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MAJOR VIEWS OF
VARIOUS GNOSTIC GROUPS
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the
ave
sub-
Gnostic groups, most
of them appear to
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scribed to the following views.
1. The divine realm is inhabited not
only by one
ultimate God, but also by a range
of other divine
beings, widely known as aeons.
These aeons are,
in a sense,
personifications of the ultimate God's
mental capacities and/or powers (some of them
were
called such things as
Reason, Will, Grace,
and Wisdom).
2. The physical world that we
inhabit was not
the creation of the ultimate God but of a
lower,
ignorant divine being who is often identified
with the God of
the Jewish Bible. Because the
Creator-God is an
inferior being, the material
world is a
miserable place in which to
live and
is
widely separated from the spiritual world above.
3. The ultimate reason
there is evil in this
world -and the reason
the inferior Creator-
God came into existence in the first place-is
related to the actions of one
of the higher divine
powers (aeons) that inhabit the spiritual realm.
Usually this divine figure is called "Sophia," or
4. All human beings, or,
for some Gnostics, only
some
human beings, possess a spiritual element
or an
immortal soul that is connected with the
divine realm. But because of their imprisonment
in this world, these human beings have become
oblivious of their divine origin,
5. Salvation has been achieved because
a
divine
being from the spiritual realm has visited this
realm and awakened human beings endowed
with the spiritual element or
the immortal sou]
to
the knowledge (gnosis) of their divine origin. - Better gnostic post than yesterday’s
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