A Wizard’s View of Gnostic Christianity

Each of us who was born into the Judeo-Christian tradition must decide if our birth religion is truth or falsehood, and what the truth really is.  The God of the Old Testament is a judgmental, wrathful God. The sincere seeker must know if this is the true God, or if there is a God of Love, or  perhaps no God at all.  One soon discovers that within religion there are different Gods or ideas about God, and there are concepts of God that are outside of any particular religion.

Within Christianity, there is the story of Gnosticism, and how it was stamped out.   At the heart of the struggle to wipe out Gnosticism is a conflict over the nature of God. The Gnostic idea that this God is the demiurge, an Archon or angel, or, in more modern terminology, a historical extraterrestrial entity that was playing God while sojourning on the Earth.

The Lutherans and the Catholics say that Gnosticism is the heresy of dualism, the mistaken belief in a power equal and opposite to God.  What they do not realize is that the Gnostics believed in a great, all-powerful God, but the demiurge was never equal and opposite to God.  The demiurges or archons were simply beings that set themselves up as Gods, they were beings that pretended to be God.  They were much less significant than God, so they were not an equal and opposite power to God.

However there remains the question, why would God allow these archons to rule over the Earth?  It is argued that if God was all-powerful and Earth was ruled by archons, He would wipe out the archons, and since we know that God is all-powerful, therefore the archons must not exist.  However, it is a false dilemma, and the problem is the assumption that God would wipe out the archons if he/ she could.  The truth is that the archons rule at our behest.  We give them power and allow them to rule, by believing in the God of Fear.  This is most evident by looking at the history of Christianity.  Christianity diverged from its original nature when it became dogma and theology, and groups like the Gnostics were labelled heretics and their version of the truth was stamped out.  The Catholic Church was thoroughly under the sway of authoritarians who were still fighting the battles of the angels, still believing the lies of the God of Wrath.  What if the Universal Force or Great Spirit simply will not interfere with our right to believe those lies and live out the reality defined by those lies.  Perhaps God simply grants us the right and free will to live under the dominion of false Gods such as the God of Fear, the Yahweh of the Old Testament.

In the Book of Enoch, the story is told of angels who came down and mingled with humans, which I have described in a previous entry.  The angels so doing are portrayed as committing a terrible sin, but for the moment, consider the Book of Enoch as a heavily biased text.  Removing the judgmental language, instead let’s imagine the times of Enoch as a time a conflict between two factions. One faction felt that the humans were inferior creatures, and the other faction felt that the humans were equals.  Enoch is definitely told from the point of view that the humans are not on the same level as the angels.  There was a prejudice, not unlike homophobia today, stemming from a taboo that it was wrong for angels to miscegnate with humans.  This faction may have even encouraged the lie that the cross-breeds were monstrous giants, using that as a tool to frighten women into not wanting to mate with the “angels.”

These angels who came down to Earth taught humanity secrets, secrets that the powers that controlled humanity (the archons) did not want us to know. They did not want us to know metallurgy, the manufacture of weapons, and so on.  In other words, the “fallen” angels sound like the better friends than the Almighty God, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Most High Supreme, All-Powerful Despot who did not want humans to know “dangerous” secrets such as astronomy (“the motion of the moon”), botany and medicine (“the division of roots”), and chemistry (the uses of metals and dyes), and also, according to the story, unleashed the deluge that wiped out a lot of people.

There is some evidence that at least some Gnostics also believed in the reincarnation of the soul.  With reincarnation taken into account, when we read ancient books, we’re looking at records of ancient times, and we were there, so we’re looking at our soul’s history. I choose to look at the history of religion as the history of our soul’s journey through duality, the phase of a soul’s evolution where they voluntarily forget their true nature, as sparks of the divine, and feel themselves as separate individual bodies.  Then, we can look at the Old Testament and the Book of Enoch as artifacts from our soul history.  We learned and lived through these religions, perhaps living lives in various religions, all to learn and grow.  In this way, we can see the worship of a being who set himself up as a “God” as a step in a journey that has taken us to where we are now, that is, at the threshold of a reunification with the rest of Creation, a point where a certain chapter in the history of our souls ends, and a new one begins.  A chapter where we meet the ones who started the chain of events that led to what we call our religions, and learn the truth of those old lies, and then begin to learn the truth of our own nature as temporarily embodied eternal souls, the manifestation or expression of divinity within physicality.  In that sense, we are the fallen angels.  However we are not condemned sinners, but simply on a journey back to wholeness and spiritual maturity, and our religious heritage is something we could honor as our collective cultural story of our soul’s deep striving to find God in the deepest darkness.  Then, even if religious history is a mixture of truth and falsehood, probably with more of the latter, we can still treat religion, and those who take it very seriously, with respect.

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