Who (or what) is "THE DEVIL"?
- I'd like to hear this explained from a gnostic point of view.
I'm not exactly well-versed in the bible or anything, but I've been
trying to understand who (or what) is man's adversary? If man's way
is against the way of 'the Creator' (or Spirit), then who is man's
adversary (or THE DEVIL)? In today's society, man(kind) is usually
at odds with Nature. (We don't do enough to protect the
environment, we're constantly trying to fight the aging process and
death, keep insects out of the lawn, etc...) If 'the Creator' made
everything that is in Nature, then why is man typically at odds with
Is man's adversary (or THE DEVIL) a woman? I've read some
information about the pre-christian societies that worshipped a
Divine Female (a Fertility/Earth Goddess?). According to this
material, the Church was strongly against such worship and demonized
everything about it.
I've also encountered some Christian Fundamentalists who claimed that
ALL Pagans and non-Christians are "Devil Worshippers". The Pagans
I've encountered say that they don't believe in a "devil". They
follow Earth-friendly religious systems that seek to live in peace
and harmony with all living things and they usually acknowledge
Divine Female and Male Principles.
So just who or what is THE DEVIL?
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Mike Leavitt <ac998@l...> wrote:
> Hello Georgea
> On 06/16/04, you wrote:
> > Hi Mike,
> > Someone on my list said modern Gnostic churches do not allow women
> > to be priests. Is that true of your church?
> > George
> Stephan ordained Rosa Miller to the priesthood, and consecrated her
> bishop. We currently have two active women priests, and an activeGnostic
> woman deacon or three, I can't keep up with it. The short answer is
> no it is not true of our church, nor is it true of the French
> Church, our confederate. It may be true of some more traditionallyHi Mike,
> Catholic Gnostic churches, milage may vary. Years ago I asked an
> old Liberal Catholic Priest (they have no women in orders to this
> day), "how can you deny one of the sacraments to half the human
> race." He was stunned by the question, and said that was the only
> thing anyone had said to him that gave him doubts about the all male
> Mike Leavitt ac998@l...
Thank you. I suspected she was wrong but didn't know for sure.