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What Are Gnostic Beliefs

Who were the Gnostics, and what were their beliefs?

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In short: Gnosticism (from Greek gnosis, knowledge) is a term created by modern scholars to describe a diverse, syncretistic religious movement, especially in the first centuries of the common era. Gnostics believed in gnosis, the knowledge of God enabled by secret teachings.
---denna7667 on 9/9/07


Don't forget Scientologists, and the "Creation Spirituality" people...
---Mark on 9/1/07

Gnostic beliefs are Nonstick beliefs...I jest.
---Eloy on 9/1/07

Part three>> But the evolutionist believes that man appeared one million years ago, and these very conservative growth rates applied during that period. The world population would be at present 10 [27000 zeros following people. However, no more than 10 [with 100 zeros] people could be crammed into the known universe! [The amount of helium-4 in the atmosphere].This suggests that our atmosphere is less than 15,000 years old. Please won't you admit that there is a God Creator. The end.
---catherine on 8/31/07

I am not sure but here is something you may be interested in: The earth may be much younger than supposed, perhaps less than 12,000 years old. If man appeared over one million years ago, the present world population would be thousands of times greater than it actually is. Infact, our entire galaxy could not provide the needed space for so many. The present world population is around 4.3 billion. Assuming the average life span to be seventy years and the average generation length to be cont.
---catherine on 8/31/07

Part two. Assuming the average life span to be seventy years and the average generation length to be thirty five years, then starting with one family, the present world population would result in about thirty doublings. These doublings would carry on back in history from today to around 3500 BC. This date is suggested by several creationist scientists to mark the time of the flood. But the evoluntionist believes Cont please.
---catherine on 8/31/07

Gnostics believed that the material world is flawed and imperfect, but can be redeemed to a more pure spiritual state by knowledge and wisdom.

Christian gnostics combined gnosticism and Christianity into a twisted hodge-podge:
In the N.T., Jesus is the hero, and the Devil is the villain.
But the N.T. Devil is the same as the evil O.T. God who punishes Adam+Eve for seeking knowledge, and the N.T. Jesus is the same as the the good O.T. Lucifer who promotes knowedge.
---Mark on 8/25/07

One should always evaluate any alleged prophet by the Word of God. In addition pone should also evaluate anyone who claims to be a Christian by the Word of God. There are lots of wolves in sheeps clothing seeking to devour their fellow man. Test them by the Word, if they lie they are not from God no matter how loudly they may claim it.
---djconklin on 8/24/07

I don't know of any cult that has not professed some kind of secret gnosis - they all have the truth - a 'special' ticket to heaven.
Satan said 'you shall surely not die'
who do you choose to believe - the word of God or the prophet?
---Andrea on 8/24/07

Yes, Christian Science is form of Gnosticism, but so is Mormonism.
Gnosticism is not one religion, even in the ancient world. There are at least 3 tyoes, which the majority are from.
Pre Christian, Jewish and Christian.
---mike8384 on 8/22/07

a religion that regards this world as the creation of a series of evil archons/powers who wish to keep the human soul trapped in an evil physical body, a religion that preaches a hidden wisdom or knowledge only to a select group as necessary for salvation or escape from this world.

The term "gnostic" derives from "gnosis," which means "knowledge" in Greek. The Gnostics believed that they were privy to a secret knowledge about the divine,
---Andrea on 8/19/07

The Gnostic is one who relates to and considers themselves as possessing an intellectual or spiritual knowledge available to only a select few. The way I understand the doctrine, it is a belief system that values what they believe to be a revealed knowledge of God concerning the origin and conclusion of the human race. This knowledge is considered a means of attaining redemption for the spiritual element in humans and that which distinguishes the demiurge from The Unknowable Divinity.
---joseph on 8/19/07

Gnostic is so very indistinguishable, nebulas. Its been said all American religion is, to some degree Gnostic. The book of John is Gnostic in its tone. There are good books on the subject, Elaine Pagals. Today Christian Science, Religious Science, Unity are Gnostic, new age religions are extreme Gnostic, and according to Harold Bloom all American Protestantism is Gnostic. He claims Deism was the door that open Gnosticism to the American mindset. I believe the more Gnostic, the more self-absorbed.
---MikeM on 8/19/07

My impression, at this point, after reading some material claimed to be by a gnostic bishop, plus other Net stuff >

Each person is unique, so I'd need to let each individual gnostic speak for oneself, and see if I can discover who that person really is and therefore know what gnosticism is for that person.

And, of course, we know how one can embelish one's belief system, and NOT share what is true about that person's self.
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/19/07

If I were to convert to gnosticism, it looks like I would concentrate on
getting wise to how I can be in slavery to physical things of this earth.
And I would believe this getting wise would get me spiritually free so that,
AFTER death, I could be with "the true God" >

Gnostics don't seem to feel they can have
personal sharing with "the true God", now, in this life.

I experience that we can, and this would be too much to throw out.
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/19/07

As a "Christian" gnostic, I understand that I would believe in a Jesus who is
a "special messenger" sent by God, ALONG WITH OTHERS,
to help me get spiritually free of physical things
so I can be with God AFTER I die.

And gnostics believe their Christ did not die for their sins.

So, the gnostic Jesus is "another Jesus whom we have not preached"
(see 2 Corinthians 11:1-4).
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/19/07

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"Gnosticism" is a very elastic term, and it was not found only in heretical sects of Christianity.

Probably the two best examples of gnosticism in modern times is Christian Science and Silva Mind Control.

Almost all had an overweening asceticism, the idea that matter was intrinsically evil, and that "secret teachings" only available to a chosen few were the truth.
---Jack on 8/18/07

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