Re: Modification of the sensate being
- Oh, I've been missing out on all the conversation.
Wilbro qoth (oh and BTW, welcome to the club Wilbro)...
"My question now is directed towards those who adhere to, as it were,
the tenants of Gnosticism; is it the truth or a representative of the
truth? I just ran across the same question in a Gnosticism club,
message #5617, where the poster very neatly asked the same question
in an expanded form. Unfortunately, I saw no responses to it."
Gnosticism is a language, a means of expression. As such it claims
that there is one truth, an objective absolute that the language
tries to point to, but it does not claim to be the only language that
can point to it. The same notion applies to it's cosmology, it's
soteriology (salvational beliefs), and all other fractions of the
complete ideological system.
While it is my personal belief that Gnosticism is a better language
than most other *western* forms of esotericism, it may not speak to
everyone equally well.
As for salvation, well, I was unsure if you meant to ask if there was
only one process for salvation, or only one effect. Since Gnostics
don't believe in a heaven or hell in the traditional form, or any
kind of anthropomorphic diety, but only an infinite prime source, the
effect of salvation is dissolution and that would be true of anyone
who achieves it. However, if there are many languages that use
different words to describe the same thing, then different processes
may have the same effect to different cultures. This brings up a very
related topic.... "tradition".
- Say, Will, not to confuse you any more, but . . .just for fun, since
we both are not adverse to a transferred language of metaphor, I
invite you and any other members who wish to join in, to read through
_The Gospel of Thomas_ to see if you find any metaphorical language
that makes sense to you. (This is not a requirement BTW, just an
invitation to get a feel for a bit of metaphorical language used in
the environs around here. LOL)
For those who do not have a copy of the text, an online version can
be found here ~