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Creation in the Gnostic Christian view
[This is MY TEXT as a review, summary and interpretation of an apocryphic text. This text was falsely assumed by the moderators to be plagiarized –
“Off Topic Post” – since it also appears elsewhere:
However, the latter text is WRITTEN BY ME and it is published there with my
permission (I just didn’t know then that it had already been so, quicker than I had expected). I can understand the misunderstanding by the
moderators, but it now needs to be corrected, since you certainly cannot PLAGIARIZE FROM YOURSELF.
Author: Jan Erik Sigdell, Slovenia]
This is mainly based on a German scholar translation of The Apokryphon of John [17, below]. Every translation is also an interpretation in the way the
translator sees it (and, even if unconsciously, wants to see it). On top of that the following text in part is my own interpretation (which I actually
feel is a bit inspired, maybe from the Epinoia [v.i.] in me).
God, the creator, the “unknown father”, the first one that ever was, creates with his thought. He thinks – and then it is there. The creative
power of his thought is Barbelo, the invisible virginal spirit, the supreme female (bearing = creating) principle. She became the womb of everything
(that would come to be). Out of her the Holy Spirit appeared (who the Gnostics regarded as female), the mother of the living. Her collaborator is
reason (intelligence). Out of these two Christ appeared, the divine Autogenes (Emerged-Out-Of-Himself, i.e.: not procreated).
On a lower level, Sophia (Wisdom) appeared as an Emanation of Barbelo. She wanted to create a male entity to appear out of herself, but without
approval of the Spirit and without letting her consort know it (consorts are mentioned in connection with entities; hence they are actually
androgynous, but either the female or male part comes in appearance). It was her own idea. She actually had just a thought, but on that level thoughts
are creative: you think it, and then it is there. Therefore this entity came to be in ignorance and was imperfect. Sophia realized this and regretted
it, cast the entity away from her and surrounded it with a luminous cloud, so that no one might see it but the Holy Spirit. She called it
Yaldabaoth created further entities, which became his powers. They are called the Archons. He was himself the “first Archon”. The apokryphon tells
about him: “…he is ignorant darkness. And when the light had mixed with the darkness, it caused the darkness to shine. And when the darkness had
mixed with the light, it darkened the light and it became neither light nor dark, but it became dim. …And he is impious in his arrogance which is in
him. For he said, ‘I am God and there is no other God beside me,’ for he is ignorant of his strength, the place from which he had come.”
Sophia recognized her mistake when the shining of her light became less and she became darker. She saw how bad her son was and wept for a long
Yaldabaoth said to his Archons: “Come, let us create a man according to the image of God and according to our likeness…” They created a being
after the image of the first complete man (like a model for humans who would come to be) and said: “Let us call him Adam…” The being so created
wasn’t yet alive. Messengers of God said to Yaldabaoth “'Blow into his face something of your spirit…” He did that ignorantly, because he
didn’t himself really know what he was doing. And the being became alive. Adam was luminous and had a better intelligence then the archons, and he
was free from wickedness. [So far he wasn’t the physical Adam but an archetype of the human being.] Therefore they threw him out on the lower side
of matter (on a level within the dark region of Yaldabaoth).
God had pity and sent a helper to Adam, the Epinoia (insight through divine inspiration) of light that is called Life [Hebrew: Heva = Eva]. She
assists all creation. This Epinoia became hidden in Adam, so that the archons would not know her and she might be a correction of the deficiency of
the mother (Sophia), as an emanation out of her. [She, too, was so far archetypal.]
The archons saw that Adam’s intelligence was higher and brought him into the shadow of death to recreate his body out of matter that is the
ignorance of the darkness. He became a mortal human [and now the physical Adam], who the archons put in a paradise [a harmonic and timeless place].
There, he should eat from the “tree of life”, from the trees of godlessness [and live without God].
The “tree of knowledge of good and evil”, however, is the Epinoia of light (v.s.) that in disobedience to Yaldabaoth improved Adam’s
intelligence. [The Hebrew name in Gen 2 is more correctly translated as “tree of wisdom”!] Therefore Yaldabaoth put him to sleep: “'I will make
their hearts heavy, that they may not pay attention and may not see.” Then the Epinoia of light went to hide inside Adam. Yaldabaoth wanted to
extract her through one of Adam’s ribs, but couldn’t. He therefore made another appearance in the shape of a woman, as an image of the Epinoia,
into which he brought the part of Adam’s power that was all he managed to extract. Adam became awake and saw the woman. Then the Epinoia of light
appeared and uncovered the veil that had been put over Adam’s intelligence. [Hence, eating from that tree has nothing to do with sexuality, but with
wanting to know more than Yaldabaoth would allow…]
It wasn’t a snake (an entity in the shape of a snake) that made Eve eat from the “tree of knowledge [wisdom!], but it was Christ in the shape of
an eagle who told her to do that, in order to “teach them and awaken them out of the depth of sleep.” That happened against the will of
Sophia had come down as this Epinoia in order to correct her mistake, and for that reason she was then called Life [Heva, Eve], the mother of the
living. Through her they could taste full insight [they ate from the “tree of knowledge”, better: “tree of wisdom”]. Yaldabaoth saw that they
were drifting away from him and cursed his Earth. He threw them out of his paradise and clothed them in darkness. He then raped Eve and through her
begot two sons, who he called Cain and Abel. Later Adam begot Seth with Eve.