Re: Thomasine Metaphor or universal microcosm?
Reply to Play’s message #5905:
Frankly, I hardly know where to begin here, but let me try to piece together some comments that have caught my attention.
>>[Cari] I have found my path to be Gnostic (or Christian Gnostic). I don't prefer to be called a "Christian," even though I find Christ to be a soter, because that usually denotes an "orthodox Christian," which I am not.
[Play] Did you mean to say savior?<<
Actually, Play, I think Cari fully intended to say “soter” in that statement. This is, after all, a forum for the discussion of Gnosticism. Greek terminology just happens to come along with the historical territory of the subject matter at hand. By using that specific reference (along with noting the obvious context of her comments—there, and in previous posts), I see Cari choosing very carefully to demonstrate that her idea of salvation has nothing to do with such orthodox concepts as vicarious atonement. This is why I’m baffled that you then proceed to “explain” to her how we all might find salvation within. To say that you seem to be preaching to the choir would be a gross understatement. In fact, it might even be more accurate to say that much of your commentary could be construed as a pistic sermon to a Gnostic congregation.
>>I want to understand why you think the world is flawed. I don't agree with that notion. That is true. I have read Gerry's discussion and PMCV's and your take on it. I still don't understand and maybe it is because my question still remains unanswered. Who views "the world" as flawed? Us [humans] or the Prime Source?<<
Actually, Play, your question has already been answered. The latest attempt to clarify that issue for you was by Cari, right before you started patronizing her. And surely you recall when PMCV elaborated on the correct usage and origin of the “Prime Source.” To suggest that the Prime Source “views” anything is, in fact, anthropomorphizing the ineffable.
If you really read the examples (either hypothetical or anecdotal) in my post, to which Cari referred, and you still don’t understand why we see the world as flawed, then I seriously doubt there is anything else I could say or do to help you understand our point of view.
>>The blend between mind, body and spirit has incredible powers over what becomes manifest in our lives… It becomes a matter of what governs the mind more; the needs of the body or of the spirit? The body does not need what the spirit needs and vice-versa but each part needs it's own kind of "food" to have health for if one dies or become inbalanced, so does the other.<< [Play #5907]
If this is so, then when the body dies, so does the spirit. You have described a chain of paper dolls—cut the link between two and the chain falls apart. For a more Gnostic viewpoint, if you’re interested, you may want to go back and re-read Hey Market’s analogy of the nested dolls.
As for following every religion one can name, an important question would be whether one is actually identifying the Prime Source via a shallow exploration of each of those traditions—or simply slapping some universal Happy Face on cross-cultural representations of the demiurge? While one may find them seemingly similar, the difference is like Day and Night.