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According to Bible Scholars Barbara Thiering and Hans Jonas, Simon Magus was the founder of the Gnostic church and was the direct competitor with Christianity for the hearts and minds of the Greco Roman world.
Simon is the Beast, the original Antichrist, and the true identity of the number 666. He was so powerful in fact, that he is known by many different names in the Bible. Once all his "names" are learned, a very different picture of the Gospel emerges, one in which Jesus and Simon were creating two very different religions, for the reformation of Judaism, and the conversion of the Greco Roman/Pagan world to the Judaic god.
According to Clement, the early church father, Magus could, levitate items on command, speak with spirits, summon demons and place them into statues making the statues walk and talk, fly, and even raise the dead. These were all deceptions designed to indoctrinate his followers into believing he was a god. His religion, the Gnostic religion, was the sect that preceded Christianity in the Diaspora.
Simon Magus -- The lluminati's Jesus?
So, the New Age necessitates a New Age Religion, one that denies the universal claims of the Christian Faith, while making universal claims of its own. But little in New Age Religion is actually new. Much of it can be traced to Gnostic groups that formed in the early days of Christianity, and to even earlier Pagan or Eastern religions.
To the New Age Movement, all religions are the expression of the same inner reality. Therefore, the death of Jesus on the cross must be denied or re-interpreted. That is why we see phony writings such as the neo-Gnostic gospels fraudulently elevated to seeming authenticity by New Age writers such as Elaine Pagels and Dan Brown.
New Age Religion
originally posted by: stupid girl
Most of the Apostlic letters that make up the last half of the New Testament were written with the intent to refute the increasing heresies of Gnosticism. The Nicene Creed was also written as a statement of faith based on the true Gospel Message as given by Jesus to the Apostles which was recorded for mankind in the 4 synoptic accounts that begin the New Testament. Many new believers were led astray by the Gnostic perversions of Jesus' message. That is why Jesus said to seek first the Kingdom. Men have the inherent desire to seek wisdom & knowledge first, which is the modus operandi of Gnosticism in & of itself.
So in essence, Gnostic beliefs are based on the opposite of what Jesus instructed those who follow Him to do. Gnostic beliefs go against the Truths revealed to us by Christ Himself through His Apostles. Thus His Apostles referred to Gnostic teachings as 'anti Christ'. Read the First Epistle of John (1 John, not the Gospel of John). The entire purpose of that Letter is centered on the subtle lies of Gnostic teachings. When he refers to 'anti Christs' in his letter, he is referring to Gnostic beliefs.
The New Age movement & those promulgated by the UFO contactee phenomenon are largely based on Gnosticism. All types of mysticism are respectively based on various mixtures of Kabbalah, Gnosticism & Eastern Philosophies. Which in turn, are all basically based on each other. We are not gods. And we are only one in Christ- not in Gaia, or Christ consciousness, or universal consciousness, or karma kundalini or the galactic federation of light, or Chaka Khan Shamalama Ding Dong. We are all unique and individual and we are each accountable for the choices we make during our lifetime here on earth.
Satanic practices throughout the world can be traced in an unbroken line directly back to Gnosticism...
Curse of Canaan
originally posted by: alomaha
When you think about it, their view is very similar to a movie "The Matrix". It seems that they were more aware of this reality than newagers (not to mention any religion). Yes, we live in the prison and ultimate goal is to break free... But first we must realize that we are entrapped in order to search for the way out.
originally posted by: LittleByLittle
You have the same in Buddhism and Hinduism. Want causes suffering when it does not live up to expectation.
Life should be a wonderful thing but it is unfortunately not since humanity is not ready on collective level to sacrifice greed for doing the right thing and follow the golden rule. And freedom is used as an excuse to enslave others and in fact destroy their freedom.
But some get support from unknown sources to cope with this place feeling love on a level that seem to have been forgotten on this level. Playing around with the spiritual gift and calming people taking some comfort that you can at least do that.
When you look a the big picture and think in terms of thousands of years will you really care in 500 years. Maybe one day humanity will live up to the potential it has.
But what really gets me, is that it does seem to say that this body, and this physical reality, is basically bad, and we want to escape it.
"a common truth or reality which all spiritual systems point towards."
"As I have come to understand it, this very life and every thing and every moment is sacred, ultimately beyond any label, but basically sacred, certainly nothing to be avoided.
"They seem to say that basically this physical body is like a prison which traps our soul. And due to our ignorance, we stay trapped in it. The physical reality was created by a somewhat nefarious being, not the ultimate God, with the aim of keeping us trapped in negative tendencies and ignorance."
"it does seem to say that this body, and this physical reality, is basically bad, and we want to escape it. "
"makes a part of me wonder whether it's even really worth the time of seriously looking into."
originally posted by: nOraKat
I don't know if it's correct to say the Nag Hammadi Library is exclusively 'Gnostic', as the scrolls found at Nag Hammadi are from various traditions, and includes even 'The Republic' by Plato. It (supposedly) contains the earliest known writings of the 'Christian' tradition.
The views you stated are also in accord with the Buddhist tradition, and sound very similar. I am not sure about the reason behind the Gnostic views, but the reason behind the Buddhist views are: (not that I necessarily agree) that while there is happiness and joy in the experience of life, there is also much (and perpetual) suffering. It is necessarily so due to the conditions of life in regard to - feeling, attachment, change, and death/impermanence.
originally posted by: dodol
a reply to: TheJourney
in one of sutta (buddhism), it is said that emptiness is form, form is emptiness.
so this body... actually... not as 'physical' as 'individual' minds wants us to believe.
originally posted by: Sahabi
a reply to: TheJourney
This is an important realization. It is known by different names such as Anekantavada, Perspectivism, Relativism, or what I prefer to call Relative-Subjectivity. The ancient Indian proverb, "Blind Men And An Elephant," beautifully illustrates this concept. I also enjoyed how it was articulated in the film, Cloud Atlas; "Truth is singular. Its 'versions' are mistruths." —Sonmi-451
Basically, we all experience and perceive the same reality differently,... in a relative and subjective manner.
I say that this is an important realization because it helps us in understanding and accepting the differences of others.
Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I AM." (John 8:58). The truth is, this phrase belongs to each and every one of us. We always were, always are, and always will be. We are part of a fully interconnected and unified "One." We are always "One," but we are only temporarily 'here' and 'now' as relative-subjective humans. We are eternally whole and one, but each moment of physical life is a fleeting moment to treasure, savor, and enjoy.
As you, I must also differ and part from such propagations. Life is no punishment, no hell, and is no physical prison for a divine spark. The truth is, the Divine is within everything, outside of everything, everything is composed of the divine, and all emanates from the divine. All is One and All is One. Such a beautiful unfoldment!
Life is simply an outstretching and emanation from a singular and unified source,... God/All/One/Higher Self/Consciousness/Spirit manifests into all animate and inanimate life, in order to experience its self in a relative and subjective fashion, according to differing perceptions, perspectives, times, space, and place. "God" knows all by experiencing all. "God" experiences all by being everywhere. "God" is everywhere by being everything.
There is no escape from physicality because it is a manifestation of the One and an emanation from the All. You can not escape yourself. There is only understanding, experiencing, and having a gnosis of reality, which enables us to discover true Love, Peace, and Happiness,... which allows us to choose positivity and be active co-creators towards a beneficial world for all. What we do for others, we actually do for ourselves,... because once again; All is One.
The Gnostic texts definitely have beautiful words of outer wisdom and insight. Although I deeply disagree with the doctrine of an imprisoned spirit, there are many beneficial esoteric and inner meanings. Gnosticism is all about metaphorical and allegorical representations of duality, oneness, figurative archetypes, and psychological archetypes. Its understanding of the Absolute Monad is right on,... but its understanding of the purpose of human life is flawed. Human life is meant to experience that which is.
It sounds like you have a great foundation of understanding, insight, wisdom, and intuition. You are definitely on the right path. May Peace be upon you.
originally posted by: glend
Not all gnostic texts tell the physical is bad. To the contrary the Gospel of Thomas teaches that one has to merge the female (physical) with the male (spiritual) to reach enlightenment (among other things) so female aspect should be honored not despised. Same gospel also quotes "Whoever blasphemes against the Father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit will not be forgiven, either on earth or in heaven."