Re: A Snake in hand is worth 2 in the garden
- --- In email@example.com, Mike Leavitt <ac998@l...> wrote:
> . . . if you don't think creation is an error,It seems like someone else here has pointed out recently that even
> look at the soldier in Iraq, or the homeless on the streets. That
> central point makes the world understandable if you ask me.
the orthodox perceive error in the world (sorry, it's too late to go
looking it up!), it's just of a different natureof Man's own doing.
I guess that's why it's even more helpful for me to link that concept
with the Gnostics' Infinite. By removing the notion of a "personal"
god who sometimes spares us from the raw deals of the world and other
times throws it at us in spades, it's easier for me to take it
less . . . personally.
What really hooked me, Mike, was way back when I first read your
bishop's article on "The Mystery of Iniquity" in the now defunct
Gnosis Magazine. In fact, once when I was doing a really lousy job
of explaining Gnosticism (and the question of evil in the world) to a
friend of mine, I told him to wait a minute while I fetched something
off the Net. From the questions he had been asking me that summer
and what he had related to me regarding his experiences with
organized religion, it seemed like he would really relate to a
Gnostic outlook. I handed the article to him and told him he might
want to look it over on his lunch break so that he could make more
sense of the poor summary I had offered previously. When he returned
from lunchbeamingI was relieved to see that I at least had access
to somebody who could really articulate these concepts in a way that
I could not.