Who are the Gnostics?
The Catholic and Orthodox church will tell you the Gnostics were just early heretics, who rejected the flesh and dealt only with the spiritual, teaching a duality of sorts, that flesh was all evil and spirit was all good. To a point that is true, however it goes much deeper then that. Gnosticism is a wide ranging subject, so I know this article deals with some generalities so please bear with me. Claiming that Gnostics were just some early heretics who rejected the flesh world ignores the bigger picture.
There is a diversion of sorts there as you will see as I write this article
There are different definitions out there for Gnosticism running around, some pinpoint it having to do with the seeking of special esoteric or hidden knowledge for salvation, here you see the root of the focus on MYSTERIES. The Bible tells us that God is not a keeper of secrets
Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Mark 4:22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
Luke 12:3 3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
Gnosticism forms the foundation for those who today claim there is no absolute truth, or claim that truth lies in various guises. When a past Pope tells us that that the "Seeds of the Word lie in various false religions" that is a Gnostic concept. See my article: The One World Religion: The Beast Gets Ready For Delusion. When interfaithers claim that world religions all lead to "god", doesn't this contain the attribute that there is "special knowledge" that is so vague and nebulous that it is spread out in the world under various guises?
The "seeds of truth" present and active in the various religious traditions are a reflection of the unique Word of God, who "enlightens every man coming into world" (cf. Jn 1: 9) and who became flesh in Christ Jesus (cf. Jn 1: 14).
How does that make any sense? It doesn't and it's not what scripture says, its inherent roots lie in Gnosticism which impart that one's religion will automatically contain secrets and knowledge only available to high level "adepts" or "intiates". This is a core part of Gnosticism. The focus on MYSTERIES is as well too.
Gnosticism...first emerged in the Babylonian lowlands." 5
"The gnosis religion of Babylon was called Mystery, because it contained 'secret knowledge' disclosed only through: "blood-oaths, oaths.. sexual rituals, and meanings of coded riddles." This secret knowledge is alleged to be identical to that 'gnosis-knowledge' taught to Eve by the serpent... the 'good-god.'...Eve is the whore goddess and high-priestess."8 [cite]
Watch out if you are in a church that speaks of mysteries or tells you there are mysteries beyond your understanding that only expert clergy can understand. Watch out for churches that teach that mysticism is a good thing. They didn't call them MYSTERY CULTS for nothing.
Watch out for churches that claim "veiling" or secrets of "god"!
From the Catholic Catechism detailing the "Gnostic" qualities of the false Eucharist teachings.
1404 The Church knows that the Lord comes even now in his Eucharist and that he is there in our midst. However, his presence is veiled. Therefore we celebrate the Eucharist "awaiting the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ," asking "to share in your glory when every tear will be wiped away. On that day we shall see you, our God, as you are. We shall become like you and praise you for ever through Christ our Lord."By the way just so you know, today those who are self-avowed Gnostics, discuss the "magic" qualities of the Catholic Mass and admit that it is GNOSTIC. I of course have called the Catholic Mass witchcraft
When I read the word Gnostic, it translates into the same as the Alexandrian cult, Mystery Babylon and Mystery Cults, It is merely another word to describe the world's separation from God and true biblical Christianity. Satan's lies are thousands of years old and as I have written elsewhere on this blog many times appear over and over in false religions. Babylon is really where Gnosticism arose from:
Some consider Simon Magus to be the Father of Gnosticism. However, Gnosticism has also been defined as a mystical religion said to be "as old as humanity itself."(Ellwood and Partin: 95-96) Gnostic beliefs can be "found in all religions and religious philosophies, from Upanishads to the wisdom of ancient Egypt, and from the Gathas of Zarathustra to the mystery-cults of Greece and Rome."(Ellwood and Partin: 96) There are others who say that Gnosticism was built upon the combined teachings of its important leaders. Some of these include Basilides, Valentinus, Marcion, Ptolemaeus, Cerinthus, Menander, Simon Magus, and Saturninus (Grant: 30-43).
What is Gnosticism: As noted, Gnosticism has been defined as a mystical religion (Ellwood and Partin: 96). It is a mixing of rites and myths from a variety of religious traditions, combining Occultism, Oriental Mysticism, astrology, magic, elements from Jewish tradition, Christian views of redemption, and even aspects of Plato's doctrine that man is not at home in the bodily realm (McManners: 26). Despite the fact that many Gnostic systems vary, they all have in common "a world view shaped by Hellenism and Neoplatism" and "esoteric Judaism, Zoroastrianism, and the ancient heritages of Egypt and Mesopotamia."(Ellwood and Partin: 92) One can directly trace some of the individual aspects of Gnosticism to their roots. Their beliefs in the resurrection of the dead and dualism come from Iranian-Zoroastrian religious ideas (Rudolph: 282). Their communities are organized like the Hellenistic Mystery religions (Rudolph: 285). Orphism and Greek background influenced the Gnostic belief that the soul suffers in this world and it is fate that man should have to endure it. In turn, living a righteous life leads to salvation (Rudolph: 286).
Gnosticism is another word to describe false luciferian religion, and it overlaps with quite a bit, even the Kabbalah. Kabbalahism is basically Jewish Gnosticism. In essence it forms the foundation of the New Age movement of today. I have gone to Kabbalah websites for research and exposure purposes and noticed right off all the parallels with theosophy and the New Age movement with inner mediations, seeking of esoteric knowledge and more serving as parallels. That of course would be a topic for another article.
New Agers are to seek after special "knowledge" and "secrets" and "channelings" from their "spirit guides and other spiritual experiences such as through crystals. When a Catholic contemplative, goes "inside" so to speak to have special "communication" with the spirits of "Mary" or other beings appearing to them, to impart special mystical "messages" it is no different from a New Ager doing the same thing with their "spirit guides" or "contact with the universe". It is mysticism and at a core point it is Gnosticism. When I was a UU Theosophist, I was taught that there was "special knowledge" beyond human reach and that special wisdom and "mysteries" were taught through all the world religions. Of course we know today the Popes teach the same thing. Alice Bailey said this of the world's religions: keep in mind that vague nebulous wisdom of all religions thing I pointed out earlier:
"We believe in a universal divine principle, the root of all, from which all proceeds, and within which all shall be absorbed at the end of the great cycle of being" (ibid., p. 63).Gnosticism is about human beings seeking after higher "consciousness"--becoming as gods warned about in the book of Genesis and seeking after mysteries. When humans seek higher or altered consciousness--Buddhism, TM Mediation, Catholic contemplative meditations, Hinduism, Wicca--this is done to facilitate spells--putting the mind in what they call in some witchcraft books the Alpha state---this is following one of the major lies in the garden that "ye shall be as gods". It is something almost every false religion of the world is centered on. They ALL center on it where one is taught to do same thing with the mind using techniques such as the E-meter to various forms of meditation. Any religion who has it's mystics, seers, and the rest is flirting with Gnosticism. These prophets seek after experiences and their own inner "knowledge" instead of the true prophets of God, who said..."Thus saith the Lord"
And, behold, there came a prophet unto Ahab king of Israel, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou seen all this great multitude? behold, I will deliver it into thine hand this day; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.
1 Kings 20:13
So Gnosticism is part of the Catholic and Orthodox church with their contemplative "mystics for the former and those who practice "theoria" for the latter. Here is an example at this at work:
In the Eastern Orthodox ascetic tradition called hesychasm, humility, as a saintly attribute, is called Holy Wisdom or sophia. Humility is the most critical component to mankind's salvation. Following Christ's instruction to "go into your room or closet and shut the door and pray to your father who is in secret" (Matthew 6:6), the hesychast withdraws into solitude in order that he or she may enter into a deeper state of contemplative stillness. By means of this stillness, the mind is calmed, and the ability to see reality is enhanced. The practitioner seeks to attain what the apostle Paul called 'unceasing prayer'.
One thing I have to add here, the whole SOPHIA thing, is a counterfeit Trinity that includes a "feminine" spirit: Sophia that they refer to as Wisdom. SOPHIA, which is mentioned in both the Catholic and Orthodox church, comes straight out of Gnosticism. When I was UU, they praised Sophia and directly referred to her as a "goddess", there is a reason that the members of the harlot keep to these false teachings. Sophia came straight out of Gnosticism:
In Gnostic tradition, Sophia is a feminine figure, analogous to the human soul but also simultaneously one of the feminine aspects of God. Gnostics held that she was the syzygy of Jesus Christ (i.e. the Bride of Christ), and Holy Spirit of the Trinity. She is occasionally referred to by the Hebrew equivalent of Achamōth (Ἀχαμώθ, Hebrew חכמה chokhmah) and as Prunikos (Προύνικος). In the Nag Hammadi texts, Sophia is the lowest Aeon, or anthropic expression of the emanation of the light of God. She is considered to have fallen from grace in some way, in so doing creating or helping to create the material world.This reminds me of a memory, when I was coming out of the Catholic church and warning of their false teachings, I remember a popular Catholic teacher, Scott Hahn, teaching the Holy Spirit was feminine and maternal? [warning Catholic link] Where else would this be from? Where did he get this idea?
It's interesting who else claimed the Holy Spirit was "feminine":
"The various cosmogonics show that the Archaeal Universal Soul was held by every nation as the "mind" of the Demiurgic Creator, the Sophia of the Gnostics, or the Holy Ghost as a female principle."--Helena P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled, Vol 1, 1877Also see: Mary Worship and It's Gnostic Roots
The Catholic and Orthodox church also calls to "Mary" as "The Throne of Wisdom" or "Seat of Wisdom".
With the mystics and contemplatives, all of this is a twisting of Jesus's instructions to pray. We are to use words and our minds, not seek after mind-emptying, enhanced reality or false visions. I was trained in meditative techniques within the UU church, and let me be honest, reading the books written by Catholic mystics such as St. Teresa of Avila, the meditative techniques used are no different. The above also is no different from what New Agers are led to do when seeking after their "higher consciousness", while the Catholic or Orthodox mystics may call upon biblical figures [from a false "jesus" to saints] instead of spirit guides or the "universe" the concept is the same. Catholic mystics, basically travel the same road with some even following "angels".
[warning Catholic link] Sr. Maria Antonia (Cecy Cony): "Under Angel Wings" is the true story of a Brazilian girl named Cecy Cony (later Sr. Maria Antonia), who was born in 1900 and was led to high sanctity under the continual guidance, protection and inspiration of her Guardian Angel, whom she called her "New Friend." Thanks to her autobiography we can follow the extraordinary gift of the visible presence of her guardian Angel who guides her to an intimate relationship with God throughout her childhood and early adult life. Click here for the remarkable story of Sr. Maria Antonia and her guardian Angel
This is no different from a New Ager following a spirit guide. Both are demons. A real angel of God would rebuke someone not to worship them and to focus on God instead.
Revelation 19-10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Asceticism and it's traditions out of Rome and the Orthodox church arose mostly in the East, the so called desert fathers, the roots are in Babylon and from the Alexandrian cult. Those who trust in early church fathers are led astray. There is a reason why even the Buddhist religion has monks like the Catholic and Orthodox and there is quite a bit of overlap there. In fact one trend that is not really talked about out there, is there are all these interfaith meetings between Catholic monks, nuns, and other religious, with Buddhist and Hindus monks and "nuns".
Notice the focus on the INNER LIFE, here we are back to the Gnostic basics, as various false religions seek the "truth" from "WITHIN". If you really want to see Mystery Babylon in it's full glory, stop by the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue website, there you will be left with no doubts that there is overlaps with various forms of monasticism among the various world religions. What led these folks to non-biblical traditions? Why is there so much overlap?
With false world religions, Satan's lies are the SAME across the board.
Theosophy is based on Gnosticism at its core. When I was Unitarian Universalist, as I have admitted, I was into Theosophy even subscribing to one of its magazines named Quest. No UU that is part of those churches however remains uninfluenced by the Theosophists. I personally know about seeking transcendental moments. One major root of Unitarianism and of Theosophy itself is Transcendentalism, with it's 19th century intellectuals, ranging from Thoureau to Emerson and other literary figures, whose writings actually appear in a lot of UU services along with the scriptures of false religions including Hindu and Muslim ones. There they teach meditation and seeking "truth from within" same as today's New Age movement does. How do I explain it but to describe it in the way that it holds a person to seek after inner experiences, a sort of "god" within, just like Hindus bow to the "god" [namaste] within each person, the same focus is there. One is to seek after the transcendence via inner experience and personal intuition. There is overlap with Transcendentalism and Vedic [hindu] thought, most definitely:
Thoreau in Walden spoke of the Transcendentalists' debt to Vedic thought directly. In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavat Geeta, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions. I lay down the book and go to my well for water, and lo! there I meet the servant of the Brahmin, priest of Brahma, and Vishnu and Indra, who still sits in his temple on the Ganges reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water-jug. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master, and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges.Gnosticism tells people to seek after inner "knowledge". It also is really today the philosophy that is the foundation of the movement in the world to tell people there is no such thing as absolute truth and that "truth" lies under different guises such as in the interfaith movement. When Catholic monks and cloistered nuns are led into "contemplative" techniques, it is the same thing, focusing on making the mind empty, such as hours of staring at the Catholic Eucharist in Catholic Eucharist adoration. False intuition and vain imaginations are followed instead of God's Word.
Gnosticism leads people to seek after esoteric revelations--often from different spiritual areas, personal feelings and experiences, and confusing vain philosophies. As far as vain philosophies go, we know the false seminaries teach it and the past Popes have expressed their love for the vain philosophy of phenomenology.
In fact these are aspects of all Mystery Babylon religions and the harlot's daughters which join under the umbrella of mysticism. MYSTERY BABYLON is warned of in the BIble. MYSTERY BABYLON is ALL the False religions of the world which teach and CENTER on all the same false things.
When one is UU, the UU church dabbles in EVERYTHING in the spiritual pantheon, except biblical true Christianity. This means I had years immersed in the various scriptures, philosophies and more of various religions. People have gotten confused and have asked me regarding my time in the UU church on this blog before? How could you have been Humanist, Theosophist and studying Wicca at same time? ..its possible because all the false religions and philosophies of the world share the same CORE COMMONALITIES.
Rev 17:5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
It was always odd to me, when I used to visit the message board world how Catholics, Orthodox and others would claim bible-believing Christians were Gnostics when it's the Catholic church following Gnostic beliefs that incorporate evolution, mysticism and the interfaith movement. Sure there are daughter Protestants in these errors as well too but I always found this to be confusing. Why complain about those who seek after mysteries and "inner knowing" when your own religion does these very things? One thing about false religions, they are full of lies. The people who follow them may be sincere, but the contradictions add up.
If you aren't a born again and a bible believing Christian, you are messing around with some degree of Gnosticism. The Interfaith movement is based on Gnosticism too as a whole. Think about it when they say all religions lead to god, this turns "god" into a mystery instead of the true God of the Bible who has revealed His Commandments and Who He is.
Teaching like the Popes that the "Seeds of the Word" are present in false religions is EXTREME gnosticism that is based on esoteric knowledge claiming that false religions hold truths "under cover". A false mystical "jesus" is promoted, the so called "cosmic christ", the false "christ" they promote as "speaking" through various religions.
Bible Christians know and recognize the voice of Jesus and know that false religions do not hold any of God's Word. False religions come from Satan and hold no truth. Gnostic paganism is advanced via interfaithism, and the lie that all religions hold a semblance of truth or the "seeds of the word".
John 10: 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
To sum things up, the world is being led into Gnosticism/aka Mystery Babylon/Mysticism. It is the foundation of the one world religion after all. It is the lie that people are to seek after mysteries, inner experiences, inner contemplation, "enlightenment" and "INNER KNOWING" instead of truth in God's Word.
2 Timothy 2:15
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.