The Gnostic Religion

The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity

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Then while this final Statue is perfected in all its individuals, then it shall break out and be lifted up out of that groovy battle through the residing Spirit, its father, who comes and . . . fetches the contributors out of . . . the dissolution and the top of all issues. And forty three the assistance of dying too, the entire Darkness, he'll assemble jointly and make a likeness of its very self . . . In a second the residing Spirit will come . . . he'll succour the sunshine. however the information of dying and the Darkness he'll close up within the residing that was once verified for it, that it'd be sure for ever.

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Extra drastic is identical to falling: the soul or spirit, part of the 1st lifestyles or of the sunshine, fell into the realm or into the physique. this can be one of many primary symbols of Gnosticism: a pre-cosmic fall of a part of the divine precept underlies the genesis of the realm and of human life within the majority of gnostic platforms. "The gentle fell into the darkness" indicates an early section of an analogous divine drama of which "the gentle shone within the darkness" might be acknowledged to suggest a later section.

Sin because the approach to salvation, the theological inversion of the assumption of sin itself—here is likely one of the antecedents of mediaeval Satanism; and back an archetype of the Faustian fantasy. however, the mix of this doctrine with the topic of transmigration in Carpocrates represents a curious model of Pythagorean teachings and maybe additionally of the Indian karma-doctrine, the place the discharge from the "wheel of delivery" can also be, even though in a really assorted spirit, the governing challenge. We could doubt with Irenaeus no matter if the preachers of those perspectives lived as much as their very own professions.

E. , the reduce Nature, that "by ascending to the nice one he confirmed how one can all those that want likewise to ascend" (Hippol. , Refut. V. 27). GNOSTIC structures OF idea 224 construction of the Macrocosmos within the following account of the production we will omit many mythological information which are extra outstanding than major. As a primary step, the dwelling Spirit and his entourage of gods separate the "mixture" from the most mass of Darkness. Then "the King of sunshine ordered him to create the current global and to construct it out of those combined elements, on the way to release these Light-parts from the darkish components.

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