WHO WERE THE GNOSTICS?
The word "Gnostic" is actually an umbrella term for many different
heretical religious sects. These groups arose primarily around 200-400
A.D. Rather than being some kind of "long lost Christianity" or
"original Christianity" which you might have read about, this is far
from the truth!
Gnosticism existed in the Pagan religions of Persia around the 1st
Century B.C. Since Gnosticism was a Pagan religion that existed a
century before Christ, it is impossible it was somehow the "original"
Christianity. It would be like saying Olympian Paganism wasthe
been found older than the 5th century A.D. Gnosticism was a rebellion
against traditional Christian beliefs and attempted to combine Paganism
with Christianity. Some Gnostic groups had beliefs that often
contradicted the beliefs of other Gnostic groups. The one thing thay
all had in common was that all of these groups departed from theorthodoxChristian
faith. Some of the various beliefs of these groups included:
*A belief inreincarnation
* That Lucifer and Christ were brothers
* That Jesus was not the only begotten Son of God
*That Jesus was actually the Archangel Michael
*That Jesus was all divine and not man
*That Jesus and Christ were two separate beings
*That the Creator God of the Old Testament was evil
* Arejectionof all
the sacred books of the Old Testament
*That John the Baptist was actually the Messiah, not Jesus
*That Satan is really Christ’s father and the God of the Old Testament
is the Devil
*That salvation came through good works alone, and not grace
*That every sin in theBiblewas a
virtue and held orgies as part of their rites
* A belief in magic words and magic spells
*That women were inferior to men and some groups believed were
incapable of salvation
* That sex between men and women was evil
*That the "villains" of theBible(i.e.,
Cain, Simon Magus, the Serpent, Goliath, etc) were actually the "good
guys". A sort of "Biblical character inversion".
* That The Serpent of the Garden of Eden was actually good and that God
* The worship of the Greek goddess (an idol) of wisdom, "Sophia"
*That homosexuality was permissible and the only sex human beings
If you are a Christian reading this, I urge you not to believe that
Gnosticism is compatible with Christianity!
Myth: "There were several different "Christianities" competing with one
another. St. Paul’s just happen to win out. "
Christ established His Church in Jerusalem. It was headed by his
earthly brother, James. The idea that somehow hundeds of different
Christianities sprang up at once is impossible. In fact, Ministers in
(Greek, Russian, Armenian, Ethiopian, Indian,etc., ) Coptic Church of
Egypt and Ethiopia, Nestorian Churches, Church of Utrecht and it's
offshoots, Roman Catholic Church, and some branches of the Lutheran
Church can all trace who ordained them right back to one of the 12
Apostles. This is known as Apostolic Succession. Apostolic Succession
is proof that Christ's Church has never left the earth. Most ministers
with Apostolic Succession can trace their lineage back to the Apostle
Gnosticism is said to have been formed at the same time asorthodoxChristianity,
but this isn’t the case! Gnosticism was a syncretism of the sorcery of
European Pagans, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and Pagan philosophers such
as Plato. It was an attempt to introduce Pagan ideas into Christianity.
In 1945 several ancient Gnostic books in the form of leather scrolls
were discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Among the Nag Hammadi texts was
a copy of Plato's Republic. Also found in the Nag Hammadi texts
mentioned was a book called The Testament of Truth. It’s an account of
the Garden of Eden from the serpent's point of view! A false book
titled The Gospel of Thomas written around 400 A.D. was also included.Bibleskeptics,
liberal theologians, occultists, and such types get a big hoot from
these books, but toorthodoxChristians
they are worthless as sources ofscripture.
Judeo-Christian God constantly, trying to portray him as evil, bigoted,
and jealous. Obviously, Gnosticism is a rebellion against Christianity.OrthodoxChristianity
logically must have existed before Gnosticism, since if it hadn’t,
there would have been nothing to rebel against.
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