Another belief of Gnosticism was that the creator God of Genesis (i.e. Jehovah) was an evil being, because he created an imperfect, evil world. Matter is considered evil, and therefore any god that created matter was a god of pure evil. They call this god "The Demiurge". Some sects banned heterosexual sex since it created children, and therefore created more evil, since children were made from matter. This could be why the Sodomites were hailed as heroes in some sects. These sects often endorsed homosexuality, since it couldn't create children. A medieval sect of Gnostics called the Bogomils was said to have been exclusively homosexual (9). The god above the Demiurge was the "real" god. They believed that the serpent of Eden was the real god, and they identified him with their serpent god Abraxas and the Ophite serpent. The serpent of Eden (i.e. Lucifer), they believed, tried to save Eve by bringing her enlightenment when he told her to eat the forbidden fruit. The Greek goddess Sophia (wisdom) was also worshipped by the Gnostics. In some sects, it was believed Sophia sent the serpent into Eden to enlighten Adam and Eve.

Jesus and Christ were to separate beings according to the Gnostics. Since Jesus was made from matter, they reasoned he couldn't be divine. Jesus was an imperfect man who was nailed to the cross, while Christ was a perfected spirit who got away. Gnostics also felt that since Christ had tried to save man, as had the Serpent of Genesis, that Abraxas/Ophite must have really been the father of Christ. In some Gnostic sects, it was taught that Lucifer and Christ were twin brothers. Thus, in Gnostic theology, Jehovah is the devil and Lucifer is god! So Gnosticism is really the first form of devil worship. It is a form of Luciferianism.

Goddess worship, an idea completely alien to Christians and Jews, is part of Gnosticism. Many Gnostic sects worship the Greek Pagan goddess Sophia, which they believed was the "goddess of wisdom". The worship of Sophia is straight out of Paganism, and no where in any Judeo-Christian writings is there a mention of goddess worship.

Unfortunately, some modern day secular scholars herald Gnosticism as a superior from of Christianity. Perhaps it’s because they feel that the more pagan philosophy of Gnosticism better explains why evil exists in the world, and they like the idea of becoming an enlightened being through seeking knowledge, rather than faith in grace of the orthodox Christian. Secular scholars dismiss what much of what contemporary critics such as Irenaeus and Tertullian wrote about the Gnostics, insisting it is merely "Christian propaganda". They prefer to read the writings of the Gnostics themselves (like the Nag Hammadi library) to draw their own conclusions. This is hardly an open-minded attitude. Imagine if someone only read Mien Kampf and drew all their conclusions about Nazism from that source.

   In reality, Gnosticism was a very superstitious religion. Their view of the universe might be called hysterical at best. Their accounts of creation are wild and chaotic. In the creation account of one Gnostic sect, angels repeatedly raped Eve, reflecting how that sect viewed the universe.

    Gnosticosm had little cohesion as a movement. Beliefs of sects varied far and wide because each sect relied on it's own personal "revealtion". Gnosticism was never able to achieve the feeling of unversal brothethood orthodox Christianity experienced (the word "catholic" does mean "universal", after all), and so it was destined to fail as a movement.

Far from being enlightened, Gnostics were obsessed with magic and spells, and Gnosticism is a favorite subject of occultists to this day. The book Ancient Christian Magic is a catalog of magic spells used by Gnostics. They include love spells, money spells and spells for revenge. Despite all the talk about being "enlightened" the Gnostics were some of the most superstitious people of their day! It's no wonder orthodox Christians of ancient times wanted no part of them. Nor should modern day Christians.

At the council of Nicaea in 497 A.D., after centuries of persecution from Pagans, the Christians could now breathe easy and decide what true Christian doctrine was. With all the new converts, there was some false doctrines creeping into the Christian theology, and the council assembled to put an end to these false doctrines. Orthodox Christians flatly rejected the doctrines of Gnosticism, and Gnosticism was officially branded a heresy by the early church fathers. Nevertheless, Gnosticism never completely died out, and from time to time throughout history it resurfaces. Even today there are many groups that call themselves "Gnostic". It isn't hard to see how a religion that believed the God of the Bible was evil and the serpent of Eden was a god of "enlightenment" could easily evolve into devil worship. 1948 in Toledo, Ohio barber and fortuneteller Herbert Sloane started the "Our Lady of Endor Cultus Satanis Coven." It held many beliefs typical of the ancient Gnostics; inversion of Biblical heroes as villains and vice versa, the worship of the Ophite serpent, chanting of "Nema, Nema, Nema, Nema!" (Amen backwards), etc. etc. The group is said to have dissolved after the death of Sloane. In Los Angeles the Abraxas Foundation is a Gnostic cult founded by a Charles Manson follower named Nicholas Shreck. The Abraxas foundation believes that the weak should be destroyed, paving way for the strong. These groups could be considered both Gnostic and Satanic. Errors of Gnosticism

The errors of Gnosticism are quite apparent. Some people in trying to define Gnosticism as "over intellectualized", but considering how Gnostics were very superstitious, I don’t think the word "intellectual" firs the bill. A catolog of various Gnostic spells and incations for love, money and even revenge can be found in the book Ancient Christian Magic by Marvin Myer and Richard Smith. The book would have been better titled Ancient Gnostic Magic, since true Christians don't believe in magic spells! Most Gnostic magic is concerned with "words of power". Abraxas was a favorite magic word of some Gnostic sects. Abraxas was the name of the Gnostic god, and it's where the word Abracadabra comes from. One spell mentioned in the book has to be rcited over an image of an ape. Another spell is a love spell used by a Gnostic sorcerer to try to take another man's wife away. The book also has illustrations of amulets Gnostics used. The amulets look crude and primitive and not something a supposedly enlightened Christian would ever deal with! Gnosticism is a core foundation of Western occultism. It is the epitome of superstion, not enlightenment.

Gnosticism in all it's forms denied the divinity of Christ, and abandons salvation through grace, and this is usually the starting point for every heresy. Gnostic Christianity probably arose, not only to hold on to Pagan traditions, but to try to explain why God allows evil in to exist. But true Christianity teaches that only the grace of Jesus Christ accepted through faith is the only thing that can obtain salvation. The creator God of the universe is not a being of evil. Evil does exist, and it was brought into the world because man disobeyed God.

God allows evil to exist until the end of time when it will be destroyed. Why doesn't he destroy it now is something God only knows. But Gnosticism doesn't really answer the question either. All it does is present God as a less than all-powerful being locked in a constant struggle with an equally powerful evil force. This is no different than earlier faiths like Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Mithraism, etc., Faith is important to the Christian. Christians know they will never have all the answers to their questions about God, and so we accept what we don't know on faith. We do know that before the fall of Adam and Eve that they were innocent. After they fell and evil was introduced into the world, man lost his divine perception. The Gnostic on the other hand believes he can do better than this by some kind of mystical enlightenment. This isn't a unique theme in eastern religions, and is taught by Buddhism and Hinduism among others. There are many aspects of Gnosticism that are downright blasphemous. Saying that God is evil and the devil is really God is the ultimate in false doctrine. Also, there is no room for the worship of the goddess Sophia. A good example of what orthodox Christianity believes is found in the ancient Apostles Creed. It basically lays out the doctrines of what orthodox Christians should believe, ie. The Trinity, the resurrection of Christ, etc.,

Much of modern day occultism has it's roots in the Gnostic religion. The Cabala, Freemasonry, and many practices of Western sorcery have their roots in Gnosticism. The Gnostics are also an influence on Wiccan and Neopagan groups.  

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