Gnostic concept of Deity
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The Concept of the Deity in Gnosticism

While there are many different schools and sects of Gnosticism, a somewhat similar view of God is shared by all. God is viewed as a true, ultimate and transcendent God. Gnostics believe that he exists beyond all created universes. God did not create anything, rather he emanated forth from Himself. The Gnostics believe that worship of nature, the cosmos or any embodied creature is equivalent to worshipping a corrupt God or part of the world. The most radical (and central) idea of Gnosticism is the notion that God did not create the world.
Each Gnostic creation myth refers to the aeons and the True God. By combining the aeons with the True God, one will then compose the fullness or the pleroma. This fullness is standing opposite to our existence, perhaps to serve as a foil. Some Gnostics refer to our existence as the emptiness.
Furthermore, Gnostics believe that self-knowledge is actually knowledge of God. While many orthodox religions (namely Judaism, Christianity and Islam) lack any sense of female symbolism in regards to God, Gnostic texts continually use sexual symbolism to describe God. The God in Gnostic texts is described as both masculine and feminine, a dyad. However, this is not true for all the Gnostic sects. The Marcionites, Monatists and the Carpocratians retained a masculine image of God.


The Mystic Christ
   by Ethan Walker III
The light of non-duality and the path of love according to the life and teachings of Jesus. The Gnostic path is the inner path to God-realization. Buddha, Krishna, Jesus and the other great Masters are all one and in essence taught the same thing.

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