This is Volume One Number 1 July 1, 2003
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In this newsletter my first goal will be to attempt to define
"God" as understood by a wide spectrum of Gnostics. My
second task will be to identify the three major forms of
modern Gnosticism and describe each to the best of my
ability. My next and final task will be to identify and
describe the different tenents of Gnosticism so you can
formulate and start to practice your own spiritual path --
whatever that path may turn out to be.
CREATOR GOD - PART ONE
The Book of Genesis begins with: "In the beginning,
God created the heavens and the earth." Three
things are mentioned in this first sentence: God,
heavens and earth. In this article, I shall call this
first God mentioned in the Western theology as
Creator God for the sake of clarity.
This creation story is told in every religion known
to me. The principle character in this story is
called by many names (Ahura Mazda, Brahman,
Ptah, and Yod Hey Vov Hey for example). The
other two characters are called male and female,
heaven and earth, light and darkness, energy and
form, and several other pairs of opposites.
This is the nature of the Tree of Life. One creates
two who are opposite in nature and those two
combine to form one balanced whole. This is where
we'll start our discussions since this is where
Gnostics started to become separated from the
other Western religions and spiritual paths.
Gnosticism is not so much a religion as it is a
spiritual path. It is this spiritual path which is
disclosed by the Tree of Life. This is the topic
of our discussion.
If Creator God created the heavens and earth we
know Creator God must have existed prior to this
creation. On this assumption alone man has tried
to define Creator God for thousands of years.
We're no closer to arriving at a perfect definition
now than we were back then.
Our second assumption is Creator God created
something Creator God knew and understood.
We all create things we know and understand.
We don't create things we don't know and we
don't understand. So what Creator God created
was familiar to Creator God.
If Creator God knows all about each of us,
because Creator God did create us, then Creator
God knows more than all of us put together. In
fact, Creator God knows everything we know and
Creator God knows more than we know. Thus,
because Creator God knows everything, Creator
God has to be Omniscient.
If Creator God was all there was in the beginning,
then there was only one thing Creator God could
have used to create and that one thing was Him,
Her, It, Creator God. Therefore everything that is
created is within Creator God, and Creator God
is within everything. Creator God is both
Omnipresent and Immanent.
If Creator God created us and all that is within
Creator God, then all the power that is must exist
within Creator God. Creator God is and must be
Omnipotent. Additionally, since Creator God
created the heavens, and there is no end to the
heavens, and those heavens are within Creator
God, then Creator God must be Infinite.
If Creator God was in the beginning and Creator God
is Infinite then it follows that Creator God is also
Eternal and Ever-living. So, we know Creator God
is Eternal, Infinite, Omnipresent, Immanent,
Omnipotent, Omniscient and Creator God created
all that exists. Everything is Creator God. Creator
God is everything.
We'll continue this discussion next week. In the
meantime, have a great week.
PS: LVX means Love and Light where Love is Divine
Love and Light is Divine Knowledge.
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