This has bothered me for quite a while now. Please, no atheist and slammer posts here; I really want to get to the bottom of this in a spiritual
Before I start with the info, a bit of background on myself. I was a devout Lutheran until my teenage years... then I started asking questions, e.g.,
about how God Yahweh could be a loving god if he appeared so vengeful and jealous (AND said that about himself) in the OT. Besides, he ordered so many
atrocities and massacres that I couldn't believe he was loving and just. Sometimes his followers (like in the tale of Sodom and Gomorrah) seemed to
have more mercy and compassion than Yahweh himself.
I still believed in Jesus for quite a while, though... then I stopped that too, but now I'm kind of on the fence again. What I noticed about the NT
was that Jesus seemed so loving and nurturing, quite different from his "father." I also know that if you ever have an encounter with evil spirits,
calling on "God" and the name of Jesus helps... this is my own experience.
I know that the Gnostics say Yahweh was an evil god, the Demiurge, who was born from the female divine, Sophia, without participation of the Supreme
Creator. He created the Earth for his own depraved pleasure. They say Lucifer was the good guy. Well, THAT doesn't quite sit right with me either. My
gut instinct tells me it's just not true.
However, lately I've been thinking, what if Yahweh of the OT and Jesus' god of the NT are NOT one and the same?
Now, I just read a thread on GLP on fraud in the Bible and researched a bit, and it turns out that in the original NT, the name Yahweh/Jehovah does
Last week I read the book "The Secret Teachings of Jesus," which is a translation of the Nag Hammadi scrolls that were found in 1945 in the Egyptian
desert and are accounts of Jesus' life and work that never made it into the Bible. Many of the quotes in there have a striking resemblance to what
you read in the Gospel, but there's some more.
In The Secret Book of John, Jesus is quite clear about the Supreme Creator and Yahweh/Jehovah. And I quote:
"The One is a sovereign that has nothing over it. It is God and Father of all, the Invisible One that is over all, that is imperishable, that
is pure light no eye can see.
"It is the Invisible Spirit. One should not think of it as a god, or like a god. For it is greater than a god, because it has nothing over it and no
lord above it. It does not exist within anything that is inferior to it, since everything exists only within it. It is eternal, since it does not need
anything. For it is absolutely complete; it has never lacked anything in order to be complete. Rather, it has always been absolutely complete in
It is illimitable, since there is nothing before it to limit it.
It is unfathomable, since there is nothing before it to fathom it.
It is immeasurable, since there was nothing before it to measure it.
It is unobservable, since nothing has observed it.
It is eternal, and exists eternally.
It is unutterable, since nothing could comprehend it to utter it.
It is unnameable, since there is nothing before it to give it a name.
He goes on and on, but I think you're getting the idea. Then Jesus talks about the aspects of the Divine:
"For the Perfect One beholds itself in the light surrounding it. This is the spring of water of life that gives forth all the worlds of every kind.
The Perfect One gazes upon its image, sees it in the spring of the spirit, and falls in love with the luminous water. This is the spring of pure,
luminous water surrounding the Perfect One.
"Its Thought became active, and she who appeared in the presence of the Father in shining light came forth. She is the first power: she preceded
everything, and came forth from the Father's mind as the Forethought of all. Her light resembles the Father's light; as the perfect power, she is
the image of the perfect and invisible virgin Spirit. She is
the first power,
the perfect glory among the worlds,
the emerging glory.
"The Father entered Barbelo with a gaze, with the pure, shining light surrounding the invisible Spirit. Barbelo conceived, and the Father produced a
ray of light that was similar to the blessed light but not as bright. This ray of light was the only Son of the common Parent that had come forth, and
the only offspring and the only Son of the Father, the pure light.
"The Father anointed him with goodness until he was perfectly and completely good, for the Father anointed him with the goodness of the invisible
Spirit. . . . The Son asked to be given Mind as a companion to work with, and the invisible Spirit agreed. When the Spirit agreed, Mind appeared, and
stood by CHRIST, and glorified Christ and Barbelo.
"All these things, however, came into existence in silence. Mind wished to create something by means of the word of the invisible Spirit. Its Will
became a reality and appeared with Mind, while the light glorified it. Word followed Will. For CHRIST, the self-produced God, created everything by
"Now Sophia, who is the Wisdom of Afterthought and who represents an eternal realm, conceived of a thought. She had this idea herself, and the
invisible Spirit and Foreknowledge also reflected upon it. She wanted to give birth to a being like herself
without the permission of the Spirit (the Spirit had not given approval),
without her lover,
and without his consideration.
"Her partner did not give his approval; she did not find anyone who agreed with her; and she considered this matter without the Spirit's permission
or any knowledge of what she had decided. Nonetheless she brought forth a child. And because of the unconquerable power within her, her thought was
not an idle thought. Rather, something came out of her that was imperfect and different in appearance from her, for she had produced it without her
"When Sophia saw what her desire had produced, it changed into the figure of a SNAKE with the face of a lion. Its eyes were like flashing bolts of
lightning. She threw it away from her, outside that realm, so that none of the Immortals would see it. For she had produced it ignorantly. . . . She
named her child Yaldabaoth.
"YALDABAOTH is the first ruler, who took great power from his Mother. Then he left her and moved away from the realms where he was born. He was st