Re: Need help understanding Gnostic "mythology"
- Hey Brandon, welcome to the club.
Part of the problem with your question is that it is debatable as to
whether or not a Gnostic truely believes that Yaldebaoth "exists" in
the way you seem to mean it. I think your word "mythology" is right
on mark in that the literary point is the important one. This means
that any literal god that a person would govel to is still
Yaldebaoth, even if you call it "Odin".
Christianity (at least as the word is understood today), like other
religions then, would not be seen as a way to gnosis... rather a wall
preventing one from gaining Gnosis.
There do seem to be some Gnostic words and concepts that you seem to
maybe have misunderstood, but in light of this more particular
question I'll leave them alone for the time being. Suffice it to say
that the traditional Gnostic would most likely have judged the names
of deities in other religions by how the practitioner of that other
religion conceptualized them. Could "Isis" be equated with Sophia?
sure. In fact it has been postulated that this is how we got the
book "Thunder; perfect mind" which you can find in the Nag Hammadi
library. Understand though that this does not mean that Egyptian
religion is "Gnostic".
--- In gnosticism2@y..., bsritter <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> I use the word "mythology" for lack of a better term. My question
> concerns the Gnostic view of the Old Testament god referred to by
> Gnostics as "Yaldaboath" (sp?).
> From what I understand, Gnostics believed this god to be a lesser
> who emanated from Sophia and who was self-delusional in thinking he
> was supreme. This accounts for his giving the 10 commandments to
> Moses in which it's written "Thou Shalt Not Kill", then turning
> around and commanding the Israelites to lay waste to another tribe.
> So my question is, Is Yaldabaoth the only one of these "demi-
> For example, other tribal gods such as Odin or Wankan Tanka, do
> truly exist as Gnostics believe Yaldaboath did? If so, what of the
> people who still pray to these gods? Can they still find gnosis?
> What I'm trying to say is, can these demi-gods help lead a person
> the one true Creator as most Gnostic Christians seem to believe
> Christ (or the Cosmic Christ or whatever you call him) can?
> I understand there's really no "Gnostic orthodoxy" to refer to on
> this, but I'm trying to figure out how the ancient Gnostics would
> have approached this. Maybe it would be simpler if I just said: Is
> Christianity the only route to Gnosis?