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Gnostic Reflections from Soulgazer|
There is a subtle difference between the "orthodox" and the "gnostic" views on christmas, or the day credited to the birth of Jesus. It may be helpful to review the "orthodox" version first.
According to christian teaching and tradition, God took flesh and was born to a virgin in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. This baby was God in the flesh from birth.
We have a slightly different (heretical!) view, but it holds no less significance. First let me explain that the Gnostic holds to pre-existence. If not to ourselves then at least for the Christ Spirit, or Crestos. This may appear pantheistic at first, but it is only a matter of perception.
Just as the spirit of love that is in each of us is not our entirety, but still part of our makeup, the Crestos is the name we have given to the spirit of love that is part of the makeup of God.
In the years that preceded the birth of the baby in Bethlehem, the world was in awful shape. Mercy was rare, something to be bought or sold. The world thought that they knew what righteousness was....they would bow down to their one true God several times a day in public, make great long prayers of devotion and servitude, and perform ritual acts of contrition. Then they would perform horrible acts of mutilation on those they considered unrighteous, maybe throw a coin into a beggars cup, or a stone at his head, depending on the mood.
Sinners were somebody to be punished, with zeal and happpiness, a chance to practice cruelty in the name of God!
Then that day in Bethlehem, when God had had enough. ...
No thunder, no lightening bolts, no everlasting fire. Not this God, Not this Alien God that the world had never known!
A Son was born to a young woman. A son born not just of a fleshly virgin, if you subscribe to that mythology, but of the Virginal Spirit. A Spirit never contaminated by hate, never contaminated by joy of suffering. A spirit made up of the great invisible Light.
This Light took flesh, and we gave it a name. We gave it a human name, Jesus. Jesus would grow up to be a man. Just a Man, but a very special man! He was born a Gnostic, in the only definition of the word "Gnostic" that truely matters. He remembered who He was, Where he came from, and Why he was here!
It is recorded in some of the older versions of Luke, that when Jesus was baptized, a voice came out of the heavens, and the True God spoke, saying "In thee I am well pleased, this day I have begotten thee!". Later on, Jesus would tell Nicodemus, that no one would see the kingdom of heaven unless he had been born again! Jesus himself, marking the path, leading the way, setting the example, showed what it meant to be born again!
Jesus represented the Father. Not the Father of old, the destroyer of the flesh of sinners, but the Alien God, so called because the concept of Divine love was so alien to human thought. The Gospel of Thomas credits Jesus with stating "I will give you what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand has touched, what has not arisen in the human heart."
This concept of the True God was so foreign to the human heart, that His own disciples had a hard time comprehending it; The Amplified bible records Luke writing of this in chapter nine, when Jesus was rejected by the Samaritans:
54And when His disciples James and John observed this, they said, Lord, do You wish us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elijah did ?
55But He turned and rebuked and severely censured them. [t]He said, You do not know of what sort of spirit you are.
This is the complete human malady! "You do not know of what sort of spirit you are"! What a saying! What a Marvelous, True saying!
We can find out what Spirit we are from though. This is available for the whole world! The Gospel of Truth says:
"He became a guide, quiet and in leisure. In the middle of a school he came and spoke the Word, as a teacher. Those who were wise in their own estimation came to put him to the test. But he discredited them as empty-headed people. They hated him because they really were not wise men. After all these came also the little children, those who possess the knowledge of the Father. When they became strong they were taught the aspects of the Father's face. They came to know and they were known. They were glorified and they gave glory. In their heart, the living book of the Living was manifest, the book which was written in the thought and in the mind of the Father and, from before the foundation of the All, is in that incomprehensible part of him."
I wish you all, the Love and Joy, of knowing the Alien God, the Father of Jesus, my Father, and your Father.
[24 December 2008]
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