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"I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth, if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives." - Tolstoy

A Perspective on Christianity and Gnosticism
Updated: 06/09/2021

Herein are some observations and thoughts on Christianity and Gnosticism, the other branch of religion that developed from the Jesus incident.

Christian Tendencies

In general, Christianity over-materializes its theological understandings. For instance, in terms of translating the references to the "kingship of the heavens", instead of understanding this as a term for Godlike empowerment and privilege including complete healing and a full endowment of equal citizenship, it winds up making it a special physical location or realm in the material universe by translating it "heaven" or "kingdom of heaven". It is thus usually conceived as the material dwelling place of God, the central physical headquarters of the universe's power hierarchy. Christianity has generally removed this Kingdom of heaven from our being empowered by placing it as being physically remote and placing our involvement with it in the remote future or at least until after we die unless the "Lord" happens to come in the meantime..

Early on, Christianity also developed an institutional structure around certain disciples, in the beginning Peter and James in Jerusalem, the center of Judaism. Over the centuries the proclivity for institutional formation ramified into various and sundry structures with very extensive growth for Christendom. It allied itself with the political and military power of the state. Always these various organizations and structures, both political and symbolic, became more important than the individuals they ostensibly were designed to serve, and thus they became evil and oppressive.

Gnostic Tendencies

In contrast, Gnosticism spiritualizes away important literal or material realities, making them subjective and mystical. Gnosticism, with its focus on individual "knowing", seems much less suited for institutionalization and has proven to be so. Rather than seeing that it is the total package of both spiritual and tangible conditions being offered, Gnosticism generally takes the Kingdom of Heaven and makes it into just a spiritual or mystical state of mind.

In and around 1400 CE (prevailing chronology), The Christian alliance of religion and state, became incensed at the unacceptable doctrinal and behavioral extremes of the Waldensees, Cathari, Albigenses, etc., and pretty much wiped identified Gnostic sects out with the sword.

For the most part, neither Christendom nor Gnosticism lets itself be informed enough by the valid part of the sciences, by the proper understanding of the various ancient mythologies, by the ancient planetary catastrophes, by sound cosmology, by logic and reason, or the concrete claims and promises of Jesus. However, the ultimate issue here is the nature of the Kingship of the Heavens. It is not a place, region or realm in the universe as Christendom visualizes, nor is it a state of mind as Gnosticism visualizes. It is the state of being symbolized by the acronym for this site.

The bottom line is that the J-person should NOT be associated with Gnosticism OR Christendom. At this point in time, there is no identifiable aspect of either Christendom or Gnosticism that has been built on the right foundation or is on the right course.

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