Summary: What Made Gnosticism Inferior To Orthodox Christianity

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Channing Lomax History 101 15 October 2013 What Made Gnosticism Inferior to Orthodox Christianity? In the year 1945, a ground breaking band of books were discovered merely by chance. These books were collectively called The Gnostic Gospels, and they consisted of secret, hidden, or discarded theories on Christianity that did not make the final cut of the Holy Bible. For whatever reason, these lost books- such as the Gospels of Thomas and Phillip, the Secret Books of John and James, and the Apocalypses of Peter and Paul- were deemed heretic to the Christian belief system (XVI). The gnostic gospels presented many prying questions and many possible arguments against the general legitimacy of all of orthodox Christian’s beliefs, and they were…show more content…
Modern Christians believe that this one god handmade all of the earth and the people in it. Gnostics, however, believe that there are two different Gods. Some Gnostics say that there is a Creator God of the Old Testament who is mean and hateful and full of wrath, and then they say there is the New Testament God who is kind and forgiving (28). Orthodox Christians will argue that there is only one God who brings both joy and pain, but those who believe in the gnostic gospels wonder why such a nice god would create such a terrible world for all humans to live in. To them, if there is a good side to the world and a bad side to the world, then there must be two gods to keep track of it all. Gnostic believers even present “evidence” defending their position through information found in the secret books of the gnostic gospels (29). Though this argument seems sound, orthodox Christianity is the more popular belief on this subject because the Gnostics were considered ignorantly dualistic; God clearly sent his word through the Bible stating that he is the one and only God that ever was and ever will…show more content…
Orthodox Christians believe literally that Jesus was slain, stayed in the grave three days, then got up and walked out (4). This claim was so phenomenal because past philosophers such as Socrates suggested that many leaders of past theologies had immortal leaders that lived the afterlife in spirit. However, the claim that Jesus rose again seemed rather far-fetched because orthodox believers say that Jesus was so godly and righteous that he could not be held by any cage, not even the cage of death, and that he arose from the dead to walk the earth once more, flesh and all. The orthodox believers state that Jesus proved his physicality by instructing his disciples to touch him and feel that he was really there. Those who believe in the gnostic doctrine know that some claim to have touched Jesus when he arose, but sometimes Jesus ordered people not to touch him (6). This led some to believe that Christ did not physically rise from the grave, he just appeared to look physical to those who were in a time of high emotion and who may have been hallucinating. Some Gnostics believe that the only way anyone could have ever come in contact with Christ would be through dreams, trances, or spiritual illuminations. However, this point of view was condemned as heretic by the orthodox Christians, mostly for political reasons (6). Belief in the physical

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