Edit: Reply to: AuraVector
Yes, of course, the Jewish people worship Who they believe to be the One True G-d (the G-d of the Hebrew Bible). However, Gnostics consider that same
entity to be the Demiurge. Of course that is not believed by Jews.
Judaism is derived from the Hebrew Bible and the Mishnah.
Gnosticism is derived from the belief that the Hebrew Bible and the Mishnah come from a Demiurge, and they believe in the G-d of the New Testament, as
well as early Gnostic teachings.
Jews believe the New Testament (as well, of course, as early Gnostic teachings, which are based off the New Testament) to be nonsense.
It's similar to how a Jewish person usually wouldn't say the Hebrew Bible is the Old Testament, but rather the Torah; they take offense to the name of
"Old Testament" as the Hebrew Bible they believe in says the convenant is everlasting and can't be broken, so how could there be a new one? To call it
the Old Testament would be against their beliefs, but for the beliefs of others, like Christians and Muslims (although Christians have taken some
parts of the Hebrew Bible out and switched around the order, as well as translated things differently, but they are basically referring to the same
Of course, it's a much bigger difference than a simple name difference of a book, but it's the same Entity they're referring to, just with a very
different way of looking at it and very different beliefs about that Entity.
That's why when you mentioned people worshipping the "Gnostic Demiurge," I assumed you meant people who did who didn't believe the New Testament. I
was unaware of the idea of people being Gnostic and worshipping Who they consider to be the Demiurge.
So they would do basically Jewish worship while believing in Gnostic texts?
That's a lot different than Satanism, of course. But it probably is done. As you point out, though, the Gnostic concept of the G-d of the Hebrew Bible
and the Christian concept of Satan are very different.
Is there a name for people who believe in Gnostic teachings but choose to worship the G-d of the Hebrew Bible anyways? Have you heard any stories of
people doing this? I hadn't heard about that particular worship.
edit on 15-6-2011 by LetsChangetheWorld because: Put who I was replying to.