All Opposites are Identical in the Realm of the Aeons
"The man whom the Rebirth brings into being is a son of God; he belongs to the world of Mind; he is composed of divine Powers. He who has been born again has become an incorporeal being; he is no longer a thing visible to bodily eyes....
He sees things no longer by bodily sense; he sees with the eye of Mind. And thus seeing, he finds himself to be one with all that exists; he feels himself to be omnipresent and eternal.
The new self which has thus come into being is imperishable. He who has once become a god, and son of God, can never cease to be that which he has become."
Fideler, David. Jesus Christ: Sun of God : Ancient Cosmology and Early Christian Symbolism. Quest Books, 1993. 49.
The Creation of Man : a Failed Experiment
"Now the Rulers took some soil from the earth and modeled their Man, after their body and after the Image of God that had appeared to them in the waters."
”Hypostasis of the Archons.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 76.
Sophia Revelaed to the Archons
"As Sophia looked down into the region of the Waters, her Image appeared in the Waters; and the Authorities of the Darkness became enamored of her. But they could not lay hold of that Image which had appeared to them in the Waters, because of their weakness - since beings that merely possess a soul cannot lay hold of those that possess a spirit; for they were from below, while it was from Above. And thus she withdrew up to her light."
”Hypostasis of the Archons.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 77.
Mutiny on Noah's Ark
"It did not happen the way Moses said, 'They hid in an ark.' Rather, they hid in a certain place... They entered that place and hid in a bright cloud... since the first ruler had brought darkness upon the whole earth."
“The Secret Book of John.” The Secret Teachings of Jesus. Trans. Marvin W. Meyer. Vintage, 1984. 84.
The Lion becomes Human
"Jesus said, 'Blessed is the lion that the human eats, so that the lion becomes human. Cursed is the human that the lion eats, so that the lion becomes human."
“The Secret Gospel of Thomas.” The Secret Teachings of Jesus. Trans. Marvin W. Meyer. Vintage, 1984. 20.
The Mysteries of the Sexual Union
"Many of them... indulge unreservedly in the pleasures of the flesh, declaring that flesh should be rendered unto flesh and spirit unto spirit... and all the while they are committing these bestialities and impieties, they treat us as imbeciles and idiots because we abstain from such acts out of our fear of God..."
Lacarriere, Jacques. The Gnostics. City Lights Books, 1989. 69-70.
The Rape of Eve
"Afterwards, when [the Rulers] sobered up from the stupor, they came to Adam. And when they saw the likeness of that woman with him, they were troubled, thinking that this was the true Eve. And they acted recklessly, and came to her and seized her and cast their seed upon her. They did it with a lot of tricks, not only defiling her naturally but abominably, defiling the seal of her first voice, which before spoke with them, saying, "What is it that exists before you?"
But it is impossible that they might defile those who say that they are begotten in the consummation by the True man by means of the word. And they were deceived, not knowing that they had defiled their own body. It was the likeness which the Authorities and their angels defiled in every form."
”On the Origin of the World.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 70.
The Legend of Lilith
Harbingers of the Apocalypse
"Since the immortal Father... desired to bring to naught the Rulers of destruction... he sent your likenesses, i.e., the blessed little guileless spirits, down to the world of destruction....
These were sent so that they might reveal that which is hidden and expose the seven Authorities of Chaos and their impiety..."
”On the Origin of the World.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 73-74.
"Then the one who is wiser than all of them, this one who was called "the beast," came. And when he saw the likeness of their mother, Eve, he said to her, "What is it that God said to you? 'Don't eat from the Tree of Knowledge'?"
She said, "He not only said 'Don't eat from it,' but 'Don't touch it lest you die.' "
He said to her, "Don't be afraid! You certainly shall not die. For he knows that when you eat from it your mind will be sobered and you will become like God, knowing the distinctions which exist between evil and good men. For he said this to you, lest you eat from it, since he is jealous."
”On the Origin of the World.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 71.
This picture shows the gnostic symbol of the universe - the ouroboros, a vast cosmic serpent devouring it's own tail.
Here the serpent is taking a break from its' steady diet of tail to force a man to smell a dirty old shoe. The man in question stubbornly refuses to recognize the cyclical nature of existence - thus he must rely on his sense of smell, the source of humanity's oldest and most powerful memories. We can only hope that he will some day awaken.
The Prison Planet
"The foolish - thinking in their heart that if they confess, "We are Christians," in word only...while giving themselves over...to a human death, not knowing where they are going nor who Christ is, thinking that they will live, when they are really in error - hasten towards the principalities and the authorities. They fall into their clutches because of the ignorance that is in them."
"The Testimony of Truth." The Nag Hammadi Library. Ed. James Robinson. HarperCollins, 1978. 450-51.
The Demiurge Emerges fron the Darkness
"A veil exists between the World Above and the realms that are below; and Shadow came into being beneath the veil; and that Shadow became Matter; and that Shadow was projected apart. And what she [Sophia] had created became a product in the Matter, like an aborted fetus."
”Hypostasis of the Archons.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 79.
Immortal Man in the Garden of Eden
"The entire realm of the Chief Ruler quaked, and the foundations of hell shook. The bottomside of the waters above the material world was lit up by the image that had appeared. When all the Authorities and the Chief Ruler stared at this appearance, they saw the whole bottomside as it was lit up. And through the light they saw the shape of the image in the water."
“The Secret Book of John.” The Secret Teachings of Jesus. Trans. Marvin W. Meyer. Vintage, 1984. 69.
Exorcising Evil Spirits
"While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, 'Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.' But the Pharisees said, 'It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.'"
Christ + Sophia = Immortal Man
"This Man is a single unity, incomposite and indivisible, composite and divisible; wholly friendly, wholly peaceable, wholly hostile, wholly at enmity with itself, dissimilar and similar, like some musical harmony, which contains within itself everything which one might name or leave unnoticed, producing all things, generating all things..."
Bloom, Harold. Omens of Millennium. New York: Riverhead Books,1996. 241.
The Crucified Criminal
"This abominable congregation should be rooted out... a religion of lust and fornication. They reverence the head of an ass... even the genitals of their priests... And some say that the objects of their worship include a man who suffered death as a criminal, as well as the wretched wood of his cross; these are fitting altars for such depraved people, and they worship what they deserve..."
Holding, James Patrick. "No Apologies : Or the Dissolving of the Second Century." Tektonics Apologetics Ministries. www.tektonics.org/doherty/dohertypatr.html
The False Resurrection
"It is equally silly of these christians to suppose that... those long since dead will rise up from the earth possessing the same bodies as they did before. I ask you: Is this not the hope of worms? For what sort of human soul is it that has any use for a rotted corpse of a body? ...it is nothing less than nauseating and impossible."
"Celsus : On the True Doctrine." Trans. R. Joseph Hoffman. Oxford University Press, 1987. 86.
Jehovah the Ass-Headed Angel
"For...the reason why Zechariah was slain in the temple was that he saw... a vision. And when he wished to tell the vision his mouth froze from fear. For... in the hour of the offering of incense he saw, as he was offering incense, a person standing at rest, having... the form of an ass. And when he went outside... and wanted to say, "Woe unto you! What are you worshiping?" the thing he had seen inside in the temple froze his mouth, so that he could not speak. And when his mouth opened so that he might speak, then he revealed it to them, and they slew him. And thus...did Zechariah die..."
"St. Epiphanius : Medecine Chest Against Heresies." The Gnostic Scriptures. Trans. Bentley Layton. Doubleday /Anchor, 1995. 212.
The Seven Archons create Adam as a worm-like creature
"The (first) human being… was a creation of angels [but was] unable to stand erect because of the angels' impotence, and rather writhed on the ground like a worm…."
"Satorninos." The Gnostic Scriptures. Trans. Bentley Layton. Doubleday /Anchor, 1995. 161.
The Breath of Life
"Yaldabaoth breathed into man the breath of life [Gen. 2:7] and was thus secretly deprived of the power; hence man had mind and desire, and these are the parts of man which are saved."
"The Sethian Ophites." The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 662.
The Archons Plan the Rape of Eve
" When they saw Eve speaking with him, they said to one another, "What is this female light-being? For truly she is like the likeness which appeared to us in the light. Now come, let us seize her and let us cast our seed on her, so that when she is polluted she will not be able to ascend to her light, but those whom she will beget will serve us.
But let us not tell Adam that she is not derived from us, but let us bring a stupor upon him, and… teach him in his sleep as though she came into being from his rib so that [she] will serve and he will rule over her."
”On the Origin of the World.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 70.
Intelligent Design : Proof of the Demiurge?
"Now these things were revealed by the will of...Christ to the souls who will come to the molded bodies of the Authorities; and concerning these, the holy voice said, "Multiply and flourish to rule over all the creatures." And these are the ones who are taken captive by the First Father according to lot and thus they were shut up in the prisons of the molded bodies until the consummation of the Aeon."
”On the Origin of the World.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 69.
The Hidden God is almost Impossible to Understand
"Now, it is not difficult to know the Creator of all creatures, but it is impossible to comprehend the likeness of this One. For it is difficult not only for men to comprehend the All, but it is also difficult for every divine being, both the angels and the archangels."
"The Teachings of Silvanus." The Nag Hammadi Library. Ed. James Robinson. HarperCollins, 1978. 387.