Gnosticism : A Diverse Set Of Beliefs

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Gnosticism Interpretations Gnosticism is a diverse set of beliefs. Gnosticism reflects my current understanding of seeking God through gnosis or “secret knowledge”. The many interpretations that display the definition of Gnosticism makes it unclear on which one is actually the correct one. In The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels, the Gnostics are seen as heretics for not following the religion of the Orthodox Christians. While the Orthodox Christians seek God through his word, the Gnostics seek God through the experience of one’s own self. The Gnostic Scriptures by Bentley Layton, displays Gnosticism through collections of gnostic scriptures and figures. Through imagery, aeons and the high creator are placed with each other to form realms in “The Secret Book According to John” reflecting the book of Genesis. “The Secret Book According to John” is like a backstory of Genesis only with the creations in more specific and complex details. However, through both explanations of each book, Gnosticism does not comprise of just one true belief, but many beliefs put together to define its content. According to The Gnostic Gospels, the debates between the Orthodox Christians (Catholic Church) and the Gnostics form from the belief of who represents the true leadership of Christianity. Gnosticism is seen as a form of heresy according to the Orthodox Christians. The Orthodox Christians see anything that doesn’t follow their beliefs as an incorrect way of worshipping God. The Orthodox
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