Re: Greetings, and a reply to wvdog61
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Lynette <lynette_f@d...> wrote:
> Hi, I'm new. I like to study and compare religions. Thought I'dcheck out this group to see what gnosticism is based upon, and what
its current train of thought is. I know very little about this
belief, so any questions I ask please jump right in and inform me.
>suffering is good?
> I'm curious, Rodney, is it a general belief in gnosticism that
>and not really as we should approach life. Sure suffering happens,
> I personally belief that suffering is a human "plight" or "blight"
and on occasion you are correct that some people come to profound
conclusions because of that suffering. But I feel that those people
that do, also had to have a defining moment in that suffering when
they said to themselves, I'm not going to do this to myself anymore,
and discover the reasons behind their suffering and rose above the
situation. I think that in that suffering became a need to survive
it. That survival instinct is the good, and the suffering may have
been a trigger. But one does not always learn profound insights from
suffering. Some learn it from joy as well. And as you so well
pointed out, some people suffer horribly their whole life, and never
rise above it. So I'd say suffering is a symptom, but not a cure.
>a general thought that suffering is "good"?
> But, I'm truly more interested in what your religion thinks? Is it
> Sincerely,Definately not. There are many different believes about suffing in
gnosticism ( as many differences as there are people). Gnosticism
teaches that suffering is due to flaws in our world. The flaws were
brought about by an imperfect creator, because an imperfect being
cannot make a perfect world. So suffering is just a condition of a
flawed world. Some believe that all suffering is good and others
believe all suffering is bad. Personally, I believe all suffering is
bad. But even good can be taken from bad things.