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(Greek γνώσις) Knowledge.
"The word Gnosis refers to the knowledge we acquire through our own experience, as opposed to knowledge that we are told or believe in. Gnosis - by whatever name in history or culture - is conscious, experiential knowledge, not merely intellectual or conceptual knowledge, belief, or theory. This term is synonymous with the Hebrew "Daath" and the Sanskrit "jna."
"The tradition that embodies the core wisdom or knowledge of humanity.
"Gnosis is the flame from which all religions sprouted, because in its depth Gnosis is religion. The word “religion” comes from the Latin word “religare,” which implies “to link the Soul to God”; so Gnosis is the very pure flame from where all religions sprout, because Gnosis is Knowledge, Gnosis is Wisdom." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Path
"The secret science of the Sufis and of the Whirling Dervishes is within Gnosis. The secret doctrine of Buddhism and of Taoism is within Gnosis. The sacred magic of the Nordics is within Gnosis. The wisdom of Hermes, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed and Quetzalcoatl, etc., etc., is within Gnosis. Gnosis is the Doctrine of Christ." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub
The Revolution of the Dialectic, Written by Samael Aun Weor
"Monotheism always leads to anthropomorphism (idolatry), which by reaction originates materialistic atheism. This is why we prefer polytheism.
"We are not afraid to talk about the intelligent principles of the mechanical phenomena of nature, even if people classify us as pagans.
"We are partisans of a modern polytheism founded on Psychotronics.
"In final synthesis, monotheistic doctrines lead to idolatry. It is preferable to talk about intelligent principles, which never leads to materialism.
"In turn, the abuse of polytheism, by reaction, leads to monotheism.
"Modern monotheism emerged from the abuse of polytheism.
"In this era of Aquarius, in this new phase of the revolution of the dialectic, polytheism must be psychologically and transcendentally sketched out. Besides, it must be put forward intelligently; we must set forth wisely with a vital and integral monistic polytheism.
"Monistic polytheism is the synthesis of polytheism and monotheism. Diversity is unity."
Originally posted by BlackStar99
Uh, wrong. There are some of us who choose not believe any one religion, but also don't deny the possibility of some sort of god, whether that be in the pantheistic sense or not...
I don't call myself Atheist because I find it rather ignorant to put your whole faith in science,
the same science that can't get us past our own moon
or to the depths of our own planets oceans.
Atheists put faith in science like religious people put faith in story books
Originally posted by roguetechie
Wait so because YOU say our belief is functionally equivelant to atheism WE are atheists?
First off agnosticism is NOT a belief in no god it's far from that as a matter of a fact from every reputable definition I've read.
Second... HOW DARE YOU tell us what WE believe!!! I see so much of this on ATS lately and I am SICK OF IT!!
I found your post INSANELY offensive and your general assertions not only in poor taste but lacking any sort of redeeming intellectual value!
Drawing false analogs where there are none to make yourself feel superior is a petty tactic of armchair PSEUDOINTELLECTUALS.
Originally posted by OverMan
Imagine the colors Black, Grey and White, please.
You are trying to get us to imagine only Black and White...
As if the only choice is between a MAN GOD and what science believes concerning NATURE.
Originally posted by JaxonRoberts
reply to post by madnessinmysoul
I suggest that you visit a dictionary before you make another HIGHLY IGNORANT statement like the one you used for a title in this thread.
An atheist believes there is no God, an agnostic is not sure.
And yes Virginia, there are agnostics out there!
The world is not Black and White, like you seem to think it is.
Pull your head out of the sand, and get over yourself. You are not the end all and be all of what people are... that is up to the individual to decide for themselves...
Originally posted by roguetechie
And just like OKS I am in fact an agnostic Theist
I see things all around me that make me think there is some intelligence behind the structure of the world we live in.
And once again you go telling me what I believe.... Agnostic is in no way equivalent to atheism.
Most of the agnostics I've met think there is some guiding force behind the universe we live in they just don't care to try to quantify an intelligence so far beyond our own as to be by it's very nature UNKNOWABLE.
Not being able to accept that there are some things beyond your understanding or control is the mark of MENTAL illness not intelligence!
I love how many so called atheists cannot just let other people believe the way they want to...
They feel COMPELLED to try to wheedle con or otherwise talk those around them into "seeing" that they've really been atheists all along!
It's sad and pathetic really....
I know what I believe and why I believe it and I have friends who believe much differently than I do.
I can and do have conversations with these people often about faith and why they believe what they do because I have a firm belief in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding being inherently GOOD.
When I converse with these people I always come away with some new insight as do they!
One of the easy to spot characteristics of a weak argument and a weak mind pushing it is that it cannot tolerate other ideas or competing concepts!!
I just wish people on this board would focus on the ISSUES not the IDEOLOGIES of this world! But go ahead and keep trying to tell me I'm atheist or what I believe or who I am....
Your arguments hold no water
Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
reply to post by OutKast Searcher
...well, I was referring to those self described agnostics who are not agnostic theists. The majority of those who self-describe as 'agnostic' are 'agnostic atheists'. I am fully aware that there are agnostic theists as well, and I'm happy you brought it up.
Thanks for highlighting that I skipped over a part.