Copyright © Tim Warner http://www.4windsfellowships.net Where did the idea of an eternity in heaven come from? Certainly not from Judaism, from which Christianity sprang! There is no such concept in the Old Testament. As we saw in the article, (The Kingdom in the Gospels), it definitely did not come from Jesus' teaching, and therefore could … Continue reading Origins of the Heavenly Destiny – Not The Bible
It might be well to consider the question whether or not the Gnostics actually believed their stories to be literally true. Doubtless, many of them did. But the real answer to this question is that it does not matter whether they believed them to be literally true or not. The nature of mythology is that … Continue reading What is at Stake? – Gnosticism Part 8
As stated in the previous article, Gnosticism taught three kinds of existence brought forth by Achamoth: Material – formed from passion and evil;Animal – formed from her conversion;Spiritual – brought forth by Achamoth herself. Achamoth’s next task was to give form to these. And as it turns out, she was unable to do this with … Continue reading The Demiurge – Gnosticism Part 5
This youngest was the feminine Aeon, Sophia. She left her consort, Theletos, and resolved to know her unknown Father. She gave herself unreservedly to this pursuit of knowledge, not understanding that her goal was impossible to attain. In the midst of her passion, she gave birth. But because she had left her consort, Theletos, and … Continue reading A Not-So-Divine Tragedy – Gnosticism Part 4
The Gnostics taught that there is a perfect, eternal, invisible, incomprehensible, unknowable, transcendent Aeon. They called him by several names including Proarche, Propator and Bythus (meaning “First Beginning,” “First-Father,” and “Profundity,” respectively). He is also called, The Unknown Father. There are other Aeons, emanating by means of thought directly or indirectly from Bythus, including Christ … Continue reading Bythus and His “Family” _ Gnosticism Part 2
Gnosticism comes from the Greek word “gnosis” which means “knowledge.” Knowledge is a great thing. Solomon wrote, “Wise people store up knowledge…” (Proverbs 10:14) and “The simple inherit folly, But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.” (Proverbs 14:18). But there are two kinds of “knowledge.” The Apostle Paul referred to the heresy of Gnosticism as … Continue reading Introduction to Gnosticism – Part 1
Satan has been busy inserting “a little leaven” into the translations of Scripture by altering the definitions of biblical terms. This has been done by the editors of lexicons coloring the definitions of terms by their own incorrect theological bias.