The Way: Gnosis Is Of Jesus, Not Satan

‘The Way’ will reveal the major alterations made to the Bible, theological and historical coverups – all part of the Great Deception. ‘The Way’ series will also reveal the true meaning of Jesus’ message and how to reach spiritual perfection.

This is not intended to shake your faith, or prove God isn’t real. God is very real. This is simply to help point out the errors the Catholic Church inserted into the text. The institutionalized Church and the canonized Bible are the Great Deception. No matter how hard the early Catholics tried to alter the text, Truth remains. Clues to the true story are hidden in the lies. The Light hidden within the Darkness. As a minister of Christ and follower of ‘The Way’, it is my job to defend Truth and present it to the world. I give you the facts, it is up to you to look into it yourself. Don’t believe it because I say it, believe it because you see it to be true.

Before you read any further, it must be understood I am not attacking God, but defending Him. I am not attacking His Word, but revealing it. I am not seeking to destroy His way, but to preserve it. I am a follower of Yeshua, defender of The Way.

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Christians are infamous for attacking other faiths, including other denominations of Christianity. Recently, I have noticed many trying to suggest Gnosticism is a form of Satanism and the religion of the NWO. Despite the fact that Islam, or Chrislam, is being embraced by the followers of the elite; many elitists are Muslim and others are Jewish. This has been shown by many as fact.

Many, including myself, have put forth information showing how todays Christianity came about, when it came about, and when various beliefs of the modern Christology came about. Information has also been put forth revealing the same elitists that formed modern Christianity also rewrote the Torah and created Islam. This was done to keep us, the people of God, divided and warring amongst ourselves.

It has been stated in the past, the Catholics led a 400yr war against true followers of Christ. Killing hundreds of thousands, and forcing others to go underground and practice in private. Those true followers of Christ were the Gnostics that modern Christians are passing off as Satanists. Modern Christianity, while containing parts of Truth, is the Great Deception (or at the very least, a big part of it). Satan has made himself as the Most High, and did it in plain sight of all. The discovery of numerous Gnostic writings unearthed at Nag Hammadi that were copies of original texts, some of which may date to the Apostolic Age, suggests that perhaps the Gnostics did possess some secret teachings. The Gospel of Thomas contains sayings (on which that gospel was based) that may even predate the New Testament gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, according to some academics.

The church fathers believed that Gnosticism was a corruption of Christian teaching. However, Gnosticism predates Christianity and thus cannot be simply an obscure offshoot of Christianity. In actuality, Christianity itself is a religion rooted in and vaguely based on Gnosticism.

I will provide the truth about Gnosticism, as well as quotes from and links to outside sources. This article is a bit long, but informative. Please read in it’s entirety, you will leave with a well-informed, un-biased stance on Gnosticism based on historical fact. Additional links to other articles of interest related to this topic are listed below the quoted sources.

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Gnosticism Overview

Gnosticism (from Ancient Greek : γνωστικός gnostikos , “learned”, from γνῶσις gnōsis, knowledge) describes a collection of ancient religions that taught that people should shun the material world created by the demiurge and embrace the spiritual world.

John 18:36 KJV
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Gnosticism is primarily defined in a Christian context. Some scholars believe that gnosticism predated Christianity and included pre-Christian religious beliefs and spiritual practices argued to be common to early Christianity, Neoplatonism, Hellenistic Judaism, Greco-Roman mystery religions, and Zoroastrianism (especially Zurvanism). While many scholars attempt to refute this claim due to the Nag Hammadi library, suggesting Gnosticism is second century, they fail to realize the same may be said of their canonized gospels. Early Gnostic gospels have been discovered, but only fragments are surfacing. This is due to the coverup that has been going on for more than 1700yrs. Jesus preached freedom and independant thought. Those who sought to rule over us can’t have such beliefs out there amongst the people, and carefully edited and constructed the canon to fit their purpose. Much of the original and older texts have been burned, along with followers. Only few full texts and fragments remain, even less known to the public of their existance.

A common characteristic of some of these groups was the teaching that the realisation of Gnosis (spiritual wisdom or knowledge) is the way to salvation of the soul from the material world. They saw the material world as created through an intermediary being (the demiurge) rather than directly by God. In most of the systems, this demiurge was seen as imperfect, in others even as evil. Different gnostic schools sometimes identified the demiurge as Ahriman , El , Saklas, Samael, Satan, Yaldabaoth, or Yahweh.

Jesus is identified by some Gnostics as an embodiment of the supreme being who became incarnate to bring gnōsis to the earth, while others adamantly denied that the supreme being came in the flesh, claiming Jesus to be merely a human who attained divinity through gnosis and taught his disciples to do the same.

The Christian groups first called gnostic were a branch of Christianity, however Joseph Jacobs and Ludwig Blau note that much of the terminology employed is Jewish and note that this “proves at least that the principal elements of gnosticism were derived from Jewish speculation, while it does not preclude the possibility of new wine having been poured into old bottles.” The movement spread in areas controlled by the Roman Empire and Arian Goths, and the Persian Empire; it continued to develop in the Mediterranean and Middle East before and during the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Conversion to Islam and the Albigensian Crusade (1209–1229) greatly reduced the remaining number of Gnostics throughout the Middle Ages, though a few Gnostic communities still exist.

What Others Have To Say

From Types Of Christianity by Vexen.co.uk
Emphasis in certain areas is my own.

‘Christianity’ is not a single religion dating
from 2,000 years age. A long series of varied different religions, flowing on from one another, have all called themselves “Christian”. Rightly so. The beliefs and form have changed so much from time to time that it is best to consider Christianity a series of religions and the word “Christianity” to be an umbrella term for multiple faiths all of which have the same name but different beliefs. Some historical forms of Christianity have made more sense, and some have made less sense, than the Christian mythology that is common today. Modern archaeology has uncovered many of these early forms of Christianity, and no longer can we say that modern-day Christianity in its various forms represents early Christianity. It hardly does. Christianity now is quite varied, but in history the varieties were much more exotic.

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Today when we trace the source of modern Christianity, we find that Christianity was codified in the 4th century. But in the fourth century, they didn’t know what the source of Christianity was although critics said it was re-hashed paganism. So in the fourth century, they too searched in history to find the source of Christianity. They found the history of their religion to pre-date the actual founding of their own religion. The ancient history of Christianity is merged with the history of Paganism and the Church Fathers in the 4th century, so much closer to original Christianity than us, even mistook a group of pagans for early Christians. It wasn’t the only time that they done this either, for when Bishop Melito in 160CE when in search of the ancient center of Christianity, he discovered only a group called the Ebionites, another ancient group that 4th century Christianity rejected as heretical.

Jewish history led up to Christianity to the extent that Judaism and Christianity shared a blurred boundary in history. Jesus was a Jew and historians find it difficult to classify many early texts as either Jewish or Christian. This confusion is increasingly apparent in Greek-influenced Jewish texts, or, are they Jewish-influenced texts of Roman Mystery religions? Whatever they were, we know one thing: Christianity did not suddenly arrive as a bolt from the blue, but formed part of a progression in history that led from pure paganism, through to the more ‘modern’ Christianity of the 4th century, without any sudden spurt of change or innovation.

Stephen Hodge studied the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were written variously between 170BCE and 68 BCE, and he usefully lists many of the similarities found in the Dead Sea Scrolls to the teachings and organisation of the Jewish Christianity which was to arise from the same period in time. He concludes that these Jewish documents make the teachings and appearance of Jewish Christianity less revolutionary.

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Hodge lists many of the similar practices of the Dead Sea Scroll community and notes which ones were the same as those teachings accepted by the New Testament writers. The list includes:
1. Common ownership of property.
2. Exorcism: ‘Allusions to this practice of exorcism are found in some of the writings from Qumran, such as the Genesis Apocryphon where it says, ‘so I prayed for him … and I laid my hands on his head; and the scourge departed from him and the evil spirit was expelled from him’ (XX22.29)’.
3. Teachings on divorce and treatment of enemies: ‘The scrolls have also been useful in providing valuable background information for ideas hitherto found only in the Gospels. For many years scholars had been baffled by the ban that Yeshua imposed upon divorce and remarriage, for this ruling had not been found in any other Jewish sources. but when works like the Temple Scroll and the Damascus Document came to light, it was soon noticed that members of the Community were similarly forbidden to divorce’
4. The ritual meal
5. The Beatitudes: ‘Even teachings of Yeshua previously thought to be unique, such as the Beatitudes which he enumerates in the course of the Sermon on the Mount, find a parallel among the writings of the Qumran Community.’ One such work is called The Beatitudes (4QBeat) where a number of virtues are mentioned in a very similar spirit to how they are in the New Testament. A series of beatitudes are listed which start ‘Blessed be they who…’
6. Eschatological dualism – a great fight between good and evil during end times
7. Literary style and terminology: ‘Writers in the Community used the unique pesher method of interpreting older scriptural texts in terms of contemporary events. When doing so, however, they expressed their interpretations in a heavily coded manner

Ebionite Christians (1st-4th Century)
Ebionite Christians believed that all the Jewish Laws had to be obeyed; including the Sabbath and circumcision for all males. As such, they considered St Paul to be the archenemy of Christianity as he taught that people did not have to obey the Law in order to be saved. They believed Jesus was Human, and adopted by God as a perfect sacrifice. The Ebionites were some of the original Christians: Jews who believed that Jesus was the Messiah. They populated the legendary Jerusalem Church. ‘Ebionite’ was sometimes used as a term to describe all Christians. Those who we now know of as Pauline Christians opposed the Ebionites, after discovering them and realizing that their beliefs differed. […] Pauline Christians eradicated the Ebionites, burning all of their books (none survived) and harassing and arresting the people until none were left. They edited Luke 2:33 and Luke 2:48 where Joseph was twice called the ‘father’ of Jesus so that it did not say so, and they also edited Luke 3:22 where it plainly stated, in accordance with Ebionite beliefs, that God adopted Jesus. Pauline Christians, as non-Jewish Romans, handily came across a mistranslated prophecy that said Jesus would be born of a virgin (like other Roman sons-of-gods), adding a whole two chapters to the beginning of Matthew to prove their point. These edits, when they were uncovered, have shown that the Ebionites were treated very cruelly and unfairly, and that the original readings of Matthew and Luke both support Ebionite Christianity, rather than the Pauline Christianity that the West has inherited.

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Gnosticism (1st-7th Century)
Gnosticism is an ancient religion stemming from the first century (approximately), and is an alternative messiah-religion that shares many features with Christianity . An inferior angelic being created the Earth, and this being is a hindrance to spiritual development. Many Gnostic schools taught that the Hebrew Scriptures were the religious creation of this inferior god. To trick this god out of power, a saviour was sent by the true god, and the sacrifice of this innocent man undermined the power of the old god, allowing the possibility for people to become saved and align themselves with the true god. Gnosticism was heavily attacked by the first Christian anti-heresy writers. Some authors such as Freke & Gandy (1999) argue that Christianity as we know it is a shallow version of Gnosticism which has mistaken symbolic stories for real ones, whereas many academics find that the historical and archaeological evidence is unclear: Christianity and gnosticism are related, but, and although we don’t yet know which one came first, it seems that early Christianity was much more Gnostic than it is now, and perhaps the gnostic/literalist divide simply didn’t exist for the first two centuries of Christian history. By the 7th century, literalist Christians had overwhelmed Gnosticism and related forms of Christianity, leaving us with modern Trinitarian Christianity .

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Roman Christianity / Pauline Christianity (4th Century +)
The gnostic Mithraists and Jewish Ebionites formed the very first Christians of the first century, with practices and beliefs based respectively on Gnostic and Judaistic rituals, symbols and practices. Pauline Christians dispensed with the difficult Jewish laws and became popular amongst gentiles, soon out-numbering the Jewish Christians, causing them to be secluded and eventually suppressed. Increasing literalism amongst roman converts then led the Pauline Christians to become obsessed with enforcing their literal interpretation of Christianity’s original stories, causing another huge rift with older gnostic-style Christians. With Roman power behind their press and with the favour of Emperors, the Pauline-Nicene Christians wiped out the gnostics, annihilated the Arians after long bloody campaigns, and murdered and burnt the Marcionites and many other small sects, to leave themselves as the sole Christians within the Roman Empire, free to edit their own books to ‘prove’ how all their predecessors had been wrong. The three Cappadocian scholars promoted the Holy Spirit to the godhead to create a Trinity, which was codified strictly in to the Nicene Creed of 381, which went to careful lengths to disclaim against ‘heresy’. Emperor Theodosius published a series of forceful edicts intolerant of all non-Nicene sects. This state of affairs persisted in the West for over a thousand years from the 5th century, causing mainstream Christianity to become completely ignorant of their own past.

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When the Roman-backed instance of Christianity went in search of the ancient centres of Christianity, they discovered to their horror that the Ebionites and Gnostics pre-dated them. Their un-Christian answer was to edit verses, burn books, invent doctrines such as the Trinity, arrest and harass the other poverty-stricken Christians until no opposition was left. The form of Christianity that we have inherited from the Roman Empire is far from what Christianity originally was, yet most modern denominations took Cappadocian-Nicene Pauline Christianity as their starting point (and few have moved far from it). Such a shame that this colourful history is not only abandoned, but is also mostly forgotten!

Now we take a look parts of Roots of Gnosticism by Meera Lester

Aspects of Gnosticism were present from the earliest beginnings of the Christian faith and spread rapidly throughout Palestine, Syria, and elsewhere in the Near East. It developed into a coherent system of thought during the second through the fourth centuries. Gnosticism likely predated Christianity and borrowed ideas and themes from Greek philosophy (especially Plato) and Judaism, syncretizing or merging them with ancient myths and Christian stories. Biblical historians believe that Gnosticism, as a growing movement, originated in the Hebrew-Christian environment because many names, ideas, and idiomatic expressions that occur in Gnostic writings have Semitic origins.

[…] There were certainly Gnostic Christians. It would be incorrect to say that the Gnostics were a single group of people in a specific locale, with one religious doctrine, one view of God, one concept of creation and cosmology. Scholar Bart D. Ehrman, who studies the scriptures and faiths of the ancient world and who chairs the department of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, asserts that it might make sense to place the origins of Gnostic Christianity inside of Judaism.

For their differences, one thing remained constant about the Gnostics. Regardless of the cultural lenses they peered through, they were spiritual seekers. They sought to acquire knowledge about spiritual beliefs in order to further their understanding of all things divine. They believed that matter was essentially the deterioration of spirit. Through inner intuitive knowledge of the transcendent unknowable God, their souls became liberated. The quest for that special knowledge was the central purpose of life. The Gnostics presented their ideas and beliefs through mythological stories, treatises, gospels, letters, books, acts, sayings, hymns, and other texts much as the Christians did. But unlike the Christian literature, little of the Gnostic tradition survived — that is, until the discovery of a treasure trove of Gnostic writings in a cave near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in the spring of 1945. The material has since been translated and published, both in book form as The Nag Hammadi Library, edited by James M. Robinson, and on the Internet at http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/nhl.html.

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The Gnostics depict creation as having two main realms. The first is a dark (materialistic) world, full of malevolent forces, including its creator the Demiurge (akin to Satan in Christian theology) and its fellow rulers known as archons. The other is the realm of Light, presided over by the supreme, transcendent God and spiritual emanations of the Divine known as Aeons.

Integral to all Gnostic thinking was the idea that the divine fragment or spark from the realm of Light (a synonym for God) dwells in each human. The spark, in a virginal state of purity, became trapped in the realm of matter or darkness (material world) where it suffered. Only when it returns to the realm of Light through gnosis (inner knowledge) will it be free. There it will dwell while others remain trapped in the dark, evil materialistic world. Aeons like Sophia (the embodiment of wisdom) and Jesus (the embodiment of the Savior) bring secret teachings to help those trapped find their way back to the Light.

Now lets take a look at Gnosticism by PopeAnnalisa.com
Empasis is my own.

Today we see celebrities fascinated with learning the Kabbalah, the wisdom of Jewish mystical tradition that has survived from ancient times. Far fewer people know that there was a related Christian mystical tradition called Gnosticism, a tradition once so powerful that a visionary Gnostic seer named Valentinus narrowly missed becoming the pope in the second century. In fact, Gnosticism was one of the two original major branches of the Christian religion from its founding until the third century AD. From that point on, the Gnostics fell into gradual decline to the point of near extinction. But who were these people whose visions presented a startling perspective on early Christianity, the nature of the Christ, the role of women in the creation, and the quest to realize the divine in our lives?

In the rise and fall and resurrection of Gnosticism lies fascinating clues to the mysteries of our existence. The First Souls is a saga of people struggling to recover the realm of wholeness from which we originated. This path to the divine was described by Gnostic and other mystic sages over two thousand years ago. Many gave their lives to bring this knowledge to humanity, including Jesus of Nazareth.

Gnostics were among the very first—if not the
first—Christians yet they pre-dated Christianity. Varieties of Gnosticism can be found in ancient Egypt, Persia, the Greco-Roman mystery schools, and in Judaism and Islam. Gnosticism was less a religion than it was an approach to life and spirit. It acknowledged an underlying wholeness in the creation. It recognized that human beings are engaged in a universal struggle to unify their spiritually and psychologically fragmented parts with this wholeness. Many nuances of belief existed in groups labeled Gnostic, but common core convictions existed. The best way to delineate the Gnostic tradition is to describe their central beliefs.

What secrets did the Gnostics Know?
Gnosis (pronounced know-sis) means knowledge or to know from the Greek gnosein. The Gnostics were described as knowers claiming to be in possession of a hidden knowledge. So what did they know?

They knew that a human being is a composite creature with a physically-based personality existing in space and time and a spirit that exists beyond space/time. They knew that the (internal) spirit was eternal and whole while the (external) body and personality (ego) were temporary conditions. They knew that the gulf between these two forces—the confusion, the sense of separation and the feeling of ultimately being alone—was the source of human fragmentation and suffering.

Gnostics knew that the universal suffering of each human being cannot be resolved by church, state, family, or relationships, for these are things external to us. They are subject to the influence of the ego, the part of us that believes it is the true self. It’s giving our energy to this ego force that actually causes the suffering in the first place. Finally, the Gnostics knew that spirit is not an abstract idea or a silent voice. It is a constant communicator providing guidance and comfort through dreams, symbols, synchronicities, visions, altered awareness, and other phenomena we can experience. Unlike common prayer done from the egoic state (please give me this and I’ll be good), in an aware state you get answers. The trick is attuning to the proper frequency like finding the right radio station. This is done through a combination of strong desire, meditation, and cultivating heart-centered feelings of love and good will.

So, the knowledge Gnostics spoke of was not theoretical or intellectual knowledge held in the mind, but knowledge derived from experience, subjective experience gained in internal meditative states. Because this experience connects us with the whole, it taps into universal archetypes from what Jung called the collective unconscious. Therefore, information is available to all of us from a transcendent level. The irony is that all this subjective activity leads to true objectivity because it taps into the ground source of our reality, the source of our thoughts and our feelings, in an undiluted, undistorted form.

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Matter, Soul, and the Matrix of Illusion
But what is it that keeps spirit trapped in the earth plane? Many Gnostics believed that the material world was the creation of inferior cosmic forces. In fact, some believed that the jealous, bloodthirsty creator god of the Old Testament was an inferior god who came into being through an “accident,” and proceeded to create the flawed cosmos in his ignorance of the true, loving, transcendent God above him. This lower god and his angels were identified as representing the forces that retarded human potential. Their influence inhibited our ability to awaken to an enlightened state of recognizing our origin and destiny, which is oneness with the True God of all things. The particular stream of Gnosticism that held this view of the biblical god and of the inherently evil nature of matter was not universal and could be the topic of a whole other discourse.

The common element for Gnosticism, however, was that transpersonal forces , which were defined in differing ways, operate through human beings to keep us separated from our divine inner nature. Because of this separation we do not see reality for what it is, but rather we live in a world of illusion, of false perceptions perpetuated by the retardant forces operating through our egos.

The Secret Knowledge of the Christ?
Salvation for the Gnostics came from spiritual knowledge rather than blind faith. Gnostics spoke of possessing a hidden knowledge concerning creation, salvation, and resurrection. This knowledge was a secret oral teaching handed down from Jesus to the apostles. To gain this hidden wisdom one first had to receive the public teachings of Jesus, which would probably have approximated the typical orthodox understanding of churchgoers today.

The public or orthodox Church was open to anyone who followed the public faith and rituals that had evolved in the increasingly male, hierarchical outer Church. How valid was the Gnostic claim of possessing the secret teachings of Jesus? Let’s look at statements from the revered early orthodox Church Fathers and from the canonical gospels themselves then you be the judge.

Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-211 AD) headed the respected Catechetical School of Alexandria, Egypt. Clement cited certain activities of St. Mark, the gospel author and secretary of St. Peter, claiming that:

“As for Mark, then, during Peter’s stay in Rome he wrote an account of the Lord’s doings, not, however, declaring all of them, nor yet hinting at the secret ones, but selecting what he thought most useful for increasing the faith of those who were being instructed. But when Peter died a martyr, Mark came over to Alexandria, bringing both his own notes and those of Peter, from which he transferred to his former book the things suitable to whatever makes for progress toward knowledge. Thus he composed a more spiritual Gospel for the use of those who were being perfected. Nevertheless, he yet did not divulge the things not to be uttered, nor did he write down the hierophantic teaching of the Lord, but to the stories already written he added yet others and, moreover, brought in certain sayings of which he knew the interpretation would, as a mystagogue, lead the hearers into the innermost sanctuary of that truth hidden by seven veils.” Though a few have disputed the authenticity of this letter, it has never been disproved. In other writings Clement said, “And the gnosis itself is that which has descended by transmission to a few, having been imparted unwritten by the apostles.” (Stromata, Book VI, Chap. VII).

From Clement’s protégé, the brilliant Church Father Origen: “[Jesus] conversed with His disciples in private, and especially in their sacred retreats, concerning the Gospel of God; but the words which He uttered have not been preserved, because it appeared to the evangelists that they could not be adequately conveyed to the multitude in writing or in speech… and they saw… what things were to be committed to writing, and how this was to be done, and what was by no means to be written to the multitude, and what was to be expressed in words, and what was not to be so conveyed.” (Contra Celsus, Chap. VI. 18)

From the Gospel of Mark: “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding…’” (Mark 4:11-12)

From Matthew: “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.” (Matt. 13:11-12)

From Corinthians: “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature . . . No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.” (1 Cor. 2:6-8)

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From What is Gnosticism? notes on Karen L King’s What is Gnosticism?

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The seed was, and always is, Gnosis or knowledge. The shell is orthodox Christianity, which formed out of darkness around the seed, and did not receive or understand it, and is known as belief. “Gnosticism” is a term invented by the shell to resist and negate the teachings and message of Jesus.

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Out of the empty space left by the death of preconceptions, and the hanging question, What is Gnosticism? we can ask, what is being repressed? What have our psychological defenses been defending against, all this time? Why is knowledge labeled “heresy?” Scholarship appears to be coming very close to the seed of the truth, if it only had an adequate psychohistory and a realization of the container and the contained.

Now we’ll take a look at Gnosticism from the New World Encyclopedia

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Gnosticism was widespread within the early Christian church until the gnostics were expelled in the second and third centuries C.E. Gnosticism was one of the first doctrines to be specifically declared a heresy and gnostic movements were often persecuted as a result. Gnostic groups also suffered under Islamic regimes. The response of orthodoxy to gnosticism significantly defined the evolution of Christian doctrine and church order. After gnostic and orthodox Christianity parted, gnostic Christianity continued as a separate movement in some areas for centuries. However some modern theologians think that several gnostic doctrines were absorbed by Christianity. Gnosticism has reappeared in various forms throughout history and into the contemporary era.

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Gnosticism can be viewed as one of the three main branches of early Christianity. The others are Jewish Christianity, which was practiced by the disciples of Jesus; and Pauline Christianity, which rejected Jewish traditions. German biblical historian Adolf von Harnack said that while Paul’s teachings represented the hellenization of the original Jewish Christianity, gnosticism represented its “extreme hellenization.”

For some time, Pauline Christianity and gnostic Christianity coexisted. Gradually, the teachings of the two groups appear to have become more distinct. Certain of Paul’s letters teach concepts in accord with gnostic teaching—such as the existence of a “god of this world” who has blinded unbelievers (2 Cor. 4:4), the superiority of the spiritual man over the man of flesh (Rom. 8:5), and the existence of secret spiritual teachings that could not be shared with Christians who were not yet advanced enough to receive them (1 Cor. 3:1-2). So too, the Gospels speak of Christ as a pre-existent being of light (John 1:3-5), the triumph of light over darkness within the believer (Luke 11:36), and the devil as the ruler of the material world (Luke 4:6). Gnostic teachers made great use both of Paul’s letters and the gospels, especially Luke and John.

Later Christian scriptures, however, directly attack gnosticism.

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Let My People Know

Matthew 7:7
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek , and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

John 8:32
and ye shall know the truth , and the truth shall make you free.

Other good reads are:
[MUST READ] Approaching Gnosticism: Through The Eye Of The Heart by MetaHistory.org

A Mini Library Of Online Gnostic Gospels/Texts

Taking a Closer Look at Gnosticism and Christianity by Lewis Loflin

Why Is Gnosticism Important Today? by Laurie McLaughlin

Gnosticism by the Ecole Initiative Glossary

Second Century by ChristianTimelines.com

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