Re: Gnostics & Greek Polytheism
- Hello sahms2
On 09/20/04, you wrote:
> This is regarding a previous post and may be a tiny bit off topic...
> but Mary's comment about the many Gods in the Gnostic belief remind
> me of Greek Mythology. The more I think about it, the more I wonder
> if the Greeks were onto something. If they were onto something,
> where did they get this notion (for lack of a better word)? I mean,
> the disciples had Jesus to teach them, but who taught the Greeks?
> Does anyone know or remember the Greek version of creation? I
> remember some of it, but had to look up the rest. I'm won't go into
> detail (I left out a few things), but here are a few similarities:
> -Prometheus(son of Zeus) created man in the image of the Gods. -When
> Zeus discovered Prometheus' deed he became furious. -Zeus began to
> devise a punishment for mankind. -Another son created a woman of
> great beauty, Pandora. -Each of the gods gave her a gift. -Zeus'
> gift to Pandora was curiosity, and a box which he ordered her never
> to open.
> -Zeus gave Pandora to his son Epimetheus as his wife. -Her life with
> Epimetheus was happy except for her intense longing to open the box.
> -One day Pandora opened the box and out of the box flew all of the
> pain, sickness, envy, greed.
> There's one more thing...(just in case) I'm not saying that
> Gnosticism is a myth... I just find this correlation very
I suppose, stretching it, Zeus could be considered a prototype of the
Demiurge, and many of the Gods could pass as Archons. :-)
Mike Leavitt ac998@...