Here is the best Lecture I have seen on Gnosticisms. THE GNOSTIC WORLDVIEW – A Lecture by LAURENCE CARUANA . It’s 2 hr. long so be prepared but what a detailed analysis. I also find it worthwhile to study the differences and similarities between early Egyptian, Semitic, Sumerian, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese , Ancient and the more modern Christian Theologies. There is a commonality that can be observed and expressed throughout all of them, yet each believe they have the “truest answer” to the unknown. The TRUTH is TRUE wherever it is spoken.
The big problem I can see is the result of Christian Religionist’s attempts to justify “THIS” Material World as “reality” even though, their redeemer, Jesus, The Christ said “My Kingdom is NOT of this world”. The first Chapter in the Bible states that God Created the world and pronounced it GOOD and COMPLETED and that Man was Created in the Image and Likeness of God, male / female – Spirit, no mention of bodies. Then in Chapter 2 to the end, a world was “made” that was the complete opposite of that Created in Chapter1. Consider, in the Gospel of John,
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
Unlike the modern Christian view where “sin” is the paramount protagonist and this world is real, the body is God’s temple and salvation is by Christ’s blood sacrifice OR like the Gnostic view where this world is evil and salvation is only to a select few who are given Secret Divine Knowledge, I’ve believe in a inclusive ‘mythology’ that encompasses the truths expressed by the ancient Gnostics, ACIM, AA, Buddhism and the Bible. I am convinced that a universal theology is impossible BUT that a universal EXPERIENCE is essential. I believe this world is but a EGO-centric projected dream of our perceived desire to be special or separated from God and is elucidated in the Bible from Genesis Chapter 2 till the end, with the first Chapter of Genesis being the UN-separated story of Creation. I also believe that Jesus was the physical manifestation of the Self or Son of Creation stated in Genesis 1, and existed in the Dream to show us the way or path to salvation. Look, Listen, and Do Not Judge. Leave judgement to the Holy Spirit.
Additionally, I also find the teaching of “A Course In Miracles” to be a more understandable mythology that is INCLUSIVE and NON-DUALISTIC and does NOT purport to be salvation’s end but merely develops and demonstrates a practical approach to remove the obstacles to LOVE and leaves salvation to God, The Holy Spirit, and Christ. It does however emphasizes the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Scriptures.
All of the esoteric sayings of Jesus, expressed in the Canon and Apocryphal Books are easily understood when viewed from a NON-DULISTIC perspective. “I and the Father are ONE” and NOT from a dualistic perspective where the “ALL” is divided and separated into competing attempts to be SPECIAL and/or DISTINCT.
God Blesses Christ Blesses I Bless