A great deal of people of all walks of life use the Bible as one of many writtings which contain guidence and so on, this includes the
Occult...Christian or not.
From my own tradition, we are 'gods' with a lower case 'g' who are the Children of God with a big 'G'.
There are some important verses to consider that go with this understanding. I shall name a few, otherwise I will be typing all night. I shall also
draw from other sources.
"6.I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are the children of the Most High.
7.But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes." - Psalm 82:6-7 KJV Holy Bible
In I. Poemandres of the Corpus Hermeticum, mankind is described as being two-fold: "mortal because of body, but because of the Essential Man
immortal," and, "Though deathless and possessed of sway over all, yet does he suffer as a mortal does, subject to Fate. Thus though above the Harmony,
within the Harmony he has become a slave. Though male-female, as from a Father male-female, and though he is sleepless from a sleepless Sire, yet he
is overcome by sleep." The path to divinity and true immortality is through Gnosis: "And he who thus have learned to KNOW HIMSELF, has reached that
Good which does transcend abundance..." but, "...he who through a love that leads astray, expends his love upon his body-he stays in Darkness
wandering, and suffering through his senses things of Death."
In the Bible we are told to be In the world but not of it. Jesus says, "48. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." in
Matthew 6:48 which is also found in Gen. 17:1 : "1. And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am
the Almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect."
As Above, so Below, "19.And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in
heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
"11. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted."
These are from Matthew 16:19, and Matthew 23:11-12
How shall we work our Great Work? "36. For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen." -Romans 11:36
"Jesus says, "Blessed is the person who has laboured and has found life." -Gospel of St. Thomas, 58, Nag Hammadi
"By that Stone's power the Phoenix burns away, turning to ashes, yet those ashes bring it back to Life."- Wolfram von Eschenbach, Book IX,
"With Him are the keys of the unseen, the treasures that none knoweth but He."- Except from Al An'am 6:59, The Holy Qu'ran
And so I end,
"Mind, that we may understand You,
Word, that we may interpret You,
Gnosis, that we may Know You.
We are happy,
Illuminated by your Gnosis.
We are happy,
You have taught us about Yourself.
We are happy,
While we were in the body,
You have made us divine through your Gnosis."
-Except of the 'Prayer of Thanksgiving', Nag Hammadi
edit on 16-1-2012 by Arles Morningside because: Some spelling correction. Pay no heed to
the rest of my aweful typing. LoL.