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Both reject the idea that God (the Jewish one) created the universe and claim other beings did it. Now we go to John 1:1, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.In fact Gnostics (and non-Gnostics John and Paul) believe the Law was given by lesser beings seeing the Hebrew God as a fallen angel or worse, the devil himself. Colossians , For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Wrong, that is a Gnostic/Platonist belief that others, etc. This is a syncretism between (Christian) Christology and (secular) Platonism...The Church fathers nearly to a man were Platonist' philosophers.Exodus , And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou may teach them. It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.Innocent III was seeking to put a stop to the latest "Gnostic heresy", but found it to be entrenched throughout Europe, so he followed the "Cathar Crusade" with the creation of the Inquisition, resulting in countless people being slowly and brutally tortured to death over the next 500 years for even the mere suspicion of heresy.Innocent also reinstated a prohibition against the owning or reading of Bibles by anyone other than clergy, under penalty of death.Tweet In AD 1209, the entire population of the Albigens was slaughtered at the order of Pope Innocent III.
What is it about the Gnostics, Arians, and Jews that produces such rage and fear within official Christendom?
Gnosticism is often defined as a "cult" of "secret knowledge" or to quote, "These gospels emphasize knowledge that initiates have and others do not." This is a Christian definition and an attempt to separate itself from its origins.
Many Gnostic groups shared with Christians a rejection of Laws of Moses and salvation by works; a belief that other beings created the material world; the shared belief of a divine mediator between God and man; and finally the belief that nothing "worldly" is of any importance.
It was a process of denial and murder dating back to the time of Constantine and Nicaea in 325 AD.
In my view Christianity is more Gnosticism than Judaism and an attempt to combine two related, but opposing systems of theology and thought. Christianity and what was called Gnosticism (a modern term) both evolved from common roots in the vast Hellenistic (Greek) syncretism following Alexander the Great's Empire.