CHIEF OF THE GNOSTICS?
Was Jesus Christ actually a gnostic? Was He an advocate of the esoteric? One might be totally surprised at the answer, and that answer tells us why modern Christianity has no power and is considered by the Lord as worthless and vain!
DEFINITIONS THAT COUNT
When one is going to debate something, the first thing that must be done is to DEFINE the key words that apply to the debate – and in this case there are TWO WORDS we need to fully understand not only their meaning, but their application. These two words are gnostic and esoteric – words general applied to the occult and some sort of Satanic activity, something to stay away from – something to do with mystery and “secret knowledge” – or one could say “FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE”. Modern Christianity would brand any such thing as Satanic to the core. But is it?
WHAT IF Jesus Christ was not only a Gnostic himself, but demanded that His followers were to become Gnostics themselves? That they were to come into some sort of hidden or secret esoteric knowledge in order to be saved? Further, what if TRUE SALVATION did in fact entail some sort of gnostic and esoteric knowledge of the Divine? That would be in total opposition to modern Christian theology on all counts. And that might be why Jesus Christ rejects millions of Christians who were positive they were saved and going to heaven. After all, He rejects them for only one reason: HE HAD NO GNOSTIC OR ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE OF THEM, NOR THEY OF HIM. You will find that in Matthew Chapter Seven. Look it up for yourself, don’t believe me.
This debate requires not only intellectual honesty, and Scriptural integrity and honesty as well, something that appears to be lacking in today’s modern Christian circles. So if one cannot bring themselves to this type of integrity and honesty, you need not read any further – for this requires that we come to the Word of God just as a child, just a Jesus Christ commanded:
13 “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.”
16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
Now this is one of those loaded verses that most pay no attention to, but this is a direct COMMAND from the Lord. You are to RECEIVE THE KINGDOM AS A LITTLE CHILD. This has to do with not only belief and faith which is obviously necessary, but something far deeper – a little child has no preconceived concepts that he/she filters through their minds, no prejudices, no bias, no “isms” that people develop as they go through life. That includes “religious beliefs” as well. You cannot come to the actual truth of the Word if you are going to filter it through your preconceived “religious” notions.
This is one of the primary obstacles that people face when reading their Scriptures. If they are a Baptist, they will filter every Word of the Bible through their Baptist theology. If a Methodist, they will approach the Scripture through their Methodist bias. If Catholic, they will also filter it through their Catholic bias. It does not matter what denomination is involved, or even what “religion” people hold to – they must and they will filter it through their preconceived biases and prejudices even if they are non-believers!! They will filter it through whatever biases and “isms” that they have incorporated into their belief structure.
This is one of the primary obstacles that keeps people from actually coming into the Kingdom of God. It is noted in the parable of the sower, a parable about entering the Kingdom of Heaven, and it is a very important parable for people to understand:
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Notice that there are multitudes who hear the Word, but do not at all understand what it means. Why not? The Word is simple, straightforward and to the point. What is there not to understand? God says He wants all to come to repentance, and NONE TO BE LOST. He says He takes no pleasure whatsoever in the demise of the unsaved. So then what is the real problem here?
There are two primary problems that we need to understand. One concerns the FALL OF MANKIND and the resultant GROSS SPIRITUAL DARKNESS and the REBELLION OF THE HUMAN HEART for these items go deep into the human INNER heart. The second issue is the built in bias and prejudices we all have that act as filters to everything we hear, see or do. All of this has to be removed and only then can we approach the Word of God as a LITTLE CHILD, and that means to simply read AND ACCEPT what is clearly written as a TRUTH, just as a little child believes whatever Mommy or Daddy tell him. They believe it without any hesitation, it is PURE FAITH, PURE BELIEF, NO QUESTIONS. It is simply accepted as TRUE. We all too soon seem to lose all of that as we grow up. However, we can learn ONCE AGAIN to accept what the Bible says simply by embracing it for what it says. For example, Jesus Christ told us to “ENTER IN AT THE STRAIT GATE. So we would ask, what part of “ENTER” do you not understand? What part of “ENTER IN” IS SO COMPLEX WE CANNOT GRASP IT? What part of “STRAIT GATE” do we not grasp?
If you told a littler child to go enter yonder door for a surprise would they not immediately go through that GATE to find the surprise? Of course they would, and without question!! And they would obtain the surprise and come out with a big smile. We, on the other hand, would question immediately what this was really all about. What is the surprise? Do I even want it? Do I really need to walk all that distance, is it worth it? Is there any surprise inside the door at all? Maybe this is a trick of some type, something just to fool us, and on and on it goes. Meanwhile, of course the little child already has his surprise and we have nothing. Do you get the point here?
The little child has pure belief and pure faith in the words that he heard, goes into the door and does not question any of it. The child uses his faith and his belief in Mommy and Daddy and their words to him/her and they use that faith and belief as a dynamic force that makes them obey and they do all of this without any hesitation at all. Our minds are constructed in such a way that we take our experiences and what we are taught and filter everything through those biases and prejudices, something a little child does not have. Jesus Christ LOVED LITTLE CHILDREN and commands us to BECOME LIKE THEM.
In other words, PAPA GOD, or DADDY GOD has told His little children what the truth is in the BIBLE. Instead of embracing it in that manner, we stand around and question every Word. “This might be true, but no way is this thing over here true, I just cannot believe that.” If you do this, Jesus is very clear: YOU WILL NEVER ENTER HEAVEN, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. Why? Because the Kingdom of Heaven is unlike anything found on Earth. The Kingdom of God is a MYSTERY, according to the Bible, a HIDDEN THING, and unless one takes the attitude of a little child, they will never unlock the truths of the Kingdom, it is an impossibility.
I find many people who consider themselves “experts” in the Word of God. They spout off all the time about their wisdom and understanding. It is obvious they never have been to the LIGHT OF CHRIST, have never been judged by that LIGHT, and have no understanding whatsoever as to simplicity of the Gospel. It is all vanity. These are the modern preachers, teachers, evangelists and prophetic “scholars” of today with very few exceptions. Christ warned you about them. So did Peter and Paul. They appear for all the world as Christians. They are, according to Jesus Christ, WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING. THEY ARE LIARS AND DECEIVERS. If you follow them you go where they go – and Peters says their DAMNATION SLUMBERS NOT. THEIR THEOLOGY IS A LIE, A LOOK ALIKE, BUT IT OMITS THE ONE AND CRUCIAL THING NECESSARY FOR SALVATION.
We will prove to you that God considers modern faith and belief as false – as vanity, for it is not at all true faith or true belief – it has been tainted by all of the philosophies, theologies, scientific so-called knowledge and governmental forms of the world. We have “conservative”, “liberals, “far left” and “far right”. In point of fact, the Bible says that all of this so-called “knowledge” and “understanding” is all vanity and worthless when it comes to the KINGDOM OF GOD. Hard to believe, hard to swallow such remarks. But it does not make them ANY LESS TRUE. Once again, do we embrace what DADDY GOD says in His Word as a child, or do we question everything concerning it? Here is what God says concerning our so-called knowledge and understanding:
12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living
14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
You most likely have no idea how true these “ESOTERIC AND GNOSTIC” remarks are. There is NO REAL WISDOM OR UNDERSTANDING AMONG THE LIVING. None, Zero. That means that the REAL WISDOM, and the REAL UNDERSTANDING cannot be found on this Earth, it is not here. That also means that this REAL WISDOM is a hidden thing, a secret thing!! The knowledge of THIS WORLD is all VANITY. It has nothing to do with the HIDDEN AND SECRET KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. And the value of such secret or hidden knowledge is beyond all the riches of the world. IT CANNOT BE BOUGHT OR SOLD. But who among mankind would drop everything they are doing in THIS WORLD and search out the REAL TRUTH? The Bible tells us, NOT MANY. In point of fact VERY FEW, ONE IN A MILLION!!
Do we really understand what the Lord is telling us here? Do we really understand that all of the knowledge that mankind has accumulated in all of the universities and libraries, all of science and all of everything we have collected here on Earth is total VANITY and lacks ANY TRUE WISDOM WHATSOEVER!! In other words, mankind’s knowledge may be increasing by leaps and bounds as he unlocks the construct of our space-time continuum, THE KNOWLEDGE OF THIS WORLD, but it is all VANITY when it comes to UNDERSTANDING and ENTERING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, and HEAVEN is where all of the TRUE WISDOM and TRUE UNDERSTANDING RESIDES. In other words, LIFE ON EARTH IS VANITY, A DECEPTION; IT TAKES ONE TO ETERNAL RUIN no matter how much they know of this world and how to navigate through life successfully.
In other words, we really do not know or understand THE POWERS THAT SUSTAIN the Universe, who is actually running it, and what He wants from every person on Earth. The Bible tells us what He wants from all of us, but only a FEW take it seriously enough to actually find out if the Bible is true or not.
Mankind’s biases and science have marginalized the Bible and what it has to say to such a degree that few people actually will embrace what it says and act upon it. They will be laughed at, mocked, persecuted and all but destroyed by their peers if they do as Christ commanded them to do. It comes down to EARTHLY SO-CALLED KNOWLEDGE vs. THE BIBLE. It is that simple, and the vast majority of the world, being OF THIS WORLD embrace the world’s knowledge and understanding and reject the Bible as a book of old wives tales and mythology. But what IF the Bible is the actual truth behind everything there is, was and ever will be? WHAT IF THE BIBLE IS ACTUALLY THE WHOLE TRUTH OF THE MATTER? What then?
The Bible says in the most extreme manner that the WORD, and the WORD ALONE is the truth behind all of the Universe. It is not a book about RELIGION, it is a Book that shows mankind the what, why and how of mankind’s existence. The Bible makes NO attempt to PROVE IT SO, but if the human soul will do as Jesus commanded them, and continue in His Word and Doctrine, He will eventually PROVE IT TO THE SEARCHER.
Not only that, the Bible was written over a thousand years, by many different writers, and there is a total 100% consistency in what it says, and the mathematics within the Bible are so exact that scientists have proven it had to be written and composed by a much higher “source”. No human beings, no matter how smart, could have constructed the Bible. Indeed, it did in fact come from THE CREATOR OF ALL THAT THERE IS, for no other source could have implanted the mathematical codes found within both Old and New Testaments. The odds, say the scientists, are quadrillions and quadrillions to one. God, after all, is the most brilliant of all mathematicians.
And yet, for all of this, we simply WILL NOT embrace what it says as a little child, come to Christ IN TRUTH as a child, and ask Daddy to prove it all, which by the way, He said He would!!! Jesus is the only “religious” leader in the entire history of man who said bluntly that HE WOULD PROVE WHO HE WAS BY DIVINE REVELATION TO THE TRUE SEEKER OF TRUTH. The other religious leaders simply commanded that you believe them and do as told, no proof needed, no questions wanted. Why? Because they are all fakes, and if one would search the matter out, they would be proven as frauds. Jesus, on the other hand, COMMANDED US TO SEARCH HIM OUT, and go into yonder door to obtain a surprise.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
So here we find that Jesus commanded those followers to CONTINUE IN HIS WORD (DOCTRINES), and if they would abide there, and continue to search the matter out with all due diligence, they would FIND THE TRUTH, and that TRUTH would set them free. It was totally conditional, which means that if they did not do as He commanded them, they WOULD NOT FIND THIS HIDDEN TRUTH, and THEY WOULD NOT BE SET FREE.
So then, the Lord says that if anyone really wants to understand TRUE WISDOM and TRUE UNDERSTANDING, they must abide in, continue in HIS DOCTRINES, and if they would, they would FIND THE ACTUAL TRUTH BEHIND THE UNIVERSE AND THEIR LIFE, WHO THEY WERE, AND WHY THEY ARE HERE. In other words, the MYSTERY OF LIFE AND EXISTENCE would be revealed to them BY CHRIST HIMSELF. In other words, HE WOULD PROVE IT.
So then, once again we find references to some HIDDEN and UNKNOWN truth, that once searched out and found, releases the human soul from the ignorance of the world at large, and transfers that soul into a whole new existence – and a whole new perception of what this world is really all about – and it appears to be a “testing ground” of some sort, to sort out who will and who will not believe the Lord as a little Child and do as told.
Now having said all that, what does that have to with BEING A GNOSTIC or any esoteric teachings of the Lord? We have already seen some very esoteric comments, but most people would never know it and those that do know it, are hiding it for whatever reason. Let’s take a look at the actual definitions now for gnostic and esoteric “knowledge”.
“Gnosis – knowledge of SPIRITUAL THINGS, MYSTICAL KNOWLEDGE.”
“Gnostic – 1. Pertaining to knowledge. (2) possessing knowledge especially ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE OF SPIRITUAL THINGS. (3) pertaining to or characteristics of the Gnostics (4) a member of of any certain sects among the early Christians who claimed to have superior knowledge of spiritual things and explained the world as CREATED BY powers or agencies arising as emanations from the Godhead.” – Random House Dictionary of the English Language 1967 Edition.
Let’s take a look at several of these definitions. The first being having ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE OF SPIRITUAL THINGS. This is of primary importance to this debate. Did Jesus Christ state that He had superior ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE OF SPIRITUAL MATTERS that no one else had? Yes or no? OF COURSE HE DID, OVER AND OVER. That leads us directly to the word esoteric, for its meaning in crucial to understanding what the word gnostic really means:
“Esoteric – 1. Understood by or meant for ONLY THE SELECT FEW who have special knowledge or interest. (2) belonging to the select few. (3) private, secret or confidential.”
Now when we combine the two meanings it is obvious that it means that ONE WOULD HAVE A SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE ONLY GIVEN TO A SELECT FEW. We could say this knowledge is given to those who have a special interest and who search the matter out with all due diligence. And further, we could say this SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE, THIS ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE is hidden away from the world at large. There are hundreds of verses to prove all of this.
It is of extreme importance that these definitions be used whenever we read the Word of God and the statements actually made in the Bible. Inasmuch as Jesus Christ said that God Himself was a SPIRIT then that means that a gnostic would have to have a superior, secret or hidden SPIRITUAL knowledge only revealed by the Godhead after certain criteria were met.
Did not Jesus tell us in John 8:31-32 that there was a condition to finding the REAL TRUTH behind the world as we know it? Was not that IF a condition He laid down to people who would have an INTEREST IN SUCH THINGS? And that a real desire to find that truth was necessary to FIND THE TRUTH? That they must CONTINUE IN HIS DOCTRINE, that is, to ABIDE IN, TO REMAIN IN, to be persistent and continuous in the search until the TRUTH WAS FOUND? We find the same condition in the parable of the sower. Only those with patience and a good heart will find the truth, no one else will.
Indeed, if we be honest intellectually, and if we simply read what it says, we must conclude that Jesus was speaking about some sort of SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING that was HIDDEN OR SECRET, for it was not obvious, and that it could only be found by remaining in the entire doctrines of Christ as He taught them. You do not have to search something out that is obvious or easily knowable. You only need to search out those things that are hidden away, secreted away and NOT KNOWN by the people of the world. Is that not the very definition of esoteric and gnostic knowledge of a spiritual type?
In Chapter Two we will look at how the Lord proves that the knowledge a soul MUST HAVE can only come through Divine Revelation, that is ESOTERIC and GNOSTIC, and that modern Christians reject it all because they BELIEVE it is Satanic and of the Occult. We will prove that Jesus Christ was in fact the CHIEF OF THE GNOSTICS AND THAT HE DEMANDED THAT HIS TRUE FOLLOWERS SEARCH AFTER AND FIND HIDDEN ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE ONLY KNOWN BY GOD AND TO BE REVEALED ONLY TO THOSE WHO SEARCH IT OUT. Millions stand before the Lord rejected and we will prove why they are rejected. Don’t be ONE OF THEM.
As we said in the beginning, if you cannot bring yourself to intellectual and Scriptural honesty and integrity then go no further, for you are already counted among the lost lest you repent. Don’t believe it? Go to http://www.thelightgate.com and download DARK/LIGHT. It is free and PROVE IT WRONG. PROVE THAT JESUS DID NOT SAY IT, HE DID NOT MEAN IT AND THAT IT DOES NOT APPLY TO ALL OF US. If you cannot do that, then you better revise your attitude, become a little child and do as you are told. This is THE LAST CALL.