Gnostic Teachings

Gnostic Doctrine

This website was created for the study of early Jewish and Christian Gnosticism

Gnosticism is a way to read the Holy Scriptures (the Bible) allegorically.

For Philo (20BC to 54AD), a bible passage was like a human being. It had a body (i.e. a literal meaning) and a soul (an allegorical meaning). He accepted the literal meaning of many scriptures (e.g. the Mosaic Law) but he also believed that only the allegorical method could reveal the true inner meaning that God had encoded in them. Further Philo believed that hidden meaning lay behind numbers and names. More ingeniously, he also found it by playing with the many possible meanings of the same word and by regrouping the words of a biblical passage - (Introduction to Biblical Interpretation: Klein Blomberg and Hubbard)

The Epistle of Barnabas is a letter in form only, being primarily an essay employing an allegorical interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures

Clement of Alexandria Religious science, drawn from his twofold source, is even an element of perfection, the instructed Christian — "the true Gnostic" is the perfect Christian. He who has risen to this height is far from the disturbance of passion; he is united to God, and in a mysterious sense is one with Him. Such is the line of thought indicated in the work, which is full of digressions.

Origen, the early church father (185 - 254 AD) contended that God has inspired the original biblical writer to incorporate the allegorical meaning into his writing. thus what Origen consider the highest meaning of scripture, its deaper spiritual truth, was already implicit in scripture, not something invented by the interpreter. In fact he believed that every scripture had a 3 fold meaning (literal, moral and allegorical) (Klein, Blomberg and Hubbard).

Quran Surah Ali 'Imran [3:7] [7] He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book: others are allegorical. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord, and searching for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:" and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding.

Augustine of Denmark (13th century AD) penned the following verse in Latin which describes the 4 possible senses of scripture. It was popular amonst latin speaking monks in Medieval times...

The Letter speaks of deeds
Allegory to the faith
The Moral how to act
Anagogy (prophetic meaning) of our destiny (Catechism of the Catholic Church).

Littera geta docet, quid credas allegoria
Moralis quid agas, quo tendas anagogica

Gnostic Doctrine is about Gnostic Christianity. Gnostic Christianity was popular between the second and fourth.

The most famous form of Gnostic Christianity was Valentinianism. Founded by Valentinus in the second century AD, its influence spread widely, not just within Rome, but also from Northwest Africa to Egypt through to Asia Minor and Syria in the east.

Valentinians do not use the teams Barbelo or Yaldabaoth

Gnostic Doctrine is based on the original teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, the Odes of Solomon, the Gospel of Truth,  

Gnostic Christians believe that the knowledge necessary for salvation has been revealed through Jesus Christ.

Gnostics recognize that this world is subject to powers of the flesh or sin which is the God of this world.

Gnostic Christians studied the Bible as history and allegory. They interpreted it metaphysically as representing a person's journey toward spiritual awakening.

Christian gnosticism is a way of living and not just a system of philosophy

Gnostic Doctrine is a website or blog that was formed for all who wish to know themselves in the light of the knowledge of which Christ taught his disciples in private. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty