So, give a detailed definition of Gnosticism for us kindergarden Gnostics.
Also, how do we know if anything coming out of an openly corrupt sustem can be trusted? I am speaking of First Council of Nicaea in which they burned
the books of those who had a disagreement with the 'majority".
The emperor carried out his earlier statement: everybody who refuses to endorse the Creed will be exiled. Arius, Theonas, and Secundus refused to
adhere to the creed, and were thus exiled, in addition to being excommunicated. The works of Arius were ordered to be confiscated and consigned to the
flames. Nevertheless, the controversy, already festering, continued in various parts of the empire
So, the church and state was already in the inquisition business before the actual founding of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. (motherf$%ers)
The hsitory of the "church" is full of torture, book burning, thwarting freedom, self mutilation, excess, people burning etc etc..........
It has not changed much as US and Canadian churchgoers are the biggest war mongers on earth. I wonder if the blood of the innocent children killed in
Iraq will rest more on the hands of us church goers then President Bush???
Anyways, Gnostics...have Platonic duelism as thier tenet and they find that denial of food, water, sex helps to keep ones "evil" body in check in
order for the spirit or light to become manifest.
Gnostics believed that denial (aka John the Baptist) brought us closer to the way. They thought that even in the "light" forms of darkness have
crept in. as there was a huge battle over light and darkness.
If you read the Book of John....the first chapter seems to be very Gnostic...does it not? The main theme being that light conquers darkness as well
as the relationship of Christ with Logos.
I am very curious toward the ATS point of view....as well as the OP.
My personal belief is that the message of Jesus Christ needs no organisation of any sort behind it besides that of simple gatherings with the practice
of humility between the believers.
Paul would be the person who organized the church in houses and prisons. To go beyond his system, and to mix the church with the state is as deadly
for the church as it is for a state.
Enough of my uneducated dribble...I will let you define Gnosticism.