Simon Magus (Simon the Magician) was a religious figure from the first century. He was originally trained as a disciple by John the Baptist but
departed the group to learn the magical arts in Egypt. After the death of John the Baptist, Simon Magus returned from Egypt, took leadership of the
group of thirty, and married one of his disciples called Helena.
According to Philosophumena of Hippolytus, Simon Magus preached that the world was rooted in the six powers of Mind, Voice, Reason, Reflection, Name,
and Thought. That nothing in itself was good or bad by nature. It was not good works that made men blessed in the next world but the grace bestowed on
them by their Father Simon Magus and their mother, Helena. This teaching likely stems from Egypt. A derivation of the six powers of the Egyptian Sun
God, Ra. In a sense, their teachings shift worship from the spiritual to our materialistic view.
The Simonian impact on Christianity cannot be denied. Justin Martyr (152 A.D.) wrote the sect of the Simonians appears to have been formidable, for he
speaks four times of their founder, Simon; and we need not doubt that he identified him with the Simon of the Acts. He states that he was a Samaritan,
adding that his birthplace was a village called Gitta; he describes him as a formidable magician, and tells that he came to ROME in the days of
Claudius Caesar (45 A.D.) [actually, 42 A.D.], and made such an impression by his magical powers, THAT HE WAS HONORED AS A GOD, a statue being erected
to him on the Tiber, between the two bridges, bearing the inscription ‘Simoni deo Sancto’ (i.e., the holy god Simon)" (Dictionary of Christian
Biography, Vol. 4, p. 682).
Irenaeus (130 AD) describes Simon as the founder of a heretical Christian sect. According to Irenaeus (Against Heresies I.23.3) "Now this Simon of
Samaria, from whom all sorts of heresies derive their origin, formed his sect out of the following materials: … men are saved through grace, and not
on account of their own righteous works. For such deeds are not righteous in the nature of things, but by mere accident, just as those angels who made
the world, have thought fit to constitute them, seeking, by means of such precepts, to bring men into bondage. On this account, he pledged himself
that the world should be dissolved, and that those who are his should be freed from the rule of them who made the world"
Irenaeus complaint against Simon could also have been echoed against Galatians 2,15...
We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we,
too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[d] Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the
law no one will be justified.
Its very possible that the early church integrated both teachings in the hope of increasing patronage. But in doing so created a hybrid religion that
is neither one or the other. It really needs be asked if a church that adorns itself in Egyptian paraphernalia (St. Peter's Basilica Obelisk and sun
dial etc) are preaching the teachings of Jesus or that of Simon Magus, Sun God, RA. A teaching that allows the lawless to achieve heaven by doing
nothing but believing its so.
Unfortunately all religions are effected by dogma over time. We have to rise above it and seek spirituality with our heart.
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