is clear, the overall system of Christianity that is presented is not the traditional, orthodox one.
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    ^ And he became sober from the drunkenness of darkness.” (Apocryphon of John) - In Hypostasis of the Archons, Eve was also created out of Adam.
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    Manicheanism inherits[23][24] this dualistic mythology from Zurvanist Zoroastrianism[25], in which the eternal spirit Ahura Mazda is opposed by his antithesis, Angra Mainyu; the two are engaged in a cosmic struggle, the conclusion of which will likewise see Ahura Mazda triumphant.
    .The Mandaean creation myth witnesses the progressive emanations of Supreme Being of Light, with each emanation bringing about a progressive corruption resulting in the eventual emergence of Ptahil, the god of darkness who had a hand in creating and henceforward rules the material realm.^ In the Gnostic myth, the supreme god is completely perfect and therefore alien and mysterious, "ineffable," "unnamable," "immeasurable light which is pure, holy and immaculate" (Apocryphon of John).
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    ^ I refuse to pray to another man, only to God the creator who is Jesus.
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    ^ But in a roundabout way Umra33, that’s what I feel, that dark-skinned people have just as many rights in God’s eyes as light-skinned people do.
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    .Additionally, general Gnostic thought (specifically to be found in Iranian sects; for instance, see 'The Hymn of the Pearl') commonly included the belief that the material world corresponds to some sort of malevolent intoxication brought about by the powers of darkness to keep elements of the light trapped inside it, or literally to keep them 'in the dark', or ignorant; in a state of drunken distraction.
  • Mitigated Dualism - where one of the two principles is in some way inferior to the other.^ I have no way of verifying one way or the other.
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    ^ (Do they make sense in light of each other and in light of our beliefs about the world and ourselves?
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    ^ Is he thought of as some sort of exalted being?
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    .Such classical Gnostic movements as the Sethians conceived of the material world as being created by a lesser divinity than the true God that was the object of their devotion.^ Only later Christian consciousness began to value the idea of hell more than the idea of the transfiguration and divinization of the world...

    ^ The Gnostic/Hermetic doctrine of the divinity of man is the basis for various movements (self-esteem, human potential, interfaith, monastic/ascetic).

    ^ Aside from the belief that Jesus is the divine son of God, mormonism actually has much in common with Islam, possibly more than with any other religion.
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    .The spiritual world is conceived of as being radically different from the material world, co-extensive with the true God, and the true home of certain enlightened members of humanity; thus, these systems were expressive of a feeling of acute alienation within the world, and their resultant aim was to allow the soul to escape the constraints presented by the physical realm.
  • Qualified Monism - where it is arguable whether or not the second entity is divine or semi-divine.^ And robots have no trouble thinking of the world around them in multiple dimensions, whereas human brains are still restricted to conceiving the same entity in an extremely limited three dimensional way.
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    ^ Perhaps human beings are essentially world disclosers.
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    ^ Similarly, when they talk of human bodies being trapped in pods and fed data by the Matrix, they don't successfully refer to real bodies or pods -- they can't refer to physical bodies in the real world because they cannot have the appropriate causal connection to such objects.
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    .Elements of Valentinian versions of Gnostic myth suggest to some that its understanding of the universe may have been monistic rather than a dualistic one.^ "In the words of one of the growing band of Neo-Gnostic scientists of today: ' When a myth is shared by large numbers of people, it becomes a reality'.

    ^ One thing overlooked by many is that humans do not reproduce, other than in cloning; rather, humans produce other humans.
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    ^ Characters are stylized and symbolic, as they often are in dreams, representing some emotional pivot rather than a three-dimensional person (this is very obvious for the Agents).
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    .Elaine Pagels states that 'Valentinian gnosticism [...] differs essentially from dualism';[26] while, according to Schoedel 'a standard element in the interpretation of Valentinianism and similar forms of Gnosticism is the recognition that they are fundamentally monistic'.[27] In these myths, the malevolence of the demiurge is mitigated; his creation of a flawed materiality is not due to any moral failing on his part, but due to his imperfection by contrast to the superior entities of which he is unaware.^ ADAM AND EVE - Although Gnostic texts provide different versions, the general outline of Adam and Eve, their creation and fall, is as follows: 1.
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    ^ Elaine Pagels notes that the similarities between Gnosticism and Buddhism have prompted some scholars to question their interdependence and to wonder whether "...if the names were changed, the 'living Buddha' appropriately could say what the Gospel of Thomas attributes to the living Jesus."
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    ^ According to them the Demiurge knew none of these things before the advent of the Savior.” (Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses I, 1.7.1; cf.
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    [4] .As such, Valentinians already have less cause to treat physical reality with contempt than might a Sethian Gnostic
    The Valentinian tradition conceives of materiality, rather than as being a separate substance from the divine, as attributable to an error of perception, which become symbolized mythopoetically as the act of material creation.
    ^ All human being might be considered "scientists" insofar as we are curious about and have a conception of what the reality of things are: what causes them, how they come into being, how they are destroyed, etc.
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    ^ Once the URO is created, they predict, it will be given the task of creating a ' New Covenant ' for the planet: "'The URO...will discern the nature of that covenant, and with it the responsibilities, rather than the rights, of planetary citizenship.'

    ^ And when you take all of them to the infinity point, you wind up at the same place: these unanswerable mysteries really become about personal perception.
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Moral and ritual practice

.The question of Gnostic morality can only be resolved by reading the claims of their contemporaries.^ The question of whether only conscious experience can ultimately matter is one that has been explored in depth by several contemporary philosophers.
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.Numerous Christian writers accused some Gnostic teachers of claiming to eschew the physical realm, while simultaneously freely indulging their physical appetites; however there is reason to question the accuracy of these claims.^ These are some good questions!
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^ CHURCH AGE The Founding Fathers of the United States were occultic pantheists, and not Christians as some pseudo-Christian textbooks claim.

^ The "reality" of the Matrix which requires that some humans must die as victims of salvific violence is not the ultimate reality to which Buddhism or Gnostic Christianity points.
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.Evidence in the source texts indicates Gnostic moral behaviour as being generally ascetic in basis, expressed most fluently in their sexual and dietary practice.^ ENNOIA AS PRONOIA AND PROTONOIA - The Gnostic texts emphasize that all the beings which came to exist in the Upper Aeons were ‘first’ and so they ‘pre-exist’.
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^ See SEXUAL INTERCOURSE. - NOTE: In most Gnostic texts, this distinction is not upheld.
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^ Not to be rude, as you have not been, but ALL imperial evidence indicates that the whole thing is a sham (beyond the healthy morality of the LDS).
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[28] Many monks would deprive themselves of food, water, or necessary needs for living. .This presented a problem for the heresiologists writing on gnostic movements: this mode of behavior was one which they themselves favoured and supported, so the Church Fathers, some modern-day Gnostic apologist presume, would be required perforce to offer support to the practices of their theological opponents.^ I actually had an interviewer accuse me of “watching soaps and eating bon bons all day” SHE said she needed some one with a “work ethic not a baby sitter”.
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^ And there are some indications that perhaps Church of Jesus Christ during his time practiced the higher law of consecration.
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.In order to avoid this, a common heresiological approach was to avoid the issue completely by resorting to slanderous (and, in some cases, excessive) allegations of libertinism (see the Cainites), or to explain Gnostic asceticism as being based on incorrect interpretations of scripture, or simply duplicitous in nature.^ Even our own culture has experienced many different worlds created by new interpretations of people and of nature that changed what counted as human beings and things.
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^ However, the way it was implied or the way I interpreted what was said is that in order to be a member of this church you must pay tithing, which would be incorrect.
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^ Once a person understands Jesus’ true nature, sees what He did in the flesh for you then one simply breaks.
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.Epiphanius provides an example when he writes of the 'Archontics' 'Some of them ruin their bodies by dissipation, but others feign ostensible fasts and deceive simple people while they pride themselves with a sort of abstinence, under the disguise of monks' (Panarion, 40.1.4).^ There are no requirements to provide one’s real name when contributing; rather, each writer’s privacy is protected unless they choose to reveal their identity themselves.
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^ If people would actually read the Bible, they would know that true Christians love everyone and do not judge others.
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^ Into this new church other peoples of the world, for they only await the resurrection of Europe to join and become citizens of the celestial kingdom.

In other areas of morality, Gnostics were less rigorously ascetic, and took a more moderate approach to correct behaviour. Ptolemy's Epistle to Flora lays out a project of general asceticism in which the basis of action is the moral inclination of the individual:
.External physical fasting is observed even among our followers, for it can be of some benefit to the soul if it is engaged on with reason (logos), whenever it is done neither by way of limiting others, nor out of habit, nor because of the day, as if it had been specially appointed for that purpose.^ God's going to want to use some of you to be ambassadors for what He's doing here, because He's wanting this to go to other churches ...

^ It appears to be inevitable that at some stage a sentient robot will appear, its production having been initiated by humans, and begin to produce other, even more capable and powerful robots.
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^ Sadly, even most private and most homeschool programs have forgotten the Biblical approach to education, which shaped the character and reasoning of our founding fathers.

Ptolemy, Letter to Flora

.This extract marks a definite shift away from the position of Catholic orthodoxy, that the correct behaviour for Christians is best administered and prescribed by the central authority of the Catholic Church, as transmitted through the Apostles to the Church's bishops.^ The Christian Church went through a reformation hundreds of years ago, maybe it’s time for another one!
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^ All in all, the Second Matrix is the machines' best attempt at matching what Christians believe God did for us through creation.
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^ With Mark Twain's help, I shall present an argument that one important notion of the best existence, the Christian one, Heaven is after all a Matrix.
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.Instead, the internalised inclination of the individual assumes paramount importance; there is the recognition that ritualistic behaviour, though well-intentioned, possesses no significance or effectiveness unless its external prescription is matched by a personal, internal motivation.^ There are no requirements to provide one’s real name when contributing; rather, each writer’s privacy is protected unless they choose to reveal their identity themselves.
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^ Well, heck, some of what’s in the Bible’s just equally devoid of sense, so… As long as no one gets hurt, though… .
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^ To them, at least, there is no doubt about the real significance of the Black Madonna.

.This line of Gnostic thought is echoed in Protestantism's emphasis on private interpretation of Scripture, and on its individualist emphasis.^ DOUBLE-MINDEDNESS - Those who contend against the Gnostics do not understand on account of their ‘double-mindedness’: “They do not know the power of God, nor do they understand the interpretation of the scriptures, on account of their double-mindedness.” (Testimony of Truth) .
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^ As Peter says in 2 Peter 1:20 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” .
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Charges of Gnostic libertinism find their source in the works of Irenaeus. According to this writer, Simon Magus (whom he has identified as the prototypical source of Gnosticism, and who had previously tried to buy sacramental authority of ordination from St. Peter the Apostle) founded the school of moral freedom ('amoralism'). .Irenaeus reports that Simon's argument was that those who put their trust in him and his consort Helen need trouble themselves no further with the biblical prophets or their moral exhortations and are free 'to do what they wish', as men are saved by his (Simon's) grace and not by their 'righteous works' (Adversus Haereses[29]).^ Only Gods free Grace saves.
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^ Those who have not known to whom they belong, where will their souls be?’ And he said to me, ‘In those, the despicable spirit has gained strength when they went astray.
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Simon is not known for any libertinistic practice, save for his curious attachment to Helen, typically reputed to be a prostitute. .There is, however, clear evidence in the Testimony of Truth that followers of Simon did, in fact, get married and beget children, so a general tendency to asceticism can likewise be ruled out.^ Parents pre-exist their children, yet Mary a mortal woman could not pre-exist God; in fact the paradox remains clear to this day that Jesus the son of Mary pre-existed Mary.

^ In fact, however, no one would have read my novel and I would have simply programmed myself with memories of having written it, although I never really did.
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^ For example, he called attention to the fact that one did not have to read and think out loud.
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.Irenaeus reports of the Valentinians, whom he characterizes as eventual inheritors of Simon, that they are lax in their dietary habits (eating food that has been 'offered to idols'), sexually promiscuous ('immoderately given over to the desires of the flesh') and guilty of taking wives under the pretence of living with them as adopted 'sisters'. In the latter case, Michael Allen Williams has argued plausibly that Irenaeus was here broadly correct in the behaviour described, but not in his apprehension of its causes.^ I can't argue this in full here, but my book Mindsight2 gives a number of reasons why we need to distinguish percepts and images, and why dreams consist of the latter not the former.
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^ As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

^ Kings and aristocrats would understand how to wield and apply the secret doctrine because it was believed that they were in fact flesh and blood descendants of the Forgotten Race which had come down to take the wives of men."

.Williams argues that members of a cult might live together as 'brother' and 'sister': intimate, yet not sexually active.^ Hence, consorts resemble one another as ‘brother and sister’: “It is also said that she (Sophia) resembles her brother and her consort.” (Eugnostos the Blessed) - Consorts are like ‘the bride and bridegroom’ that come together in the Bridal Chamber (i.e.
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Over time, however, the self-denial required of such an endeavour becomes harder and harder to maintain, leading to the state of affairs Irenaeus criticizes.
.Irenaeus also makes reference to the Valentinian practise of the Bridal Chamber, a ritualistic sacrament in which sexual union is seen as analogous to the activities of the paired syzygies that constitute the Valentinian Pleroma.^ Irenaeus describes the entire schema of the restitution: the union of Christ and Sophia, as well as the spirits (Pneumatics) and their angels, in the Bridal Chamber of the Pleroma (Upper Aeons): “When the whole seed is perfected, then, they say, will the mother, (Sophia) Achamoth leave the place of the Middle, enter into the Pleroma, and receive her bridegroom, the Savior, who came into being from all (the aeons), with result that the Savior and Sophia, who is Achamoth, form a pair (syzygy) These then are said to be bridegroom and bride, but the bridal chamber is the entire Pleroma.
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^ The bridal chamber and the image must enter through the image into the truth: this is the restoration.” (Gospel of Philip) - Irenaeus describes a rite of the Bridal Chamber in which the initiates affirm that their spiritual marriage is an image or imitation of (their union in) the syzygies above: “For some of them prepare a nuptial couch, (i.e.
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^ In Exegesis of the Soul, the rite of the Bridal Chamber appears to be a vow of sexual abstinence.
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.Though it is known that Valentinus had a more relaxed approach to sexuality than much of the Catholic Church (he allowed women to hold positions of ordination in his community), it is not known whether the Bridal Chamber was a ritual involving actual intercourse, or whether human sexuality is here simply being used in a metaphorical sense.^ "People" in the sense of human beings.
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^ I have much more respect for nature than to lower it to human standards.
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^ The Roman Catholic Church retains much of the Saturn worship in its ritual.

.Of the Carpocratians Irenaeus makes much the same report: they 'are so abandoned in their recklessness that they claim to have in their power and be able to practise anything whatsoever that is ungodly (irreligious) and impious ...^ They always make the same mistakes?
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^ Jesus is the Christ, by the end of the millennium everyone will have to make that same simple choice they made in the pre-estistance.
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^ If, however, as philosophers, they believe that there is a physical universe with causal powers that makes things happen in their world, they are mistaken.
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they say that conduct is only good or evil in the eyes of man'.[30] .Once again a differentiation might be detected between a man's actions and the grace he has received through his adherence to a system of gnosis; whether this is due to a common sharing of such an attitude amongst Gnostic circles, or whether this is simply a blanket-charge used by Irenaeus is open to conjecture.^ "The religion is Saturnian gnosis -- which turns out to simply be a rehash of the gnosticism the high level Satanists believe in."

^ A useful and common illustration is to ask whether or not everything that happens, or will happen, is in principle predictable this will be so if determinism is true, and not so if indeterminism is true.
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^ It took so much faith on their part to go through with it for such a short time but “thy will be done” was the attitude of the pioneers.
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On the whole, it would seem that Gnostic behavior tended towards the ascetic. This said, the heresiological accusation of duplicity in such practises should not be taken at face value; nor should similar accusations of amoral libertinism. .The Nag Hammadi library itself is full of passages which appear to encourage abstinence over indulgence.^ Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ See Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ The Nag Hammadi Library, revised edition, (New York: HarperCollins, 1990; reprint of original Brill edition, 1978).
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.Fundamentally, however, gnostic movements appear to take the 'ancient schema of the two ways, which leaves the decision to do what is right to human endeavour and promises a reward for those who make the effort, and punishment for those who are negligent' (Kurt Rudolph, Gnosis:The Nature and History of Gnosticism, 262).^ What those who value eating steak value is not the eating of real cow flesh (in fact, putting it that way inclines one to become a vegetarian), but the experience of eating.
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^ The Gnostic/Hermetic doctrine of the divinity of man is the basis for various movements (self-esteem, human potential, interfaith, monastic/ascetic).

^ But of course this is not the way the humans view the situation, at least among those few who know what it is.
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Major Gnostic movements and their texts

.As noted above, schools of Gnosticism can be defined according to one classification system as being a member of two broad categories.^ We ought to note here, though, that Neo's greatness, his being the One, is only the case because the Matrix exists.
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^ BARBELO AS MOTHER - When the One became two, it became the Father and Mother (these are the masculine and feminine names of one androgynous being.
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These are the 'Eastern'/'Persian' school, and a 'Syrian-Egyptic' school. The former possesses more demonstrably dualist tendencies, reflecting a strong influence from the beliefs of the Persian Zurvanist Zoroastrians. Among the Syrian-Egyptian schools and the movements they spawned are a typically more Monist view. Notable exceptions include relatively modern movements which seem to include elements of both categories, namely: the Cathars, Bogomils, and Carpocratians which are included in their own section.

Persian Gnosticism

The Persian Schools, which appeared in the western Persian province of Babylon, and whose writings were originally produced in the Aramaic dialects spoken in Babylon at the time, are representative of what is believed to be among the oldest of the Gnostic thought forms. .These movements are considered by most to be religions in their own right, and are not emanations from Christianity or Judaism.^ Any religion that believes in him is considered Christian.
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^ Most of these are basic christian beliefs.
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^ Did you ever consider the possibility that maybe, just maybe, the Masons got a lot of things right and possibly preserved a lot of the old original religion in their ordinances?
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  • Mandaeanism is still practiced in small numbers, in parts of southern Iraq and the Iranian province of Khuzestan. The name of the group derives from the term Mandā d-Heyyi, which roughly means "Knowledge of Life." .Although the exact chronological origins of this movement are not known, John the Baptist eventually would come to be a key figure in the religion, as an emphasis on baptism is part of their core beliefs.^ They abandon parts of their core beliefs only because federal law or political corectness forces them to do so.
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    ^ If mormonism did not seem to trying to be part of the mainstream Christian religion I would not have a problem with them.
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    ^ Neo doubts his own status as "The One", as Jesus must have, but eventually he comes to realize his destiny_as would-be conqueror of the evil Matrix.
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    .As with Manichaeism, despite certain ties with Christianity, Mandaeans do not believe in Moses, Jesus, or Mohammed.^ As such, I believe that Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Budda, et al.
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    ^ However from reading the articles of faith on his website I do not believe that “THE LATTER DAY CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST” is a Christian Church.
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    ^ Yes the TV guys were my own contribution because they have contributed to my entire experience of understanding what other christians believe – namly the Jesus of the Bible and Bible christianity.
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    .Their beliefs and practices likewise have little overlap with the religions that manifested from those religious figures and the two should not be confused.^ Honestly though…you could use bizarre to describe any religion or religious belief that you don’t understand or choose to believe.
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    ^ What kind of religion abandons it’s religious convictions because the law of the land makes certain practices illegal?
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    ^ I have already done bizarre religious practices that involved non-Christian religions, but I am keen to do one of neo-pagans.
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    Significant amounts of original Mandaean Scripture survive in the modern era. .The primary source text is known as the Genzā Rabbā and has portions identified by some scholars as being copied as early as the 2nd century CE. There is also the Qolastā, or Canonical Book of Prayer and The Book of John the Baptist (sidra ḏ-iahia).
  • Manichaeism which represented an entire independent religious heritage, but is now mostly extinct was founded by the Prophet Mani (210-276 CE).^ Now I believe there are some religious lunatics out there.
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    ^ The other books are from sources much less connected to the Church, and some are actually antagonistic to the official LDS position on the incident.
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    ^ In the early twentieth century, American culture began examining food and health issues more strictly, with alcohol being a particular concern.
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    Although most of the literature/scripture of the Manichaeans was believed lost, the discovery of an original series of documents have helped to shed new light on the subject. Now housed in Cologne Germany, the Codex Manichaicus Coloniensis contains mainly biographical information on the prophet and details on his claims and teachings. .Despite connections with Jesus Christ, it is not believed that the Manichaeans in any way practiced a religion with identifiable overlap with any of the various Jewish or Christian sects.^ Jesus Christ is the way, the turth, and the life.
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    ^ The word Christian means believer of Christ.
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    ^ Any faith or religion that adds or takes away from the finished work of Jesus is therefore a false religion or an Anti-christ faith.
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    .As Mani stated, "The true God has nothing to do with the material world or cosmos", and, "It is the Prince of Darkness who spoke with Moses, the Jews and their priests.^ But in a roundabout way Umra33, that’s what I feel, that dark-skinned people have just as many rights in God’s eyes as light-skinned people do.
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    ^ The world itself is a universe and God comes in many ways – your way, my way, everyone’s way.
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    ^ Gnostics identify Yaldabaoth as the Creator God of the Old Testament, who himself decides to create archons (angels), the material world (Earth) and human beings.
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    .Thus the Christians, the Jews, and the Pagans are involved in the same error when they worship this God.^ Mormons are in fact Christians, because they believe he was the son of God.
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    ^ And thus we see that all mankind were fallen, and they were in the grasp of justice; yea, the justice of God, which consigned them forever to be cut off from his presence.
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    ^ Christian views of God are Pagan rather than Christian.” (Mormon Doctrine of Deity by B.H. Roberts, p.116) .
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    For he leads them astray in the lusts he taught them." [31][32]

Syrian-Egyptian Gnosticism

The Syrian-Egyptian school derives much of its outlook from Platonist influences. .Typically, it depicts creation in a series of emanations from a primal monadic source, finally resulting in the creation of the material universe.^ AEONS IN GENERAL: - The Aeons are a series of hypostases (extensions of being) that emanated outward from a common source.
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.As a result, there is a tendency in these schools to view evil in terms of matter which is markedly inferior to goodness, evil as lacking spiritual insight and goodness, rather than to emphasize portrayals of evil as an equal force.^ I’m happy to see that you have your beliefs for your own reasons rather than someone who believes on others’ words, or worse yet, is forced to believe.
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^ For the Initiates, this is not a Person , but a Force , created for good, but which may serve evil.

^ Christian views of God are Pagan rather than Christian.” (Mormon Doctrine of Deity by B.H. Roberts, p.116) .
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.These schools of gnosticism may be said to use the terms 'evil' and 'good' as being relative descriptive terms, as they refer to the relative plight of human existence caught between such realities and confused in its orientation, with 'evil' indicating the extremes of distance from the principle and source of goodness, without necessarily emphasizing an inherent negativity.^ Such is the case for every human being in existence.
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^ If there is absolute evil or absolute good in the universe humans will never find it.
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^ Similarly, when they talk of human bodies being trapped in pods and fed data by the Matrix, they don't successfully refer to real bodies or pods -- they can't refer to physical bodies in the real world because they cannot have the appropriate causal connection to such objects.
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.As can be seen below, many of these movements included source material related to Christianity, with some identifying themselves as specifically Christian (albeit quite different from the so-called Orthodox or Roman Catholic forms).^ In the earlier centuries of Christianity, Epiphany was considered to be more important than Christmas, even by the so-called orthodox church.

^ The elected include practitioners of many spiritual traditions including: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Taoist, and Indigenous traditions, to name a few.

^ These pages are dedicated to exploring some of the many philosophical ideas that arise in both the original film and the sequels.
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Syrian-Egyptic scripture

.Most of the literature from this category is known/confirmed to us in the modern age through the Library discovered at Nag Hammadi.^ Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ See Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ The Nag Hammadi Library, revised edition, (New York: HarperCollins, 1990; reprint of original Brill edition, 1978).
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  • Sethian works are named after the third son of Adam and Eve, believed to be a possessor and disseminator of gnosis.^ And in the third aeon the seed of Seth was placed over the third light Daveithai.” (Apocryphon of John) - Adam and Eve once had the pneuma (spirit, divine spark) and the gnosis (knowledge of the Upper Aeons).
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    ^ THE ELECT AS UNFALLEN - According to this schema, Adam and Eve transmitted the pneuma and the gnosis to Seth, Norea and all their descendents (the Pneumatic race).
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    ^ ADAM AND EVE - THEIR DIVISION - In the Apocalypse of Adam, Adam explains to his son Seth that Adam and Eve ‘resembled the angels’ (i.e.
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    These typically include:
  • Valentinian works are named in reference to the Bishop and teacher Valentinius, also spelled Valentinus.^ JUDAS THOMAS THE TWIN - Although two important gospels are attributed to Thomas, this name appears to be an epithet for Judas.
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    ^ Elaine Pagels notes that the similarities between Gnosticism and Buddhism have prompted some scholars to question their interdependence and to wonder whether "...if the names were changed, the 'living Buddha' appropriately could say what the Gospel of Thomas attributes to the living Jesus."
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    ^ (Book of Thomas the Contender 138:8).
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    ca. 153 AD/CE, Valentinius developed a complex Cosmology outside of the Sethian tradition. .At one point he was close to being appointed the Bishop of Rome of what is now the Roman Catholic Church.^ Tribulation : T he Eastern Orthodox Church, which historically has taught the deification of man ( Theosis) , will be the point of entry to the worship of Antichrist for Protestants and Roman Catholics whose theologians and apologists will defend the Orthodox doctrine of Theosis .

    ^ "But now is the time of the overshadowing, when the manchild church is being brought forth within the woman church...

    ^ The Roman Catholic Church retains much of the Saturn worship in its ritual.

    .Works attributed to his school are listed below, and fragmentary pieces directly linked to him are noted with an asterisk:
    • The Divine Word Present in the Infant (Fragment A) *
    • On the Three Natures (Fragment B) *
    • Adam's Faculty of Speech (Fragment C) *
    • To Agathopous: Jesus' Digestive System (Fragment D) *
    • Annihilation of the Realm of Death (Fragment F) *
    • On Friends: The Source of Common Wisdom (Fragment G) *
    • Epistle on Attachments (Fragment H) *
    • Summer Harvest*
    • The Gospel of Truth*
    • Ptolemy's Version of the Gnostic Myth
    • The Prayer of the Apostle Paul
    • Ptolemy's Epistle to Flora
    • Treatise on Resurrection (Epistle to Rheginus)
    • Gospel of Philip
  • Basilidian works are named for the founder of their school, Basilides (132–?^ If he wishes, he manifests whomever he wishes, by giving him form and giving him a name, and he gives a name to him, and brings it about that those come into existence.” (Gospel of Truth) - The One itself is called ‘the Father whose name cannot be uttered’ (Gospel of the Egyptians).
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    ^ He was the essential founder of the esoteric and arcane 'underground stream' which flowed through the ages and his Greek name, Hermes, was directly related to the science of pyramid construction, deriving from the word herma, which relates to a 'pile of stones'."

    ^ If he wishes, he manifests whomever he wishes, by giving him form and giving him a name, and he gives a name to him, and brings it about that those come into existence.” (Gospel of Truth) - Yaltabaoth created the Lower Aeons, which are considered to be ‘shadows’ of the Upper Aeons.
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    CE/AD). .These works are mainly known to us through the criticisms of one of his opponents, Irenaeus in his work Adversus Haereses.^ Who wants to go through all the trouble of engaging one’s critical thinking faculties, when a great prophet can do all your thinking for you..
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    ^ Pleroma, and will be bestowed as brides on the angels around the Savior.” (Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses 1.7.1) - The Tomb inscription of Flavia Sophe records that she was baptized and anointed (past tense).
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    ^ According to them the Demiurge knew none of these things before the advent of the Savior.” (Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses I, 1.7.1; cf.
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    .The other pieces are known through the work of Clement of Alexandria:
    • The Octet of Subsistent Entities (Fragment A)
    • The Uniqueness of the World (Fragment B)
    • Election Naturally Entails Faith and Virtue (Fragment C)
    • The State of Virtue (Fragment D)
    • The Elect Transcend the World (Fragment E)
    • Reincarnation (Fragment F)
    • Human Suffering and the Goodness of Providence (Fragment G)
    • Forgivable Sins (Fragment H)
  • The Gospel of Judas is the most recently discovered Gnostic text.^ Then mankind began to multiply and improve.” (Hypostasis of the Archons) - In the Gospel of the Egyptians, Seth bore his race through Edokla: “This is the race which came forth through Edokla.” (Gospel of the Egyptians) - In many ‘Sethian’ Gnostic texts, the Elect are called ‘the children of Seth: “the children of Seth, who are above thousands of thousands, and myriads of myriads, of the aeons” (Melchizedek) 4.
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    ^ Richard Hanley D id you know that the First Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world, where none suffered, where everyone would be happy?
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    ^ See SEXUAL INTERCOURSE. - NOTE: In most Gnostic texts, this distinction is not upheld.
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    .National Geographic has published an English translation of it, bringing it into mainstream awareness.^ And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

    ^ And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

    ^ Jesus Christ directed Joseph to the place the Book of Mormon (written on gold plates) was hidden, and then through the gift and power of God, Joseph translated the Book of Mormon into English.
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    .It portrays Judas Iscariot as the most enlightened disciple, who acted at Jesus' request when he handed Jesus over to the authorities.^ Cypher is the Judas Iscariot of the story_the traitor who betrays Neo and his disciples.
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    ^ FATE AND THE STARS - In the Gospel of Judas, Jesus often mentions ‘stars’ which, for the most part, offer negative influences.
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    ^ THE CROWN OF THE MOTHER - In the Acts of Thomas, Judas-Thomas sings a hymn to a heavenly being called ‘the maiden’ who, in the last line of the hymn, is called ‘Mother of Wisdom’ (i.e.
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    Its reference to Barbelo and inclusion of material similar to the Apocryphon of John and other such texts, connects the text to Barbeloite and/or Sethian Gnosticism.

Later Gnosticism and Gnostic-influenced groups

  • Other schools and related movements; these are presented in chronological order:
    .The circular, harmonic cross was an emblem used most notably by the Cathars, a medieval group that related to Gnosticism.
    • Simon Magus and Marcion of Sinope both had Gnostic tendencies, but such familiar ideas as they presented were as-yet unformed; they might thus be described as pseudo- or proto-Gnostics.^ Yet another parallel with Gnosticism occurs in the portrayal of the Agents such as Agent Smith, and their opposition to the equivalent of the Gnostics - that is, Neo and anyone else attempting to leave the Matrix.
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      ^ I have no problem allowing mormons to worship as they choose but I have a problem with them using the same words Christians use to describe different things and then claiming to be Christians.
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      ^ Such a person seems thus doubly trapped: incapable of knowing that he is in the Matrix, and even incapable of successfully expressing the thought that he might be in the Matrix!
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      Both developed a sizable following. Simon Magus' pupil Menander of Antioch could potentially be included within this grouping. .Marcion is popularly labelled a gnostic, however most scholars do not consider him a gnostic at all, for example, the Encyclopædia Britannica article on Marcion clearly states: "In Marcion's own view, therefore, the founding of his church — to which he was first driven by opposition — amounts to a reformation of Christendom through a return to the gospel of Christ and to Paul; nothing was to be accepted beyond that.^ ENNOIA AS PRONOIA AND PROTONOIA - The Gnostic texts emphasize that all the beings which came to exist in the Upper Aeons were ‘first’ and so they ‘pre-exist’.
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      ^ I’m a vain, egocentric person through and through, and I value money, however it’s far from the most important thing in my life.
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      ^ Tribulation/First 3.5 Years: The Charismatic movement will be a point of entry for Lucifer, posing as the Holy Spirit, to impregnate the Church as the Bride of Christ.

      This of itself shows that it is a mistake to reckon Marcion among the Gnostics. A dualist he certainly was, but he was not a Gnostic - Depending of course on one's definition of 'Gnostic'."
    • Cerinthus (c. 100 AD), the founder of a heretical school with gnostic elements. .Like a Gnostic, Cerinthus depicted Christ as a heavenly spirit separate from the man Jesus, and he cited the demiurge as creating the material world.^ BUT I think he created other worlds and the like.
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      ^ I believe Jesus Christ will make a Judgement of my life as he separates the goats from his sheep.
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      ^ Yes God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings.
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      .Unlike the Gnostics, Cerinthus taught Christians to observe the Jewish law; his demiurge was holy, not lowly; and he taught the Second Coming.^ Holy Spirit until grace is over (at the second coming) then … well if you commit sin you will pay the price.
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      His gnosis was a secret teaching attributed to an apostle. .Some scholars believe that the First Epistle of John was written as a response to Cerinthus.^ John 17:16-23 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

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    • .
    • The Ophites, so-named because they worshiped the serpent of Genesis as the bestower of knowledge.
    • The Cainites, as the term implies, worshiped Cain, as well as Esau, Korah, and the Sodomites.^ This is fruit is shown in the way they conduct their life and see if the gospel has brought positive and meaningful change to how they worship the Father in the name of Christ.
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      ^ Ohio by order of Governer Boggs issued an “Extermination” order against free citizens of this country because of what they believed and tried to worship as their constitutional rights are.
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      ^ On the other hand, some doctrines of deification are most certainly heretical, because they are unbiblical in substance as well as in terminology."

      .There is little evidence concerning the nature of this group; however, it is surmisable that they believed that indulgence in sin was the key to salvation because since the body is evil, one must defile it through immoral activity (see libertinism).^ They also believe that God, Jesus and resurrected beings have bodies of “flesh and bone.” .
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      ^ They believe that if a male never masturbates, his body won’t start producing sperm until he gets married.
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      ^ They will think they get along with along with everyone else just fine; that there's no sadness, no sin, and so on.
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      .The name Cainite is used as the name of a religious movement, and not in the usual Biblical sense of people descended from Cain.^ Just as I might say a sentence that is nonsense, I might also use a name or a general term which is meaningless in the sense that it fails to hook up to the world.
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      ^ That is pure religious fantasy and one that is very useful in separating people.
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      .According to Biblical text, which is our only source of knowledge about the man Cain, all descendants of Cain perished in Noah's Flood, as only Noah's family survived, deriving from the line of Seth.
    • The Carpocratians, a libertine sect following only the Gospel according to the Hebrews
    • The Borborites, a libertine Gnostic sect, said to be descended from the Nicolaitans
    • The Paulicans, an Adoptionist group, also accused by medieval sources as Gnostic and quasi Manichaean Christian.^ For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
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      ^ He smokes and drinks and don’t come home at all, only women bleed” Maybe he was singing about mormon women!
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      ^ As the Matrix raises the problem of our knowledge of the external world_might this all be just a dream?_Cypher raises the problem of other minds_can we know the content of someone else's mind?
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      .They flourished between 650 and 872 in Armenia and the Eastern Themes of the Byzantine Empire
    • The Bogomils, , the synthesis of Armenian Paulicianism and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church reform movement, which emerged in Bulgaria between 927 and 970 and spread throughout Europe
    • The Cathars (Cathari, Albigenses or Albigensians) are typically seen as being imitative of Gnosticism; whether or not the Cathari possessed direct historical influence from ancient Gnosticism is disputed.^ Bogomils, Cathars and Lollards rested on the cultural tradition of the Orthodox Church ."

      ^ ENNOIA AS PRONOIA AND PROTONOIA - The Gnostic texts emphasize that all the beings which came to exist in the Upper Aeons were ‘first’ and so they ‘pre-exist’.
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      ^ Tribulation : T he Eastern Orthodox Church, which historically has taught the deification of man ( Theosis) , will be the point of entry to the worship of Antichrist for Protestants and Roman Catholics whose theologians and apologists will defend the Orthodox doctrine of Theosis .

      .Though the basic conceptions of Gnostic cosmology are to be found in Cathar beliefs (most distinctly in their notion of a lesser, Satanic, creator god), they did not apparently place any special relevance upon knowledge (gnosis) as an effective salvific force.^ Most of these are basic christian beliefs.
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      ^ And if they do not have libertarian free will, as long as they are the product of human free will, they are not part of the environment God knowingly created.
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      ^ They represent this Force, which presides of the physical generation, under the mythological and horned forms of the God PAN ...

      For the relationship between these medieval heresies and earlier Gnostic forms, see historical discussion above.

Kabbalah

.Gnostic ideas found a Jewish variation in the mystical study of Kabbalah.^ Flannery-Dailey's research speciality is ancient dreams, apocalypticism and early-Jewish mysticism, while Wagner's research focuses on biblical studies and the relationship between religion & culture.
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The Kabbalists took many core Gnostic ideas and used them to dramatically reinterpret earlier Jewish sources according to this new influence. See Gershom Scholem's Origins of the Kabbalah for further discussion. The Kabbalists originated in Provence which was at that time also the center of the Gnostic Cathars. .It is thus believed that Cathar Gnostics persuaded Jews to Gnostic ideas, leading to the development of Kabbalah.^ A Gnostic diagram from the Book of Jew depicts a small circle with twelve spokes leading outward to twelves small circles surrounding it.
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Another influence on Kabbalah was probably that of the Muslim Ismailis. By contrast, however, followers of Kabbalah date its origins as early as the Garden of Eden.
.Kabbalah, however, does not employ the terminology or labels of gentile Gnosticism, but grounds the same or similar concepts in the language of the Torah (first five books of the Hebrew Bible).^ See FIVE SEALS. - Like the Gnostic rites of the Baptism and Chrism, it is a ritual evocation of pre-existent eucharist which first took place in the Upper Aeons.
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^ The language of Gnosticism and the film are even similar: dreaming vs. However, given that Gnosticism presumes an entire unseen realm of divine beings, where is God in the film?
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.Nevertheless, during the time periods when Gnosticism was drawing large numbers of followers from various religions, creating Gnostic versions of those religions, many Jews also developed a mystical version of Judaism remarkably similar to Gnostic beliefs.^ Many feel that science and religion are two opposites, but I feel that they are very similar.
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^ ADAM AND EVE - Although Gnostic texts provide different versions, the general outline of Adam and Eve, their creation and fall, is as follows: 1.
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^ "In the words of one of the growing band of Neo-Gnostic scientists of today: ' When a myth is shared by large numbers of people, it becomes a reality'.

.While Kabbalah shares several themes with Gnosticism, such as a multiplicity of heavenly levels and archetypes and the importance of mystical knowledge of these, it does not reflect the distinctive Gnostic belief that the material world and the Hebrew Bible are the work of an inferior and malevolent deity.^ Following the archetype of Christ’s heavenly baptism, the Gnostic rite of baptism is understood as an immersion into the watery light of the Upper Aeons: “For the waters which are above [...
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^ Austin, LDS belief does not require the conclusion that God the Father is only the God of this world and that other planets have separate gods for theirs.
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^ Both of these traditions maintain that when humans awaken, they leave behind the material world.
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.Rather than describing Kabbalah as a form of Gnosticism, it would be more accurate to describe both Kabbalah and Gnosticism as members of a family of Neoplatonic/Neopythagorean Oriental mystical traditions, which would also include Sufism.^ In a sense, The Matrix is nothing more than a modern day "Big Brother," taking on a machine form rather than the Orwellian vision of a powerful individual using machines to assist and bring about an all-powerful status.
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^ The Matrix would appear to be more morally responsible to its human subjects than are human subjects to themselves.
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^ Yes I mean those hate mongers who would rather see me writhe in pain and die than to live and worship my God as I see fit.
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Gershom Scholem once described Gnosticism as "the Greatest case of metaphysical anti-Semitism."[34]

Important terms and concepts

.Please note that the following are only summaries of various Gnostic interpretations that exist.^ I don’t follow organized religion myself, because IMO most are only out for personal gain (that’s my opinion, please don’t argue with me.
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^ We ought to note here, though, that Neo's greatness, his being the One, is only the case because the Matrix exists.
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.The roles of familiar beings such as Jesus Christ, Sophia, and the Demiurge usually share the same general themes between systems but may have somewhat different functions or identities ascribed to them.^ Yes God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings.
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^ Jesus is the Christ, by the end of the millennium everyone will have to make that same simple choice they made in the pre-estistance.
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^ God is different for every one of us, even amongst those who say they share the same faith.
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Æon

.In many Gnostic systems, the æons are the various emanations of the superior God, who is also known by such names as the One, the Monad, Aion teleos (Greek: "The Complete Æon"),[citation needed] Bythos (Greek: Βυθος, 'Depth' or 'profundity'), Proarkhe (Greek: προαρχη, "Before the Beginning'), E Arkhe (Greek: ἡ ἀρχή, 'The Beginning'), Ennoia (Greek: "Thought") of the Light[35] or Sige (Greek: Σιγη, "Silence").^ The One as ‘unbegotten’ and ‘self-begotten’: “Great is the good Self-begotten who stood, the God who had already stood.
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^ For I have a name: I am Melchizedek, the Priest of God Most High; I know that it is I who am truly the image of the true High-Priest of God Most High.” (Melchizedek) - However, he also speaks in the first person as the one who is sacrificed: “And you crucified me from the third hour of the Sabbath-eve until the ninth hour.
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^ Ineffable One who dwells in the Monad.
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[36] .From this first being, also an æon, a series of different emanations occur, beginning in certain Gnostic texts with the hermaphroditic Barbelo,[13][37][38] from which successive pairs of aeons emanate, often in male-female pairings called syzygies;[39] the numbers of these pairings varied from text to text, though some identify their number as being thirty.^ BARBELO AS MALE AND VIRGIN - ‘Male’ is an adjective that denotes a being from the Upper Aeons (while ‘female’ denotes a being from the Lower Aeons).
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^ But, the pairing of male and female, bridegroom and bride, could be interpreted variously.
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^ THE SAVIOUR AND FATE - In the Gnostic texts, the saviour first came into being in the Upper Aeons.
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[40] .The aeons as a totality constitute the pleroma, the "region of light". The lowest regions of the pleroma are closest to the darkness; that is, the physical world.^ When the light came to me, I saw that all the so-called Christian world was grovelling in darkness.” (Brigham Young, JD 5:73).
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[citation needed]
.Two of the most commonly paired æons were Jesus and Sophia (Greek: "Wisdom"); the latter refers to Jesus as her 'consort' in A Valentinian Exposition.^ After the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized, there were only two churches upon the earth.
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^ For most of the nineteenth century, Latter-day Saints interpreted the Word of Wisdom a little more loosely than they did in the 1830s or do today.
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[41] .Sophia, emanating without her partner, resulting in the production of the Demiurge (Greek: lit.^ Sophia’s fault was that she created without her consort’s consent, resulting in the bastard child Yaltabaoth, who engendered the Lower Aeons.
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."public builder"),[42] who is also referred to as Yaldabaoth and variations thereof in some Gnostic texts.^ Gnostics identify Yaldabaoth as the Creator God of the Old Testament, who himself decides to create archons (angels), the material world (Earth) and human beings.
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^ The twelfth is Belias, it is he who is over the depth of Hades.” (Apocyphon of John) - Each Archon may be associated with a planet (no Gnostic text makes this association explicit).
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^ This schema appears in Sethian texts such as The Gospel of the Egyptians, Three Steles of Seth and (with some variations) in The Apocryphon of John.
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[13] .This creature is concealed outside the Pleroma;[13] in isolation, and thinking itself alone, it creates materiality and a host of co-actors, referred to as archons.^ Unlike Catholics, they did not think of themselves as lowly and evil creatures who were destined for purgatory, if not hell itself.

^ See TRINITY. - Her name Ennoia (‘Thought’ in Greek) is derived from the Aristotlean notion of ‘thought thinking itself’, which lies at the heart of the Gnostic creation.
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^ Gnostics identify Yaldabaoth as the Creator God of the Old Testament, who himself decides to create archons (angels), the material world (Earth) and human beings.
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.The demiurge is responsible for the creation of mankind, by create he traps elements of the Pleroma stolen from Sophia in human bodies.^ If the person is trapped in the Matrix, then he can't successfully refer to real human bodies when he utters the word "human body," and so it appears that his statement must also be false.
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^ "[James Parks] Morton's views evolved 'The Earth is God's Body, Jesus and Earth--God incarnate in the flesh of the Earth, flesh of the water , the flesh of the elements of creation and how that creation is suffering -- the passion of the creation .'...

[13][16] .In response, the Godhead emanates two savior æons, Christ and the Holy Spirit; Christ then embodies itself in the form of Jesus, in order to be able to teach man how to achieve gnosis, by which they may return to the Pleroma.^ At the baptism of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit descended on Him as a dove.

^ They may also be a form of baptism.
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^ Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Ghost and brought forth Jesus Christ, the son of God.

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Archon

.In late antiquity some variants of Gnosticism used the term Archon to refer to several servants of the Demiurge.^ Answering this question is important to some degree because we typically use the term "enslavement" to refer to something done by one agent to some others.
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[16] .In this context they may be seen as having the roles of the angels and demons of the Old Testament.^ OLD TESTAMENT PERIOD God judged Israel when they became involved in phallic rites.

^ Old Testament Period : God judged Israel when they became involved in phallic rites.

^ Through the union of their images with the angel, they are protected against demons.
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.According to Origen's Contra Celsum, a sect called the Ophites posited the existence of seven archons, beginning with Iadabaoth or Ialdabaoth, who created the six that follow: Iao, Sabaoth, Adonaios, Elaios, Astaphanos and Horaios.^ And he shared his fire with them.” (Apocyphon of John) - The seven heavenly Archons were named Athoth, Harmas, Kalila-Oumbri, Yabel, Adonaiou (or Sabaoth) Cain and Abel: “The name of the first one is Athoth, whom the generations call the reaper.
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^ And the archons created seven powers for themselves, and the powers created for themselves six angels for each one until they became (360 or) 365 angels.” (Apocyphon of John) - As 360 or 365, the Archons’ demons establish their rule over man in space (the 360 degrees on the horizon) and in time (365 days a year).
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^ For this reason, the One is called, quite simply, “the One who exists” (Tripartite Tractate) - Everything that exists (the Totalities) is an extension of the One’s existence: “The emanation of the Totalities, which exist from the one who exists, did not occur according to a separation from one another, as something cast off from the one who begets them.
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[43] Similarly to the Mithraic Kronos and Vedic Narasimha, a form of Vishnu, Ialdabaoth had a head of a lion.[13][44][45]

Abraxas/Abrasax

Engraving from an Abraxas stone.
.The Egyptian Gnostic Basilideans referred to a figure called Abraxas who was at the head of 365 spiritual beings (Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses, I.24); it is unclear what to make of Irenaeus' use of the term 'Archon', which may simply mean 'ruler' in this context.^ Then mankind began to multiply and improve.” (Hypostasis of the Archons) - In the Gospel of the Egyptians, Seth bore his race through Edokla: “This is the race which came forth through Edokla.” (Gospel of the Egyptians) - In many ‘Sethian’ Gnostic texts, the Elect are called ‘the children of Seth: “the children of Seth, who are above thousands of thousands, and myriads of myriads, of the aeons” (Melchizedek) 4.
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^ The LDS church makes their tithing use known and have auditors to be sure it is being used correctly.
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^ As the Vocie, the One calls or ‘cries out’ to the Elect, who recognize they are being called: “I am the real Voice.
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The role and function of Abraxas for Basilideans is not clear.
.The word Abraxas was engraved on certain antique gemstones, called on that account Abraxas stones, which may have been used as amulets or charms by Gnostic sects.^ And if it is not based on stubborness, try not to use wording that makes it sound like it.” Your testimony may be more informed, but it sounds like stubbornness all the same.
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.In popular culture, Abraxas is sometimes considered the name of a god who incorporated both Good and Evil (God and Demiurge) in one entity, and therefore representing the monotheistic God, singular, but (unlike, for example, the Christian God) not omni-benevolent (See Hesse's Demian, and Jung's Seven Sermons to the Dead).^ Amanda- Mormons are the only one’s who consider themselves “Christians”.
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^ We consider both Jesus and the Father to be gods.
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^ The One as ‘unbegotten’ and ‘self-begotten’: “Great is the good Self-begotten who stood, the God who had already stood.
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.Opinions abound on Abraxas, who in recent centuries has been claimed to be both an Egyptian god and a demon, sometimes even being associated with the dual nature of Satan/Lucifer.^ But of course human beings have offered answers to this question: one is God; another, the laws of nature.
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^ The pantheistic god is Pan/Satan, the 'god of nature' as distinguished from the God of the Bible.

^ God is different for every one of us, even amongst those who say they share the same faith.
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The word abracadabra may be related to Abraxas.
.The above information relates to interpretations of ancient amulets and to reports of Christian heresy hunters which are not always clear.^ Pseudo-Christians teach the pantheistic view of God in order to promote related heresies of the androgyny of God and divinity of man.

.Actual ancient Gnostic texts from the Nag Hammadi Library, such as the Coptic Gospel of the Egyptians, refer to Abrasax as an Aeon dwelling with Sophia and other Aeons of the Spiritual Fullness in the light of the luminary Eleleth.^ Several of the Nag Hammadi texts are apocryphonic, such as the Apocryphon of John and the Apocryphon of James.
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^ Then mankind began to multiply and improve.” (Hypostasis of the Archons) - In the Gospel of the Egyptians, Seth bore his race through Edokla: “This is the race which came forth through Edokla.” (Gospel of the Egyptians) - In many ‘Sethian’ Gnostic texts, the Elect are called ‘the children of Seth: “the children of Seth, who are above thousands of thousands, and myriads of myriads, of the aeons” (Melchizedek) 4.
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^ ENNOIA AS PRONOIA AND PROTONOIA - The Gnostic texts emphasize that all the beings which came to exist in the Upper Aeons were ‘first’ and so they ‘pre-exist’.
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.In several texts, the luminary Eleleth is the last of the luminaries (Spiritual Lights) that come forward, and it is the Aeon Sophia, associated with Eleleth, who encounters darkness and becomes involved in the chain of events that leads to the Demiurge and Archon's rule of this world, and the salvage effort that ensues.^ The last male heir (the only one who can assume the mantle of leadership for that church), is not too awful long for this world, and it must be a direct descendant of Smith for him to become their leader.
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^ Archons) dwell above us, so it is they who will rule over us!"
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^ Sophia’s fault was that she created without her consort’s consent, resulting in the bastard child Yaltabaoth, who engendered the Lower Aeons.
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.As such, the role of Aeons of Eleleth, including Abrasax, Sophia, and others, pertains to this outer border of the Divine Fullness that encounters the ignorance of the world of Lack and interacts to rectify the error of ignorance in the world of materiality.^ DESCRIPTIONS OF THE LOWER AEONS - As darkness and a tail-eating dragon - “The outer darkness is a great dragon, whose tail is in his mouth, outside the whole world and surrounding the whole world.” (Pistis Sophia Ch.
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^ And the light will withdraw up to its root.” (On the Origin of the World) - The Lower Aeons are called the Deficiency because they lack the Upper Aeons’ light and fullness.
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^ Why is the world full of sharp corners and other hazards?
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.Words like or similar to Abraxas or Abrasax also appear in the Greek Magical Papyri.^ These appeared around the One as its ‘images’ or ‘reflections’ in the mirror of the watery light (the Greek word eikon means both image and reflection).
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.There are similarities and differences between such figures in reports about Basiledes' teaching, in the larger magical traditions of the Graeco-Roman world, in the classic ancient Gnostic texts such as the Gospel of the Egyptians, and in later magical and esoteric writings.^ ADAM AND EVE - Although Gnostic texts provide different versions, the general outline of Adam and Eve, their creation and fall, is as follows: 1.
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^ Buddhist teaching allows that those who have been enlightened are endowed with magical powers, since they recognize the world as illusory and so can manipulate it at will.
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^ THE BRIDAL CHAMBER IN GENERAL - Since it is a mystery, the Bridal Chamber is compared to the Holy of Holies: “The Holy of the Holies is the bridal chamber.” (Gospel of Philip) - The Bridal Chamber has not been revealed explicitly through the existing Gnostic texts, and remains a mystery.
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.The Swiss Psychologist Carl Jung wrote a short Gnostic treatise in 1916 called The Seven Sermons to the Dead, which called Abraxas a God higher than the Christian God and Devil, that combines all opposites into one Being.^ 'The man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition...who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,...so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God' (II Thess.

^ But of course human beings have offered answers to this question: one is God; another, the laws of nature.
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^ In the earlier centuries of Christianity, Epiphany was considered to be more important than Christmas, even by the so-called orthodox church.

Demiurge

A lion-faced deity found on a Gnostic gem in Bernard de Montfaucon's L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures may be a depiction of the Demiurge; however, cf. Mithraic Zervan Akarana [46]
.The term Demiurge derives from the Latinized form of the Greek term dēmiourgos, δημιουργός, (literally "public or skilled worker") and refers to an entity responsible for the creation of the physical universe and the physical aspect of humanity.^ See TRINITY. - Her name Ennoia (‘Thought’ in Greek) is derived from the Aristotlean notion of ‘thought thinking itself’, which lies at the heart of the Gnostic creation.
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^ OLD TESTAMENT PERIOD Greek mythology is derived from the lost civilization of Atlantis, i.e., the demons who copulated with humans in Genesis 6:4.

The term dēmiourgos occurs in a number of other religious and philosophical systems, most notably Platonism. .Moral judgements of the demiurge vary from group to group within the broad category of gnosticism - such judgements usually correspond to each group's judgement of the status of materiality as being inherently evil, or else merely flawed and as good as its passive constituent matter will allow.^ Gnostics identify Yaldabaoth as the Creator God of the Old Testament, who himself decides to create archons (angels), the material world (Earth) and human beings.
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^ For the most part, what is deemed by society to be `reality' at any point, far from being an absolute, is merely a commonly agreed set of values based on the perceptions of a group of individuals.
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^ Indeed, the existence of other human beings in the world is part of the "sharp corners" a source of suffering in addition to being a source of moral evil.
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.Like Plato does, Gnosticism presents a distinction between a supranatural, unknowable reality and the sensible materiality of which the demiurge is creator.^ According to the worldviews of both Gnostic Christianity and Buddhism that the film evokes, the realization of ultimate reality involves a complete freedom from the material realm and offers peace of mind.
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^ Gnostics identify Yaldabaoth as the Creator God of the Old Testament, who himself decides to create archons (angels), the material world (Earth) and human beings.
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.However, in contrast to Plato, several systems of Gnostic thought present the Demiurge as antagonistic to the Supreme God: his act of creation either in unconscious and fundamentally flawed imitation of the divine model, or else formed with the malevolent intention of entrapping aspects of the divine in materiality.^ In the Gnostic myth, the supreme god is completely perfect and therefore alien and mysterious, "ineffable," "unnamable," "immeasurable light which is pure, holy and immaculate" (Apocryphon of John).
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^ If, however, there is some implied divinity in the film,30 it remains transcendent, like the divinity of the ineffable, invisible supreme god in Gnosticism, except where it is immanent in the form of the divine spark active in humans.31 III. Buddhism in The Matrix .
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^ "The resurrection therefore might be defined as the persistence on into the future of that which is the divine aspect, and which is integrated with the life and consciousness of that sum total which we call God.

Thus, in such systems, the Demiurge acts as a solution to the problem of evil. In the Apocryphon of John (several versions of which are found in the Nag Hammadi library), the Demiurge has the name "Yaltabaoth", and proclaims himself as God:
"Now the archon who is weak has three names. .The first name is Yaltabaoth, the second is Saklas, and the third is Samael.^ Since Gnostics practised multiple baptisms, the catechumen may have been baptized a first time at the end of the renunciation, and second time at the end of the invocation, to prepare him for a third and final baptism.
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^ The first stage was that of Catholicism, the second of Protestantism but the third will be the perfect religion of mankind.

^ Likewise, the three phoenixes in Paradise - the first is immortal; the second lives 1,000 years; as for the third, it is written in the Sacred Book that it is consumed.
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And he is impious in his arrogance which is in him. For he said, 'I am God and there is no other God beside me,' for he is ignorant of his strength, the place from which he had come."
."Samael", in the Judeo-Christian tradition, refers to the evil Angel of Death, and corresponds to the Christian demon of that name, one second only to Satan[citation needed].^ Descartes' own way out of his evil demon skepticism was to first argue that one cannot genuinely doubt the existence of oneself.
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^ THE SON AS AUTOGENES, SELF-BEGOTTEN, ONLY-BEGOTTEN, FIRST-BEGOTTEN - Although the One is referred to above as ‘self-begotten’, usually the term Autogenes describes the Son (who is either the Word, the saviour Seth or the Christ).
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^ Amanda- Mormons are the only one’s who consider themselves “Christians”.
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.Literally, it can mean "blind god" or "god of the blind" in Aramaic (Syriac sæmʕa-ʔel); another alternative title is "Saklas", Aramaic for "fool" (Syriac sækla "the foolish one").^ But of course human beings have offered answers to this question: one is God; another, the laws of nature.
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^ AND yet it is, according to your D&C practiced after life (which breaks down by the way to mean that only men will become Gods and the women will continue to be one of their many wives).
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^ When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another.
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.Gnostic myth recounts that Sophia (Greek, literally meaning "wisdom"), the Demiurge's mother and a partial aspect of the divine Pleroma or "Fullness", desired to create something apart from the divine totality, and without the receipt of divine assent.^ Although Sophia was restored to the upper Pleroma, ‘Desire’ became Achamoth, the Sophia fallen to the Lower Aeons.
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^ The question becomes even more pertinent with the identification of humankind with Sophia - a divine being in Gnosticism.
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^ Thus, it must answer the question ‘how did the many come out of the One?’ At the heart of the Gnostic creation is Aristotle’s notion of Noesis Noeseos Noesis, which is usually translated as ‘Thought Thinking itself’, but means literally ‘Thinking a Thought of itself Thinking’.
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.In this abortive act of separate creation, she gave birth to the monstrous Demiurge and, being ashamed of her deed, she wrapped him in a cloud and created a throne for him within it.^ KJV - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead ; so that they are without excuse.

^ Each time the One names a new Upper Aeonic being, it comes to exist: “But the Father is perfect, knowing every space within him.
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.The Demiurge, isolated, did not behold his mother, nor anyone else, and thus concluded that only he himself existed, being ignorant of the superior levels of reality that were his birth-place.^ So I think that the title of “Christian” is acceptable for Mormons seeing as no-one really knows what Christ did, so how can anyone say that Joey is wrong?
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^ Thus, despite the existence of multiple divine beings, there is still only “one God” governing the universe.
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^ The bulk of the following excerpt from the Gnostic "Gospel of Truth" might just as well be taken from the scenes in The Matrix in which Morpheus explains the nature of reality to Neo: Thus they [humans] were ignorant of the Father, he being the one whom they did not see...
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.The Gnostic myths describing these events are full of intricate nuances portraying the declination of aspects of the divine into human form; this process occurs through the agency of the Demiurge who, having stolen a portion of power from his mother, sets about a work of creation in unconscious imitation of the superior Pleromatic realm.^ These are the powers which were given to the forefather who was placed in the aeon of the mother.
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^ He functions as a Gnostic Redeemer, a figure from another realm who enters the material world in order to impart saving knowledge about humankind's true identity and the true structure of reality, thereby setting free anyone able to understand the message.
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^ If he wishes, he manifests whomever he wishes, by giving him form and giving him a name, and he gives a name to him, and brings it about that those come into existence.” (Gospel of Truth) - Yaltabaoth created the Lower Aeons, which are considered to be ‘shadows’ of the Upper Aeons.
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.Thus Sophia's power becomes enclosed within the material forms of humanity, themselves entrapped within the material universe: the goal of Gnostic movements was typically the awakening of this spark, which permitted a return by the subject to the superior, non-material realities which were its primal source.^ Protennoia: “I am the life of my Epinoia that dwells within every Power and every eternal movement, and (in) invisible Lights and within the Archons and Angels and Demons, and every soul dwelling in Tartaros, and (in) every material soul.
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^ If, however, there is some implied divinity in the film,30 it remains transcendent, like the divinity of the ineffable, invisible supreme god in Gnosticism, except where it is immanent in the form of the divine spark active in humans.31 III. Buddhism in The Matrix .
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^ We are in reality heading towards a world run by machines with an intelligence far superior to that of an individual human.
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.(See Sethian Gnosticism.^ FIVE SEALS - See also SEALS. - The Five Seals are mentioned in the Sethian Gnostic texts such as The Gospel of the Egyptians, The Trimorphic Protennoia and The Apocryphon of John.
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^ See EPINOIA. - In the Sethian Gnostic texts, she is called Barbelo.
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)
.Some Gnostic philosophers identify the Demiurge with Yahweh, the God of the Old Testament, in opposition and contrast to the God of the New Testament.^ Have you read the old and new testament.
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^ Does the Bible for you include BOTH the Old and New testaments.
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^ Do you, for example, accept the Old Testament and follow all of it, or, specifically the Torah, given to Moses by God Himself?
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Still others equated the being with Satan. .Catharism apparently inherited their idea of Satan as the creator of the evil world directly or indirectly from Gnosticism.^ But by providing a port directly into each human brain, each individual can be fed a reality with which he or she is happy, creating for each one a contented existence in a sort of dream world.
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^ Gnostics identify Yaldabaoth as the Creator God of the Old Testament, who himself decides to create archons (angels), the material world (Earth) and human beings.
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Gnosis

.The word 'Gnosticism' is a modern construction, though based on an antiquated linguistic expression: it comes from the Greek word meaning 'knowledge', gnosis (γνῶσις).^ A more modern meaning of "matrix" is based in mathematics: a rectangular arrangement of symbols.
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^ These appeared around the One as its ‘images’ or ‘reflections’ in the mirror of the watery light (the Greek word eikon means both image and reflection).
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^ You:”Joseph smith as a martyr” Comment: the word martyr means is Greek, it means “testimony” or “witness” in our modern vernacular it means someone who chooses to suffer death rather than denounce their belief (or witness if you will).
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.However, gnosis itself refers to a very specialised form of knowledge, deriving both from the exact meaning of the original Greek term and its usage in Platonist philosophy.^ These appeared around the One as its ‘images’ or ‘reflections’ in the mirror of the watery light (the Greek word eikon means both image and reflection).
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^ At the origin of both schema is Aristotle’s notion of Noesis Noeseos Noesis, which is usually translated as ‘Thought Thinking itself’, but means literally ‘Thinking (Noesis) a Thought (Noeseos) of itself Thinking’ (Noesis).
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^ You also use very disrespectful words referring to someone, even if you do not have a complete knowledge, who could be the Son of God.
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.Unlike modern English, ancient Greek was capable of discerning between several different forms of knowing.^ I’m not a parent, but I have parents and i know many parents and the difference can be seen between what works and what doesn’t.
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^ (Apocryphon of John) - Those who go astray do not know the difference between perishable and imperishable: “Now a difference existed among the imperishable aeons.
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^ He asks how it is possible to know the difference between the dream world and the real world.
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.These different forms may be described in English as being propositional knowledge, indicative of knowledge acquired indirectly through the reports of others or otherwise by inference (such as "I know of George Bush" or "I know Berlin is in Germany"), and empirical knowledge acquired by direct participation or acquaintance (such as "I know George Bush personally" or "I know Berlin, having visited").^ (Marsanes) - In the beginning, the Father created a group of beings through which he could reflect upon himself - even though they did not know it.
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^ As the Matrix raises the problem of our knowledge of the external world_might this all be just a dream?_Cypher raises the problem of other minds_can we know the content of someone else's mind?
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^ It’s like being born speaking Spanish or English – who know’s possibly Polish for many people.
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.Gnosis (γνῶσις) refers to knowledge of the second kind.^ Since we'll be discussing different kinds of Matrix, we need a name for the one depicted in The Matrix; Agent Smith refers to a First Matrix, so let's call the one we see the Second Matrix.
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.Therefore, in a religious context, to be 'Gnostic' should be understood as being reliant not on knowledge in a general sense, but as being specially receptive to mystical or esoteric experiences of direct participation with the divine.^ Being unchanging, He cannot be caused to act on the basis of future knowledge, and there is little metaphysical sense to be made of "He did it because He did it."
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^ For so will it belong to Himself if it belong to Him alone; and therefore it will be impossible that another god should be admitted, when it is permitted to no other being to possess anything of God.

^ The basis of Gnostic mysticism is direct revelation; communication with familiar spirits was cultivated by the early monastic communities.

Indeed, in most Gnostic systems the sufficient cause of salvation is this 'knowledge of' ('acquaintance with') the divine. This is commonly identified with a process of inward 'knowing' or self-exploration, comparable to that encouraged by Plotinus (ca. 205–270 AD). .However, as may be seen, the term 'gnostic' also had precedent usage in several ancient philosophical traditions, which must also be weighed in considering the very subtle implications of its appellation to a set of ancient religious groups.^ The esoteric tradition of Solomon spanned the centuries to the era of Gnostic Christianity which preceded the Merovingian Age.

^ Although the entire crew embodies the ideals of the bodhisattva, the filmmakers set Neo apart as unique, suggesting that while the crew may be looked at as arhats and bodhisattvas, Neo can be seen as a Buddha.
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^ You must also consider in the early church history it wasn’t as much of a ‘religion’ as a religious movement.
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Monad (apophatic theology)

.In many Gnostic systems (and heresiologies), God is known as the Monad, the One, The Absolute, Aion teleos (The Perfect Æon), Bythos (Depth or Profundity, Βυθος), Proarkhe (Before the Beginning, προαρχη), and E Arkhe (The Beginning, η αρχη).^ AND yet it is, according to your D&C practiced after life (which breaks down by the way to mean that only men will become Gods and the women will continue to be one of their many wives).
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^ In the Gnostic myth, the supreme god is completely perfect and therefore alien and mysterious, "ineffable," "unnamable," "immeasurable light which is pure, holy and immaculate" (Apocryphon of John).
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^ "Neither Gnostics nor Hermeticists grovelled before their God.

God is the high source of the pleroma, the region of light. The various emanations of God are called æons.
.Within certain variations of Gnosticism, especially those inspired by Monoimus, the Monad was the highest God which created lesser gods, or elements (similar to æons).^ Those who practice Gnostic mysticism hide within the organized Church system and claim to follow primitive Christianity.

^ Rather, the temporally evolving content of each monad is synchronized with the evolving content of all the other monads by God, creating the illusion of a shared real world.
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^ "[James Parks] Morton's views evolved 'The Earth is God's Body, Jesus and Earth--God incarnate in the flesh of the Earth, flesh of the water , the flesh of the elements of creation and how that creation is suffering -- the passion of the creation .'...

.According to Hippolytus, this view was inspired by the Pythagoreans, who called the first thing that came into existence the Monad, which begat the dyad, which begat the numbers, which begat the point, begetting lines, etc.^ Not on the standard Christian view, according to which just such an existence awaits us in Heaven.
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^ As for the things not directly found in the bible at first glance, remember that the bible itself was not always many books compiled into the Holy Book we hold in our hands today.
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This was also clarified in the writings of Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus. This teaching being largely Neopythagorean via Numenius as well.
This Monad is the spiritual source of everything which emanates the pleroma, and could be contrasted to the dark Demiurge (Yaldabaoth) that controls matter.
.The Sethian cosmogony as most famously contained in the Apocryphon ('Secret book') of John describes an unknown God, very similar to the orthodox apophatic theology, although very different from the orthodox credal teachings that there is one such god who is identified also as creator of heaven and earth.^ The One as ‘unbegotten’ and ‘self-begotten’: “Great is the good Self-begotten who stood, the God who had already stood.
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^ THE SON AS AUTOGENES, SELF-BEGOTTEN, ONLY-BEGOTTEN, FIRST-BEGOTTEN - Although the One is referred to above as ‘self-begotten’, usually the term Autogenes describes the Son (who is either the Word, the saviour Seth or the Christ).
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^ ADAM AND EVE - Although Gnostic texts provide different versions, the general outline of Adam and Eve, their creation and fall, is as follows: 1.
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.In describing the nature of a creator god associated with Biblical texts, orthodox theologians often attempt to define God through a series of explicit positive statements, themselves universal but in the divine taken to their superlative degrees: he is omniscient, omnipotent and truly benevolent.^ Just because man enjoys something does not mean it comes from God (The God who created the universe and man, not the man that became god as mormonism teaches).
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^ Jehovah’s witnesses believe that he failed in his mission, Scientology denies his divinity as the Son of God, the creator of the heavens and the earth.
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^ THE CREATION OF THE UPPER AEONS - The creation of the Upper Aeons can be described through two different schema: one is visual (the aeons as a watery light) and one is auditive (the aeons as the silence).
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.The Sethian conception of the most hidden transcendent God is, by contrast, defined through negative theology: he is immovable, invisible, intangible, ineffable; commonly, 'he' is seen as being hermaphroditic, a potent symbol for being, as it were, 'all-containing'. In the Apocryphon of John, this god is good in that it bestows goodness.^ Not all good feelings come from God.
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^ God is within the core, and all through the core, and beyond the core, closer to the core than the core.’ ...

^ For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
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.After the apophatic statements, the process of the Divine in action are used to describe the effect of such a god.^ This false teaching is the springboard for introducing other heresies, such as the divinity of man and the androgyny of God.

^ It is the mystic knowledge which effects regeneration, rebirth into the full consciousness of one's divine nature and powers as a ' Son of God '."

^ "Form, the result of active material processes, must express divinity, and the revelation of this is God's gift to us at the Transfiguration.

An apophatic approach to discussing the Divine is found throughout gnosticism, Vedanta, and Platonic and Aristotelian theology as well. It is also found in some Judaic sources.

Pleroma

Pleroma (Greek πληρωμα) generally refers to the totality of God's powers. The term means fullness, and is used in Christian theological contexts: both in Gnosticism generally, and in Colossians 2.9.
.Gnosticism holds that the world is controlled by evil archons, one of whom is the demiurge, the deity of the Old Testament who holds the human spirit captive.^ Those who have not known to whom they belong, where will their souls be?’ And he said to me, ‘In those, the despicable spirit has gained strength when they went astray.
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^ OLD TESTAMENT PERIOD The city and tower of Babel were mankind's first attempt to unite the people of the world into a global religion.

^ The first birth took place in the pre-history of the film, in the life and death of the first enlightened one who was able to control the Matrix from within.
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.The heavenly pleroma is the center of divine life, a region of light "above" (the term is not to be understood spatially) our world, occupied by spiritual beings such as aeons (eternal beings) and sometimes archons.^ The Upper Aeons are invisible, eternal, imperishable, spiritual, light.
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^ Protennoia: “I am the life of my Epinoia that dwells within every Power and every eternal movement, and (in) invisible Lights and within the Archons and Angels and Demons, and every soul dwelling in Tartaros, and (in) every material soul.
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^ Even our own culture has experienced many different worlds created by new interpretations of people and of nature that changed what counted as human beings and things.
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.Jesus is interpreted as an intermediary aeon who was sent from the pleroma, with whose aid humanity can recover the lost knowledge of the divine origins of humanity.^ Thus the human nature of Jesus or Everyman is transformed into divine and spiritual nature by the holy female power, the Holy Spirit, in the initiation rite of baptism."

^ Through Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ revealed, restored, and corrected the doctrines that were lost, changed, or corrupted during the centuries after the death of the original apostles.
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^ OLD TESTAMENT PERIOD Greek mythology is derived from the lost civilization of Atlantis, i.e., the demons who copulated with humans in Genesis 6:4.

The term is thus a central element of Gnostic cosmology.
.Pleroma is also used in the general Greek language and is used by the Greek Orthodox church in this general form since the word appears under the book of Colossians.^ They represent this Force, which presides of the physical generation, under the mythological and horned forms of the God PAN ...

^ These appeared around the One as its ‘images’ or ‘reflections’ in the mirror of the watery light (the Greek word eikon means both image and reflection).
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^ Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches will condition Protestants and Catholics to worship the Antichrist and mankind in general.

.Proponents of the view that Paul was actually a gnostic, such as Elaine Pagels of Princeton University, view the reference in Colossians as something that was to be interpreted in the gnostic sense.^ This fourth "life" can be viewed as the one to which the Oracle refers in her predictions that Neo was "waiting for something" and that he might be ready in his "next life, maybe."
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^ Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels, (New York: Random House, 1979, repr.
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Sophia

.In Gnostic tradition, the term Sophia (Σoφíα, Greek for "wisdom") refers to the final and lowest emanation of God.^ The love feast of the Cathars and the elevation of Sophia to the goddess of wisdom in the Gnostic religion demonstrate their egalitarian views."

^ ACHAMOTH - In Valentinian Gnosticism, there is an Upper and Lower Sophia (Wisdom).
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.In most if not all versions of the gnostic myth, Sophia births the demiurge, who in turn brings about the creation of materiality.^ Are we to turn about and all listen to her?
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^ We’re all just meat bags for about 70 years, then we’re food for those who’re left behind – physical and spiritual food.
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^ ADAM AND EVE - Although Gnostic texts provide different versions, the general outline of Adam and Eve, their creation and fall, is as follows: 1.
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The positive or negative depiction of materiality thus resides a great deal on mythic depictions of Sophia's actions. .She is occasionally referred to by the Hebrew equivalent of Achamoth (this is a feature of Ptolemy's version of the Valentinian gnostic myth).^ Her Akkadian name actually means 'salt waters' and had its equivalent in the Hebrew 'tehm' (or 'tehmot' in the plural), as used in Old Testament references to 'the deep'."

^ ACHAMOTH - In Valentinian Gnosticism, there is an Upper and Lower Sophia (Wisdom).
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Jewish Gnosticism with a focus on Sophia was active by 90.[citation needed]
.Almost all gnostic systems of the Syrian or Egyptian type taught that the universe began with an original, unknowable God, referred to as the Parent or Bythos, as the Monad by Monoimus, or the first Aeon by still other traditions.^ ENNOIA AS PRONOIA AND PROTONOIA - The Gnostic texts emphasize that all the beings which came to exist in the Upper Aeons were ‘first’ and so they ‘pre-exist’.
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^ "The way into the kingdom is found by questioning and answering, by seeking and finding, and by the obedience to that inner voice which can be heard when all other voices are stilled.

^ "To (Frederich Max) Muller almost all major divinities and heroes were originally a symbol for the sun in one of its phases.

.From this initial unitary beginning, the One spontaneously emanated further Aeons, pairs of progressively 'lesser' beings in sequence.^ RITES TO INITIATE THE ELECT - Through the rite of the Five Seals, the Elect remember their true origin, as names and images in the Upper Aeons which reflect the One back to itself.
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^ The Upper Aeons emanated outward from the One which lies at the centre as their source (also ‘root’).
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^ AEONS IN GENERAL: - The Aeons are a series of hypostases (extensions of being) that emanated outward from a common source.
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The lowest of these pairs were Sophia and Christ. .The Aeons together made up the Pleroma, or fullness, of God, and thus should not be seen as distinct from the divine, but symbolic abstractions of the divine nature.^ Thus the “shedding of innocent blood.” It’s basically just another way of describing the denial of the Holy Ghost (which is a rejection of God made with full light an knowledge – pretty dang rare).
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^ And the light will withdraw up to its root.” (On the Origin of the World) - The Lower Aeons are called the Deficiency because they lack the Upper Aeons’ light and fullness.
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^ Thus, despite the existence of multiple divine beings, there is still only “one God” governing the universe.
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History

The development of the Syrian-Egyptian school

.Bentley Layton has sketched out a relationship between the various gnostic movements in his introduction to The Gnostic Scriptures (SCM Press, London, 1987).^ The Gnostic/Hermetic doctrine of the divinity of man is the basis for various movements (self-esteem, human potential, interfaith, monastic/ascetic).

^ The parallels between Neo and Christ sketched earlier are further illuminated by a Gnostic context, since Neo is "saved" through gnosis or secret knowledge, which he passes on to others.
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^ Bentley Layton, The Gnostic Scriptures (New York: Doubleday, 1995), Kurt Rudolph, Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1987).
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.In this model, 'Classical Gnosticism' and 'The School of Thomas' antedated and influenced the development of Valentinus, who was to found his own school of Gnosticism in both Alexandria and Rome, whom Layton called 'the great [Gnostic] reformer' and 'the focal point' of Gnostic development.^ Old Testament Period : Plato inspired Greek philosophy based on the mystery religion of Atlantis; Alexander the Great brought Platonism to the Middle East; Neo-Platonism developed in the Gnostic academia of Alexandria, Egypt.

^ Barbelo as the first aeon and the first to see the One: “Great is the first aeon, male virginal Barbelo, the first glory of the invisible Father, she who is called ‘perfect’.
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^ For this reason I myself have called you by the name of that man who is the seed of the great generation or from whom (it comes).” (Apocalypse of Adam) - The wife of Seth is Norea.
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.While in Alexandria, where he was born, Valentinus probably would have had contact with the Gnostic teacher Basilides, and may have been influenced by him.^ As I may not always be on this forum, if any would like to keep in contact with me, or see other things I have written.
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^ Since Gnostics practised multiple baptisms, the catechumen may have been baptized a first time at the end of the renunciation, and second time at the end of the invocation, to prepare him for a third and final baptism.
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Valentinianism flourished throughout the early centuries of the common era: while Valentinus himself lived from ca. 100–180 AD/CE, a list of sectarians or heretics, composed in 388 AD/CE, against whom Emperor Constantine intended legislation includes Valentinus (and, presumably, his inheritors).[citation needed] The school is also known to have been extremely popular: several varieties of their central myth are known, and we know of 'reports from outsiders from which the intellectual liveliness of the group is evident' (Markschies, Gnosis: An Introduction, 94). .It is known that Valentinus' students, in further evidence of their intellectual activity, elaborated upon the teachings and materials they received from him (though the exact extent of their changes remains unknown), for example, in the version of the Valentinian myth brought to us through Ptolemy.^ The circuit of his face is the unknown in the outer worlds, these who seek after his face at all times, wishing to know it, for his word has reached them, and they want to see him.
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^ The Buddha's compassion serves as their primary model for Mahayana Buddhists, since they point out that he too remained in samsara in order to help others achieve enlightenment through his teachings and example.
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^ (Marsanes) - In the beginning, the Father created a group of beings through which he could reflect upon himself - even though they did not know it.
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.Valentinianism might be described as the most elaborate and philosophically 'dense' form of the Syrian-Egyptian schools of Gnosticism, though it should be acknowledged that this in no way debarred other schools from attracting followers: Basilides' own school was popular also, and survived in Egypt until the 4th century.^ I have no way of verifying one way or the other.
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^ In addition to the problem of sin, we might wonder how it can be managed that free human beings, all interacting with each other, have no desires in conflict.
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^ There is no way in heaven or hell that the most brilliant Mormon scholar ever, could win a serious argument on the subject.
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.Simone Petrement, in A Separate God, in arguing for a Christian origin of Gnosticism, places Valentinus after Basilides, but before the Sethians.^ It is here that the origins of Gnosticism as a historical phenomenon are to be found, and it is here that Jew and Christian are at one."

^ Gnostic master Basilides feasted on the day of the Baptism and kept a long vigil before it.

^ Sometimes it is argued that you are better off happier being a Christian, even if God does not exist.
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.It is her assertion that Valentinus represented a moderation of the anti-Judaism of the earlier Hellenized teachers; the demiurge, widely regarded to be a mythological depiction of the Old Testament God of the Hebrews, is depicted as more ignorant than evil.^ In the earlier centuries of Christianity, Epiphany was considered to be more important than Christmas, even by the so-called orthodox church.

^ Old Testament Period : The Greeks glorified the pre-Flood mythological gods.

^ They are more ignorant than children.” (Brigham Young, JD 5:229).
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(See below.)
Manichean priests writing at their desks, with panel inscription in Sogdian. Manuscript from Khocho, Tarim Basin.

The development of the Persian school

.An alternate heritage is offered by Kurt Rudolph in his book Gnosis: The Nature & Structure of Gnosticism (Koehler and Amelang, Leipzig, 1977), to explain the lineage of Persian Gnostic schools.^ Bentley Layton, The Gnostic Scriptures (New York: Doubleday, 1995), Kurt Rudolph, Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1987).
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The decline of Manicheism that occurred in Persia in the 5th century AD was too late to prevent the spread of the movement into the east and the west. .In the west, the teachings of the school moved into Syria, Northern Arabia, Egypt and North Africa (where Augustine was a member of the school from 373-382); from Syria it progressed still farther, into Palestine, Asia Minor and Armenia.^ "Early Christians in Alexandria, Egypt sought to fuse the teachings of Plato into Christianity in a philosophy known as 'Neo-Platonism.'

There is evidence for Manicheans in Rome and Dalmatia in the 4th century, and also in Gaul and Spain. .The influence of Manicheanism was attacked by imperial elects and polemical writings, but the religion remained prevalent until the 6th century, and still exerted influence in the emergence of the Paulicians, Bogomils and Cathari in the Middle Ages, until it was ultimately stamped out as a heresy by the Catholic Church.^ I would like to point out that while The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints may be the largest Mormon religion there about a dozen of them.
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^ The only two christian religions that can claim that they are the true church are the Mormons and the Catholics.
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^ This pseudo-religion needs to be exposed for what it is..I will do my part in exposing these frauds as long as there is still a mormon church, and I can still write.
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In the east, Rudolph relates, Manicheanism was able to bloom, given that the religious monopoly position previously held by Christianity and Zoroastrianism had been broken by nascent Islam. .In the early years of the Arab conquest, Manicheanism again found followers in Persia (mostly amongst educated circles), but flourished most in Central Asia, to which it had spread through Iran.^ Sadly, even most private and most homeschool programs have forgotten the Biblical approach to education, which shaped the character and reasoning of our founding fathers.

Here, in 762, Manicheanism became the state religion of the Uyghur Empire.

Neoplatonism and Gnosticism

Historical relations between antique Greek Philosophy and Gnosticism

.The earliest origins of Gnosticism are still obscure and disputed, but they probably include influence from Plato, Middle Platonism and Neo-Pythagoreanism academies or schools of thought, and this seems to be true both of the more Sethian Gnostics, and of the Valentinian Gnostics.^ Drawing on Pythagorean, Aristotelian, and Stoic sources, more than on Plato, Neoplatonism formed a significant school of thought until the conquest of Egypt by the Muslims in 629 [A.D.] and continued as a major influence in Western thought mainly through its impact on Augustine (354-430) and through him on subsequent Christian theology and philosophy.

^ "Early Christians in Alexandria, Egypt sought to fuse the teachings of Plato into Christianity in a philosophy known as 'Neo-Platonism.'

^ Old Testament Period : Plato inspired Greek philosophy based on the mystery religion of Atlantis; Alexander the Great brought Platonism to the Middle East; Neo-Platonism developed in the Gnostic academia of Alexandria, Egypt.

[47] .Further, if we compare different Sethian texts to each other in an attempted chronology of the development of Sethianism during the first few centuries, it seems that later texts are continuing to interact with Platonism.^ Another difference that I think is quite significant is that in the Matrix, unlike in the experience machine, I am really interacting with other human minds.
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.Earlier texts such as Apocalypse of Adam show signs of being pre-Christian and focus on the Seth, third son of Adam and Eve.^ And in the third aeon the seed of Seth was placed over the third light Daveithai.” (Apocryphon of John) - Adam and Eve once had the pneuma (spirit, divine spark) and the gnosis (knowledge of the Upper Aeons).
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^ ENNOIA AS PRONOIA AND PROTONOIA - The Gnostic texts emphasize that all the beings which came to exist in the Upper Aeons were ‘first’ and so they ‘pre-exist’.
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^ For this reason I myself have called you by the name of that man who is the seed of the great generation or from whom (it comes).” (Apocalypse of Adam) - The wife of Seth is Norea.
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These early Sethians may be identical to or related to the Notzrim, Ophites or to the sectarian group called the Minuth by Philo.[48][49] Later Sethian texts such as Zostrianos and Allogenes draw on the imagery of older Sethian texts, but utilize "a large fund of philosophical conceptuality derived from contemporary Platonism, (that is late middle Platonism) with no traces of Christian content."[50] Indeed the doctrine of the "triple-powered one" found in the text Allogenes, as discovered in the Nag Hammadi Library, is "the same doctrine as found in the anonymous Parmenides commentary (Fragment XIV) ascribed by Hadot to Porphyry [...] and is also found in Plotinus' Ennead6.7, 17, 13-26."[47]

Rejection by antique Greek Philosophy

However, by the 3rd century Neoplatonists, such as Plotinus, Porphyry and Amelius are all attacking the Sethians. .It looks as if Sethianism began as a pre-Christian tradition, possibly a syncretic[51] that incorporated elements of Christianity and Platonism as it grew, only to have both Christianity and Platonism reject and turn against it.^ Only later Christian consciousness began to value the idea of hell more than the idea of the transfiguration and divinization of the world...

^ Although the presence of individual Christian elements within the film is clear, the overall system of Christianity that is presented is not the traditional, orthodox one.
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^ In particular, he makes the case that, given a traditional Christian notion of an afterlife, Heaven turns out to be rather like a Matrix!
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.Professor John D Turner believes that this double attack led to Sethianism fragmentation into numerous smaller groups (Audians, Borborites, Archontics and perhaps Phibionites, Stratiotici, and Secundians).^ Community of Truth Seekers...was a group of powerful occultists who believed that there had been a single world religion in ancient times which had fragmented into a single world religion in ancient times which had fragmented into the various religious beliefs and occult doctrines which exist today.

^ Community of Truth Seekers...was a group of powerful occultists who believed that there had been a single world religion in ancient times which had fragmented into a single world religion which had fragmented into the various religious beliefs and occult doctrines which exist today.

[50] .Scholarship on Gnosticism has been greatly advanced by the discovery and translation of the Nag Hammadi texts, which shed light on some of the more puzzling comments by Plotinus and Porphyry regarding the Gnostics.^ All quotations are from the standard translations of the Nag Hammadi texts, unless otherwise noted.
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^ This corpus lay dormant for nearly 2000 years until its discovery in 1945 in Nag Hammadi, Egypt.
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^ Several of the Nag Hammadi texts are apocryphonic, such as the Apocryphon of John and the Apocryphon of James.
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.More importantly, the texts help to distinguish different kinds of early Gnostics.^ ADAM AND EVE - Although Gnostic texts provide different versions, the general outline of Adam and Eve, their creation and fall, is as follows: 1.
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^ The Gnostics, whose texts referred to the Book of Solomon, were the inheritors of the early Jewish sects of Babylonia.

.It now seems clear that "Sethian" and "Valentinian"[52] gnostics attempted "an effort towards conciliation, even affiliation" with late antique philosophy,[53] and were rebuffed by some Neoplatonists, including Plotinus.^ I want now to ask a question which will seem very silly and obvious (at least to some people, including some very sophisticated philosophers), but which will take us to real philosophical depths rather quickly.
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^ Now why, I ask, did he even need the miraculous unseen plates, if he didn’t even seem to use them to write?
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Philosophical relations between Neoplatonism and Gnosticism

Gnostics borrow a lot of ideas and terms from Platonism. .They exhibit a keen understanding of Greek philosophical terms and the Greek Koine language in general, and use Greek philosophical concepts throughout their text, including such concepts as hypostasis (reality, existence), ousia (essence, substance, being), and demiurge (creator God).^ The machines induce the appearance of ordinary 1999 life in the human beings with a computer generated "virtual community" for the purpose of keeping them docile and asleep so that they and their offspring can be used like living batteries.
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^ And if they do not have libertarian free will, as long as they are the product of human free will, they are not part of the environment God knowingly created.
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^ Similarly, when they talk of human bodies being trapped in pods and fed data by the Matrix, they don't successfully refer to real bodies or pods -- they can't refer to physical bodies in the real world because they cannot have the appropriate causal connection to such objects.
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.Good examples include texts such as the Hypostasis of the Archons (Reality of the Rulers) or Trimorphic Protennoia (The first thought in three forms).^ Light.” (Trimorphic Protennoia 45:13) - First there is the divestiture of one garment and then the investiture of another: “The living water is a body (i.e.
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^ ARCHONS - THEIR DESTRUCTION - There are a limited number of ages - sometimes three (three descents of a saviour figure like Pronoia or Protennoia), sometimes four (one age for each of the the Four Lights.
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^ In the context of The Hypostasis of the Archons, the first three ages apparently took place before Noah and the flood.
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Criticism of gnosticism by antique Greek Philosophy

.As a pagan mystic Plotinus considered his opponents heretics[54] and elitist blasphemers,[55] arriving at misotheism as the solution to the problem of evil, being not traditional or genuine Hellenism (in philosophy or mysticism), but rather one invented taking all their truths over from Plato,[56] coupled with the idea expressed by Plotinus that the approach to the infinite force which is the One or Monad cannot be through knowing or not knowing (i.e., dualist, which is of the dyad or demiurge).^ Who wants to go through all the trouble of engaging one’s critical thinking faculties, when a great prophet can do all your thinking for you..
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^ And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” .
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^ Descartes' own way out of his evil demon skepticism was to first argue that one cannot genuinely doubt the existence of oneself.
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[57][58] .Although there has been dispute as to which Gnostics Plotinus was referring to it appears they were indeed Sethian.^ The Autogenes often appears in Sethian Gnostic texts.
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^ Indeed, there often will be conflicts between individuals in what they desire one person getting what they want means that another doesn't.
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[59] .Plotinus' main objection to the Gnostics he was familiar with, however, was their rejection of the goodness of the demiurge and the material world.^ However, when asked "Have you ever been told that the Matrix has Gnostic overtones?", they gave a tantalizingly ambiguous reply: "Do you consider that to be a good thing?"
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^ Gnostics identify Yaldabaoth as the Creator God of the Old Testament, who himself decides to create archons (angels), the material world (Earth) and human beings.
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He attacks the Gnostics as vilifying Plato's ontology of the universe as contained in the Timaeus. .He accused Gnosticism of vilifying the Demiurge, or craftsman that crafted the material world, and even of thinking that the material world is evil, or a prison.^ There are many superstitious beliefs concerning these, they think they’ll protect them from evil and have even been known to stop bullets.
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^ The gnosis involves an understanding of our true nature and origin, the metaphysical reality hitherto unknown to us, resulting in the Gnostic's escape (at death) from the enslaving material prison of the world and the body, into the upper regions of spirit.
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^ Gnostics identify Yaldabaoth as the Creator God of the Old Testament, who himself decides to create archons (angels), the material world (Earth) and human beings.
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.As Plotinus explains, the demiurge is the nous (as the first emanation of the One), the ordering principle or mind, and also reason.^ This is the first power which was before all of them (and) which came forth from his Mind (Nous).
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^ Ennoia (‘Thought’) is one of the first images to appear in the aeonic mirror, along with Nous (‘Mind’) and the Son.
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^ She just got frustrated with me because either I wasn’t explaining it well, she was past the point of listening, or that she didn’t understand one of the principles that was fundemental in understanding how to do the trick.
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.Plotinus was also critical of the Gnostic origin of the demiurge as the offspring of wisdom, represented as a deity called Sophia.^ For) Yao, his feminine name is Lordship, (for) Sabaoth: his feminine name is Deity, (for) Adonaios, his feminine name is Kingship, (for) Elaios: his feminine name is Jealousy, (for) Oraios: his feminine name is Wealth, and (for) Astaphaios, his feminine name is Sophia (Wisdom).
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.She was anthropomorphically expressed as a feminine spirit deity not unlike the goddess Athena or the Christian Holy Spirit.^ The Holy Spirit is really the Mother, and thus the Christian Trinity properly translated should be Father, Son and Mother.

^ Great Tribulation/Golden Age : Sacred marriage rites will result in demon possession of the Esoteric Church; apostate Christians will receive Lucifer as the Holy Spirit in the Age of the Spirit.

^ We are told that the Holy Spirit is essentially masculine, but the Hebrew word used in the Scriptures to denote spirit is Ruach, a feminine noun.

.Plotinus even went so far as to state at one point that if the Gnostics did believe this world was a prison then they could at any moment free themselves by committing suicide.^ They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

^ In one schema, the Elect are ‘pre-existent’ because they existed before the foundation of the world.
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^ And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

.To some degree the texts discovered in Nag Hammadi support his allegations, but others such as the Valentinians and the Tripartite Tractate insist on the goodness of the world and the Demiurge.^ Several of the Nag Hammadi texts are apocryphonic, such as the Apocryphon of John and the Apocryphon of James.
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^ All quotations are from the standard translations of the Nag Hammadi texts, unless otherwise noted.
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^ This schema appears in Sethian texts such as The Gospel of the Egyptians, Three Steles of Seth and (with some variations) in The Apocryphon of John.
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Buddhism and Gnosticism

.Early 3rd century–4th century Christian writers such as Hippolytus and Epiphanius write about a Scythianus, who visited India around 50 AD from where he brought "the doctrine of the Two Principles". According to Cyril of Jerusalem, Scythianus' pupil Terebinthus presented himself as a "Buddha" ("He called himself Buddas").^ 'The man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition...who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,...so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God' (II Thess.

^ In the earlier centuries of Christianity, Epiphany was considered to be more important than Christmas, even by the so-called orthodox church.

^ They will go about; they will write down his words according to (their) desire.” (Concept of Our Great Power 42:31) 1.
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[60] Terebinthus went to Palestine and Judaea ("becoming known and condemned"), and ultimately settled in Babylon, where he transmitted his teachings to Mani, thereby creating the foundation of Manichaeism:
"But Terebinthus, his disciple in this wicked error, inherited his money and books and heresy, and came to Palestine, and becoming known and condemned in Judæa he resolved to pass into Persia: but lest he should be recognised there also by his name he changed it and called himself Buddas."
.In the 3rd century, the Syrian writer and Christian Gnostic theologian Bar Daisan described his exchanges with the religious missions of holy men from India (Greek: Σαρμαναίοι, Sramanas), passing through Syria on their way to Elagabalus or another Severan dynasty Roman Emperor.^ The esoteric tradition of Solomon spanned the centuries to the era of Gnostic Christianity which preceded the Merovingian Age.

^ The parallels between Neo and Christ sketched earlier are further illuminated by a Gnostic context, since Neo is "saved" through gnosis or secret knowledge, which he passes on to others.
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^ Christian Greek Scriptures gives no indication that members of the first-century church had to pay tithes so why should we today?
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His accounts were quoted by Porphyry (De abstin., iv, 17[citation needed]) and Stobaeus (Eccles., iii, 56, 141).
.Finally, from the 3rd century to the 12th century, some Gnostic religions such as Manichaeism, which combined Christian, Hebrew and Buddhist influences (Mani, the founder of the religion, resided for some time in Kushan lands), spread throughout the Old World, to Gaul and Great Britain in the West, and to China in the East.^ The esoteric tradition of Solomon spanned the centuries to the era of Gnostic Christianity which preceded the Merovingian Age.

^ OLD TESTAMENT PERIOD The city and tower of Babel were mankind's first attempt to unite the people of the world into a global religion.

^ Gnostic mysticism is the goal of the ecumenical movement and will be the basis of the final reformation of religion.

.Some leading Christian theologians such as Augustine of Hippo were Manichaeans before converting to orthodox Christianity.^ Such a sweeping judgment would condemn many of the early church's greatest theologians (e.g., Athanasius, Augustine), as well as one of the three main branches of historic orthodox Christianity in existence today.

^ As such, Gnostic Christians have spirits while orthodox Christians only have souls.
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^ The Eastern Orthodox tradition, as represented by theologian Nicolas Berdyaev, celebrates some of the implications of a Cosmic Christ theology of the Transfiguration.

.Such exchanges, many more of which may have gone unrecorded, suggest that Buddhism may have had some influence on early Christianity: "Scholars have often considered the possibility that Buddhism influenced the early development of Christianity.^ In the earlier centuries of Christianity, Epiphany was considered to be more important than Christmas, even by the so-called orthodox church.

^ "It may be objected that to classify as monotheistic any doctrine which refers to men in some positive sense as 'gods' is self-contradictory; and strictly speaking such an objection is valid.

^ We may thus grant that it's not possible for all suffering to be absent in Heaven though this requires taking Revelation less literally than many Christians do.
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.They have drawn attention to many parallels concerning the births, lives, doctrines, and deaths of the Buddha and Jesus" (Bentley, "Old World Encounters").^ The body was acquired when the spirit entered this world at birth, and it will be removed when it departs after death.
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^ There are many superstitious beliefs concerning these, they think they’ll protect them from evil and have even been known to stop bullets.
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^ If a church’s doctrine claimed jesus was some sort of four legged furry creature but they had Jesus in the name of their church would that make it a Christian church?
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Christianity and Gnosticism

.The ascetic notion of immediate revelation through divine knowledge sought to find an absolute transcendence in a Supreme Deity.^ We shall cherish these bodies, through which we temporarily function, as the custodians of the divine revelation.

^ In other words, man can become a god through the immediate knowledge of the spiritual truth held by the ancient Gnostics.

.This concept is very important in identifying what evidence there is pertaining to Gnosticism[61] in the NT, which would influence orthodox teaching.^ God is all things to all people, there is no right or wrong concept of God, it’s subjective and very personal, IMHO. How do we know the Muslims aren’t right, we don’t..
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[62] .Main Gnostic beliefs that differ from Biblical teachings include: the creator as a lower being [‘Demiurge’] and not a Supreme Deity; scripture having a deep, hidden meaning whose true message could only be understood through “secret wisdom”;[63] and Jesus as a spirit that “seemed”[64] to be human, leading to a belief in the incarnation (Docetism).^ BODY - In Gnosticism, the body is regarded as a vessel, created by the Archons, to imprison spirits in the matter of the Lower Aeons.
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^ If any of you are curious about the main beliefs of the church, we teach our children what the Mormons call “Articles of Faith”.
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^ ADAM AND EVE - Although Gnostic texts provide different versions, the general outline of Adam and Eve, their creation and fall, is as follows: 1.
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[65] .The traditional “formula which enshrines the Incarnation…is that in some sense God, without ceasing to be God, was made man…which is a prima facie [‘at first sight’ a] contradiction in theological terms…the [NT] nowhere reflects on the virgin birth of Jesus as witnessing to the conjunction of deity and manhood in His person…the deity of Jesus was not…clearly stated in words and [the book of] Acts gives no hint that it was”.^ MJ I do not believe that Mormons are Christians as we Christians DO NOT believe that God is flesh and Blood, living on planet Kolob, BUT we DO believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, not the Adam/God rantings of Brigham who claims Adam/God had sex with Mary.
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^ That is the great secret… It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the character of God and to know…that he was once a man like us….
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^ However, I try to be non-judgemental not because some mythical god wants me to be and will punish me if i don’t do his will, but simply because I am a decent person with morals.
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[66] .This philosophy[67] was known by the so-called “Church Fathers” such as Origen, Irenaeus, and Tertullian.^ "He called it the festival when the Savior is reborn through the descent of the Holy Spirit, and states that the Church Fathers regard this second birth as more important than the first.

[68]
.At its core, Gnosticism formed a speculative interest in the relationship of the oneness of God to the ‘triplicity’ of his manifestations.^ However, the trio is quite interesting in the context of Gnosticism, which portrays God as Father, Mother and Son, a trinity in which the Holy Spirit is identified as female, e.g.
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^ I believe one’s relationship to one’s God is a very personal affair, and not something to be interpreted by by some supposed holy man and shoved down the throat of the believing.
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^ Since God is only interested in the spirit, its purveyors falsely argued, it doesn't matter what one does with one's body...'

.It seems to have taken Neoplatonic metaphysics of substance and hypostases [“being”][69] as a departure point for interpreting the relationship of the “Father” to the “Son”[70] in its attempt to define a new theology.^ I am not afraid of being swayed by new theologies, I’ve thought everything through for myself and come to my own conclusions.
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^ Interesting that you would make this argument, considering that most believe that the Father and the Son are the same being.
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[71] This would point to the infamous theological controversies by Arius[72] against followers of the Greek Alexandrian school,[73] headed by Athanasius.[74]
.The ancient Nag Hammadi Library, discovered in Egypt in the 1940s, revealed how varied this movement was.^ Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ See Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ The Nag Hammadi Library, revised edition, (New York: HarperCollins, 1990; reprint of original Brill edition, 1978).
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.The writers of these manuscripts considered themselves ‘Christians’, but owing to their syncretistic beliefs, borrowed heavily from the Greek philosopher Plato.^ Most of these are basic christian beliefs.
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^ Amanda- Mormons are the only one’s who consider themselves “Christians”.
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.The find included the hotly debated Gospel of Thomas, which parallels some of Jesus’ sayings in the Synoptic Gospels.^ Elaine Pagels notes that the similarities between Gnosticism and Buddhism have prompted some scholars to question their interdependence and to wonder whether "...if the names were changed, the 'living Buddha' appropriately could say what the Gospel of Thomas attributes to the living Jesus."
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^ And he will know the end, and he will not taste death.’” (Gospel of Thomas 36:14) - Having ‘pre-existed’ in the Upper Aeons (the kingdom), the Elect will return to it: “Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you will find the kingdom.
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^ FEMALE DISCIPLES - Madgalene appears among the disciples in several texts, including The Dialogue of the Saviour, The Gospel of Philip and The Gospel of Mary (Magdalene) - The First Apocalypse of James says that Jesus had seven women disciples.
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This may point to the existence of a postulated lost textual source for the Gospels of Luke and Matthew, known as the Q document.[75] .Thus, modern debate is split between those who see Gnosticism as a pre-Christian form of ‘theosophy’[76] and those who see it as a post-Christian counter-movement.^ Those who practice Gnostic mysticism hide within the organized Church system and claim to follow primitive Christianity.

^ The humans who are viewed as candidates for being The One have abnormal powers of control over objects_as with those special children we see levitating objects and bending spoons.
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^ However, in order to make this ascent, the Gnostic must pass by the archons, who are jealous of his/her luminousity, spirit or intelligence, and who thus try to hinder the Gnostic's upward journey.
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.NT scripture was largely unwritten, at least in the form of canon, existing in the practices, customs and teachings of the early Christian community.^ "Early Christians in Alexandria, Egypt sought to fuse the teachings of Plato into Christianity in a philosophy known as 'Neo-Platonism.'

^ Their form of Christianity was closely allied to the metaphysical doctrines of Plato and Pythagoras, with their creeds being largely founded upon astrology and cosmic awareness.

^ Neoplatonism: The philosophy of a group of thinkers of the early Christian Era who endeavored to reconcile the teachings of Plato and Aristotle with Oriental conceptions.

.What largely was communicated generation to generation was an oral tradition passed from the apostles to the Bishops and from Bishops and priests to the faithful through their preaching and way of life.^ Some people are trouble over the statements of the Prophet Joseph Smith … that our Father in heaven at one time passed through a life and death and is an exalted man…” .
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[77] .Constantine’s call for unity in the building of the new Roman Church led to his request for Eusebius to produce some 50 copies of manuscripts.^ The One (called here the invisible Spirit) consents with his consort Barbelo and she begets a new aeon, which is a new extension of the One’s unity.
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^ As begetter of the Upper Aeons, Barbelo is called ‘Mother of the aeons’: “O Mother of the aeons, Barbelo” (Melchizedek) - As begetter of the Upper Aeons, Barbelo is also called ‘the aeon-giver’ who makes the One numerous while preserving its unity: “We bless thee (Barbelo), producer of perfection, aeon-giver (...
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^ Jesus Christ called new apostles and a prophet to lead His church today.
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These were approved and accepted by the emperor, which later influenced the final stages of canonization.[78]
The best known origin story in the NT comes in the person of Simon the ‘mage’ [Acts 8:9-24]. .Although little is known historically about him, his first disciple is said to have been Basilides.^ In the spring-baptism, the catechumen will first be instructed about ‘those who will receive him’ (i.e.
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^ The Deficiency as opposite of the Fullness: “The disciples said to him, ‘What is the Fullness, and what is the Deficiency?’ He said to them, ‘You are from the Fullness, and you dwell in the place where the Deficiency is (i.e.
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[79] .Paul’s epistles to Timothy contain refutations of “false doctrine [and] myths” [1 Tim 1:3-5].^ Not only are your comments rude, but also contain several false doctrines.
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.The importance placed here, as in most NT scripture, is to uphold the truth since through such knowledge God hopes for “all men” to be saved [1 Tim 2:4].^ Here, then, is eternal life – to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves,… the same as all Gods have done before you…” .
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^ For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
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^ From youth to middle age all men and all women prize copulation above all other pleasures combined, yet it is actually as I have said: it is not in their heaven; prayer takes its place.
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Paul’s letters to the Corinthians have much to say regarding false teachers (2 Co 11:4), “spiritualists” [pneumatikos—1 Co 2:14-15; 15:44-46] and their gnosis. They warn against the “wisdom of the wise” and their “hollow and deceptive philosophy” (1 Co 1:19; 2:5—NIV; cp. Col 2:1-10; 2:8). .These are seen as the clearest texts reacting to early Gnostic trends.^ The Gnostics, whose texts referred to the Book of Solomon, were the inheritors of the early Jewish sects of Babylonia.

{fact|date=March .2010} The book of Jude also contains scripture exhorting believers to seek the true faith (Jude 3) and it is nowhere more influential than in the nature of the man, Jesus.^ "The baptism of John was a step upon the way into the center, and of more general application than is the baptism of Jesus, for few are ready yet for the second initiation.

^ Believe me, I know far more about LDS doctrine than almost any average church member.
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^ Mormon beliefs state that God was once a man and that they will be gods bother me a lot more than their choice of panties that they are supposed to wear to remind them of their convictions.
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The writings attributed to the Apostle John contain the most significant amount of content directed at combating the progenitors of heresies.[80] .Most Bible scholars agree that these were some of the last parts of the NT written and as such, can offer the most insights into a 1st century perspective.^ As a member of this faith I am a little disturbed by some of these comments, at least the ones saying that our doctrine conflicts with the bible.
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^ In other words, compared with some easily imaginable possibilities, we are severely constrained, in a type of bondage, though ordinarily most of us don't think of it as such.
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^ By becoming part machine ourselves - Warwick argues that transforming ourselves into Cyborgs will allow us to "plug in" confident that we will fully benefit from all that such a future offers.
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[81] .The writer’s repeated adherence to true knowledge (“hereby we know”—inherent in Jesus’ ministry) and nature[82] seem to challenge other speculative and opposing beliefs.^ If people would actually read the Bible, they would know that true Christians love everyone and do not judge others.
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^ As the Matrix raises the problem of our knowledge of the external world_might this all be just a dream?_Cypher raises the problem of other minds_can we know the content of someone else's mind?
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^ Aside from the belief that Jesus is the divine son of God, mormonism actually has much in common with Islam, possibly more than with any other religion.
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The 2nd epistle of John is only 13 verses long but puts strong emphasis on the ‘Christology’ of Jesus.[83] .From its context we see the importance placed on “knowing…walking” and loving the truth (v.^ You know, seeing as he’s supposed to love us all, and such.
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^ And I think if you go back and look at how you were feeling when you wrote those posts you’ll see that they did not come from a place of love.
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1-4), on the humanity of the man Jesus (v. 7-11) and adherence to “teaching [the doctrine] of Christ” [cp. John 7:14-18]. .These point to false teachers who claimed to bring some higher teaching than what the apostles taught.^ Beware of false apostles who perform signs and lying wonders.

^ Those priests or deacons who falsely teach of Christ’s deeds are “the counterfeit ones, indeed, that there are multitudes that will mislead other multitudes” (Apocalypse of Peter) .
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^ When Satan, the Dragon, is cast out of heaven, false teachers and prophets will claim that he is the Holy Spirit descending on mankind.

[84]
.From the evidence at hand, it seems that early Christian apologists used their biblical faith to teach a pagan audience how best to adopt the new religion.^ "Early Christians in Alexandria, Egypt sought to fuse the teachings of Plato into Christianity in a philosophy known as 'Neo-Platonism.'

^ Heeding Bible Prophecy: New Religion These reports are frequently augmented, so use your REFRESH BUTTON. .

^ If mormonism did not seem to trying to be part of the mainstream Christian religion I would not have a problem with them.
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.(They were) Wrapping their understanding of scripture and worldly wisdom in the process and taking their lead from such Jewish apologists like Philo of Alexandria.^ In fact, I would like someone to honestly go through the Jewish and Christian scriptures in relation to strangeness.
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^ I use saved as meaning that when we get to heaven we will be with God like what I understand mormons mean when they speak of the Celestial Kingdom.
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^ So, many men went astray because they had not known this difference; that is, they died.” (Eugnostos the Blessed) - The flesh of ‘non-understanding’ leads us astray.
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.Whether even without Philo the ‘Fathers of the Church’ would have attempted to harmonize scripture and philosophy is a plausible assumption.^ While I think it would be difficult, if not impossible, for every member of a church to agree with everything that a church’s doctrines the bottom line, to me, is what the churches scriptures teach.
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.Whether the result of their harmonization would have been the same as it is now is a matter of conjecture.^ Isn’t it wonderful to know that you can walk into any church around the world and they would be teaching and testifying of the same things no matter the language.
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.But it happens that Philo came before them and it also happens that all kinds of evidence show the influence of Philo upon them.^ This is the first power which was before all of them (and) which came forth from his Mind (Nous).
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^ And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.” .
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.It is hard to sift through what actual evidence there is regarding Gnosticism in the NT due to their historical synchronicity.^ In this regard, the Gnostic texts say that the Son is the ‘image’ or ‘name’ of the Father, because the Father sees and names himself through the Son.
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^ The fact that early Latter-day Saints regarded the Word of Wisdom differently than Mormons do today isn’t evidence of hypocrisy but of historical change.
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.The Hammadi library find contains Pagan, Jewish, Greek and early Gnostic influences,[86] further reinforcing the need to tread lightly.^ The Gnostics, whose texts referred to the Book of Solomon, were the inheritors of the early Jewish sects of Babylonia.

^ In Gnosticism "Mind" or the Greek "nous" is a deity, such as in the text "Thunder, Perfect Mind," Nag Hammadi Library, 295-303.
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^ [As we have learned, it was in the great city of Alexandria, Egypt that many Jews and early Christians came under the influence of Greek philosophy]..."

.The antiquity of the find being of utmost importance since it shows primary evidence of texts that may also have influenced the process of NT canonization.^ Since beings in the Lower Aeons will eventually return to non-existence, the All is the totality of what, ultimately, may be said to exist.
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^ Although intriguing, she rightly maintains that the evidence is inconclusive, since parallel traditions may emerge in different cultures without direct influence.
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^ Here’s a link you may find interesting…also I forgot about Josef Stalin and Vlad the Impaler also being baptized as well.
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[87]
.If any conclusion is to be made at this point it is that Gnosticism was considered a real enough threat by the apostles themselves, showing us how early it started to infiltrate the Church, through which several of its undercurrents were to strongly influence later ‘orthodox’ doctrine.^ Church Age : Alexandrian Gnostics infiltrated the early churches with their false doctrines of Neo-Platonism.

^ Tribulation : T he Eastern Orthodox Church, which historically has taught the deification of man ( Theosis) , will be the point of entry to the worship of Antichrist for Protestants and Roman Catholics whose theologians and apologists will defend the Orthodox doctrine of Theosis .

^ But how does the Matrix, and the situation of the ordinary people within it differ from reality and the people within it (i.e., us)?
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'Gnosticism' as a potentially flawed category

In 1966 in Messina, Italy, a conference was held concerning systems of gnosis. .Among its several aims were the need to establish a program to translate the recently-acquired Nag Hammadi library (discussed above) and the need to arrive at an agreement concerning an accurate definition of 'Gnosticism'. This was in answer to the tendency, prevalent since the eighteenth century, to use the term 'gnostic' less as its origins implied, but rather as an interpretive category for contemporary philosophical and religious movements.^ Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ See Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ All quotations are from the standard translations of the Nag Hammadi texts, unless otherwise noted.
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.For example, in 1835, New Testament scholar Ferdinand Christian Baur constructed a developmental model of Gnosticism that culminated in the religious philosophy of Hegel; one might compare literary critic Harold Bloom's recent attempts to identify Gnostic elements in contemporary American religion, or Eric Voegelin's analysis of totalitarian impulses through the interpretive lens of Gnosticism.^ James Ford recently explored other Buddhist elements in The Matrix, which he rightly calls a "modern myth," in his article "Buddhism, Christianity and The Matrix: The Dialectic of Myth-Making in Contemporary Cinema," for the Journal of Religion and Film, vol.4 no.
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^ One of the things that we had talked about when we first had the idea of The Matrix was an idea that I believe philosophy and religion and mathematics all try to answer.
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^ Old Testament Period : Plato inspired Greek philosophy based on the mystery religion of Atlantis; Alexander the Great brought Platonism to the Middle East; Neo-Platonism developed in the Gnostic academia of Alexandria, Egypt.

The 'cautious proposal' reached by the conference concerning Gnosticism is described by Markschies:
In the concluding document of Messina the proposal was 'by the simultaneous application of historical and typological methods' to designate 'a particular group of systems of the second century after Christ' as 'gnosticism', and to use 'gnosis' to define a conception of knowledge transcending the times which was described as 'knowledge of divine mysteries for an élite'.

Markschies, Gnosis: An Introduction, p. 13

.In essence, it had been decided that 'Gnosticism' would become a historically-specific term, restricted to mean the Gnostic movements prevalent in the 3rd century, while 'gnosis' would be a universal term, denoting a system of knowledge retained 'for a privileged élite.'^ In other words, man can become a god through the immediate knowledge of the spiritual truth held by the ancient Gnostics.

^ Phallic worship will become part of the universal Gnostic religion and its adherents reimaged as belonging to the Kingdom of God.

.However, this effort towards providing clarity in fact created more conceptual confusion, as the historical term 'Gnosticism' was an entirely modern construction, while the new universal term 'gnosis' was a historical term: 'something was being called "gnosticism" that the ancient theologians had called "gnosis" ...^ ADAM AND EVE - Although Gnostic texts provide different versions, the general outline of Adam and Eve, their creation and fall, is as follows: 1.
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^ Each new being that ‘knows’ (gnosis) the One, becomes a part of the creation that reflects the One to itself - like a series of mirrors arranged row on row.
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^ Why do mormons attack others personally rather than provide historical facts and Biblical references?
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[A] concept of gnosis had been created by .Messina that was almost unusable in a historical sense'.[90] In antiquity, all agreed that knowledge was centrally important to life, but few were agreed as to what exactly constituted knowledge; the unitary conception that the Messina proposal presupposed did not exist.^ "While the concept of theosis has roots in the ante-Nicene period, it is not an antiquated historical curiosity.

^ It seems you are left with very few real life murders after all the exceptions.
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These flaws have meant that the problems concerning an exact definition of Gnosticism persist. It remains current convention to use 'Gnosticism' in a historical sense, and 'gnosis' universally. .Leaving aside the issues with the latter noted above, the usage of 'Gnosticism' to designate a category of 3rd century religions has recently been questioned as well.^ Question before you leave… You haven’t by any chance, recently, been to Texas have you?
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.Of note is Michael Allen Williams' Rethinking Gnosticism: An Argument for the Dismantling of a Dubious Category, in which the author examines the terms by which Gnosticism as a category is defined, and then closely compares these suppositions with the contents of actual Gnostic texts (the newly-recovered Nag Hammadi library was of central importance to his argument).^ Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ See Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ All quotations are from the standard translations of the Nag Hammadi texts, unless otherwise noted.
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[91]
Williams argues that the conceptual foundations on which the category of Gnosticism rests are the remains of the agenda of the heresiologists. .Too much emphasis has been laid on perceptions of dualism, body- and matter-hatred, and anticosmism[92] without these suppositions being properly tested.^ Everyone kind of makes believe it doesn’t matter about him being Mormon but you know it’s on the back of every bodies mind.
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^ VICTORY is loving the souls of every man, woman and child no matter how much hatred, contempt and pure evil their heart contains.
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.In essence, the interpretive definition of Gnosticism that was created by the antagonistic efforts of the early church heresiologists has been taken up by modern scholarship and reflected in a categorical definition, even though the means now existed to verify its accuracy.^ Tardman81 (hehehe)I do appreciate your comment But I mean even though I was raised in the mormon church, there are still things that I wonder about it.
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^ (Marsanes) - In the beginning, the Father created a group of beings through which he could reflect upon himself - even though they did not know it.
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^ Even our own culture has experienced many different worlds created by new interpretations of people and of nature that changed what counted as human beings and things.
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Attempting to do so, Williams contests, reveals the dubious nature of categorical 'Gnosticism', and he concludes that the term needs replacing in order to more accurately reflect those movements it comprises.[91] Williams' observations have provoked debate; however, to date his suggested replacement term 'the Biblical demiurgical tradition' has not become widely used.

Gnosticism in modern times

.A number of 19th century thinkers such as William Blake, Arthur Schopenhauer,[93] Albert Pike and Madame Blavatsky studied Gnostic thought extensively and were influenced by it, and even figures like Herman Melville and W. B. Yeats were more tangentially influenced.^ Even if creatures like us can't be maximally happy, this is a reason for not creating us at all, and creating more felicitously instead.
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^ ARCHONS - THEIR DESTRUCTION - There are a limited number of ages - sometimes three (three descents of a saviour figure like Pronoia or Protennoia), sometimes four (one age for each of the the Four Lights.
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^ Such a person seems thus doubly trapped: incapable of knowing that he is in the Matrix, and even incapable of successfully expressing the thought that he might be in the Matrix!
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[94] .Jules Doinel "re-established" a Gnostic church in France in 1890 which altered its form as it passed through various direct successors (Fabre des Essarts as Tau Synésius and Joanny Bricaud as Tau Jean II most notably), and which, although small, is still active today.^ Prophet of the LDS Church, the “mantle” etc..was to pass on through Joseph Smiths Sons,i.e.
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^ The parallels between Neo and Christ sketched earlier are further illuminated by a Gnostic context, since Neo is "saved" through gnosis or secret knowledge, which he passes on to others.
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^ We believe that the true word of God is active on the earth today, and that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ established a plan of happiness for mankind.
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[95]
.Early 20th century thinkers who heavily studied and were influenced by Gnosticism include Carl Jung (who supported Gnosticism), Eric Voegelin (who opposed it), Jorge Luis Borges (who included it in many of his short stories), and Aleister Crowley, with figures such as Hermann Hesse being more moderatedly influenced.^ It’s like being born speaking Spanish or English – who know’s possibly Polish for many people.
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^ In the early twentieth century, American culture began examining food and health issues more strictly, with alcohol being a particular concern.
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^ But to as many as receive Him he gave power of becoming sons of God.’ Tertullian , who died in the early third century wrote, .

Rene Guenon founded the gnostic review, Le Gnose in 1909 (before moving to a more "Perennialist" position). Gnostic Thelemite organizations, such as Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica and Ordo Templi Orientis, trace themselves to Crowley's thought.
.The discovery and translation of the Nag Hammadi library after 1945 had a huge impact on Gnosticism since World War II. Thinkers who were heavily influenced by Gnosticism in this period include Hans Jonas, Philip K. Dick and Harold Bloom, with Albert Camus and Allen Ginsberg being more moderately influenced.^ Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ See Nag Hammadi Library, pp.
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^ All quotations are from the standard translations of the Nag Hammadi texts, unless otherwise noted.
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[94] .A number of ecclesiastical bodies which think of themselves as Gnostic have been set up or re-founded since World War II as well, including the Society of Novus Spiritus, Ecclesia Gnostica, the Thomasine Church, the Apostolic Johannite Church, the Alexandrian Gnostic Church, the North American College of Gnostic Bishops.^ The heresies of the deification of man and divinization/transfiguration of the world - instead of individual salvation and resurrection of the body - are central doctrines of the Eastern Orthodox Church, as well as the Knights Templars .

^ And since follow up comments are just routed to my email inbox, it really doesn’t take up as much of my time as you’d think.
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^ It is imaginable that I am alone in the universe, floating in a vat set up by a god who has since committed suicide.
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Celia Green has written on Gnostic Christianity in relation to her own philosophy.[96]

See also

Footnotes

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  2. ^ "Plato's Cosmology: The Timaeus". History of Ancient Philosophy, University of Washington. http://faculty.washington.edu/smcohen/320/timaeus.htm. 
  3. ^ Walker, Benjamin (1990). Gnosticism: Its History and Influence. Harper Collins. ISBN 1-85274-057-4.
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  11. ^ Gnosticism Article from the Jewish Encyclopedia
  12. ^ Barbarian migrations and the Roman West, 376-568 By Guy Halsall pg 293 Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 28, 2008) ISBN 0521434912 ISBN 978-0521434911 [1]
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  19. ^ Irenaeus. "Against Heresies, II, 27, 1". Christian Classics Ethereal Library. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.ix.iii.xxviii.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  20. ^ Irenaeus. "Against Heresies, I, 31, 2". Christian Classics Ethereal Library. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.ix.ii.xxxii.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  21. ^ Clement. "Stromata, II, 3". New Advent. http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/02102.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  22. ^ Hans Jonas The Gnostic Religion, p. 42, Beacon Press, 1963 ISBN 0-8070-5799-1; 1st ed. 1958
  23. ^ Middle Persian Sources: D. N. MacKenzie, Mani’s Šābuhragān, pt. 1 (text and translation), BSOAS 42/3, 1979, pp. 500-34, pt. 2 (glossary and plates), BSOAS 43/2, 1980, pp. 288-310.
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  26. ^ Pagels, Elaine (1978). The Gnostic Gospels. 
  27. ^ Schoedel, William (1980). 'Gnostic Monism and the Gospel of Truth' in The Rediscovery of Gnosticism, Vol.1: The School of Valentinus, (ed.) Bentley Layton,. Leiden: E.J.Brill. 
  28. ^ Layton, Bentley (1987). The Gnostic Scriptures. SCM Press - Introduction to "Against Heresies" by St. Irenaeus
  29. ^ Irenaeus. "Against Heresies, I, 23, 3". Christian Classics Ethereal Library. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.ix.ii.xxiv.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  30. ^ Irenaeus. "Against Heresies, I, 25, 4". Christian Classics Ethereal Library. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.ix.ii.xxvi.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  31. ^ Classical Texts:Acta Archelai Now, he who spoke with Moses, the Jews, and the priests he says is the archont of Darkness, and the Christians, Jews, and pagans (ethnic) are one and the same, as they revere the same god. For in his aspirations he seduces them, as he is not the god of truth. And so therefore all those who put their hope in the god who spoke with Moses and the prophets have (this in store for themselves, namely) to be bound with him, because they did not put their hope in the god of truth. For that one spoke with them (only) according to their own aspirations. [www.fas.harvard.edu/~iranian/Manicheism/Manicheism_II_Texts.pdf] Page 76
  32. ^ Likewise, Manichaeism, being another Gnostic sect, preached a similar doctrine of positioning God against matter. This dualistic teaching embodied an elaborate cosmological myth that included the defeat of a primal man by the powers of darkness that devoured and imprisoned the particles of light. Thus, to Mani, the devil god which created the world was the Jewish Jehovah. Mani said, "It is the Prince of Darkness who spoke with Moses, the Jews and their priests. .Thus the Christians, the Jews, and the Pagans are involved in the same error when they worship this God.^ Mormons are in fact Christians, because they believe he was the son of God.
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    ^ And thus we see that all mankind were fallen, and they were in the grasp of justice; yea, the justice of God, which consigned them forever to be cut off from his presence.
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    ^ Christian views of God are Pagan rather than Christian.” (Mormon Doctrine of Deity by B.H. Roberts, p.116) .
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    For he leads them astray in the lusts he taught them."[2]
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  37. ^ "Allogenes". The Gnostic Society Library. http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/allogene.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  38. ^ "Trimorphic Protennoia". The Gnostic Society Library. http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/trimorph.html. Retrieved 209/02/13. 
  39. ^ "The Pair (Syzygy) in Valentinian Thought". http://www.gnosis.org/library/valentinus/Syzygy_Valentinian.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  40. ^ Mead, G.R.S. (2005). Fragments of a Faith Forgotten. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 1417984139. 
  41. ^ "A Valentinian Exposition". The Gnostic Society Library. http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/valex.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  42. ^ "Demiurge". "Catholic encyclopedia". http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04707b.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  43. ^ Origen. "Cotra Celsum". The Gnostic Society Library. http://www.gnosis.org/library/orig_cc6.htm. Retrieved 2009/20/13. 
  44. ^ "Mithraic Art". http://www.public-domain-content.com/books/classic_greece_rome/mom/mom10.shtml. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  45. ^ "Narashimba". Manas: Indian Religions. http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/Religions/Avatars/Narasi.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  46. ^ Campbell, Joseph: Occidental Mythology, page 262. Penguin Arkana, 1991.
  47. ^ a b Turner, John (1986). "Sethian Gnosticism: A Literary History" in Nag Hammadi, Gnosticism and Early Christianity. pp. 59. 
  48. ^ Aufstieg Und Niedergang Der Romischen Welt/Rise and Decline of the Roman World Bd 21/1 Volume 2; Volume 21 By Hildegard Temporini, Joseph Vogt, Wolfgang Haase Publisher: Walter de Gruyter (December 31, 1983) Language: German ISBN 3110088452 ISBN 978-3110088458 [4]
  49. ^ The term "minim" in the Talmud often refers to gnostics, as Friedländer, and before him Krochmal and Grätz, have pointed out. [5]
  50. ^ a b Turner, John. "Sethian Gnosticism: A Literary History" in Nag Hammadi, Gnosticism and Early Christianity, 1986 p. 59
  51. ^ Hebrew
  52. ^ This is what the scholar A. H. Armstrong wrote as a footnote in his translation of Plotinus' Enneads in the tract named against the Gnostics. Footnote from Page 264 1. From this point to the end of ch.12 Plotinus is attacking a Gnostic myth known to us best at present in the form it took in the system of Valentinus. The Mother, Sophia-Achamoth, produced as a result of the complicated sequence of events which followed the fall of the higher Sophia, and her offspring the Demiurge, the inferier and ignorant maker of the material universe, are Valentinian figures: cp. Irenaues adv. Haer 1.4 and 5. Valentinius had been in Rome, and there is nothing improbable in the presence of Valentinians there in the time of Plotinus. But the evidence in the Life ch.16 suggests that the Gnostics in Plotinus's circle belonged rather to the other group called Sethians on Archonties, related to the Ophites or Barbelognostics: they probably called themselves simply "Gnostics." Gnostic sects borrowed freely from each other, and it is likely that Valentinius took some of his ideas about Sophia from older Gnostic sources, and that his ideas in turn influenced other Gnostics. The probably Sethian Gnostic library discovered at Nag Hammadi included Valentinian treatise: ep. Puech, Le pp. 162-163 and 179-180.
  53. ^ Schenke, Hans Martin. "The Phenomenon and Significance of Gnostic Sethianism" in The Rediscovery of Gnosticism. E. J. Brill 1978
  54. ^ Introductory Note This treatise (No.33 in Porphyry's chronological order) is in fact the concluding section of a single long treatise which Porphyry, in order to carry out the design of grouping his master's works more or less according to subject into six sets of nine treatise, hacked roughly into four parts which he put into different Enneads, the other three being III. 8 (30) V. 8 (31) and V .5 (32). Porphyry says (Life ch. 16.11) that he gave the treatise the Title "Against the Gnostics" (he is presumably also responsible for the titles of the other sections of the cut-up treatise). There is an alternative title in Life. ch. 24 56-57 which runs "Against those who say that the maker of the universe is evil and the universe is evil. The treatise as it stands in the Enneads is a most powerful protest on behalf of Hellenic philosophy against the un-Hellenic heresy (as it was from the Platonist as well as the orthodox Christian point of view) of Gnosticism. A.H. Armstrong introduction to II 9. Against the Gnostics Pages 220-222
  55. ^ They claimed to be a privileged caste of beings, in whom God alone was interested, and who were saved not by their own efforts but by some dramatic and arbitrary divine proceeding; and this, Plotinus claimed, led to immorality. Worst of all, they despised and hated the material universe and denied it's goodness and the goodness of its maker. For a Platonist, this is utter blasphemy -- and all the worse because it obviously derives to some extent from the sharply other-worldly side of Plato's own teaching (e.g. in the Phaedo). At this point in his attack Plotinus comes very close in some ways to the orthodox Christian opponents of Gnosticism, who also insist that this world is the work of God in his goodness. But, here as on the question of salvation, the doctrine which Plotinus is defending is as sharply opposed in other ways to orthodox Christianity as to Gnosticism: for he maintains not only the goodness of the material universe but also it's eternity and it's divinity. A.H. Armstrong introduction to II 9. Against the Gnostics Pages 220-222
  56. ^ The teaching of the Gnostics seems to him untraditional, irrational and immoral. They despise and revile the ancient Platonic teachings and claim to have a new and superior wisdom of their own: but in fact anything that is true in their teaching comes from Plato, and all they have done themselves is to add senseless complications and pervert the true traditional doctrine into a melodramatic, superstitious fantasy designed to feed their own delusions of grandeur. They reject the only true way of salvation through wisdom and virtue, the slow patient study of truth and pursuit of perfection by men who respect the wisdom of the ancients and know their place in the universe. A.H. Armstrong introduction to II 9. Against the Gnostics Pages 220-222
  57. ^ Faith and Philosophy By David G. Leahy
  58. ^ Enneads VI 9.6
  59. ^ This is what the scholar A. H. Armstrong wrote as a footnote in his translation of Plotinus' Enneads in the tract named against the Gnostics. Footnote from Page 264 1. From this point to the end of ch.12 Plotinus is attacking a Gnostic myth known to us best at present in the form it took in the system of Valentinus. The Mother, Sophia-Achamoth, produced as a result of the complicated sequence of events which followed the fall of the higher Sophia, and her offspring the Demiurge, the inferior and ignorant maker of the material universe, are Valentinian figures: cp. Irenaues adv. Haer 1.4 and 5. Valentinius had been in Rome, and there is nothing improbable in the presence of Valentinians there in the time of Plotinus. But the evidence in the Life ch.16 suggests that the Gnostics in Plotinus's circle belonged rather to the other group called Sethians on Archonties, related to the Ophites or Barbelognostics: they probably called themselves simply "Gnostics." Gnostic sects borrowed freely from each other, and it is likely that Valentinius took some of his ideas about Sophia from older Gnostic sources, and that his ideas in turn influenced other Gnostics. The probably Sethian Gnostic library discovered at Nag Hammadi included Valentinian treatise: ep. Puech, Le pp. 162-163 and 179-180.
  60. ^ Cyril of Jerusalem Catechetical Lecture 6, paragraph 23
  61. ^ First coined in Plato’s Politikos [‘Statement’] as gnostikoi [‘those capable of knowing’], and linking it with knowledge [episteme] (Introduction to Politikos. Cooper, John M. & Hutchinson, D. S. [Eds.] (1997)
  62. ^ What is understood as “orthodox” and “Gnostic” teachings in this early period [1st-2nd century] needs to be redefined due to the complexities now unfolding regarding their historical and doctrinal similarities. Ed. Note.
  63. ^ The terminology has ties to the passage in Pro 8:23, taking a well known Judaic-concept of ‘personification’ and defining it with Christ as the “wisdom of God” [1 Co 1:24]. This metaphor was common and understood by most church fathers like Athanasius, Basil, Gregory, Epiphanius and Cyril. (Racovian Catechism, pp. 73-75)
  64. ^ From the Greek dokein, hence Docetism (Dictionary of the Later NT & its Developments, Intervarsity Press, 1997)
  65. ^ Jesus was Sui Generis, the doctrine of the “pre-existent” Christ accepted by some Gnostics and ‘orthodox’ Christians. Hanson R. P. C (The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God: The Arian Controversy, 318-381 A.D. Edinburgh T. & T. Clark, 1988)
  66. ^ New Bible Dictionary, (Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub., Grand Rapids, MI, 1975), pp. 558-560. Furthermore, scripture teaches that this is not in line with Judaic [or rabbinic] teaching, something Jesus himself adhered to [Luke 2; John 4:24; Phil 3:3-4]. Also see, Nuesner, Jacob, The Modern Study of the Mishna, 1997; & Mishne Torah.
  67. ^ In Platonism the soul [psuchē] was self-moving, indivisible; degenerated and eternal, existing before the body which housed it, and longing to be free from its earthly imprisonment, leading to the Docetist-dualist concept of ‘good’ & ‘evil’ matter. Ed. Note.
  68. ^ Their own ‘heresiology’ would later be attacked as heretical. See, Holt, Reinhard, The Western Heritage of Faith and Reason, Winston N.Y., 1971), p. 382; Alastair H. B. Logan, Gnostic Truth and Christian Heresy (Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, 1996)
  69. ^ “Was the Lord’s prayer addressed only to the hypostasis of the Father as ‘our Father’ and the Father of the Son, or to the entire ousia of the Godhead?” Pelikan, Jaroslav. The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine. Vol. 1, the Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600). Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1971.
  70. ^ A new theological vocabulary capable of explaining this doctrine was created [e.g. homoousios=same essence]. Adopting an idea of Origen’s that easterners would appreciate in their own Sabellianism. Hanson, Search, pp. 687-688
  71. ^ The crisis of the later Roman Empire and move towards the east brought a “new realism” which may have inclined Christians to accept the new theological doctrine. Ed. note
  72. ^ Arius preached that, “before Christ, God was not yet a Father…there was when he [Jesus] was not.” Since most of his works are lost, the accounts are based on reports of others. Hanson, Search, pp. 5-8.
  73. ^ Alexandria had long been a hotbed of theological innovation and debate where high ranking Christian thinkers used methods from Greek philosophy as well as Jewish and Christian sources for their teachings. Ed. note
  74. ^ Although, he took his monotheism seriously, he later taught that the only way to save mankind from moral and physical extinction was for God to do the unthinkable, descend into human flesh. Athanasius, “On the Incarnation of the World”, in Phillip Schaff and Henry Wace, eds., Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 2nd Series, vol. 4, Athanasius: Select Works and Letters (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 1994)
  75. ^ See Goodacre, Mark. The Case against Q: Studies in Marcan Priority and the Synoptic Problem (Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2002); Robinson, James, M. The Nag Hammadi Library, HarperOne, 1990.
  76. ^ The word became familiar to Greeks in the 3rd century with Ammonius Saccas and the Alexandrian Neo-Platonists [or Theurgists]: it was adopted in 1875 by H. P. Blavatsky and others associated with the Theosophical Society (Blavatsky, H. P. The Secret Doctrine, the synthesis of science, religion, and philosophy, Theosophical Uni. Press, first published 1888)
  77. ^ Its formulation coinciding with the period most strongly associated with Gnosticism [4th-6th centuries]. See, Eusebius Hist. Eccl; McDonald, L. M, The Formation of the Biblical Canon (rev. and exp, ed.; Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1995).
  78. ^ Dictionary of the Later New Testament, pp. 135-143.
  79. ^ Basilides was one of the earliest and best-known Gnostics (Dictionary of Paul and his Letters, Intervarsity Press, 1993, pp. 350-351)
  80. ^ Yet, however, the author makes it clear why the gospel was written in John 20:31 Ed. Note
  81. ^ Scholarly debate lies in placing the letters between 70-90A.D. & 90-110A.D. (Dictionary of the Later NT & its Developments, Intervarsity Press, 1997)
  82. ^ “In the beginning the Word existed. The Word existed in the presence of God, and the Word was a divine being.” John 1:1. A Contemporary English Translation of the Coptic Text, late 2nd century C.E based on the texts of George William Horner. The Coptic version of the NT in the southern dialect, otherwise called Sahidic and Thebaic, 1911.
  83. ^ The Apostle states that in light of the continual battle by Satan against God and His Christ, it is not surprising that “our gospel is veiled…, the god of this world” blinding people, as also in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NRSV)
  84. ^ It is not surprising to see that John is in harmony with Paul’s own teachings regarding the “true doctrine” in his pastoral letters (cp. 1 Tim 6:3-4; 2 Co 11:4). Ed. Note.
  85. ^ H. A. Wolfson, ‘Notes on Patristic Philosophy’, Harvard Theological Review 57, no. 2 [Apr. 1964] p. 124.
  86. ^ “Both pagan mythologies and Platonic philosophical traditions…extensive use of the early chapters of Genesis…the obvious centrality of Jesus Christ [and apostolic figures] in many texts.” Dictionary of the Later New Testament, p 410
  87. ^ See Everett Ferguson, "Factors leading to the Selection and Closure of the New Testament Canon," in The Canon Debate. eds. L. M. McDonald & J. A. Sanders (Hendrickson, 2002); Lindberg, Carter (2006) A Brief History of Christianity. Blackwell Publishing
  88. ^ The Council at Nicaea [325 A.D.] went on to condemn “those who say…that He [Jesus] came into existence out of nothing, or who assert that the Son of God is of a different hypostasis or substance…these, the Catholic Church and apostolic Church anathematizes”. Kelly, Early Christian Creeds, pp. 215-216. Kelly translates ousia as “substance” here, and the creed as recited today translates homoousios as “consubstantial”—of the same substance.
  89. ^ Works Cited I. Alastair, H. B. Logan, Gnostic Truth and Christian Heresy (Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, 1996) II. Bewkes, E. G. The Western Heritage of Faith and Reason (Holt, Rinehart, Winston, N.Y., 1960). III. Blavatsky, H. P. The Secret Doctrine, the synthesis of science, religion, and philosophy, Theosophical Uni. Press, first published 1888. IV. Cooper, John M. & Hutchinson, D. S. (Eds.) Introduction to Politikos, 1997. V. Danielou, Jean. The Origin of Latin Christianity (Westminster Press, Philadelphia, PA, 1977). VI. Dictionary of Paul and his Letters, Intervarsity Press, 1993. VII. Dictionary of the Later New Testament & its Developments, Intervarsity Press, 1997. VIII. Hanson, R. P. C. The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God: The Arian Controversy, 318-381 A.D. Edinburgh T. & T. Clark, 1988. IX. Holt, Reinhard. The Western Heritage of Faith and Reason, Winston N.Y., 1971. X. Horner, G. W. The Coptic version of the New Testament in the southern dialect, otherwise called Sahidic and Thebaic, 1911. XI. New Bible Dictionary, Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub., Grand Rapids, MI, 1975. XII. Pelikan, Jaroslav. The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine. Vol. 1, the Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600). Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1971. XIII. Phillip, Schaff & Wace, Henry eds., Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 2nd Series, vol. 4, Athanasius: Select Works and Letters (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 1994). XIV. Selwyn, E. G. ‘Image, Fact and Faith’, NTS 1 no. 4 (May 1955). XV. Wolfson, H. A. ‘Notes on Patristic Philosophy’, Harvard Theological Review 57, no. 2 (Apr. 1964) & the Philosophy of the Church Fathers (Harvard Uni. Press, Publishing, PA. 1976).
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  93. ^ Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, Vol. II, Ch. XLVIII
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  95. ^ Cf. l'Eglise du Plérôme
  96. ^ Green, Celia (1981,2006). Advice to Clever Children. Oxford: Oxford Forum. Ch.s XXXV-XXXVII.

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    The Gnostic Scriptures. SCM Press. pp. 526 pages. ISBN 0-334-02022-0. 
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    San Francisco: Harper & Row. pp. 549 pages. ISBN 0-06-066934-9.
     
  • Plotinus (1989). The Enneads. .Harvard University Press.  (in 7 volumes), vol.^ Charles Taylor, "Overcoming Epistemology," Philosophical Arguments (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995), 12.
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    ^ This is forthcoming from Harvard University Press, 2003; full title Mindsight: Image, Dream, Meaning.
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  • Freke, Timothy; Gandy, Peter (2002). .Jesus and the Lost Goddess : The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians.^ Through Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ revealed, restored, and corrected the doctrines that were lost, changed, or corrupted during the centuries after the death of the original apostles.
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    ^ A valid reason, but based on my understanding of the teachings of Jesus Christ, not in accordance with the undefined ethereal concept of Christianity that everyone is throwing around.
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    ^ That said (back to the subject) since Mormons not only follow the teachings of prophets but of Jesus also would they not be considered Christians, too.
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    Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0-00-710071-X.
     
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    ^ By drawing syncretistically on these two ancient traditions and fusing them with a technological vision of the future, the film constructs a new teaching that challenges its audience to question "reality."
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    Wheaton: Quest. pp. 257 pages. ISBN 0-8356-0816-6.
     
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  • King, Karen L. (2003).^ Here’s the South Park episode: http://www.southparkzone.com/episodes/712/All-about-the-Mormons?.html .
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    ^ Hawking, S., "Hawking's plan to offest computer threat to humans", Ananova,(not found) http://www.ananova.com/news , 1 September 2001 2.
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    ^ And the temple garments (aka, magic underwear): http://www.religionfacts.com/mormonism/images/mormon-temple-garments.jpg .
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    What is Gnosticism?. .Harvard University Press.^ Charles Taylor, "Overcoming Epistemology," Philosophical Arguments (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995), 12.
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    ^ This is forthcoming from Harvard University Press, 2003; full title Mindsight: Image, Dream, Meaning.
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    pp. 343 pages. ISBN 0-674-01071-X. 
  • Klimkeit, Hans-Joachim (1993). Gnosis on the Silk Road: Gnostic Texts from Central Asia. Harper, San Francisco. .ISBN 0-06-064586-5. 
  • Layton, Bentley (1995).^ Bentley Layton, The Gnostic Scriptures (New York: Doubleday, 1995), Kurt Rudolph, Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1987).
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    "Prolegomena to the study of ancient gnosticism". in edited by L. Michael White, O. Larry Yarbrough. The Social World of the First Christians: Essays in Honor of Wayne A. Meeks. Fortress Press, Minneapolis. ISBN 0-8006-2585-4. 
  • Layton, Bentley (ed.) (1981). The Rediscovery of Gnosticism: Sethian Gnosticism. E.J. Brill. 
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  • Mins, Denis (1994). Irenaeus. .Geoffrey Chapman. 
  • Pagels, Elaine (1979).^ Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels, (New York: Random House, 1979, repr.
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    The Gnostic Gospels. .New York: Vintage Books.^ See Gershom Scholem, Jewish Gnosticism, Merkabah Mysticism, and Talmudic Tradition (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1960), Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels (New York: Vintage Books, 1979, repr.
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    ^ Lowell Bair (New York: Bantam Books, 1961), 98.
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    ^ Robert Fitzgerald (New York: Vintage Classics, 1990), 360.
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    pp. 182 pages. ISBN 0-679-72453-2. 
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.Gnosticism (from Greek gnosis, knowledge) is a term created by modern scholars to describe a diverse, syncretistic religious movement, especially in the first centuries C.E. Gnostics believed in gnosis, the knowledge of God enabled by secret teachings.^ I believe God created man from dust.
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^ I believe God created man.
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^ That is the great secret… It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the character of God and to know…that he was once a man like us….
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.Some Gnostics considered themselves Christian, identifying Jesus as the divine spirit incarnated to bring gnosis to humanity.^ Similarly, some Gnostics hated Jesus.
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^ Jesus often told his healed subjects to > > show themselves to priests that they were in fact, healed, and > > give some gift as proof of their sincerity.
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^ If, however, there is some implied divinity in the film,30 it remains transcendent, like the divinity of the ineffable, invisible supreme god in Gnosticism, except where it is immanent in the form of the divine spark active in humans.31 III. Buddhism in The Matrix .
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.However, Gnostic dualism placed it in stark contrast to Orthodox Christian non-dualistic teaching, and Gnostics were labelled heretics.^ It is clear, however, that Gnostic Christianity flourished from at least the 2nd - 5th c.
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^ As such, Gnostic Christians have spirits while orthodox Christians only have souls.
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^ But some Gnostics seemed less dualistic than the Catholics and I don’t sense that all Gnostics hated earthly existence, not any more than Christianity in general.
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.Other Gnostics were not even nominally Christian, and several Gnostic texts appear to have no Christian element at all.^ ENNOIA AS PRONOIA AND PROTONOIA - The Gnostic texts emphasize that all the beings which came to exist in the Upper Aeons were ‘first’ and so they ‘pre-exist’.
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^ Regarding other Christian religions, after the final judgment, if I end up in Hell, I can not repent at all whatsoever.
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^ Gnostic texts are cryptic, and no single text clearly explains this myth from beginning to end.
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.Still others were certainly devout mystic ascetics who worshipped Jesus and lived in their own unique ways according to His teachings.^ When Jesus Christ returns, He will judge those who are involved in phallic worship.

^ "The way into the kingdom is found by questioning and answering, by seeking and finding, and by the obedience to that inner voice which can be heard when all other voices are stilled.

^ Its usually a unique teaching of the Mormon Chruch to view God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as three distinct beings, all one in purpose.
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.Simon Magus is believed by some Christians as being the founder of Gnosticism.^ Some Christians were born Jewish and had to find some way to rationalize their new faith and give it a sense of being a part of a larger tradition.
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^ The "reality" of the Matrix which requires that some humans must die as victims of salvific violence is not the ultimate reality to which Buddhism or Gnostic Christianity points.
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^ But some Gnostics seemed less dualistic than the Catholics and I don’t sense that all Gnostics hated earthly existence, not any more than Christianity in general.
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  • Abandon the search for God and the creation and other matters of a similar sort.^ Rather, the temporally evolving content of each monad is synchronized with the evolving content of all the other monads by God, creating the illusion of a shared real world.
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    .Look for him by taking yourself as the starting point.^ Take yourself back to the times when Jesus was on the earth and ask yourself would you have believed Him back then?
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    .Learn who it is within you who makes everything his own and says, "My God, my mind, my thought, my soul, my body."^ I’m happy to see that you have your beliefs for your own reasons rather than someone who believes on others’ words, or worse yet, is forced to believe.
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    ^ Here, then, is eternal life – to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves,… the same as all Gods have done before you…” .
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    ^ So why does God say: 9 And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly?
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    Learn the sources of sorrow:, joy, love, hate. .Learn how it happens that one watches without willing, rests without willing, becomes angry without willing, loves without willing.^ Whereas Cypher and Mouse represent what happens when one gives in to samsara, the rest of the crew epitomize the restraint and composure praised by the Buddha.
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    .If you carefully investigate these matters you will find him in yourself.^ Secondly, you find yourself guilty of the same.
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    ^ If you bothered to understand the Bible you would find that most of these so called contradictions can easily be explained.
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    ^ What you will find instead are essays that both elucidate the philosophical problems raised by the film and explore possible avenues for solving these problems.
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    .
    • Hipolytus, REF 8.15.1-2. Refutationis Omnium Haeresium translated in Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels (New York: Vintage Books, 1989) intro.^ Elaine Pagels notes that the similarities between Gnosticism and Buddhism have prompted some scholars to question their interdependence and to wonder whether "...if the names were changed, the 'living Buddha' appropriately could say what the Gospel of Thomas attributes to the living Jesus."
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      ^ Read the Bible, the Qur’an, the Book of Mormon, the Gnostic gospels, the Rig Vedas, Tao te Ching, etc.
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      ^ Lowell Bair (New York: Bantam Books, 1961), 98.
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      .XIX.
  • In the concluding document of Messina the proposal was 'by the simultaneous application of historical and typological methods' to designate 'a particular group of systems of the second century after Christ' as 'gnosticism', and to use 'gnosis' to define a conception of knowledge transcending the times which was described as 'knowledge of divine mysteries for an élite'.
    • Markschies, Gnosis: An Introduction, p.^ "I am not using the term 'Gnosis' as applying merely to the tenets of certain Gnostic sects...in the early centuries of the Christian era, but I am using it in connection with a definite super-knowledge which can be traced back to the remotest ages and the oldest scriptures of which we have any literary records, and which was taught by initiates, Adepts, and Masters of the Ancient Wisdom in the inner circles of those mysteries and mystery cults which are known to have existed in Egypt and elsewhere, even in remotest times.

      ^ You can define Gnostics narrowly enough so that the term becomes limited to a set of groups starting in the second century, but that is just a definition of convvenience.
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      ^ Today in Eastern Orthodox churches, the emphasis at this feast is on the shining forth and revelation of Jesus Christ as the Messiah and second person of the Holy Trinity at the time of his baptism.

      .13.
  • The Gnostics were the earliest Christians with anything like a regular theological system, and it is only too evident that it was Jesus who was made to fit their theology as Christos, and not their theology that was developed out of his sayings and doings.^ Augustine was converted to Christianity out of the Gnostic sect Manicheanism.
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    ^ A lot of the people who do, ritualistically devour the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ themselves every Sunday and don’t see anything weird about it.
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    ^ But at one several points it is stated that > those who acknowledged Jesus as the Christ during the life of Jesus > were put out of the synagogue.
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    .Their ancestors had maintained, before the Christian era, that the Great Serpent -- Jupiter, the Dragon of Life, the Father and "Good Divinity," had glided into the couch of Semele, and now, the post-Christian Gnostics, with a very trifling change, applied the same fable to the man Jesus, and asserted that the same "Good Divinity," Saturn (Ilda-Baoth), had, in the shape of the Dragon of Life, glided over the cradle of the infant Mary.^ How could it be that the Fourth Gospel was at one time in its history > > regarded as the product of an Egyptian-trained gnostic, and at another > > time in its history regarded as composed for the very purpose of > > attacking this same gnostic?
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    ^ The first thing that gets aborted in the life of a real man and father is Me Me Me in order to make room for the the things you always wanted but could not get by yourself.
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    ^ The same resolution can be applied here, as long as time exists in Heaven: God knows what you will want before you want it, by having been in the future and (so to speak) looking into your mind then.13 Can (3) and (4) both be maintained, given (1) and (2*)?
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    .
  • GNOSTICS, n.^ (H.P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled) - 195:223-224 (Vol.

    .A sect of philosophers who tried to engineer a fusion between the early Christians and the Platonists.^ Even Eusebius the greatest Christian propagandist who ever lived admitted to the similarities between Christianity and Paganism.
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    ^ The Marcionites and the Valentinians were the most influnential sects of early Christianity and they were still living traditions.
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    ^ Umbra 33 There are many sects of “christianity” who hold to the mark of cain garbage.
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    .The former would not go into the caucus and the combination failed, greatly to the chagrin of the fusion managers.^ The only technical problem is how one would go about feeding a storyline directly into a brain.
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    ^ You can try all you might to get passed a wall by walking into it repeatedly, but if you don’t try to go over, around, under or whatever, then I would say you are not trying.
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GNOSTICISM (Gr. yv&oacs, knowledge), the name generally applied to that spiritual movement existing side by side with genuine .Christianity, as it gradually crystallized into the old Catholic Church, which may roughly be defined as a distinct religious syncretism bearing the strong impress of Christian influences.^ Frederick Nietzsches stated view on Christianity is: "The Christian Church has left nothing untouched by its depravity; it has turned every value into worthlessness, and every truth into a lie."
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^ There are numerous old manuscripts available with reference to Gnosticism dating back to the early Church, they provide important insight into the teachings and influence of gnosticism on the world and in particular, the Church.

^ The traditional apostolic succession may be of some interest and value within the Thelemic E.G.C. as an aspect of the traditions inherited from the pre-Thelemic French Gnostic Church, and as a form of symbolic successorship to the great Christian, Hebraic and Pagan religious systems of the past.
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.I. The term " Gnosis " first appears in a technical sense in 1 Tim.^ (On first hearing, it is sometimes confused with another more common term of the same root but opposite sense: agnostic, literally "not knowing", a knower of nothing.
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^ (This is an article which first appeared in Sword of the Gnosis, published by Bishop Tau Sir Hasrim, Bishop, E.G.C. He has kindly permitted us to edit and include it here.
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^ On first hearing, it is sometimes confused with another more common term of the same root but opposite sense: agnostic, literally "not knowing”.
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vi. .20 (i) 1/Æv&wvvµos yvcovcs). It seems to have at first been applied exclusively, or at any rate principally, to a particular tendency within the movement as a whole, i.e. to those sections of (the Syrian) Gnostics otherwise generally known as Ophites or Naasseni (see Hippolytus, Philosophumena, v.^ And in particular, exactly on the subject of our current discussion of the gnostic texts, see the section on Clones and do not miss the virtual eye-witness account of the use of the Siensir .
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^ In the first few centuries after the death of Christ, a tradition that came to be known as Gnosticism produced a number of texts that defy modern conventional understanding of the life of Christ and the apostles.
  • Gnostic & Apocryphal Studies Collection (10 Vols.) 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.logos.com [Source type: Academic]

^ But what is clearly known about New Age Christianity is that its adherents accept as gospel and draw light from what is generally known as Gnostic literature.
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2: Naaao voi. .. of Eavrous FvcoartKovs a1roKaXovvrEs; Irenaeus i. 11.1; Epiphanius, Haeres. xxvi. Cf. also the self-assumed name of the Carpocratiani, Iren. i. 25.6). But in Irenaeus the term has already come to designate the whole movement. .This first came into prominence in the opening decades of the 2nd century A.D., but is certainly older; it reached its height in the second third of the same century, and began to wane about the 3rd century, and from the second half of the 3rd century onwards was replaced by the closely-related and more powerful Manichaean movement.^ It is in the second and third centuries that Gnosticism… .
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^ The second is very closely related to this.
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^ This was one of the first passages I came across when I first began reading the Nag Hammadi and it was the first to really get me thinking about things, or should I say RE-thinking the things I thought I knew.
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.Offshoots of it, however, continued on into the 4th and 5th centuries.^ However, the material continued to be edited and supplemented down to the 4th century and new texts were being written throughout this period.

^ Valentianism Disciples of Valentinus continued to be active into the fourth century CE, after the Roman Empire was declared to be Christian[2].
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^ These heresies, however, would continue to attract adherents for centuries to come.
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.Epiphanius still had the opportunity of making personal acquaintance with Gnostic sects.^ Calling someone a Gnostic can make the person either blush, beam, or fume.
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^ The Greek word for "knowledge" used by the Gnostics to mean knowledge gained not through intellectual discovery but through personal experience or acquaintance which initiates one into esoteric mysteries.
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^ In eastern Europe the Gnostic thoughts still flourish among some religious sects, as they have done for a long time.
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.II. Of the actual writings of the Gnostics, which were extraordinarily numerous,' very little has survived; they were sacrificed to the destructive zeal of their ecclesiastical opponents.^ They are totally different from the Gnostic writings.
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^ Though the Gnostic writings was Christian in thought, they also showed Egyptian (Coptic), Greek and Hellenistic influences, as well as the esoteric Judaic.
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^ "The Surprising Christian Tradition of Reincarnation", which relies heavily on gnostic writings such as the Pistis Sophia (the best known of the surviving gnostic writings) to support its viewpoint.
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.Numerous fragments and extracts from Gnostic writings are to be found in the works of the Fathers who attacked Gnosticism.^ Rudolph bases his work on numerous original Gnostic sources including the writings of the early "Church Fathers;" and The Corpus Hermeticum , The Pistis Sophia , The Hymn of the Pearl ; various extracts from Mandean literature and, of course, the Nag Hammadi (the Judaeo-Christian Gnostic Texts, discovered in 1947).
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^ Irenaeus was largely copied by Tertullian, who, however, was an independent authority on Marcionism; by Hippolytus, who in his work against heresies adds, however, large extracts from his independent reading of Gnostic works; and by Epiphanius, who also gives a few valuable additions from other sources.
  • Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature to the End of the Sixth Century A.D., with an Account of the Principal Sects and Heresies. | Christian Classics Ethereal Library 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.ccel.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Nor is any separate recognition given to any so-called "orthodox gnosis" that is occasionally alluded to, more as a figure of speech than as any discernible historical phenomenon, in the writings of some of the Church Fathers who were contemporaneous with the Gnostics.
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.Most valuable of all are the long extracts in the 5th and 6th books of the Philosophumena of Hippolytus.^ This book is an especially valuable achievement for all the skeptical mystics who have felt certain that Literalist Christianity is a later distortion of the doctrines of the original Christians.
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^ On Page 6, Doresse states that the book known as the Philosophumena (circa 230 C.E.) and traditionally attributed to Hippolytus, is actually the Elenchos and written by another author he calls pseudo-Hippolytus.
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^ Hippolytus in The Refutation of All Heresies (book 6 chapters 2-7, 225-235/6 A.D.) also goes into Simon's pseudo-Platonic nonsense.
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.The most accessible and best critical edition of the fragments which have been preserved word for word is to be found in Hilgenfeld's Ketzergeschichte des Urchristentums. One of the most important of these fragments is the letter of Ptolemaeus to Flora, preserved in Epiphanius, Haeres. xxxiii.^ As in Part One, we find here the statement that prayer circles are commonly found in indigenous cultures, and in most instances, the "Sacred Four Directions" play an important part in the functions of the circle ritual.
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^ Only a few of these salvific figures are mentioned in Gnostic scripture; some of the most important are Seth (the third Son of Adam) and Jesus.” 11 Gnostics do not view salvation as redemption for one’s sin, but as an escape from ignorance which causes sin.
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^ Valentinus, the best known and most influential of the Gnostic heretics, was born according to Epiphanius (Haer., XXXI) on the coast of Egypt.
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3-7 (see on this point Harnack in the Sitzungsberichte der Berliner Akademie, 1902, pp. 5 0 7-545). .Gnostic fragments are certainly also preserved for us in the Acts of Thomas. Here we should especially mention the beautiful and much-discussed Song of the Pearl, or Song of the Soul, which is generally, though without absolute clear proof, attributed to the Gnostic Bardesanes (till lately it was known only in the Syrian text; edited and translated by Bevan, Texts and Studies, 2 v.^ In consequence of this interdiction, notwithstanding the great age and the resulting high development of Jewish gnosticism , only fragments of it have been preserved in the earlier portions of traditional literature.
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^ In the first few centuries after the death of Christ, a tradition that came to be known as Gnosticism produced a number of texts that defy modern conventional understanding of the life of Christ and the apostles.
  • Gnostic & Apocryphal Studies Collection (10 Vols.) 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.logos.com [Source type: Academic]

^ In another gnostic text, the Secret Gospel of Thomas, Christ promises us spiritual fulfilment "I shall give you what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand has touched and what has never arisen in the human mind."
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.3, 1897; Hofmann, Zeitschrift fiir neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, iv.; for the newly-found Greek text see Acta apostolorum, ed.^ The complete collection of texts may be found in James M. Robinson, ed.
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^ Lets look at the Westcott-Hort Greek text and see if blood is left out there too for Colossians 1: 14.
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^ From this evolved the Osirian legend found in the Pyramid Texts to be later popularized and embellished by the Greek writer Plutarch.

Bonnet, ii. 2, c. 108, p. 219). .Generally also much Gnostic matter is contained in the apocryphal histories of the Apostles.^ The French occultists such as Papus and Sedir penetrate the matter with a much purer spirit and immeasurably more deeply and appropriately than these supposed Gnostics."
  • Correct Gnosticism and the Ordo Templi Orientis 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC user.cyberlink.ch [Source type: Original source]

^ Gnosticism taught generally that matter was evil, and was the creation of a lesser god (called the demiurge, after Plato).

^ VICTORY is loving the souls of every man, woman and child no matter how much hatred, contempt and pure evil their heart contains.
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.To the school of Bardesanes belongs the " Book of the Laws of the Lands," which does not, however, contribute much to our knowledge of Gnosticism.^ That does not make us gnostic, however.

^ Written contributions to Nag Hammadi studies have included numerous articles on the relationship of Gnosticism to Platonic philosophy and the editio princeps of the Book of Thomas the Contender, The Interpretation of Knowledge, A Valentinian Exposition, Allogenes, and Hypsiphrone .
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^ I actually was persuaded finally to read Gnostic Gospels by The Jesus Mysteries; these books have much in common.
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.Finally, we should mention in this connexion the text on which are based the pseudo-Clementine Homilies and Recognitiones (beginning of the 3rd century).^ Last of all, Marsanes and the Untitled Text of the Bruce Codex should be mentioned as probably the latest of the Sethian treatises that we possess.
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^ Finally, as previously mentioned, the Untitled Text of the Bruce Codex also belongs among the Sethian treatises, and seems to have affinity mostly with Zostrianos and Gospel of the Egyptians .
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^ So what else should one do when making a historical case based on two centuries of texts but cite all sides of the ancient debate?
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is, of course, already permeated with the .Catholic spirit, but has drawn so largely upon sources of a Judaeo-Christian Gnostic character that it comes to a great extent within the category of sources for Gnosticism.^ Late in his life, the most "pneumatic" of the Gospel writers, John, saw the first Gnostic revisionists emerge from within the earliest circle of Christians.
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^ The traditional apostolic succession may be of some interest and value within the Thelemic E.G.C. as an aspect of the traditions inherited from the pre-Thelemic French Gnostic Church, and as a form of symbolic successorship to the great Christian, Hebraic and Pagan religious systems of the past.
  • The Invisible Basilica: History of the Gnostic Catholic Church 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.hermetic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Indeed, Gnosticism preaches a radical dualism of good immateriality and evil matter; while for Jung, as for the Kabbalah, good and evil originate (and end) in the same source, are mutually dependent upon one another and are not simply to be identified with spirit and matter.

.Complete original Gnostic works have unfortunately survived to us only from the period of the decadence of Gnosticism.^ Tinder, in the periodical, “First Things,” states that…”Voegelin applies the concept of gnosticism so broadly that it seems to take in everything…This tells us nothing at all.

^ Originally only a few groups used the term Gnostic, but historians began to use this term for many more groups who held similar belief systems.

^ The meaning of the Kingdom can only be defined by reference to the praxis of Jesus, not theoretically: it means working at the historical reality that surrounds us in order to transform it into the Kingdom.
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.Of these we should mention the comprehensive work called the Pistis-Sophia, probably belonging to the second half of the 3rd century.^ Last of all, Marsanes and the Untitled Text of the Bruce Codex should be mentioned as probably the latest of the Sethian treatises that we possess.
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^ However, none of these records predates the second century A.D., and so no record exists of gnosticism as it was developing during the time of the apostles and the early church.
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^ Here we see Pistis (faith) and Sophia (wisdom) working together in the creative current, to manifest matterial creation.
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.3 Further, the Coptic-Gnostic texts of the Codex Brucianus; both the books of Ieu, and an anonymous third work (edited and translated by C. Schmidt, Texte and Untersuchungen, vol.^ The book is a translation of four of the Gnostic texts found at Nag Hammadi in ...
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^ Concerning translation, Robinson relates that "the texts were translated one by one from Greek to Coptic, and not always by translators capable of grasping the profundity or sublimity of what they sought to translate."
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^ Quotations in the text of the Eucharist are from the following Gnostic gospels: Acts of John, Acts of Thomas, Gospel of Philip, and Book of the Great Logos.
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viii., .1892; and a new translation by the same in Koptische-gnostische Schriften, i.^ Nibley citing 1 Jehu 10-11, in Schmidt, Gnostische Schriften in koptischer Spirache, 52-53; cf.
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^ Nibley citing 2 Jeu, 54 (40), in Carl Schmidt, Gnostische Schriften in koptischer Sprache, 99; tr., 193.
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^ Nibley citing Second Coptic Gnostic Work, 8a, in Schmidt, Gnostische Schriften in koptischer Sprache, 231-32.
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) which, contrary to the opinion of their editor and translator, the present writer believes to represent, in their existing form, a still later period and a still more advanced stage in the decadence of Gnosticism. .For other and older Coptic-Gnostic texts, in one of which is contained the source of Irenaeus's treatises on the Barbelognostics, but which have unfortunately not yet been made completely accessible, see C. Schmidt in Sitzungsberichte der Berl.^ Gnosticism, Gnostic Gospels & other Metaphysical Texts .
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^ However, a small amount of Gnostic teachings survived, hidden in caves or in watered-down form in other "heretical" texts (broadly labelled as "Apocrypha").
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^ And in particular, exactly on the subject of our current discussion of the gnostic texts, see the section on Clones and do not miss the virtual eye-witness account of the use of the Siensir .
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Akad.
(1896), p. .839 seq., and " Philotesia," dedicated to Paul Kleinert (1 9 0 7), p.^ I, 29," in Philotesia : Paul Kleinert zum LXX Gebusrtstag dargebracht .
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315 seq.
.On the whole, then, for an exposition of Gnosticism we are thrown back upon the polemical writings of the Fathers in their controversy with heresy.^ The Gnostic influences and writings were cut out of official Church doctrines as heresy.
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^ Gnosticism was a vital part of the thought-world of St. Clement; much of his writing was polemic against it, and at the same time it influenced his categories of thought.
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^ Whether used as an epithet for heresy or spiritual snobbery, or as a compliment for spiritual knowledge and esotericism, Gnosticism remains a cornucopia of controversy.
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.The most ancient of these is Justin, who according to his Apol.^ Most people who enjoy these three popular sagas might be inspired by their positive values but do not take their Gnostic wonderland seriously.
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^ But, according to these men, neither was the Word made flesh, nor Christ, nor the Saviour (Soter), who was produced from [the joint contributions of] all [the Aeons].
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^ Anyone who first reads these ancient Christian texts is at first struck by how incomprehensible, how utterly foreign is the language of these documents.
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i.
.26 wrote a Syntagma against all heresies (c. A.D. 1 50), and also, probably, a special polemic against 1 See the list of their titles in A. Harnack, Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur, Teil I. v.^ AD185-254), also wrote against heresy.
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^ Against All Heresies ch.2 p.650 .

^ Against All Heresies ch.2 p.651 .

171; ib. Teil II. Chronologie der altchristl. Literatur, i. 533 seq.; also Liechtenhahn, Die Offenbarung im Gnosticismus (1901).
2 For the text see A. Merx, Bardesanes von Edessa (1863), and A. Hilgenfeld, Bardesanes der letzte Gnostiker (1864).
Ed. .Petermann-Schwartze; newly translated by C. Schmidt, Koptisch-gnostische Schriften, i. (1905), in the series Die griechischen christlichen Schriftsteller der ersten drei Jahrhunderte; see also A. Harnack, Texte and Untersuchungen, Bd.^ Another Online version [back] 3rd edition, Buenos Aires Press 1985, 13 (1st Edition 1931) [back] Carl Schmidt: "Griechisch-christliche Schriftsteller der ersten 3 Jahrhunderte," published by the Berliner Akademie.
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^ Nibley citing 1 Jehu 10-11, in Schmidt, Gnostische Schriften in koptischer Spirache, 52-53; cf.
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^ Nibley citing 2 Jeu, 54 (40), in Carl Schmidt, Gnostische Schriften in koptischer Sprache, 99; tr., 193.
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vii. Heft 2 (1891), and Chronologie der altchristlichen Literatur, ii. 193-195.
A Marcion (fragment in Irenaeus iv. 6.2). .Both these writings are lost.^ These edicts were devastating to the Egyptian culture and religion, both of which had been preserved over millennia through the Egyptian language and the writing systems of Egyptian priests.
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.He was followed by Irenaeus, who, especially in the first book of his treatise Adversus haereses (EXE yxov Kai i.va:ponr* T1jS 1/Æ UScobyoV 'yvCJQEWS Otf3XLa 7rEPTE, c. A.D. 180), gives a detailed account of the Gnostic heresies.^ The first statement, especially, is susceptible of this interpretation, that the world was not created in love; but the other statements, too, are found in connection with Gnosticism as, for example, in the account of Simon Magus in the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies 2.22.
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^ In the gnostic Apocryphon of John (long version), there exists an intricately detailed passage describing the creation of Adam, the first Man.
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^ By 180 C.E. Irenaeus, bishop of Lyon, was publishing his first attacks on Gnosticism as heresy, a labor that would be continued with increasing vehemence by the church Fathers throughout the next century.
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.He founds his work upon that of his master Justin, but adds from his own knowledge among many other things, notably the detailed account of Valentinianism at the beginning of the book.^ Founded upon the inner Knowledge .
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^ Gnostic faith which is founded upon Knowledge, .
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^ I'm a Christian and many other things besides.
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.On Irenaeus, and probably also on Justin, Hippolytus drew for his Syntagma (beginning of the 3rd century), a work which is also lost, but can, with great certainty, be reconstructed from three recensions of it: in the Panarion of Epiphanius (after 374), in Philaster of Brescia, Adversus haereses, and the Pseudo-Tertullian, Liber adversus omnes haereses. A second work of Hippolytus (Kara 7raawv aip VEcov €Xeyxos) is preserved in the so-called Philosophumena which survives under the name of Origen.^ How do you begin the Great Work?

^ Until fairly recently, most of what was known about gnosticism came from the writings of early "church fathers" (e.g., Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Origen, Epiphanius, Tertullian, Clement), who wrote against gnosticism in the period between the second and fourth centuries A.D. The original writings of the gnostic teachers themselves, which might have given us a more accurate picture of their philosophy, have been lost, except for some fragments of these works which have been preserved.
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^ Marcion: (85-160 CE) He organized a series of Gnostic congregations in the eastern Mediterranean which survived into the 3rd century CE. He wrote a book called Antitheses which earned him excommunication by the Christian leaders of Rome.

.Here Hippolytus gave a second exposition supplemented by fresh Gnostic original sources with which he had become acquainted in the meanwhile.^ Scholars have attributed the origins of gnosticism to a number of sources: the Greek mystery cults; Zoroastrianism ; the KABBALAH of Judaism; and Egyptian religion.
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^ "Scholars have attributed the origins of gnosticism to a number of sources: the Greek mystery cults; Zoroastrianism; the Kabbalah of Judaism; and Egyptian religion.
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^ Here lies the germ of the dualism; the terrible things are believed to have come from the second being even though his independent origin is never positively expressed.

These sources quoted in Hippolytus have lately met with very unfavourable criticisms. The opinion has been advanced that Hippolytus has here fallen a victim to the mystification of a forger. .The truth of the matter must be that Hippolytus probably made use of a collection of Gnostic texts, put together by a Gnostic, in which were already represented various secondary developments of the genuine Gnostic schools.^ I have used a number of Gnostic texts to piece together, the Gnostic version of the Genesis.
  • Dark Mirrors of Heaven - Gnostic Cosmogony 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.timelessmyths.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The gnostic schools and societies, however, could not have made very great demands on their adherents, or they could not have increased enough to endanger the Church as they did.
  • JewishEncyclopedia.com - GNOSTICISM: 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC jewishencyclopedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And in particular, exactly on the subject of our current discussion of the gnostic texts, see the section on Clones and do not miss the virtual eye-witness account of the use of the Siensir .
  • Gnosticism / Controller Agenda 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.openseti.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It is also possible that the compiler has himself attempted here and there to harmonize to a certain extent the various Gnostic doctrines, yet in no case is this collection of sources given by Hippolytus to be passed over; it should rather be considered as important evidence for the beginnings of the decay of Gnosticism.^ Gnostic, no such evidence exists.
  • House: Heresies in the Colossian Church: Pt. 1 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC faculty.gordon.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There is no doctrine about that, nor is it preached.
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^ Contrary to the fundamental principles of Gnosticism, there is no core, spiritual essence.
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.Very noteworthy references to Gnosticism are also to be found scattered up and down the Stromateis of Clement of Alexandria.^ Clement of Alexandria also claimed to be a Gnostic Christian.
  • Gnostic and Historic Christianity 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.africawithin.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The names of very few Gnostics - Simon Magus, Valentinus, Basilides, Hypatia - have come down to us.
  • Origins of the Gnostic Movement: nostics or Illuminati? 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.metahistory.org [Source type: Original source]

^ (Although these concepts are explained in various places in this article, a quick reference of commonly used Gnostic terms can be found at the end of the article.
  • The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn ® (H.O.G.D.) Sacred Femanine 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.hermeticgoldendawn.org [Source type: Original source]

.Especially important are the Excerpta ex Theodoto, the author of which is certainly Clement, which are verbally extracted from Gnostic writings, and have almost the value of original sources.^ Excerpta ex Theodoto 63-65).
  • A GLOSSARY OF GNOSTIC TERMS A - F 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gnosticq.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Rudolph bases his work on numerous original Gnostic sources including the writings of the early "Church Fathers;" and The Corpus Hermeticum , The Pistis Sophia , The Hymn of the Pearl ; various extracts from Mandean literature and, of course, the Nag Hammadi (the Judaeo-Christian Gnostic Texts, discovered in 1947).
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^ Scholars have attributed the origins of gnosticism to a number of sources: the Greek mystery cults; Zoroastrianism ; the KABBALAH of Judaism; and Egyptian religion.
  • "Natural Magick" - "Glossary/Index - G" 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC homepages.tscnet.com [Source type: Original source]

.The writings of Origen also contain a wealth of material.^ F.F. Bruce writes, "Its cosmopolitan population and material wealth provided an apt setting for cultural exchange and religious syncretism " ( ibid ., p.
  • Gnosticism (Forerunner Commentary) :: Bible Tools 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC bibletools.org [Source type: Original source]

.In the first place should be mentioned the treatise Contra Celsum, in which the expositions of Gnosticism by both Origen and Celsus are of interest (see especially v.^ The book, now lost, is known through the reply made in the 3rd century by Origen in his Contra Celsum.
  • The Gnosis of Homo sapiens 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.dhushara.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Last of all, Marsanes and the Untitled Text of the Bruce Codex should be mentioned as probably the latest of the Sethian treatises that we possess.
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^ Illuministic cults such as Rosicrucianism offered study of the hidden doctrines that led to enlightenment BUT NOW, for the first time, we have a movement that combines both elements of Gnosticism!
  • THE NEW THING: Part One - The Gnostic Key to Revival. 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.intotruth.org [Source type: Original source]

61 seq. and vi. 25 seq.). .Of Tertullian's works should be mentioned: De praescriptione haereticorum, especially Adversus Marcionem, Adversus Hermogenem, and finally Adversus Valentinianos (entirely founded on Irenaeus).^ One of the major Gnostic movements was founded by Valentinus whose dates are about 100 to 153 AD. Tertullian (about 155 to 230) AD wrote a book opposed to the teachings of Valentinus, entitled Adversus Valentinianos .
  • CHRISTIAN MEDIA RESEARCH - Profiles - Doctrines - Gnosticism Reborn In The End Times 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.christianmediaresearch.com [Source type: Original source]

^ However Roberto de la Caridad Toca y Medina should be mentioned at this point, with reference to his succession via one Johannes Mller Rider.
  • Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica : Gnostic Catholic Church 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC user.cyberlink.ch [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The earliest and most vivid account of the Carpocratian Gnostics can be found in Irenaeus (130-202 A.D.) work titled Against Heresy.
  • "Christian" Gnosticisms Corruption of the Western/Alexandrian Manuscripts 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.logosresourcepages.org [Source type: Original source]

.Here must also be mentioned the dialogue of Adamantius with the Gnostics, De recta in deum fide (beginning of 4th century).^ Here, we must remember that a key characteristic of Gnosticism is the syndrome of the secret 136 or what Barthes calls the age-old struggle between a secret and an utterance.
  • IJBS 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.ubishops.ca [Source type: Original source]

^ Here we must mention another basic idea of a particular post­conciliar theology which has led in this direction.
  • Eschaton Si, Immanent No! « The American Catholic 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC the-american-catholic.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In the initial century and a half of Christianity -- the period when we find first mention of "Gnostic" Christians -- no single acceptable format of Christian thought had yet been defined.
  • Archaeologica.org • View topic - Philo's guide to decoding the Hebrew Bible 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC archaeologica.boardbot.com [Source type: General]

.Among the followers of Hippolytus, Epiphanius in his Panarion gives much independent and valuable information from his own knowledge of contemporary Gnosticism.^ Before this discovery all our information on the Gnostic sects and doctrines relied on anti- Gnostic writings, such as those of SS. Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus, Hippolytus, and Epiphanius.
  • The School of Alexandria - Part I/Ch 4 - The Gnostics 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.copticchurch.net [Source type: Original source]

^ The true importance of the Gnostic Scriptures is that they give us back a Christianity that, even in its own time, barely saw the light of day.
  • Gnostic Christianity and the Myth of Sophia 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.essene.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Since we have very little knowledge of actual Gnostic communities, it's hard to say much about how Gnostic people actually lived.
  • The Da Vinci Opportunity: How the Da Vinci Code Can Be Helpful 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.markdroberts.com [Source type: General]

But Theodoret of Cyrus (d. .455) is already entirely dependent on previous works and has nothing new to add.^ His entire work is to gather the new people.” The fruit of Jesus’ work is the Church, “a communion of converted sinners who live by the grace of forgiveness and transmit it themselves” [p.
  • Eschaton Si, Immanent No! « The American Catholic 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC the-american-catholic.com [Source type: Original source]

.With the 4th century both Gnosticism and the polemical literature directed against it die out.'^ The polemics against the Gnostics of proto-orthodoxy and other Gnostic writings.
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^ It appears however that Krumm-Heller is not deeply familiar with the gnostic literature, else he would have drawn a boundary against these Barbelites.
  • Correct Gnosticism and the Ordo Templi Orientis 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC user.cyberlink.ch [Source type: Original source]

^ While the historical and theological details are far too complex for proper explication here, the tide of history can be said to have turned against Gnosticism in the middle of the second century.
  • The Gnostic Society Library - PuertoRico.com Discussion Forum 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.puertorico.com [Source type: Original source]

.III. If we wish to grasp the peculiar character of the great Gnostic movement, we must take care not to be led astray by the catchword " Gnosis."^ Illuministic cults such as Rosicrucianism offered study of the hidden doctrines that led to enlightenment BUT NOW, for the first time, we have a movement that combines both elements of Gnosticism!
  • THE NEW THING: Part One - The Gnostic Key to Revival. 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.intotruth.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The scholars proposed restricting the use of the term "Gnosticism" to certain second-century "heretical" movements, while the broader term "gnosis" was to be used to refer to "knowledge of the divine mysteries for an elite."
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^ All popular spiritual movements (East and West) are untrue, because gnosis must be broken down in order to be disseminated and popularized.
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.It is a mistake to regard the Gnostics as pre-eminently the representatives of intellect amongChristians, and Gnosticism as an intellectual tendency chiefly concerned with philosophical speculation, the reconciliation of religion with philosophy and theology.^ Gnosis is found in all the great religions and philosophies of the past, all have something in common, all have concern with man's behavior or his change for the better, and that is our goal within Gnosis.” .

^ The chief content of the oldest gnosis consists of cosmogonical and theosophical speculation; the means by which an amalgamation of the old religion with newer philosophical ideas was achieved was allegory.
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^ Gnosticism, Philosophy, Religion gnosticism and the Gnostic Jesus by Douglas Groothuis from the Christian ResearchJournal, Fall 1990, page 8.
  • Geometry.Net - Religion: Gnosticism 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.geometry.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It is true that when Gnosticism was at its height it numbered amongst its followers both theologians and men of science, but that is not its main characteristic.^ To characterize Gnosticism as true Christianity or to promote some broad "Christianity" that embraces them both is to misrepresent both true Christianity and true Gnosticism.
  • The Da Vinci Code, Gnosticism, Leonard Da Vinci, and the Bible 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC gospelway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In paganism, the true sage--the true Gnostic--overcomes the illusion of personal existence and, therefore, also the ethical demands that follow from it.
  • http://www.allwest.com/~jglange/Gnostics.html 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.allwest.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Peithmann even names the following "true Gnostics" in exactly the same order: the Borborians, Coddians, Stratiotics, Phibionites, Zacchaeans and Barbelites.
  • Correct Gnosticism and the Ordo Templi Orientis 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC user.cyberlink.ch [Source type: Original source]

.Among the majority of the followers of the movement " Gnosis " was understood not as meaning " knowledge " or " understanding," in our sense of the word, but " revelation."^ Stories of angelic revelation that counter the word of God makes up a major portion of new revelation today.

^ When our spiritual walk and understanding are guided by fresh “words from the Lord” and so called “anointed revelation,” we become dependent on particular men and meetings.

^ The scholars proposed restricting the use of the term "Gnosticism" to certain second-century "heretical" movements, while the broader term "gnosis" was to be used to refer to "knowledge of the divine mysteries for an elite."
  • Gnosticism 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.mcs.ca [Source type: Original source]

.These little Gnostic sects and groups all lived in the conviction that they 1 See R. A. Lipsius, Die Quellen der iiltesten Ketzergeschichte (1875); A. Harnack, Zur Quellenkritik der Geschichte des Gnosticismus (1873); A. Hilgenfeld, Ketzergeschichte, pp.^ They are all gnostics which means a.
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^ All these people live in the internal worlds as if they were in the physical world.
  • Gnosticism 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.mcs.ca [Source type: Original source]

^ These little Gnostic sects and groups all lived in the conviction that they possessed a secret and mysterious knowledge, in no way accessible to those outside, which was not to be proved or propagated, but believed in by the initiated, and anxiously guarded as a secret.

1-83; Harnack, Geschichte der altchristlich. Literatur, i. 171 seq., ii. 533 seq., 712 seq.; J. Kunze, De historiae Gnostic. fontibus (1894). On the Philosophumena of Hippolytus see G. Salmon, the cross-references in the Philosophumena, Hermathena, vol. xi. (1885) p. 53 8 9 seq.; H. Staehelin, Die gnostischen Quellen Hippolyts, Texte and Unters. Bd. vi. Hft. 3 (1890).
possessed a secret and mysterious knowledge, in no way accessible to those outside, which was not to be proved or propagated, but believed in by the initiated, and anxiously guarded as a secret. .This knowledge of theirs was not based on reflection, on scientific inquiry and proof, but on revelation.^ Thus the words: This knowledge of theirs was not based on reflection, on scientific inquiry and proof, but on revelation .
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^ This knowledge of theirs was not based on reflection, on scientific inquiry and proof, but on revelation...

^ This knowledge of theirs was not based on reflection, on scientific inquiry and proof, but on revelation.
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.It was derived directly from the times of primitive Christianity; from the Saviour himself and his disciples and friends, with whom they claimed to be connected by a secret tradition, or else from later prophets, of whom many sects boasted.^ The Gospel of Philip claims they were Christians.
  • Index of Gnostic Teachings 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.biblequery.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It was derived directly from the times of primitive Christianity, from the Savior himself and from his disciples and friends, with whom they claimed to be connected by a secret tradition, or else from later prophets, of whom many sects boasted.
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^ Regarding the claim of the Gnostic Christians reported in the Britannica that their secret doctrine: was derived directly from the times of primitive Christianity, from the Savior himself and from his disciples and friends, with whom they claimed to be connected by a secret tradition, or else from later prophets, of whom many sects boasted , I have already demonstrated this to be true.
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.It was laid down in wonderful mystic writings, which were in the possession of the various circles (Liechtenhahn, Die Offenbarung im Gnosticismus, 1901).^ It was laid down in wonderful mystic writings, which were in the possession of the various circles .
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.In short, Gnosticism, in all its various sections, its form and its character, falls under the great category of mystic religions, which were so characteristic of the religious life of decadent antiquity.^ It is religion under whatever form and in whatever nation.
  • Daily Kos: Gnosticism And Jesus' "Destroy This Temple" 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Or is it the life of the religious mystic?
  • Gnostic but not Rationalist 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.artsci.lsu.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ In his recent popular study, The American Religion, Harold Bloom suggests a second characteristic of Gnosticism that might help us conceptually circumscribe its mysterious heart.
  • The Gnostic Society Library - PuertoRico.com Discussion Forum 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.puertorico.com [Source type: Original source]

.In Gnosticism as in the other mystic religions we find the same contrast of the initiated and the uninitiated, the same loose organization, the same kind of petty sectarianism and mystery-mongering.^ Scholars have attributed the origins of gnosticism to a number of sources: the Greek mystery cults; Zoroastrianism ; the KABBALAH of Judaism; and Egyptian religion.
  • "Natural Magick" - "Glossary/Index - G" 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC homepages.tscnet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In his recent popular study, The American Religion, Harold Bloom suggests a second characteristic of Gnosticism that might help us conceptually circumscribe its mysterious heart.
  • The Gnostic Society Library - PuertoRico.com Discussion Forum 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.puertorico.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Finding the Truth: How the earliest church decided Marcion and the Gnostics, among others, were wrong.

All alike boast a mystic revelation and a deeply-veiled wisdom. .As in many mystical religions, so in Gnosticism, the ultimate object is individual salvation, the assurance of a fortunate destiny for the soul after death.^ Gnosticism is a mystical religion which essentially states that salvation comes from knowledge.

^ During this first century of Christianity modern scholarship suggests Gnosticism was one of many currents sweeping the deep waters of the new religion.
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^ Many gnostic elements, as, for example, the syzygy doctrine (in which are found father, mother, and son), have doubtless been preserved in the Cabala, together with magic and mysticism.
  • JewishEncyclopedia.com - GNOSTICISM: 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC jewishencyclopedia.com [Source type: Original source]

.As in the others, so in this the central object of worship is a redeemer-deity who has already trodden the difficult way which the faithful have to follow.^ Soil cultivation became a kind of worship to his followers, "He who cultivates corn [grain] cultivates righteousness" (Vendidad 3.1).

^ When Plato and his followers say that the Creator-Deity is benign, then the Gnostics insist that he is evil, or even that he is not the real Creator, but a usurper who misappropriated creation and then criminally sabotaged or polluted it.
  • Further Remarks on Eric Voegelin and Gnosticism | The Brussels Journal 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.brusselsjournal.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The faithful servant of the Lord is he who reveals to the disciples and believers The Way to find the True Prophet, which is the indwelling Word that exists within each of us.
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.And finally, as in all mystical religions, so here too, holy rites and formulas, acts of initiation and consecration, all those things which we call sacraments, play a very prominent part.^ Maybe religion is a good thing after all.
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^ In Christianity, all positive values are located in God--sometimes may be called God's attributes: love, holiness, justice etc.--and man is in the submissive position of receiving these values as those that he must adhere to.
  • http://www.allwest.com/~jglange/Gnostics.html 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.allwest.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Russian mystical sects played an extremely important part in the Bolshevik revolution, on the side of the Bolsheviks.
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.The Gnostic religion is full of such sacraments.^ In the light of such recognitions one may ask: "Is Gnosticism a religion or a psychology?"
  • Gnosticism 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.mcs.ca [Source type: Original source]

^ The founders of the Catholic Church were the de-Spiritualizers of primitive Christianity, and the destroyers of the Gnostic religion as such, by placing their ban upon all Spiritualistic phenomena!
  • Gnostic and Historic Christianity 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.africawithin.com [Source type: Original source]

^ (Many others, such as Gnostics , Zoroastrians, Manicheans could be inserted) All religions have been overtaken by evil beings and corrupted.
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.In the accounts of the Fathers we find less about them; yet here Irenaeus' account of the Marcosians is of the highest significance (i.^ Henry’s post was a good impetus to find out more about Voeglin, whose work I am not (yet) familiar with.
  • Eschaton Si, Immanent No! « The American Catholic 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC the-american-catholic.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Here, mind you, we are talking about limitations which are inherent in the nature of things--we are not yet talking about "rules" which tell us how to act (that will be discussed next).
  • http://www.allwest.com/~jglange/Gnostics.html 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.allwest.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In any case, you are the one using Tacitus as evidence that he wrote about Jesus, yet, here you are demonstrating that he wrote nonsense about other people...
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21 seq.). .Much more material is to be found in the original Gnostic writings, especially in the PistisSophia and the two books of Ieu, and again in the Excerpta ex Theodoto, the Acts of Thomas, and here and there also in the pseudo-Clementine writings.^ There is much more to it.
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^ Excerpta ex Theodoto 63-65).
  • A GLOSSARY OF GNOSTIC TERMS A - F 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gnosticq.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Reader might be interested to know that two of Professor Yamauchi's books are currently being reprinted: 1) Pre-Christian Gnosticism by Wipf and Stock (Eugene, Oregon).
  • "Pre-Christian Gnosticism, the New Testament and Nag Hammadi in recent debate" by Edwin M. Yamauchi 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.earlychurch.org.uk [Source type: Academic]

.Above all we can see from the original sources of the Mandaean religion, which also represents a branch of Gnosticism, how great a part the sacraments played in the Gnostic sects (Brandt, Mandciische Religion, p.^ Scholars have attributed the origins of gnosticism to a number of sources: the Greek mystery cults; Zoroastrianism ; the KABBALAH of Judaism; and Egyptian religion.
  • "Natural Magick" - "Glossary/Index - G" 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC homepages.tscnet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Gnostic documents do not present their system as a crypto-psychology (with various cosmic forces representing psychic functions), but as a religious and theological explanation of the origin and operation of the universe.
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^ The designafion 'Cainite' ultimately came to be thought of by the church fathers as a parficular branch of heresy, and the Gnostic sect of the 'Cainites' was thereupon invented, becon-dng a standard part of the heresiological catalogs.
  • Jewish Origins of Gnosticism 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.dhushara.com [Source type: Original source]

96 seq.). .Everywhere we are met with the most varied forms of holy rites - the various baptisms, by water, by fire, by the spirit, the baptism for protection against demons, anointing with oil, sealing and stigmatizing, piercing the ears, leading into the bridal chamber, partaking of holy food and drink.^ The Holy of the Holies’ is the bridal chamber.
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^ It is from water and fire and light that the son of the bridal chamber (came into being).
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^ This baptism by fire is the baptism of the Holy Spirit."

.Finally, sacred formulas, names and symbols are of the highest importance among the Gnostic sects.^ The name Abraxas, coined by Basilides, the Egyptian Gnostic, is a word symbol consisting of seven letters which signify the seven creative powers or planetary angels recognized by the ancients .

^ The Christian Gnostics were regarded by some as a new Jewish sect who believed they had finally found the long-awaited Messiah and not a new religion.
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^ One of the aeonial beings who bears the name Sophia ("Wisdom") is of great importance to the Gnostic world view.
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.We constantly meet with the idea that the soul, on leaving the body, finds its path to the highest heaven opposed by the deities and demons of the lower realms of heaven, and only when it is in possession of the names of these demons, and can repeat the proper holy formula, or is prepared with the right symbol, or has been anointed with the holy oil, finds its way unhindered to the heavenly home.^ This Son he seated…in the Ogdoad…in the eighth heaven…of the fixed stars above all the seven heavens of the planets, but is nevertheless lower than the highest world, from which it is separated…the great creator-archon had been by Basilides, the name of Abraxas, .
  • REVIEW: THE SECRET BOOKS OF THE EGYPTIAN GNOSTICS 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.gnostics.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Humans were divided into two or three classes, depending on whether they possessed spirit ( pneuma ), soul ( psyche ), or only a material ( hylic ) nature.
  • "Secret Gospels and Lost Christianities" by W. T. S. Thackara 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.theosociety.org [Source type: Original source]

^ These demons fabricated both the human body and the human soul (which ‘animates’ the body with life, passion, movement, heat etc).
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.Hence the Gnostic must above all things learn the names of the demons, and equip himself with the sacred formulas and symbols, in order to be certain of a good destiny after death.^ The Gnostics must have experimented with the magical formulas.
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^ For the Gnostic, particular things are not good .
  • http://www.allwest.com/~jglange/Gnostics.html 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.allwest.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Maybe religion is a good thing after all.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.The exposition of the system of the Ophites given by Celsus (in Origen vi.^ The gilyonim are 'tablets' and refer specifically to the 'Ophite diagram' described by Celsus and Origen.
  • Jewish Origins of Gnosticism 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.dhushara.com [Source type: Original source]

25 seq.), and, in connexion with Celsus, by Origen, is particularly instructive on this point. .The two " Coptic Ieu " books unfold an immense system of names and symbols.^ Al-Gurna, Luxor – Excavators unearth two papyri books containing over 100 pages of Coptic text.
  • What DID the Early Christians Believe? Nice Gnostics – Christian Mystics of Knowledge 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.jesusneverexisted.com [Source type: Original source]

.This system again was simplified, and as the supreme secret was taught in a single name or a single formula, by means of which the happy possessor was able to penetrate through all the spaces of heaven (cf.^ Rather, redemption in the gnostic systems comes though the secret teachings that Christ taught outside of what the apostles were preaching.

^ The last part of the address space is the code of the database system, which is shared among all four domains.
  • GNOSIS: A Prototype Operating System for the 1990's 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.cis.upenn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "One single Name they do not utter in the world, the Name which the Father gave to the Son, which is above all things, which is the Name of the Father.
  • The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn ® (H.O.G.D.) Sacred Femanine 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.hermeticgoldendawn.org [Source type: Original source]

the name " Caulacau " among the Basilidians; Irenaeus, Adv. hoer. i. 24.5, and among other sects). .It was taught that even the redeemer-god, when he once descended on to this earth, to rise from it again, availed himself of these names and formulas on his descent and ascent through the world of demons.^ Only by escaping the world can he find god (the Force), namely, himself.
  • http://www.allwest.com/~jglange/Gnostics.html 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.allwest.com [Source type: Original source]

^ These Goddesses and Gods may still be called upon in ritual, using their original names in their native lands.
  • Gnostic Pagan Pantheon & Correspondences 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gnostics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Trees and stones, birds and animals, land and water, reptiles and man - all are declared part of God, and God lives and expresses Himself through these substances and forces as the soul expresses itself through the body.
  • Strange Fire:Gnosticism.10 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.velocity.net [Source type: Original source]

Traces of ideas of this kind are to be met with almost everywhere. .They have been most carefully collected by Anz (Ursprung des Gnosticismus, Texte and Untersuchungen xv.^ H. J. Krämer, Der Ursprung der Geistmetaphysik : Untersuchungen zur Geschichte des Platonismus zwischen Platon und Plotin (Amsterdam: P. Schippers, I964).
  • 3fold 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC jdt.unl.edu [Source type: Original source]

.4 passim) who would see in them the central doctrine of Gnosticism.^ The doctrinally orthodox Christians who were instinctively opposed initially to the liberal-progressive movement perhaps might have been repelled by the Gnostic aroma.
  • The Da Vinci Code and the culture war 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.renewamerica.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This strain of Gnostics (and there were others who disagreed) felt that without the biting of the apple, literal time and space would not have precipitated out of eternity.
  • Tarot University Library Archives: Gnosticism and Tarot 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC noreah.typepad.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Gnostics opposed the doctrine that Jesus Christ was fully God who took on human flesh in what they considered to be the evil material world.
  • CHRISTIAN MEDIA RESEARCH - Profiles - Doctrines - Gnosticism Reborn In The End Times 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.christianmediaresearch.com [Source type: Original source]

.IV. All these investigations point clearly to the fact that Gnosticism belongs to the group of mystical religions.^ All of these are clearly gnosticizing tendencies to be rejected.
  • http://www.allwest.com/~jglange/Gnostics.html 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.allwest.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Whether these groups represented a majority or minority of believers is virtually impossible to determine, but it is an aspect of Early Gnosticism that obviously has to be investigated—and the implications either accepted or rejected—by anyone calling himself or herself a “Gnostic” today.
  • REVIEW: THE SECRET BOOKS OF THE EGYPTIAN GNOSTICS 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.gnostics.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The "Christian Gnostic" religion is a mystical form of godliness experienced intuitively and all too often is construed to represent the Presence or Voice of the Holy Spirit.
  • Strange Fire:Gnosticism.10 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.velocity.net [Source type: Original source]

.We must now proceed to define more exactly the peculiar and distinctive character of the Gnostic system.^ So it is possible to argue that orthodox Christianity not only was more appealing as religion than Gnosticism, but that the institutional peculiarities of orthodox Christianity not only were due to distinctive internal and external features characteristic of the Roman world, but that historically this worked out for the better.
  • Elaine Pagels 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.friesian.com [Source type: Original source]

^ While this content may have been attractive when the Ptolemaic system was taught in school, now that only cranks believe it, the gnostics still must drag these obsolescent celestial spheres, no longer respectable, clunking along behind them.
  • Answering Gnosticism 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC thriceholy.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Had Jung been more familiar with the Kabbalah, particularly in its Lurianic form, he would have found a system of mythical thought that was far more compatible with his own psychology than was Gnosticism.

.The basis of the Gnostic religion and world-philosophy lies in a decided Oriental dualism.^ In order to explain evil in the world the gnostics assumed two principles, which, however, are not identical with the Mazdean dualism (comp.
  • JewishEncyclopedia.com - GNOSTICISM: 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC jewishencyclopedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Gnostic mysticism is the goal of the ecumenical movement and will be the basis of the final reformation of religion.

^ "The whole concept of resurrection is the new and most important revelation which is coming to humanity, and which will lay the basis for the new world religion ..."

.In sharp contrast are opposed the two worlds of the good and of the evil, the divine world and the material world (an), the worlds of light and of darkness.^ For the Gnostics, the material world was evil from its creation.
  • CHRISTIAN MEDIA RESEARCH - Profiles - Doctrines - Gnosticism Reborn In The End Times 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.christianmediaresearch.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Matter or the material world is considered evil and devoid of light.
  • Da Vinci�s Sacred Feminine and Gnosticism - Christian Information 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.christianinformation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Mortal ego-mind is the dark veil of illusion that entraps the Originating Divine Consciousness (AMUN) of Universal Light within the self-limiting alienation of doubt, fear, insecurity and attachment to the bonds of gross materialism--i.e.
  • Gnostic Pagan Pantheon & Correspondences 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gnostics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In many systems there seems to be no attempt to derive the one world from the other.^ There ARE no other kinds.
  • Random Observations: Gnosticism: Not Christian 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC tim.2wgroup.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I have no way of verifying one way or the other.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For if there were no other one, of whom would he be jealous?"
  • Answering Gnosticism 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC thriceholy.net [Source type: Original source]

.The true Basilides, perhaps also Satornil, Marcion and a part of his disciples, Bardesanes and others, were frankly dualists.^ The crucial aspect was that, like Basilides and his disciples, they were willing to eat meat that had been sacrificed to pagan gods, and "consented to take part in pagan religious ceremonies on demand."
  • Random Observations: Gnosticism: Not Christian 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC tim.2wgroup.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Firmilian bishop of Caesarea to Cyprian (246-256 A.D.) mentions Cerdo , his disciple Marcion, Apelles, Valentinus, Basilides in Letter 74 p.391 .

^ A part of it, however, is maintained by Marcion and Apelles and Valentinus, and all other impugners of the resurrection.
  • Valentinus: The Gnostic Trinitarian Heretic 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.cogwriter.com [Source type: Original source]

.In the case of other systems, owing to the inexactness of our information, we are unable to decide; the later systems of Mandaeism and Manichaeanism, so closely related to Gnosticism, are also based upon a decided dualism.^ Finding the Truth: How the earliest church decided Marcion and the Gnostics, among others, were wrong.

^ Whole gnostic systems later sprang up outlining fantastic celestial schemes and cataloguing hosts of angelic intermediaries by name.
  • Are We Under Bondage to The Law? 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC livingtheway.org [Source type: Original source]

^ If the gnostic systems were not known through other sources, the statements relating to them in the rabbinical works could not be recognized.
  • JewishEncyclopedia.com - GNOSTICISM: 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC jewishencyclopedia.com [Source type: Original source]

.And even when there is an attempt at reconciliation, it is still quite clear how strong was the original dualism which has to be overcome.^ Tardman81 (hehehe)I do appreciate your comment But I mean even though I was raised in the mormon church, there are still things that I wonder about it.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Even in Christian churches of later time there is a conscious attempt to reproduce as nearly as possible the original temple situation.
  • Prayer Circles3: Biblical Or Not? 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC users.stargate.net [Source type: Original source]

^ In other words, there was a clear transference, into Scripture, from the message of Christ to the original twelve and then to Paul (by Christ directly; see the inference in Galatians 1:16 ).
  • Gnosticism (Forerunner Commentary) :: Bible Tools 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC bibletools.org [Source type: Original source]

.Thus the Gnostic systems make great use of the idea of a fall of the Deity himself; by the fall of the Godhead into the world of matter, this matter, previously insensible, is animated into life and activity, and then arise the powers, both partly and wholly hostile, who hold sway over this world.^ Gnostic subordinate deity who is the creator of the material world ...
  • GNOSTIC RELIGION 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.greatdreams.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Gnostic system makes sense.
  • The Da Vinci Opportunity: How the Da Vinci Code Can Be Helpful 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.markdroberts.com [Source type: General]

^ Sophia's fall into matter (Earth or solar system) .
  • The Controllers Agenda - Gnosticism, Archons/Greys 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.bibliotecapleyades.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Such figures of fallen divinities, sinking down into the world of matter are those of Sophia (i.e. Ahamoth) among the Gnostics (Ophites) in the narrower sense of the word, the Simoniani (the figure of Helena), the Barbelognostics, and in the system of the PistisSophia or the Primal Man, among the Naasseni and the sect, related to them, as described by Hippolytus.' .A further weakening of the dualism is indicated when, in the systems of the Valentinian school, the fall of Sophia takes place within the godhead, and Sophia, inflamed with love, plunges into the Bythos, the highest divinity, and when the attempt is thus made genetically to derive the lower world from the sufferings and passions of fallen divinity.^ Either (there is) a place to which they are fleeing, or without strength they come (from) having chased after others, or they are involved in striking blows, or they are receiving blows themselves, or they have fallen from high places, or they take off into the air though they do not even have wings .
  • Journal of Religion & Film: Wake Up! Gnosticism and Buddhism in The Matrix by Frances Flannery-Daily and Rachel Wagner 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.unomaha.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ The saving drama is motivated by Barbelo's attempt to rescue her productive power of thought from the clutches of Sophia's ignorant offspring Yaldabaoth, who has captured it in the lower world by incarnating it into Adam, his counterfeit copy of Barbelo's male aspect.
  • 3fold 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC jdt.unl.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ The Gnostic/pagan worldview--that the material world that is made up of mere fragments of the splintered Oneness and that each and every individual fragment is divine--has its implications.
  • http://www.allwest.com/~jglange/Gnostics.html 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.allwest.com [Source type: Original source]

.Another attempt at reconciliation is set forth in the so-called " system of emanations " in which it is assumed that from the supreme divinity emanated a somewhat lesser world, from this world a second, and so on, until the divine element (of life) became so far weakened and attenuated, that the genesis of a partly, or even wholly, evil world appears both possible and comprehensible.^ From this supreme divinity the Aeons, also called the Powers or Virtues, emanated.

^ But the Gnostic world view -- with its affirmation of individual revelation granting certain knowledge; comprehension of humankind's true uncreated nature and inherent affinity or even identity with God; and its perception of duality, or even in an extreme statement, of masculine and feminine elements seeking union within the divine--was not so easily extinguished.
  • The Gnostic Society Library - PuertoRico.com Discussion Forum 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.puertorico.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The several elements of the alphabet play an important rôle in this cosmologic system, a reflection of which is found in one of the haggadah, in which the letters, beginning with the last, appear before God, requesting that the world be created through them.
  • JewishEncyclopedia.com - GNOSTICISM: 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC jewishencyclopedia.com [Source type: Original source]

.A system of emanations of this kind, in its purest form, is set forth in the expositions coming from the school of Basilides, which are handed down by Irenaeus, while the propositions which are set forth in the Philosophumena of Hippolytus as being doctrines of Basilides represent a still closer approach to a monistic philosophy.^ The Kingdom is still coming, but it is also here, at hand.
  • Eschaton Si, Immanent No! « The American Catholic 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC the-american-catholic.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In his 1947 work The Perennial Philosophy, Aldous Huxley promulgated a kind of gnosis that was in effect a mystery reserved for elites, revealed at the dawn of history and handed down through various religious traditions, where it still maintains itself in spite of its ostensible incompatibility with the official dogmas of those traditions.
  • Gnosticism 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.mcs.ca [Source type: Original source]

^ During the 17 th and 18 th centuries, these primitive doctrines were refined into a scientific school of thought called preformationism, which held that living beings were essentially fully-formed prior to conception.
  • Spermo-Gnostics and the Ordo Templi Orientis 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.cyberlink.ch [Source type: Original source]

.Occasionally, too, there is an attempt to establish at any rate a threefold division of the world, and to assume between the worlds of light and darkness a middle world connecting the two; this is clearest among the Sethiani mentioned by Hippolytus (and cf.^ I asked above if there is a blending, or a connection, between witchcraft and the religions of the world.
  • Prayer Circles3: Biblical Or Not? 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC users.stargate.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Without Dark there is no Light.
  • United Communities of Spirit 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC origin.org [Source type: Original source]
  • United Communities of Spirit 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.origin.org [Source type: Original source]

^ However, Jewish mysticism continued to live on, and now there is an attempt among many to revive both of them in todays world.
  • TNN Online: Theology News Network - Messianic Issues - The Effect of Mysticism and Gnosticism on the Messianic Movement 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.tnnonline.net [Source type: Original source]

the Gnostics in Irenaeus i. 30.1). Quite peculiar in this connexion are the accounts in Books xix. and xx. of the .Clementine Homilies. After a preliminary examination of all possible different attempts at a solution of the problem of evil, the attempt is here made to represent the devil as an instrument of God.^ Gnostics generally believed that all spirit was inherently stable and good (overlooking the fact that Satan and his demons are spirit and yet also unstable and evil), while all matter and flesh was inherently evil (contradicting God's statement in Genesis 1:31 that everything God had made was "very good").
  • Gnosticism (Forerunner Commentary) :: Bible Tools 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC bibletools.org [Source type: Original source]

^ But the Syrian-Egyptian tradition is presented with something like the classic problem of evil: how could an all-powerful God have made such a terrible mistake?
  • http://www.jadaproductions.com/cormacmccarthy/getthread.asp?mydate=All&recordnumber=4144&threadnumber=736&threadname=McCarthy%27s+Western+Novels&threadtopic=%22Blood+Meridian%22+and+Gnosticism&UserName=&UserPassword= 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.jadaproductions.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This huge mask contains a face looking straight ahead; everything it sees is good, nothing is evil, because it represents God in the center of everything.

.Christ and the devil are the two hands of God, Christ the right hand, and the devil the left, the devil having power over this world-epoch and Christ over the next.^ He does not sit on God’s right hand.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ (Christ having two natures 100% God and 100% man ).

^ Docetists believed that the man Jesus was born, and that the pre-existing god Christ entered into Him when He was baptized and left again before He was crucified.
  • Gnosticism (Forerunner Commentary) :: Bible Tools 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC bibletools.org [Source type: Original source]

.The devil here assumes very much the characteristics of the punishing and just God of the Old Testament, and the prospect is even held out of his ultimate pardon.^ The supreme God was separated from the God of the Old Testament.
  • "Secret Gospels and Lost Christianities" by W. T. S. Thackara 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.theosociety.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Here’s my point… just because the world is full of fakity fakes from fakeville doesn’t mean God can’t or doesn’t still perform miracles.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The fundamental difference between their teachings is in how they viewed the god of the Old Testament, and in who Christ was.

.All these efforts at reconciliation show how clearly the problem of evil was realized in these Gnostic and half-Gnostic sects, and how deeply they meditated on the subject; it was not altogether without reason that in the ranks of its opponents Gnosticism was judged to have arisen out of the question, 7r60ev TO KaK6P; This dualism had not its origin in Hellenic soil, neither is it related to that dualism which to a certain extent existed also in late Greek religion.^ Gnostics and Chatholics and all other christian religions in reality did this.
  • Gnosticism - WizardNet Internet Discussion Forums for the Body, Mind and Spirit 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC wizardnet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They are all gnostics which means a.
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^ Gnosticism was one of these religions.
  • Gnostic Christianity and the Myth of Sophia 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.essene.com [Source type: Original source]

.For the lower and imperfect world, which in that system too is conceived and assumed, is the nebulous world of the non-existent and the formless, which is the 1 Cf.^ Creation of the World (=the Universe in all its aspects and in all its substantial gradations, was done by the Demiurge, or by him and his Archonts, or by lower angels or archangels according to the different Gnostics systems.

^ But its exterior is shadow, which has been called by the name 'darkness'” (Origin of the World) - Finally, the Deficiency even lacks existence: “And then the existent separated itself from the non-existent.
  • A GLOSSARY OF GNOSTIC TERMS A - F 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gnosticq.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Untitled Text in the Bruce Codex offers a radical ontological dualism, where the Upper Aeons ‘exist’ but the Lower Aeons ‘lack existence’: “And then the existent separated itself from the non-existent.
  • A GLOSSARY OF GNOSTIC TERMS A - F 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gnosticq.com [Source type: Original source]

the same idea of the fall of mankind in the .pagan Gnosticism of " Poimandres "; see Reitzenstein, Poimandres (1904); and the position of the Primal Man (Urmensch) among the Manichaeans is similar.^ A remarkable analogy : Before to continue, it is not useless to see the extraordinary similarity of these dissensions without end in the history of the gnostic movement, with the history of the freemasonry.
  • Dissenting gnostic organizations
    who hide the fact that they are disconnected and dissenting
    26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.blueman.name [Source type: Original source]

^ I think they are right to see Gnosticism as playing a parellel role to the pagan mystery religions, socially if not theologically.
  • Marmalade - semi-random musings - Posts tagged by "". 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC my.opera.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Jung sees in the Gnostic (and Kabbalistic) symbol of Primordial Man a symbol of the goal of his own analytical psychology.

necessary accompaniment of that which exists, as shadow is of light.
.In Gnosticism, on the contrary, the world of evil is full of active energy and hostile powers.^ For the Gnostics, the material world was evil from its creation.
  • CHRISTIAN MEDIA RESEARCH - Profiles - Doctrines - Gnosticism Reborn In The End Times 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.christianmediaresearch.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Tim 4:1-3] (2) Licentiousness (or, Libertinism) - Other Gnostics held that because the world is evil and their bodies were fallen, it did not matter what they did.
  • THE NEW THING: Part One - The Gnostic Key to Revival. 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.intotruth.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In order to explain evil in the world the gnostics assumed two principles, which, however, are not identical with the Mazdean dualism (comp.
  • JewishEncyclopedia.com - GNOSTICISM: 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC jewishencyclopedia.com [Source type: Original source]

.It is an Oriental (Iranian) dualism which here finds expression, though in one point, it is true, the mark of Greek influence is quite clear.^ Here lies the germ of the dualism; the terrible things are believed to have come from the second being even though his independent origin is never positively expressed.

^ One does not find in the Gnostic writings a concern for building a community of believers, though there may well have been such communities.
  • The Da Vinci Opportunity: How the Da Vinci Code Can Be Helpful 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.markdroberts.com [Source type: General]

^ One difficulty is pointed up in April's test, though only implicitly: What is gnostic?

.When Gnosticism recognizes in this corporeal and material world the true seat of evil, consistently treating the bodily existence of mankind as essentially evil and the separation of the spiritual from the corporeal being as the object of salvation, this is an outcome of the contrast in Greek dualism between spirit and matter, soul and body.^ The body and the soul are man's earthly existence, and evil.

^ Gnosticism is more asymmetric with the true God being separate from this world while the God of evil is trapped within it.
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^ They taught a docetism which promoted a clear separation between the material and spiritual world.

.For in Oriental (Persian) dualism it is within this material world that the good and evil powers are at war, and this world beneath the stars is by no means conceived as entirely subject to the influence of evil.^ For the Gnostics, the material world was evil from its creation.
  • CHRISTIAN MEDIA RESEARCH - Profiles - Doctrines - Gnosticism Reborn In The End Times 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.christianmediaresearch.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Always a common thread to their message was a duality between the material world, which they denigrated and despised, and a conjectured spirit realm held in sublime esteem.
  • What DID the Early Christians Believe? Nice Gnostics – Christian Mystics of Knowledge 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.jesusneverexisted.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The goat-like characteristics make a reference to the Gnostic Demiurge, a figure cited by some Gnostics as the force in opposition to the ascension of humanity, whose influence on the world's conception spoiled the intended perfection of the creation and enforced the dualities riddling this world‹ good/evil, rich/poor, dominant/ submissive, and so forth.
  • Tarot University Library Archives: Gnosticism and Tarot 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC noreah.typepad.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Gnosticism has combined the two, the Greek opposition between spirit and matter, and the sharp Zoroastrian dualism, which, where the Greek mind conceived of a higher and a lower world, saw instead two hostile worlds, standing in contrast to each other like light and darkness.^ BUT I think he created other worlds and the like.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Church saw itself as a light in a dark world.
  • Marmalade - semi-random musings - Posts tagged by "". 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC my.opera.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Other passages make numerous allusions to nde-like experiences that can be realized in this life, most notably the human encounter with a Divine Light.

.And out of the combination of these two dualisms arose the teaching of Gnosticism, with its thoroughgoing pessimism and fundamental asceticism.^ Undisturbed since their concealment almost two thousand years ago, these manuscripts from Gnosticism rank in importance with the Dead Sea Scrolls.

^ Gnosticism is defined in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy as "the teachings of a family of sects which flourished from the second to the fourth centuries, combining elements of Christianity with Platonism."
  • Fraudulent Scholarship, Whether Archaeological or Neo-Gnostic, Misleads Christians 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.cjd.org [Source type: Original source]

^ If you want to evaluate my judgment of the Gnostic gospels, go ahead and check these out as well.
  • The Da Vinci Opportunity: How the Da Vinci Code Can Be Helpful 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.markdroberts.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Another characteristic feature of the Gnostic conception of the universe is the role played in almost all Gnostic systems by the seven world-creating powers.^ So it is possible to argue that orthodox Christianity not only was more appealing as religion than Gnosticism, but that the institutional peculiarities of orthodox Christianity not only were due to distinctive internal and external features characteristic of the Roman world, but that historically this worked out for the better.
  • Elaine Pagels 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.friesian.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This Son he seated…in the Ogdoad…in the eighth heaven…of the fixed stars above all the seven heavens of the planets, but is nevertheless lower than the highest world, from which it is separated…the great creator-archon had been by Basilides, the name of Abraxas, .
  • REVIEW: THE SECRET BOOKS OF THE EGYPTIAN GNOSTICS 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.gnostics.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The name Abraxas, coined by Basilides, the Egyptian Gnostic, is a word symbol consisting of seven letters which signify the seven creative powers or planetary angels recognized by the ancients .

.There are indeed certain exceptions; for instance, in the systems of the Valentinian schools there is the figure of the one Demiurge who takes the place of the Seven.^ For the one who can listen there is salvation.
  • Dissenting gnostic organizations
    who hide the fact that they are disconnected and dissenting
    26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.blueman.name [Source type: Original source]

^ There is one unfortunate exception to this claim.
  • The Philosophy of the Matrix 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC onwardoverland.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He who seeks me, will find me in children from seven years old; for there concealed, he shall in the fourteenth age be made manifest.

.But how widespread was the idea of seven powers, who created this lower material world and rule over it, has been clearly proved, especially by the systematic examination of the subject by Anz (Ursprung des Gnosticismus). These Seven, then, are in most systems half-evil, half-hostile powers; they are frequently characterized as " angels," and are reckoned as the last and lowest emanations of the Godhead; below them - and frequently considered as derived from them - comes the world of the actually devilish powers.^ They can them be harnessed for the profane powers of this world.
  • Gnosticism:The Church Seduced 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC endtimepilgrim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He and his seven sons represent the lower order of material creators.
  • Gnostic Christianity and the Myth of Sophia 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.essene.com [Source type: Original source]

^ These are so widespread that they have come to be considered just a part of childhood development .
  • The Controllers Agenda - Gnosticism, Archons/Greys 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.bibliotecapleyades.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.On the other hand, among the speculations of the Mandaeans, we find a different and perhaps more primitive conception of the Seven, according to which they, together with their mother Namrus (Ruha) and their father (Ur), belong entirely to the world of darkness.^ If such an organization existed, then perhaps we would: Benefit more from advanced stem cell research California’s Proposition 8 may have been defeated (4 other states had similar propositions.
  • FSM Discussion • View topic - The FSM Gnostic Texts 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.venganza.org [Source type: Original source]

^ That is, they start to understand the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, grace and law, mercy and justice, love and hate and the other abstract concepts through which God communicates His will to human beings.
  • Undersanding the New Gnosticism by Don Clasen 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.intotruth.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Many gnostic elements, as, for example, the syzygy doctrine (in which are found father, mother, and son), have doubtless been preserved in the Cabala, together with magic and mysticism.
  • JewishEncyclopedia.com - GNOSTICISM: 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC jewishencyclopedia.com [Source type: Original source]

.They and their family are looked upon as captives of the god of light (Manda-d'hayye, Hibil-Ziva), who pardons them, sets them on chariots of light, and appoints them as rulers of the world (cf.^ These spheres are ruled by archons who guard their spheres by barring the souls who are seeking to ascend from the realm of darkness and captivity which is below, to the realm of light which is above.

^ Our world, including all human institutions, is not the work of the true God, but of a false creator, the Demiurge, who keeps us captive in the world, away from the divine light and truth.
  • OCCULT ROOTS OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.gnostics.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For instance, the serpent and Eve are heroic figures who oppose the dull deity in the Hypostasis of the Archons (the Reality of the Rulers) and in On the Origin of the World.31 .
  • *** Gnostics and Jesus *** 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC ezek27.truepath.com [Source type: Original source]

chiefly Genza, in Tractat 6 and 8; W. Brandt, Manddische Schriften, 125 seq. and 137 seq.; Manddische Religion, 34 seq., &c.). .In the Manichaean system it is related how the helper of the Primal Man, the spirit of life, captured the evil archontes, and fastened them to the firmament, or according to another account, flayed them, and formed the firmament from their skin (F. C. B aur, Das manichdische Religionssystem,v. 65), and this conception is closely related to the other, though in this tradition the number (seven) of the archontes is lost.^ In order to nourish themselves, all forms of life consume each other, thereby visiting pain, fear, and death upon one another (even herbivorous animals live by destroying the life of plants).
  • Gnosticism 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.mcs.ca [Source type: Original source]

^ If the gnostic systems were not known through other sources, the statements relating to them in the rabbinical works could not be recognized.
  • JewishEncyclopedia.com - GNOSTICISM: 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC jewishencyclopedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And he (Yaltabaoth) made another creature, in the form of a woman, according to the likeness of the Epinoia which had appeared to him.” (Apocryphon of John).
  • A GLOSSARY OF GNOSTIC TERMS A - F 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gnosticq.com [Source type: Original source]

.Similarly, the last book of the Pistis-Sophia contains the myth of the capture of the rebellious archontes, whose leaders here appear as five in number (Schmidt, Koptisch-gnostische Schriften, p.^ Nibley citing 1 Jehu 10-11, in Schmidt, Gnostische Schriften in koptischer Spirache, 52-53; cf.
  • Prayer Circles3: Biblical Or Not? 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC users.stargate.net [Source type: Original source]

^ One would hope that here at last we might find a definition of true Gnosticism and a list of modern writers and thinkers who might appear as its representatives.
  • Gnosticism 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.mcs.ca [Source type: Original source]

^ Nibley citing 2 Jeu, 54 (40), in Carl Schmidt, Gnostische Schriften in koptischer Sprache, 99; tr., 193.
  • Prayer Circles3: Biblical Or Not? 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC users.stargate.net [Source type: Original source]

234 seq.). .2 There can scarcely be any doubt as to the origin of these seven (five) powers; they are the seven planetary divinities, the sun, moon and five planets.^ These seven heavens have a correspondence with the seven planets.

^ The name Abraxas, coined by Basilides, the Egyptian Gnostic, is a word symbol consisting of seven letters which signify the seven creative powers or planetary angels recognized by the ancients .

^ Although it was stated that there was not sufficient evidence to prove these books divine, there was no evidence to prove them otherwise, so they have held a limbo type of status.
  • Gnosticism - WizardNet Internet Discussion Forums for the Body, Mind and Spirit 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC wizardnet.com [Source type: Original source]

In the Mandaean speculations the Seven are introduced with the Babylonian names of the planets. .The connexion of the Seven with the planets is also clearly established by the expositions of Celsus and Origen (Contra Celsum, vi.^ Nor does He mislead or prove false (Origen Contra Celsum).
  • NAZIRENE  HOME  PAGE 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.nazirene.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Origen, who lived at the same time in Palestine, also knew the "Merkabah" as a secret science ("Contra Celsum," vi.
  • JewishEncyclopedia.com - GNOSTICISM: 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC jewishencyclopedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ 'For we speak wisdom among them that are perfect (Origen Contra Celsum).
  • NAZIRENE  HOME  PAGE 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.nazirene.org [Source type: Original source]

2 2 seq.) and similarly by the above-quoted passage in the .Pistis-Sophia, where the archontes, who are here mentioned as five, are identified with the five planets (excluding the sun and moon).^ (Gospel of Philip) - It is possible that the five rites mentioned here are, in fact, the Five Seals.
  • A GLOSSARY OF GNOSTIC TERMS A - F 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gnosticq.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Here we see Pistis (faith) and Sophia (wisdom) working together in the creative current, to manifest matterial creation.
  • Gnostic cosmology - Page 5 - Theology Forum | Theology Online 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.theologyonline.com [Source type: General]

^ The Pistis Sophia relates that after clothing themselves in linen garments, the participants situated themselves in a circle about Jesus, who stood at the altar.
  • Prayer Circles3: Biblical Or Not? 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC users.stargate.net [Source type: Original source]

.This collective grouping of the seven (five) planetary divinities is derived from the late Babylonian religion, which can definitely be indicated as the home of these ideas (Zimmern, Keilinschriften in dem alien Testament, ii.^ These design ideas will allow a small group to attack critical applications soon while at the same time creating the basis for a powerful and general system later.
  • GNOSIS: A Prototype Operating System for the 1990's 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.cis.upenn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The term has long been used in comparative religion to indicate a current of antiquity that stressed awareness of the divine mysteries.
  • The School of Alexandria - Part I/Ch 4 - The Gnostics 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.copticchurch.net [Source type: Original source]

^ They didn¹t all believe the same things, although all these ancient cultures based their collective histories upon these first five books of Moses.
  • Tarot University Library Archives: Gnosticism and Tarot 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC noreah.typepad.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

p. 620 seq.; cf. particularly Diodorus ii. 30). And if in the old sources it is only the first beginnings of this development that can be traced, we must assume that at a later These ideas may possibly be traced still further back, and perhaps even underlie St Paul's exposition in Col. ii. 15.
period the Babylonian religion centred in the adoration of the seven planetary deities. Very instructive in this connexion is the later (Arabian) account of the religion of the Mesopotamian Sabaeans. The religion of the Sabaeans, evidently a later offshoot from the stock of the old Babylonian religion, actually consists in the cult of the seven planets (cf. the great work of Daniel Chwolsohn, Die Ssabier u. der .Ssabismus). But this reference to Babylonian religion does not solve the problem which is here in question.^ Human problems must be solved here and now, not in some never-never land after death.
  • United Communities of Spirit 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC origin.org [Source type: Original source]
  • United Communities of Spirit 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.origin.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Perhaps Gnosis is not the best of all possible worlds for all users, but it does demonstrate that there are other ways to solve problems.
  • GNOSIS: A Prototype Operating System for the 1990's 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.cis.upenn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

For in the Babylonian religion the planetary constellations are reckoned as the supreme deities. .And here the question arises, how it came about that in the Gnostic systems the Seven appear as subordinate, half-daemonic powers, or even completely as powers of darkness.^ Gnosticism came on the scene) than with how .
  • House: Heresies in the Colossian Church: Pt. 1 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC faculty.gordon.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The fullness of the Christ being the Egyptian, Buddhist, and Gnostic pleroma of all the seven preceding powers that culminated in the Christhood.
  • Gerald Massey's Published Lectures. (2) 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gerald-massey.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ How come this quiz didn't include the question, "Do you spend as many as seven hours a day reading Coptic for grad school?"

.This can only be explained on the assumption that some religion hostile to, and stronger than the Babylonian, has superimposed itself upon this, and has degraded its principal deities into daemons.^ The topics of your questions have gone deeper into God’s mysteries than any other religion even attempts to aproach.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Only a Marxist or some other species of leveller could turn them into calls to progressive taxation and redistribution of wealth by the state.
  • Touchstone Magazine - Mere Comments: Egalitarian Gnosticism? 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC merecomments.typepad.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The only reason I jumped into this discussion is that I felt you were being unfair to petpeeve, and I felt you were making your posts from a place of spite, invalidating her beliefs, rather than explaining your own.” .
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

Which religion can this have been ? .We are at first inclined to think of Christianity itself, but it is certainly most improbable that at the time of the rise of Christianity the Babylonian teaching about the seven planet-deities governing the world should have played so great a part throughout all Syria, Asia Minor and Egypt, that the most varying sections of syncretic Christianity should over and over again adopt this doctrine and work it up into their system.^ Why get so worked up about fiction?
  • The Da Vinci Opportunity: How the Da Vinci Code Can Be Helpful 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.markdroberts.com [Source type: General]

^ The first part is why Christianity had priests at all.
  • Elaine Pagels 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.friesian.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And with that system, we are talking about the essentials of Christianity.

.It is far more probable that the combination which we meet with in Gnosticism is older than Christianity, and was found already in existence by Christianity and its sects.^ What was found has been for hundreds of scholars far more precious than gold.
  • Gnosticism and the Gnostic Jesus 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.equip.org [Source type: Original source]

^ So it is possible to argue that orthodox Christianity not only was more appealing as religion than Gnosticism, but that the institutional peculiarities of orthodox Christianity not only were due to distinctive internal and external features characteristic of the Roman world, but that historically this worked out for the better.
  • Elaine Pagels 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.friesian.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Gnostics honored the feminine nature and, in reflection, Prof. Elaine Pagels has argued that Christian Gnostic women enjoyed a far greater degree of social and ecclesiastical equality than their orthodox sisters.
  • The Gnostic Society Library - PuertoRico.com Discussion Forum 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.puertorico.com [Source type: Original source]

.We must also reject the theory that this degradation of the planetary deities into daemons is due to the influence of Hebrew monotheism, for almost all the Gnostic sects take up a definitely hostile attitude towards the Jewish religion, and almost always the highest divinity among the Seven is actually the creator-God of the ,Old Testament.^ The supreme God was separated from the God of the Old Testament.
  • "Secret Gospels and Lost Christianities" by W. T. S. Thackara 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.theosociety.org [Source type: Original source]

^ For this reason, Gnostics have a real problem with the God of the Old Testament--the God of creation.
  • http://www.allwest.com/~jglange/Gnostics.html 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.allwest.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He is not the personal agent of the creator-god revealed in the Old Testament.
  • Gnosticism and the Gnostic Jesus 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.equip.org [Source type: Original source]

.There remains, then, only one religion which can be used as an explanation, namely the Persian, which in fact fulfils all the necessary conditions.^ It is a name which the One uses to ‘know itself’ and name itself.
  • A GLOSSARY OF GNOSTIC TERMS A - F 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gnosticq.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If it wasn’t so, there would be only one religion, not dozens.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There is only One God; b.
  • Answering Gnosticism 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC thriceholy.net [Source type: Original source]

.The Persian religion was at an early period brought into contact with the Babylonian, through the triumphant progress of Persian culture towards the West; at the time of Alexander the Great it was already the prevailing religion in the Babylonian plain (cf.^ The beginnings of gnosticism may be found in the fusion of religious beliefs and cultures that arose as a result of Persian power and the conquests of Alexander III (the Great; 356–323 BC ; king of Macedonia 336).
  • The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod - Christian Cyclopedia 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.lcms.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Much of Rome’s previous cultural identity was destroyed during Theodosius’ reign as he sought to transform the pagan west into the Christian east.
  • Marmalade - semi-random musings - Posts tagged by "". 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC my.opera.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The name derived from the Greek 'ophis', meaning 'serpent', and relates to the great reverence which the Ophites had toward the serpent, a reverence inherited from traditional Egyptian religion, and which passed into Greek mythology in the stories surrounding Asclepios, the god of healing.
  • What DID the Early Christians Believe? Nice Gnostics – Christian Mystics of Knowledge 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.jesusneverexisted.com [Source type: Original source]

F. Cumont, Textes et monuments rel. aux mysteres de .Mithra, i. 5, 8-10, 14, 22 3 seq., 233).^ Eph 5:14) ensnared in the bonds of oblivion by reminding them of their predicament (31,4-10 and 31,14-22).
  • SETHIAN GNOSTICISM: 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC jdt.unl.edu [Source type: Original source]

.It was characterized by a main belief, tending towards monotheism, in the Light-deity Ahuramazda and his satellites, who appeared in contrast with him as powers of the nature of angels.^ I, who came from Infinite Light, I am here - for I know him (Light) - that I might speak to you.
  • Gist of Gnostic Texts - The Gold Scales 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC oaks.nvg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He revealed himself as a Pleroma, i.e., the finding of the light of truth which has shined towards him, because he is unchangeable.
  • Valentinus: The Gnostic Trinitarian Heretic 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.cogwriter.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Protennoia: “I am the life of my Epinoia that dwells within every Power and every eternal movement, and (in) invisible Lights and within the Archons and Angels and Demons, and every soul dwelling in Tartaros, and (in) every material soul.
  • A GLOSSARY OF GNOSTIC TERMS A - F 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gnosticq.com [Source type: Original source]

.A combination of the Babylonian with the Persian religion could only be effected by the degradation of the Babylonian deities into half-divine, half-daemonic beings, infinitely remote from the supreme God of light and of heaven, or even into powers of darkness.^ Several Babylonian gods and not only one.
  • http://www.allwest.com/~jglange/Gnostics.html 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.allwest.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Light comes into contact with Darkness.

^ In any case the divine being could not have suffered.

.Even the characteristic dualism of Gnosticism has already proved to be in part of Iranian origin; and now it becomes clear how from that mingling of late Greek and Persian dualism the idea could arise that these seven halfdaemonic powers are the creators or rulers of this material world, which is separated infinitely from the light-world of the good God.^ The origins of Gnosticism are far from clear.

^ (Obviously, no good "god" could be directly responsible for its creation.
  • http://www.allwest.com/~jglange/Gnostics.html 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.allwest.com [Source type: Original source]

^ God can have nothing to do with the physical, material world.
  • The Da Vinci Code, Gnosticism, Leonard Da Vinci, and the Bible 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC gospelway.com [Source type: Original source]

.Definite confirmation of this conjecture is afforded us by later sources of the Iranian religion, in which we likewise meet with the characteristic fundamental doctrine of Gnosticism.^ Scholars have attributed the origins of gnosticism to a number of sources: the Greek mystery cults; Zoroastrianism ; the KABBALAH of Judaism; and Egyptian religion.
  • "Natural Magick" - "Glossary/Index - G" 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC homepages.tscnet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This earlier Egyptian understanding of gnosis pre-dated the later Hellenistic, world-denying 'religion of Gnosticism' in the early Christian era."
  • Tarot University Library Archives: Gnosticism and Tarot 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC noreah.typepad.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ By this he meant that Gnosticism "was ruled in the main by the Greek spirit and determined by the interests and doctrines of the Greek philosophy and religion."
  • "Secret Gospels and Lost Christianities" by W. T. S. Thackara 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.theosociety.org [Source type: Original source]

Thus the Bundahish (iii. 25, v. z) is able to inform us that in the primeval strife of .Satan against the light-world, seven hostile powers were captured and set as constellations in the heavens, where they are guarded by good star-powers and prevented from doing harm.^ They can them be harnessed for the profane powers of this world.
  • Gnosticism:The Church Seduced 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC endtimepilgrim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ This Son he seated…in the Ogdoad…in the eighth heaven…of the fixed stars above all the seven heavens of the planets, but is nevertheless lower than the highest world, from which it is separated…the great creator-archon had been by Basilides, the name of Abraxas, .
  • REVIEW: THE SECRET BOOKS OF THE EGYPTIAN GNOSTICS 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.gnostics.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For when it does not find anything else to burn, it will turn against itself until it has destroyed itself.” (Concept of Our Great Power) - This fire at the end of the world is ‘the invisible fire’ made ‘visible’: “When the whole seed is perfected, then, they say, (...
  • A GLOSSARY OF GNOSTIC TERMS A - F 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gnosticq.com [Source type: Original source]

.Five of the evil powers are the planets, while here the sun and moon are of course not reckoned among the evil powers - for the obvious reason that in the Persian official religion they invariably appear as good divinities (cf.^ Why are we here; why good and evil?
  • Gnosticism 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.mcs.ca [Source type: Original source]

^ Old Aeon religions are scrambling to appear less reactionary, but they cannot hide their past and responsibility for advocating anti-humanist dogma.
  • REVIEW: THE NATURE & HISTORY GNOSTICISM 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.gnostics.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They become the unwitting prey of the principalities and powers of popular entertainment and popular religion.
  • Gnosticism:The Church Seduced 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC endtimepilgrim.org [Source type: Original source]

similar ideas in the Arabic treatise on Persian religion Ulema-iIslam, Vullers, Fragmente fiber die Religion Zoroasters, p. .49, and in other later sources for Persian religion, put together in Spiegel, Eranische Altertumskunde, Bd.^ Others put the writing in the latter portion of the second century, almost 150 years later.
  • The Da Vinci Opportunity: How the Da Vinci Code Can Be Helpful 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.markdroberts.com [Source type: General]

^ And we are left to put these two sources together and figure out the meaning of it all from moment to moment!
  • Undersanding the New Gnosticism by Don Clasen 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.intotruth.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Only later Christians such as Augustine openly admitted to Christianity’s commonality to other religions.
  • Marmalade - semi-random musings - Posts tagged by "". 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC my.opera.com [Source type: Original source]

ii. p. 180). .These Persian fancies can hardly be borrowed from the Christian Gnostic systems, their definiteness and much more strongly dualistic character recalling the exposition of the Mandaean (and Manichaean) system, are proofs to the contrary.^ So, using this more broad definition, Gnostics preceded Christianity.
  • Marmalade - semi-random musings - Posts tagged by "". 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC my.opera.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Gnosticism was a religious system that flourished for centuries at the beginning of the Common Era, and in many regions of the ancient Mediterranean world it competed strongly with "orthodox" Christianity, while in other areas it represented the only interpretation of Christianity that was known.
  • Journal of Religion & Film: Wake Up! Gnosticism and Buddhism in The Matrix by Frances Flannery-Daily and Rachel Wagner 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.unomaha.edu [Source type: Original source]
  • Wake Up! 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC whatisthematrix.warnerbros.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Some German scholars, such as R. Reitzenstein, W. Bousset and R. Bultmann, have strongly supported the concept of pre-Christian Gnosticism .
  • The School of Alexandria - Part I/Ch 4 - The Gnostics 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.copticchurch.net [Source type: Original source]

.They are derived from the same period in which the underlying idea of the Gnostic systems also originated, namely, the time at which the ideas of the Persian and Babylonian religions came into contact, the remarkable results of which have thus partly found their way into the official documents of Parsiism.^ There are other names for other periods of time.
  • A Question about Adam and Eve... - Politics, Philosophy, and Religion 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.wrongplanet.net [Source type: Original source]

^ It came into existence at the same time as the sparks.

^ It is true that there are Greek ideas that have found their way into christendom (i.e.
  • Gnosticism, Sumer, Henotheism & Satan as YHWH? | 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC profoundprophecy.com [Source type: Original source]

.With this fundamental doctrine of Gnosticism is connected, as Anz has shown in his book which we have so often quoted, a side of their religious practices to which we have already alluded.^ As you read this book, you will often find reference to the term “the nous,” pronounced NOSS. This term was used by early Gnostics to refer to the connection that each of us has to the soul within -- that still, inner voice from God that we can all hear when we really listen.
  • Last of the Gnostics 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.dondurrett.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Then again, pointing out such similarities would probably be highly offensive and dangerous to ones health, which is why it is often best to not publicly point out connections between present day religious movements and ancient gnosticism.

^ These questions lie at the very root of philosophical thinking; but the answers provided by the Gnostics go beyond philosophical speculation toward the realm of religious doctrine and mysticism.
  • Gnosticism [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.iep.utm.edu [Source type: Original source]
  • Gnosticism [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.iep.utm.edu [Source type: Original source]

.Gnosticism is to a great extent dominated by the idea that it is above all and in the highest degree important for the Gnostic's soul to be enabled to find its way back through the lower worlds and spheres of heaven ruled by the Seven to the kingdom of light of the supreme deity of heaven.^ By Knowledge he is able to ascend through the seven heavenly spheres (where the Archonts rule).

^ Unless you receive the Kingdom of Heaven through knowledge, you will not be able to find it.
  • Gist of Gnostic Texts - The Gold Scales 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC oaks.nvg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ These spheres are ruled by archons who guard their spheres by barring the souls who are seeking to ascend from the realm of darkness and captivity which is below, to the realm of light which is above.

.Hence, a principal item in their religious practice consisted in communications about the being, nature and names of the Seven (or of any other hostile daemons barring the way to heaven), the formulas with which they must be addressed, and the symbols which must be shown to them.^ To wit, that the human being, like the immortals, naturally places sexual intercourse far and away above all other joys yet he has left it out of his heaven!
  • The Philosophy of the Matrix 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC onwardoverland.com [Source type: Original source]

^ What I have come to love in the wealth and diversity of our religious traditions — and the communities that sustain them — is that they offer the testimony of innumerable people to spiritual discovery.
  • "Secret Gospels and Lost Christianities" by W. T. S. Thackara 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.theosociety.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The apostle condemns the practices and way of life that had been inspired by Satan and his demons, the principal cause of all the world's evil.
  • Gnosticism (Forerunner Commentary) :: Bible Tools 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC bibletools.org [Source type: Original source]

.But names, symbols and formulas are not efficacious by themselves: the Gnostic must lead a life having no part in the lower world ruled by these spirits, and by his knowledge he must raise himself above them to the God of the world of light.^ God raised Jesus to life" (vv.
  • The Gnostic Gospels 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.inplainsite.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Gnosticism and the Gnostic Jesus 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.equip.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And these people are calling themselves as gnostic...
  • Dissenting gnostic organizations
    who hide the fact that they are disconnected and dissenting
    26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.blueman.name [Source type: Original source]

^ It also leads to a world-denying life .
  • The Da Vinci Opportunity: How the Da Vinci Code Can Be Helpful 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.markdroberts.com [Source type: General]

.Throughout this mystic religious world it was above all the influence of the late Greek religion, derived from Plato, that also continued to operate; it is filled with the echo of the song, the first note of which was sounded by the Platonists, about the heavenly home of the soul and the homeward journey of the wise to the higher world of light.^ Their ecstasy burst forth in the single song of all that is, was, or ever shall be, and with the song came motion, waves that poured outward and became all the spheres and circles of the worlds.

^ While both Plato's and Corbu's > version of World Order were Organic and religious, Clinton's would > presumably be Mechanistic and profane.
  • 99_12_03_Corbusier+Gnosticism 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC home.worldcom.ch [Source type: Original source]
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^ Each > soul is represented by a splinter of light broken off from the higher > heavens and fractured over and over among the procreations on Earth.
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.But the form in which the whole is set forth is Oriental, and it must be carefully noted that the Mithras mysteries, so closely connected with the Persian religion, are acquainted with this doctrine of the ascent of the soul through the planetary spheres (Origen, Contra Celsum, vi.^ By Late Antiquity, some Gnostic and Neoplatonist thinkers had expanded this syncretic equation to include Aion, Adonis, Attis, Mithras and other gods of the mystery religions.
  • Marmalade - semi-random musings - Posts tagged by "". 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC my.opera.com [Source type: Original source]

^ ARCHONS - AS PLANETARY GATE-KEEPERS - As the planetary gate-keepers, the Archons prevent souls from rising to the Upper Aeons after death (or in a visionary ascent).
  • A GLOSSARY OF GNOSTIC TERMS A - F 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.gnosticq.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Eastern religion that had the highest moral tone was a Persian import, Mithraism.

22).
.V. We cannot here undertake to set forth and explain in detail all the complex varieties of the Gnostic systems; but it will be useful to take a nearer view of certain principal figures which have had an influence upon at least one series of Gnostic systems, and to examine their origins in the history of religion.^ Gnosticism was one of these religions.
  • Gnostic Christianity and the Myth of Sophia 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.essene.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I will suppose that the heavens, the air, the earth, colors, shapes, sounds and all external things that we see, are only illusions and deceptions which he uses to take me in.
  • Gnosticism Reborn: The Matrix As Shamanic Journey by Jake Horsley 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC www.mindmined.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Gnostic documents do not present their system as a crypto-psychology (with various cosmic forces representing psychic functions), but as a religious and theological explanation of the origin and operation of the universe.
  • The Gnostic Gospels 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.inplainsite.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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.In almost all systems an important part is played by the Great Mother (µiirnp) who appears under the most varied forms (cf.^ Adepts of the Mother’ on account of the part played .
  • REVIEW: THE SECRET BOOKS OF THE EGYPTIAN GNOSTICS 23 September 2009 4:37 UTC www.gnostics.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As in Part One, we find here the statement that prayer circles are commonly found in indigenous cultures, and in most instances, the "Sacred Four Directions" play an important part in the functions of the circle ritual.
  • Prayer Circles3: Biblical Or Not? 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC users.stargate.net [Source type: Original source]

^ The several elements of the alphabet play an important rôle in this cosmologic system, a reflection of which is found in one of the haggadah, in which the letters, beginning with the last, appear before God, requesting that the world be created through them.
  • JewishEncyclopedia.com - GNOSTICISM: 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC jewishencyclopedia.com [Source type: Original source]

Great Mother Of The Gods). .At an early period, and notably in the older systems of the Ophites (a fairly exact account of which has been preserved for us by Epiphanius and Hippolytus), among the Gnostics in the narrower sense of the word, the Archontici, the Sethites (there are also traces among the Naasseni, cf.^ The Gnostic system makes sense.
  • The Da Vinci Opportunity: How the Da Vinci Code Can Be Helpful 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.markdroberts.com [Source type: General]

^ Until fairly recently, most of what was known about gnosticism came from the writings of early "church fathers" (e.g., Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Origen, Epiphanius, Tertullian, Clement), who wrote against gnosticism in the period between the second and fourth centuries A.D. The original writings of the gnostic teachers themselves, which might have given us a more accurate picture of their philosophy, have been lost, except for some fragments of these works which have been preserved.
  • Are We Under Bondage to The Law? 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC livingtheway.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It should be noted, however, that the early Church Fathers, like Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus, Origen, Hippolytus, Epiphanius, and even “pagan” philosophers like Plotinus and Porphyry, who have preserved for us accounts and occasionally some original documents of philosophers and theologians whom they term “Gnostic,” were also contemporaries or near contemporaries of many of the figures and schools that they criticize and interpret.
  • Gnosticism [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.iep.utm.edu [Source type: Original source]
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the .Philosophumena of Hippolytus), the /*nip is the most prominent figure in the light-world, elevated above the 4330µ6s, and the great mother of the faithful.^ BARBELO AS THE MOTHER OF CHRIST - Most importantly, Barbelo begets the Christ, who is called the Son, the light, the only-begotten one etc.: “And the invisible, virginal Spirit (i.e.
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^ "To regain the stolen and misused reproductive power, and to restore it to its proper place, is the work of the Great Mother of the World-Soul."
  • Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica : Gnostic Catholic Church 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC user.cyberlink.ch [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They broke down the bridge between the two worlds, and proclaimed a great gulf fixed forever, which could only be crossed by faith in the Historic Jesus.
  • Gnostic and Historic Christianity 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.africawithin.com [Source type: Original source]

.The sect of the Barbelognostics takes its name from the female figure of the Barbelo (perhaps a corruption of IIapO vos; cf.^ Perhaps including the element of “voice” can take you into deeper understanding of this, since you start off mentioning names.
  • tb » Saving The Gnostic Body 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.timboucher.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As an example for the people, the fall and redemption of a female being, namely Barbelos, are carried out in "Pistis Sophia".
  • Correct Gnosticism and the Ordo Templi Orientis 8 January 2010 3:03 UTC user.cyberlink.ch [Source type: Original source]

the form BapOevws for " virgin " in Epiphanius, Haer. xxvi. 1). .But Gnostic speculation gives various accounts of the descent or fall of this goddess of heaven.^ Edwin M. Yamauchi, "The Descent of Ishtar, the Fall of Sophia, and the Jewish Roots of Gnosticism," Tyndale Bulletin 29 (1978): 143-175.

.Thus the " Helena " of the Simoniani descends to this world in order by means of her beauty to provoke to sensual passion and mutual strife the angels who rule the world, and thus again to deprive them of the powers of light, stolen from heaven, by means of which they rule over the world.^ These spheres are ruled by archons who guard their spheres by barring the souls who are seeking to ascend from the realm of darkness and captivity which is below, to the realm of light which is above.

^ They have thus banished themselves in this world (since they are here outside of the Pleroma) into a place which has no existence.
  • Valentinus: The Gnostic Trinitarian Heretic 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.cogwriter.com [Source type: Original source]

^ First, one must be a teacher of the light, and thus convert as many souls as possible to the higher heavens.
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She is then held captive by them in extreme degradation. Similar ideas are to be found among the " Gnostics " of Epiphanius. .The kindred idea of the light-maiden, who, by exciting the sensual passions of the rulers (apxovmes), takes from them those powers of light which still remain to them, has also a central place in the Manichaean scheme of salvation (F. C. Baur, Das manichaische Religionssystem, pp.^ Still,) those (who are) above opened to us the things below, in order that we may go in to the secret of the truth.
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^ The “material” humans are those who have not attained to intellectual life, and so place their hopes only upon that which is perishable—for these there is no hope of salvation.
  • Gnosticism [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC www.iep.utm.edu [Source type: Original source]
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^ The humans who are viewed as candidates for being The One have abnormal powers of control over objects_as with those special children we see levitating objects and bending spoons.
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21 9, 3 1 5, 3 21). .The light-maiden also plays a prominent part in the Pistis-Sophia (cf.^ Again, ‘the number of perfect souls’: “And there would have been delay in the completion of the number of perfect souls, which will be accounted among the inheritance of the height, through the mysteries, and will be in the Treasury of Light.” (Pistis Sophia - Ch.
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^ Christ is the consort of Sophia, and consented with her to ‘reveal’ a third: “Then Son of Man consented with Sophia, his consort, and revealed a great androgynous Light.” (Eugnostos) - The Savior is the consort of Pistis Sophia, and consented with her to ‘reveal’ six androgynous offspring: “Then Savior consented with his consort, Pistis Sophia, and revealed six androgynous spiritual beings...” (Eugnostos) 5.
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^ Treasury of the Light.” (Pistis Sophia - Ch.
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the index to the translation by C. Schmidt). .With this figure of the mothergoddess who descends into the lower world seems to be closely connected the idea of the fallen Sophia, which is so widespread among the Gnostic systems.^ The saving drama is motivated by Barbelo's attempt to rescue her productive power of thought from the clutches of Sophia's ignorant offspring Yaldabaoth, who has captured it in the lower world by incarnating it into Adam, his counterfeit copy of Barbelo's male aspect.
  • 3fold 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC jdt.unl.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ I am certainly no expert on Gnosticism or Plato or any of that and I don't think the kid is a Christ figure, but for fun I'll throw this into the mix quoting liberally from Pagels' book "Gnostic Gospels," which seems to be a nice introduction to Gnostic thought for the uninitiated.
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^ Tim 4:1-3] (2) Licentiousness (or, Libertinism) - Other Gnostics held that because the world is evil and their bodies were fallen, it did not matter what they did.
  • THE NEW THING: Part One - The Gnostic Key to Revival. 26 January 2010 0:49 UTC