Gnosticism comes from the Greek word gnosis, meaning “knowledge.” This is also what the G in freemasonry stands for. The gnostics believed there was a mysterious or secret knowledge reserved for those with true understanding, leading to the salvation of the soul (sound a lot like secret societies to you? It should.)
For those that don’t think the G in Masonry stands for gnosis, I’ll quote from Eliphas Levi, an occult black magician that Albert Pike plagiarized much of Morals & Dogma from… “The G which freemasons place in the centre of the Burning Star signifies Gnosis and Generation, the two sacred words of the ancient Kabbalah. It also signifies Grand Architect, for the Pentagram, from whatever side it may be looked at, always represents an A. (Eliphas Levi – Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, vol. II, pg. 97.)
Albert Pike goes on to quote this word for word in his book, Liturgy of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry: IV to XIV. Albert Mackey, in An Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences, openly states the middle age stone-masons took from and use symbols of the gnostics.
Spiritual salvation was of preeminence to the gnostics because they thought the human spirit was naturally good and was entrapped or imprisoned in the body, which was naturally evil or merely an illusion.
The gnostics saw Jesus Christ as a messenger bringing the special knowledge of salvation to humanity’s imprisoned soul. They believed that when Jesus came to earth He didn’t possess a body like our own; instead, the Gnostics taught that He only seemed to have a physical body. This was a denial of the Christian doctrine of the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
Not only did the Gnostics successfully deceive some people in the church into becoming Gnostic themselves, but their misleading ideas about how Christians should live crept into some church teaching. In practice, some Christians came to the false conclusion that they must literally beat their bodies into submission and live such ascetic lives that they never allowed themselves the enjoyment of bodily pleasures. Others went to the opposite extreme and permitted their physical passions to run whatever course they chose.
Unfortunately, traces of Gnostic thought continue to permeate the thinking of many well-meaning Christians today. Here’s things in Gnosticism that contradict the truth of the Bible and Jesus Christ:
1. Jesus was just a teacher/messenger, not the Messiah. John 10:30 refutes this.
2. Jesus didn’t physically incarnate on earth (gnostic Treatise of the Resurrection). John 1:14 says otherwise.
3. Jesus told Judas where to send the soldiers to arrest him, nullifying any sort of betrayal (gnostic gospel of Judas).
4. There’s a ‘divine spark’ or light within every person, this is in contradiction to the Bible. Verses – 2 Corinthians 6:14 Isaiah 8:20. Only accepting the messiah gives you light.
5. There is another realm after death, but it isn’t heaven or hell, it’s a place occupied by the true creator (Sophia or ‘divine feminine’). Matthew 25:46 refutes this.
6. This Sophia created what we call God, and they refer to YHWH as a demiurge. Colossians 1:16 contradicts this and states God created everything.
7. Knowledge is reserved for the select few, in direct contradiction to the Bible that says the gospel is for every person (Romans 1:16).
8. The gnostic gospel of Thomas writes Jesus had 114 secret sayings that he only gave to Thomas. The majority of which were copied from canonical scripture, and this again contradicts that the gospel is for everyone (Romans 10:9-13, John 3:16).
9. In the Infancy Gospel of Thomas. Jesus is described as quick tempered, spiteful and disrespectful, almost as if the author was shaping him to resemble other Greek mythological “trickster” gods and pagan “child-gods” from antiquity.
10. The gospel of Thomas also leaves no mention of the crucifixion or resurrection. Luke 23:33.
The heresy of Gnosticism is even more sinister when you consider it birthed luciferianism. The freemason checkerboard pattern is a reflection of this duality, paying homage to “freeing humanity” with knowledge, and even deeper a reflection of the dark of Satan and the light of Lucifer. Who are of course, one and the same (this is a whole different argument in itself).
On page 248 of Morals & Dogma, Pike states gnostics derived their doctrines from the Kabbalah (as well as sacred books from Egypt and India). Much of gnosticism centers itself on the ‘gnostic gospels’ which are fraudulent forgeries falsely claimed to be written by apostles. There is no legitimate evidence of this, and the early church fathers were nearly unanimous in denouncing it (see the Nicene Creed, formulated by the councils of Nicea 325A.D.) Especially considering the majority of the gnostic gospels were written in the 4th century, with the exception of the ‘gospel of thomas’ which is dated 2nd century, all of which are still dated AFTER the new testament scriptures of the 1st century.
I am speaking broadly of gnosticism, as they do not seem to have any actual theological structure, with many sects following under its umbrella such as just a few of the following:
Docetism – Jesus wasn’t actually human, he just appeared human.
Arianism – Denies the deity of Christ, and the trinity.
Nestorianism – Jesus was two distinct persons, human & divine separate.
Monophysitism – Denies hypostatic union, Jesus had only one nature divine, not human.
Manichaeism – God created all good, Satan created all evil. Denies that God is creator of all, and denies human responsibility for evil, that our free will is not to blame, but Satan only.
Marcionism – Two opposing dualistic gods. God of the Old Testament is evil, God of the New Testament is good. Denies the one true God.
Catharism – Two opposing dualistic gods. God of the Old Testament is evil, God of the New Testament is good. Denies the one true God.
Valentinianism – Same as Marcionism, Catharism. Believes Christ is the son of the divine feminine ‘Sophia,’ not the son of the God of the Bible. Believes ‘Sophia’ created Yahweh.
I’ll conclude this with quotes from the ‘gnostic fighter’ himself, St. Irenaeus, “Error, indeed is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced more true than truth itself. Prior to Valentinus, those who follow Valentinus had no existence. Nor did those from Marcion exist before Marcion. Nor, in short, did any of those malignant-minded people, whom I have listed above, have any existence previous to the initiators and inventors of their perversity.”
“Wherefore the Church does in every place, because of that love which she cherishes towards God, send forward, throughout all time, a multitude of martyrs to the Father; while all others not only have nothing of this kind to point to among themselves, but even maintain that such witness – bearing is not at all necessary. The preaching of the Church truly continues without change and is everywhere the same. It has the testimony of the Prophets and Apostles and all their disciples.”