Originally posted by AkashicWanderer
Hello there, a pleasure to make your acquaintance!
I just have a few questions about your belief structure, which if you could answer would greatly improve my understanding of your perspective. Thank
you in advance.
You're welcome in Advance.
1. Can you describe the path which Christ showed his followers?
Hrm. Yes and No. The path to the top of the mountain may seem clear to me, but others may see yet other paths. Christ preached that one should love
your neighbor as you would yourself, and said the same of your enemies. He spoke on judgment of others being only the dominion of God, and depending
on the texts one ascribes to, also claims that there is a spiritual world all around us that we are not attuned with. From what I perceive, Christ
wished people to find a path so that all mankind could warm themselves in the comfort of our Creator... and when I say *A* path, I actually mean many.
It is the Christians duty to find a path for those they care for, which should be all mankind. It is not the Christians duty to find their own path,
and force everyone they encounter onto the same path.
We all have much to learn from eachother, and people have a hard time avoiding their own idiosynchratic egos when it comes to truth.
2. Is it a hard path to walk which requires great sacrifice, or is it a broad and easy path to walk?
I would argue every path is a hard one to travel, provided you are dedicated to enlightening yourself and casting off the material shackles which
imprison your mind and soul. In my case, I am of the belief that one of the best paths is also one of the hardest for people to accept... as it
involves casting off beliefs associated with material punishment and the judgment of a god who is described as all loving. It is a bit more involved
than that, and there is much ugliness that I stare directly at to try and understand its place in the great design, rather than shunning my creator as
being an unloving one due to the suffering of the world.
I guess my answer is... any path which brings growth to the soul is destined to be a hard one to traverse.
3. What are the fundamental beliefs (which all Gnostics accept) of Gnosticism?
This one is a bit easier for me to answer. Gnostics believe that the bible is an introductory lesson for those seeking spiritual enlightenment. It
was something of an initiation into the teachings of Christ, in their view. Much of their spiritual pursuits occurred AFTER familiarization with the
Bible, as many of their teachings were oral and interactive with other faiths.
The Gnostics believed that the Demiurgos created the material Universe, but that the Demiurgos was birthed imperfectly from Sophia (The Female Aspect
of the Creator), and thusly was unable to be aware of any being other than itself... thusly, it believed itself to be the one and only.
Gnostics feel that the God of the Old Testament was this Demiurgos. The Gnostics also believe that Christ was the true spiritual heir to Sophia, and
brought teachings which could help free man from the material prison placed on them by the Demiurgos.
A primary tenet of Gnosticism is exploring their own faith and dissecting it, as well as exploring other faiths and doing the same thing. The
Gnostics were particularly popular because they tended not to deny the existence of spiritual entities other than the Demiurgos, allowing them to
interact much more openly with followers of polytheistic faiths.
Phew... there is actually quite a bit the Gnostics believed, what is tragic is some of their knowledge is missing. As the story goes, the fellow who
discovered the old Gospels found them in jars in the desert and brought them home. Supposedly, they burned some of the scrolls during the night to
In any case, the Gnostic gospels are considered Apokryphal by the Catholic Church. I hope this helps a bit, as it is somewhat disjointed and not
complete at all...