On How Gnostics are Able to Not Accept as Literal Everything Scripture Says

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Because Gnostics, unlike some people of other denominations, don’t hold that the Scriptures are Absolute Pronouncements from God. That doesn’t mean that Scriptures are not divinely inspired, but it also doesn’t mean that many books and poems are not divinely inspired. Rather, the freedom to interpret things from various sources as divinely inspired and the ability to celebrate with great gusto and freedom the Presence of God in the world.

There are Gnostic Scriptures, for instance, which condemn homosexuality. But a rational, thinking Gnostic today doesn’t have to subscribe to such a belief, which reflects the author’s prejudice more so than Divine Inspiration.

Experience is the guide par excellence,

These are just some thoughts that I have. I’m continuously filled with gratitude to God for the ability to explore and embrace reality instead of trying to slice myself off, isolate myself from this or that, or be worried that what I think may be condemned by a moral authority who is trapped in his own mind and so far away from anything practical in reality.

Amen.

Beaux


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Mytho-Location

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Have you ever watched a movie with friends, and you were all able to declare which character you were in the movie? Or have you read a book and found yourself identifying heavily with one character or another?

Now, let’s take this a step deeper: have you ever read ancient mythology and felt this kind of kindredness to certain characters?

What about the Bible?

I think it’s an experiment worth trying.

I call this process of identifying one’s self in a story as “mytho-location.” That is, the locating of one’s self inside a myth, legend, novel, plot, and what have you.

In Christianity, I daresay the vast majority of people might then read the Bible and identify most heavily with the various Apostles and disciples of Jesus. That is, they are the spectators, the informants, the confidants, of Christ; they pay attention to His Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection, but they themselves do not go through it.

Few of us would dare go to the extent of identifying with Christ Himself. Most would shy away from doing this out the outrageous notion of one equating one’s self with God, and others would realize that though this isn’t what one means, identifying with Christ in the Gospel narrative would entail also suffering as He did.

Perhaps we can gather that this is precisely what the Apostles realized later on, as each one of them was martyred- they accepted their identification with Christ and His Passion and endured a fate similar to His.

So anyone who is insane enough to embark on the mystic quest of the good Christian understands that he, too, will be crucified in spirit, and that is not a path for everyone to endure.

Where do you locate yourself in the Christ narrative?

Beaux