I am what you would call a Gnostic Christian. Based on my soul, my belief and my study and my life this is what is true. Gnostic Christians (Jesus included, based on proof) believed that questioning one’s faith was:
always important. To know (gnosis) Christ was to seek a deeper and honest meaning for one’s life. This gnosis led to wholeness in a person’s relationship to God and the world.
Christ’s way was a spiritual journey, encouraging persons continually to seek God and all truth. Gnosis did not mean secret knowledge but a vital relationship with Christ and God. However, the early Orthodox Church, also known as the Pre-Orthodox, which was to be supported by the Emperor Constantine, was able with his direct involvement to define what the true Christian was to believe about Christ. Constantine’s blessing confirmed the earlier teachings of Bishops such as Irenaeus that those who did not accept their church’s literal interpretations of Christ– or questioned their beliefs –were “heretics.” Understanding Christ became limited by one narrow interpretation, and the beliefs of this church were established–now with the power of the state– as the unquestionable and absolute truths of Christianity. Over the voices of those called Gnostics, Orthodox Christianity not only prevailed, but has continued ever since to define Christianity, foremost, as a belief system. The Gnostic scriptures show that there was and is a more refreshing, honest, open, spiritual, loving, and exciting way to be a Christian.
The gnostic style of faith is free, open, and creative. One does not have to be told how to act; particularly, what to believe. You can and should use your brain and modern knowledge. You have the ability to think for yourself. The gnostic style believes seeking God is more important than finding God by a certain dogma or belief. This web site therefore isn’t about accepting Gnosticism or their beliefs (yes, some are strange), but it’s purpose is to share an early and widespread style of Christian faith that can deepen, transform, and affirm the way many are indeed Christians today.
Until the discovery of other Gospels, the way to be Christian was simply “to believe.” This Orthodox or Fundamentalist’s interpretation of Christ made Christianity another religion– to oppose others. “Believe in Christ or go to hell.” “Believe literally in their chosen books as the only way to know God.” “Obey the rule of their authoritarian church.” In doing so, you would receive the gift of salvation. This was the orthodox message from Jesus– to be a “believer.”
In contrast, the Gnostics were “seekers.” It was far more important to seek God through all kinds of knowledge rather than “just believe.” They were believers in Christ, but they heard a different message from Jesus. They had beliefs, as we all do, but they did not insist they had the corner on– or final– truth in interpreting the world or God. Christ’s message was more spiritual than religious–not bearing all the answers. The place to find God was within oneself, not in externals like beliefs, dogma, or dictates of the church. Their interpretation was that we could experience the living Christ and God, by seeking, not finalizing God. Your faith is not what you believe about Christ but your relationship with Him. Therefore, it is essential to know yourself and be touched by what the Gospel of Philip calls the transforming power of “love and light.” Seeking God, because of Christ and his message, was the true act of faith. That is the gnostic style and spirit found in the exciting materials often called, the Gnostic Gospels!
This ALL is the basis of my thought, my belief and my purpose and what I write to you is based upon this!