Gnosticism

Many Christians have heard of the Gnostics and even that Jesus taught from this Order. So I thought I might start here.

In general their teaching revolved around the Material World being evil while the Spirit is good.There are many differences from the Jesus we know in Christianity. The Gnostic view was that God did not create the world but a lesser (demiurge) god created the world poorly and imperfect with decay, weakness and death.This is in stark contrast of our teaching of A Perfect God created a perfect world and we (humans) were created in his image.

The Gnostics taught that a spark of the Higher Reality was within each of us and if trained can become Spiritual Perfection and one could experience the Kingdom of Light,peace and life. The kingdom of God. Jesus taught from The Apocrypha of James, The Gospel of  Philip and the Gospel of Truth. The four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were certainly not the only Gospels being taught within the early christians.The way to describe many of the Gnostic teachings would be to say they were Male chauvinist with a disdain of the Resurrection and even though some of their views could be self improving, it did not have life transforming qualities.

Rosicrucianism

Basically a Philosophical Secret Society.Brought out by Doctor and Mystic Rosenkreuz.. Speaking of esoteric truths of the Ancient Past which remained concealed from the average man. Their main beliefs explained in two writings would be 1) Fama Fraternitiatis ( The Fame of the Brotherhood of RC) AND 2) Confessio Fraternitiatis ( The Confessions of the Brotherhood of RC).

Protestantism especially that of the Lutherans were derived from these teachings as they were opposed to  Roman Catholicism and Muhammad. Even though they believed in the Philosophy of the science taught by the Moors. Freemasonry finds their roots in this teaching. The Secret Brotherhood of alchemists and Sagesim the seventeenth century taught there were nine stages of involutive-evolutive transmutation which being threefold body, Soul and Spirit. This also gave rise to Nazism. With a big focus in the study of Gold, which they were never able to recreate.

Some of the many other sects were Catharism, the Essenes, Numerology, Pythagoreans, and Western esotericism (Academic Field) along with so many others.

Judaism

Judaism is definitely among the Oldest of the world religions. I am just going to focus briefly in the Apocrypha ( Hidden Books) and Pseudepigrapha ( falsely attributed) Between about 1300bce to the third century bce. Basically covering the Ist temple period until the ending of the second temple.

Many questions were raised with the discovery of the Lost Sea Scrolls. The Discovery of books of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Ezekiel, Baruch and Jeremiah Give insight to how Judaism and Christianity came into being. Also found with Dead Sea Scrolls were some 700 ancient Jewish manuscripts including The Book of Enoch in the original Aramaic. Pseudepigrapha found were Book of Enoch, Book of Jubilees, Testaments of the twelve Patriarchs, The Apocalypse of Baruch, The Secrets of Enoch, the Books of Adam and Eve and the Secrets of God and Angels.

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Christianity develops from The books of Enoch, Ezra, Baruch, Abraham, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Wisdom of Ben Sira. These show a duality belief Heaven and Earth, Ritcheous and wicked which was /is different from the Rabinic Literature.

A list of the Apocrypha found in the Dead Sea Scrolls:

Tobit._________Judith.________Wisdon of Solomon._________Ecclesiastis.

Esther.________Jeremiah.______Daniel. _______________Azariah.

Bel and the Dragon.__________Ist and 2nd Macabees.__________1st and 2nd Esdras.

3rd and 4th Macabees.________Prayer of Manasseh.___________Psalm 150 and 151.

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A list of the Pseudepigrapha found with the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Apocalypse of Abraham, Adam, and Baruch.

The Books of Adam, Eve, 4TH Ezra,Giants, Jubilees, 4TH Maccabees.

Testament of Moses, Solomon and the Twelve Patriarchs.

also Biblical Antiquities, Lives of the Prophets, Sibylline Oracles and the Secrets of Enoch.

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So Christianity gets it’s start early in the Judaism religion. There was always dissension among the Jews. We see the in God’s dealings with the Jewish people. Other parts of Christianity are found in other Religions I will put in brief next time.

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