Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Demiurge of Genesis part 2


[CONTINUED FROM PART 1]

Ok, so we've established that the Demiurge is not Omniscient, and is a Jealous God who punishes us with death for being lawless when in fact his commandments weren't passed down until centuries later. He also lets his Archons come down and have intercourse with as many of our daughters as they please.

Is this a god of love? Of course not.

So picking up where we left off, he destroys all humans but one, because he regrets making us. This one human is to be his new Adam. His name of course is Noah. The Demiurge will play favorites from now on, favoring Noah.

First he allows Noah, and his offspring to live longer than the "120 years" he said in Genesis 6:3.

Genesis 7:6 "Noah was six hundred years old when the flood waters came upon the earth."

Genesis 9:29 "The whole lifetime of Noah was nine hundred and fifty years; then he died."

Noah lived to be 950 years old. Quite a bit off from the Demiurge's claim in Genesis 6:3.

So the Demiurge promises to limit mortal mans age to 120 years in Genesis 6:3, but allows Noah to live far beyond 120 years in Genesis 7:6. Obviously he favors Noah, and you will see a pattern emerging in the later chapters.

After the flood:
Genesis 8:20
"Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and choosing from every clean animal and every clean bird, he offered holocausts on the altar. (21) When the Lord smelled the sweet odor he said to himself: "Never agian will I doom the earth because of man, since the desires of man's heart are evil from the start; nor will I ever strike down all living beings, as I have done."

Death and sacrifices are a sweet odor to the Demiurge. Sounds like a nice guy to you? The Demiurge also claims that he will never doom the earth because of man agian. Why would he change his mind in the book of Revelation? Either the two Gods are different, or God is a liar.

Genesis 9:1 "God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them "be fertile and multiply and fill the earth."

The Demiurge will start to play favorites among his creation. Would you favor one child over another? Or would you love both your children equally?

Well, if the Demiurge destroyed all the humans for their transgressions, but spared Noah, Noah must be one hell of a saint, right?

Genesis 9:20 - 21 "Now Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard (21) When he drank some of the wine, he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent.

So Noah is a drunk. But where was the Demiurge's swift punishment?


Tower of Babel

Genesis 11:1 "The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words."

Genesis 11:5 - 9 "The Lord came down to see the city and the tower that men had built. (6) Then the Lord said: "If now while they are one people, all speaking the same language, they have started to do this, nothing will later stop them from doing whatever they presume to do. (7) Let us then go down and there confuse their language, so that one will not understand what another says" (8) Thus the Lord scattered them from there all over the eart, and they stopped building the city. (9) That is why it was called Babel, because the Lord confused the speech of all the world. It was from that place that he scattered them all over the earth.

Why would a loving God confuse people, introduce many new languages, and then scatter the people all over the world? What was the Demiurge afraid of? Well, if humans only had 1 language, and lived in one central area, then it would be easy to spread Knowledge (Sophia) to one another, correct? So the Demiurge scatters everyone and changes their languages to confuse them possibly to hide the truth learned by Adam and Eve.

The Demiurge speaks agian in plurality in Genesis 11:7 "Let us then go down..." he is speaking of course to the Archons.

Abraham

Noah's son Shem carried on Noah's bloodline which eventually leads to Abraham. The Demiurge's chosen one. See Genesis 11:10 - 26.

Genesis 12:2 "I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you."

Sounds like the Demiurge found a new favorite among Noah's bloodline. Since the Demiurge abhored the lawlessness of the humans pre-flood, then Abraham should be a saint like Noah, right?

Abraham moves to Egypt to get away from famined lands and before he and his wife arrive...

Genesis 12:11 - 13 "When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai: "I know well how beautiful a woman you are. "(12) When the Egyptians see you, they will say 'She is his wife': then they will kill me, but let you live, (13) Please say, therefore, that you are my sister, so that it may go well with me on your account and my life may be spared for your sake."

Basically, he tells his wife to life about being married to him, to save himself from death. Lying is a sin last time I checked. Abraham goes unpunished however. To paraphrase the next few verses: Abraham and his wife head into Egypt, Sarai lied about being married to Abraham, telling the egyptians that she is his sister. So the Pharoah takes Sarai to be his wife. Afterall, he had no idea, right? So what does the Demiurge do?

Genesis 12:17 "But the Lord struck Pharoah and his household with severe plagues because of Abraham's wife Sarai. (18) The Pharoah summoned Abraham and said to him : "How could you do this to me! Why didn't you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, 'she is my sister,' so that I took her for my wife? Here then is your wife. Take her and be gone!"

Why would an all loving, all knowing God punish the Pharoah in this situation? Not only that he punished the Pharoah's entire household! The Demiurge is not a fair or just god.

[CONTINUED ON PART 3]

The Demiurge of Genesis


The Bible is a fascinating text containing books written across centuries, by as many as 60 different authors. One common theme is that the god of the old testament, is different than the God Jesus refers to in the New Testament. Christians often fantatically claim that God loves us, and wants us to love him. Lets see how this claim holds up using an approved Catholic (First Church) Bible, the New American Bible.

Lets get started with the book of Genesis and see for ourselves, shall we?

Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning when God created the heavens and earth."

Ok, so we were created. Gnostics agree with this statement. It doesn't say we were created out of love, however. Lets continue.

Genesis 1:26 "Then God said; "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.""

Man was created last, and seperate from the animals. Man was created in the Demiurge's image, that is, man is not simply a physical being, but spiritual and mental. The fact that the Demiurge says, "Let us make man in our image.." denotes plurality. That is, the Demiurge is not alone. This fact will be important later on when we learn about the Archons.

Genesis 2 :16 - 17 "(16)The Lord God gave man this order: "You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden (17) except the tree of knowledge of good and bad. From that tree you shall not eat; the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die."

The Demiurge had created us in his image. The Demiurge is as much a part of us, as we our a part of him. Now some Gnostics will argue that the Demiurge is pure evil, and some will argue that he is simply ignorant. Both groups will agree that the Demiurge is flawed. If man eats from the tree of knowledge (Wisdom, or Sophia) man will "be like the gods". That is, with Sophia guiding us, man will know the true God, (Logos).

Genesis 2:21 - 22 "The Lord God then built up into a woman the rib he had taken from the man."

The Demiurge creates women.

Genesis 3:1 "... The Serpent asked the Woman, "Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?"

Gnostics agree that the Serpent is represented by Sophia, who descends to Earth to save mankind from the Demiurge.

Genesis 3:4 - 5 "(4)But the Serpent said to the woman: "You certainly will not die!(5) No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is bad."

That is, if you reach for Wisdom (Sophia), you will learn the truth. The truth being Gnosis.

Genesis 3:6 "The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom"

So they ate from the tree of knowledge.

Genesis 3:7 "Then the eyes of both of them were opened."

They realized the truth. And they hid from the Demiurge. After learning the truth, wouldn't you hide from him?

Genesis 3:9 "The Lord God then called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?"

Ok, now an Omniscient God would certainly know where the only two humans he has created thus far are hidden. But this God does not. This God is flawed.

Genesis 3:22 "Then the Lord God said; "See! The man has become like one of us, knowing what is good and what is bad! Therefore he must not be allowed to put out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life also, and thus eat of it and live forever."

Man learns the truth so take away his immortality? Notice the Demiurge speaking pluraly agian? Agian, this will be important when we learn about the Archons.

Genesis 3:23 "The Lord God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden..."

So for learning the truth, man was thrown from the garden of Eden, and stripped of his immortality. Jealousy perhaps?

Genesis 4:9 "Then the Lord asked Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?"

Agian, an Omniscient God would already know where to find his creation. The Demiurge is clearly not Omniscient.

Genesis 6 Origins of the Nephilim (Archons)

Christians have a hard time explaining this chapter. It is very ugly.

Genesis 6:1 - 4 "When men began to multiply on earth and daughters were born to them, (2) the sons of heaven (literally means, the sons of the gods) saw how beautiful the daughters of man were, and so they took for their wives as many of them as they chose (3) Then the Lord said, "My spirit shall not remain in man forever, since he is but flesh. His days shall compromise one hundred and twenty years." (4) At that time the Nephilim appeared on earth (as well as later) after the sons of heaven had intercourse with the daughters of man, who bore them sons."

So, the Archons that accompanied the Demiurge were allowed free access to the daughters of men? Why would a loving god allow this? Instead of rebuking them, he punishes us yet agian, by limiting the age of our mortality to 120 years. Nice.

Genesis 4:6 "he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved."

Nice guy. I would never ever regret my daughter. Would you? Why would a loving god regret creating us?

Genesis 4:7 "So the Lord said: "I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created, and not only the men, but also the beasts, and the creeping things, and the birds of the air, for I am sorry that I made them."

Why would an Omniscient God create something he would later regret? Wouldn't and Omniscient God perfectly create whatever he desires? The Demiurge is not Omniscient.

Heres the kicker:
Genesis 6:13
"I Have decided to put an end to all mortals on earth; the earth is full of lawlessness because of them. So I will destroy them and all the life on earth."

Nice guy. Humans didn't recieve his commandments until centuries later, but are destroyed for their current transgressions. Make any sense to you? The Demiurge creates a lawless society, and then punishes us with death for being lawless?
So far he has created us, told us not to seek Wisdom (Sophia) curses us when we do(because now we know the truth), takes away our immortality, allows the sons of heaven (Archons) to have intercourse with as many of our daughters as they please, never gives us any laws, and ultimately punishes us with death.

Now does that seem like true love?

[CONTINUED ON PART 2]

More Background information.


Well, after reading my introduction post, you might be filled with all sorts of questions. Were we created? Yes. By God? No. Then what created us? You might ask.

True God exists in the Pleroma or the realm of devine light. The True heaven. He had nothing to do with its creation, but has everything to do with trying to save man through Jesus Christ in the New Testament. (We will get into this later in a different discussion)

Now after leaving the church for awhile, I started confronting these questions. I began to delve into Roman Catholicism for a while, and was even convinced that this was the true religion, and true church. However I began to question the blind faith, and strict dogma and was a bit turned off at how you either accept all of Catholicism's teachings (Papal authority, The Catcheism of the Catholic Church) or you are not considered Catholic. It is pretty cut and dry, you are either all the way in the church, or you are an outcast.

I find it a tad harsh that missing Mass one day will put you into grave sin (that is, you will go to hell unless you repent to a priest). What if you faithfully went to church, lived a good life, rarely sinned, and one Sunday you do not go to Mass and get in a car accident and die. The Catholic Church teaches that you will be eternally damned. Pretty harsh, eh?

So which is it then? Protestant "Sola Scripta" scriptures alone, or Roman Catholicism's supreme church authority, including the Bible's commandments as well as the laws of the Catholic Church as stated in the CCC; laws that are written by men.

It is neither of these and never has been. Gnosticism has been around long before Jesus Christ and his birth. It was a very integral part of the Old Testament, you just have to read for yourself.

The god of the Old Testament is far different than the God of the New Testament, the God in which Jesus often makes mention. The god of the Old Testament is the Demiurge. The Demiurge is a controlling, jealous, and angry god.

Christians often confuse these two different God's as being one, that is, they see no distinction between the two. Christians agree that God is Omnipotent, God is in control, and God loves us. They often fail to see that the god of the Old Testament (Demiurge) is very different. The Demiurge is:
1. The god of the Old Testament is evil. He keeps the divine sparks or Spirit enslaved in matter.
2. The cosmos is likewise evil or negative; as it is the evil god's creation
3. The Good God is a trancendent Spiritual Being, who is utterly alien to this world, and had nothing to do with its creation.
4. The Savior - Jesus Christ, - is an emissary of the transcendent God who has descended into this lower world to confer gnosis on those able to receive it (the gnostic race).

For my next posts on individual books of the Bible, I will be quoting scripture from the New American Bible, the one treasure I hold dear from my fling with Catholicism. It is a great Bible and includes the entire Old Testament, the one which Jesus studied from, not the watered down Protestant version which is missing several books.

So Lets get started with Genesis shall we?

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Introduction


Hello all,

Before I start discussing my personal experience with Gnostic Christianity, I need to indulge you in some background information about my experiences thus-far. Having grown up in a strict Protestant Christian home, I was taught to merely accept the fact that God loves us all, he created us for a purpose, and he is in control of everything. Now, hard as I did try, I simply could not see how God loved us all. I mean, children die everyday of lukemia at age 4, people are murdered for nothing more than the 20$ bill in their wallet. In fact the only generally consistent theme of life is tragedy and suffering.

But if God is in control, and loves us and wants us to love him back why does he allow such things to happen? No Christian layperson has ever divulged a decent answer to this, instead always consistently insisting that God harms the innocents to test the faithful. "God only gives you what you can handle" they preach. But how so? How is losing a child to lukemia compared to say, simply being robbed of your valuables? It's far too easy for somebody with no experience of the horrible suffering and pain of losing a child to lukemia, than say somebody who's house was broken into and had his valuables stolen.

The point is, Christians often confuse the suffering and tragedy of life with being God's plan for us.

But how can that be? Would you tell your Wife, "Honey, I love you so much." and then kill her child to prove it? Of course not.

How can this be defined as love? It can't. It is the great paradox of Christianity.

Suffering, tragedy, and pain are very real, and they are the pillars of this world.

If you can accept a God who coexists with death camps, schizophrenia, and AIDS, yet remains all-powerful and somehow benign, then you have faith, and you have accepted the covenant with Yahweh.... If you know yourself as having an affinity with the alien or stranger God, cut off from this world, then you are a Gnostic, and perhaps the best and strongest moments still come to what is best and oldest in you, to a breath or spark that long precedes this Creation.