The Evil Creator God has Three Names
"This gloomy ruler has three names: "The first name is Yaldabaoth (child of the void). The second is Saklas (the fool). The third is Samael (god of the blind).
He is wicked because of the Mindlessness that is in him. For he said, 'I am God, and there is no other God besides me,' since he did not know from where his own strength had come."
”Hypostasis of the Archons.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 79.
Jesus Shed for Your Sins
Jesus said,"If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you will kill you."
"The Secret Gospel of Thomas." The Secret Teachings of Jesus. Trans. Marvin W. Meyer. Vintage, 1984. 32.
Yaldabaoth the Mad Scientist
"Yaldabaoth was angry with men because they did not worship or honor him as Father and God; he sent a deluge upon them to destroy all of them at the same time. But Sophia withstood him... and saved those who [had] the moist nature of that light which originated from her; through it the world was again filled with men."
"The Sethian Ophites." The Nag Hammadi Library. Ed. James Robinson. HarperCollins, 1978. 663.
The Greater Questions of Mary
"For in the...Greater Questions of Mary...they posit that [Christ] gave a revelation to her: he took her to the mountain, prayed, and removed from his side a woman; he began to mingle [bodily fluids] with her; and thus, of course, partaking of his own emissions [semen], he indicated that
we must act thus, so that we might live
and when Mary was disturbed and fell to the ground, he raised her up and said to her, "O person of little faith, why did you doubt?" [Mt 14:31]"
"St. Epiphanius : Medecine Chest Against Heresies." The Gnostic Scriptures. Trans. Bentley Layton. Doubleday /Anchor, 1995. 209.
Eve Gives Adam Life
"When Eve saw her co-likeness cast down, she pitied him, and she said, 'Adam, live! Rise up on the earth!' Immediately her word became a deed... Adam rose up [and] he opened his eyes. When he saw her, he said, 'You will be called 'the mother of the living' because you are the one who gave me life.'"
”On the Origin of the World.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 70.
The False Hope
"And they will cleave to the name of a dead man, thinking that they will become pure. But they will become greatly defiled and they will fall into a name of error, and into the hand of an evil, cunning man and a manifold dogma, and they will be ruled heretically..."
"The Apocalypse of Peter." The Nag Hammadi Library. Ed. James Robinson. HarperCollins, 1978. 374.
Choose your Delusion
"They [liken] the brain...to the Father, and the cerebellum to the Son, because [the cerebellum is in] the form of (the head of) a serpent. And they allege that this (cerebellum), by an ineffable and inscrutable process, attracts through the pineal gland the spiritual and life-giving substance emanating from the [skull]. And on receiving this, the cerebellum in an ineffable manner imparts the ideas, just as the Son does, to matter..."
St. Hippolytus. "Chapter XII.—Compendious Statement of the Doctrines of the Peratæ." Anti-Nicene Fathers. Christian Classics Ethereal Library, Calvin College. www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf05.iii.iii.iii.xiii.html.
The Tree of Laws
"The law was the tree. It has power to give the knowledge of good and evil. It neither removed him from evil, nor did it set him in the good, but it created death for those who ate of it. For when he said, "Eat this, do not eat that," it became the beginning of death."
”The Gospel of Philip.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 95.
The Archons Lie to Norea and try to Rape her
"The Rulers went to meet [Norea], intending to lead her astray. Their supreme chief said to her, "Your mother, Eve, came to us."
But Norea turned to them and said: "It is you who are the Rulers of the Darkness; you are accursed. And you did not know my mother; instead it was your female counterpart that you knew. For I am not your descendant; rather it is from the World Above that I am come."
The arrogant Ruler turned with all his might. He said to her presumptuously, "You must render service to us, as did also your mother Eve."
”Hypostasis of the Archons.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 78.
Eve enters the Tree of Knowledge
...Eve, since she existed as a power, laughed at their false intention. She darkened their eyes and left her likeness there stealthily beside Adam. She entered the Tree of Knowledge, and remained there. But they tried to follow her. She revealed to them that she had entered the tree and become tree. And when the blind ones fell into a great fear, they ran away."
”On the Origin of the World.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 70.
"...my Lord.... said, "John, for the people below in Jerusalem I am being crucified and pierced with lances and reeds and given vinegar and gall to drink. But... I have suffered none of those things..."
When he had said [this] to me... he was taken up, without any of the multitude seeing him. And going down I laughed at them all..."
”The Acts of John.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 418-20.
Jesus in Hell
"When Jesus descended into Hell, the sinners listened to his words and were all saved. But the saints, believing as usual that they were being put to the test, rejected his words and were all damned."
Lacarriere, Jacques. The Gnostics. City Lights Books, 1989. 96.
Jesus the Escape Artist
"Therefore, because he [Christ] was Mind, he did not suffer, but a certain Simon of Cyrene was impressed to carry his cross for him, and because of ignorance and error he was crucified [cf. Mark 15:21-24], transfigured by him so that he might be thought to be Jesus: and Jesus himself assumed the form of Simon and, standing by, laughed at them [cf. Ps. 2:4]... because he could not be held [cf. Ps. 2:3] and was invisible to all."
”Basilides.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 628.
Jesus the Psychonaut
"I visited a bodily dwelling. I cast out the one who was in it first, and I went in. And the whole multitude of the Archons became troubled... For he was an earthly man, but I, I am from above the heavens...I revealed that I am a stranger to the regions below."
"The Second Treatise of the Great Seth." The Nag Hammadi Library. Ed. James Robinson. HarperCollins, 1978. 363-71
The Tower of Bible
"...the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building.
The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."
So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel - because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth."
Like Sheep among Wolves
"And they say they cannot be saved in any other way, except they pass through all things, just as Carpocrates also said. And at every sinful and base action an angel is present and instils in him who ventures the deed audacity and impurity; what it is in act they say in the angel's name: "O thou angel, I make use of thy work; O thou power, I accomplish thy deed." And this is the perfect "knowledge," to enter without fear into such operations, which it is not lawful even to name."
"The Cainites." The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 652.
Yaldabaoth Creates the Seven Archons
"Yaldabaoth is the first ruler, who took great power from his Mother. Then he left her and moved away from the realms where he was born. He was strong, and created for himself other realms by means of a bright flame of fire that still exists. He mated with the Mindlessness that is in him, and produced his own Authorities..."
“The Secret Book of John.” The Secret Teachings of Jesus. Trans. Marvin W. Meyer. Vintage, 1984. 65.
Gnostic Speculative Cosmologies : The Gods before "God"
"Come from invisible things to the end of those that are visible, and... [this] thought will reveal to you how... those things that are not visible [are] found..."
"The Sophia of Jesus Christ." The Nag Hammadi Library. Ed. James Robinson. HarperCollins, 1978. 227.
"... if one of [these gnostics], a man, prematurely ejaculates and the woman becomes pregnant, listen to the even more terrible thing that these folks dare do. As soon at it is feasible, they induce the expulson of the embryo, and take the aborted offspring and grind it up with a mortar and pestle. And they season it with honey, and pepper, and other spices, and with aromatics, so as not to nauseate themselves. Doing this, all the participants... gather together and partake with their fingers of the ground-up baby. And when... they have accomplished their act of cannibalism they pray, finally, to god... of course they consider this to be the perfect Passover.""
"St. Epiphanius : Medecine Chest Against Heresies." The Gnostic Scriptures. Trans. Bentley Layton. Doubleday /Anchor, 1995. 207.
Brainwashed into False Creation
"...they projected a visual scene in front of me. First they showed me the planet Earth as it was eons ago, before there was any life on it. I saw an ocean, barren land, and a bright blue sky. Then black specks dropped from the sky by the hundreds... black creatures with stubby pterodactyl-like wings and huge whale-like bodies... They explained to me in a kind of thought language that they were fleeing from something out in space. They had come to the planet Earth to escape their enemy.
The creatures then showed me how they had created life on the planet in order to hide within the multitudinous forms and thus disguise their presence... I learned that the dragon-like creatures were thus inside of all forms of life, including man. They were the true masters of humanity and the entire planet, they told me. We humans were but the receptacles and servants of these creatures. For this reason they could speak to me from within myself."
Harner, Michael. The Way of the Shaman. HarperOne, 1980. 4-5.
The 10 Commandments
"...each one of the Seven [Rulers] chose his own herald to glorify and proclaim him as God...
Thus Moses was the prophet of Yaldabaoth, as were Joshua, Amos and Habakkuk;
Samuel, Nathan, Jonah, and Micah were prophets of lao;
Elijah, Joel, and Zechariah were prophets of Sabaoth;
Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Daniel were prophets of Adonai;
Tobias and Haggai were prophets of Eloi;
Micah and Nahum were prophets of Oreus;
and Ezra and Zephaniah were prophets of Astanfeus."
"The Sethian Ophites." The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 663.
The Divine Homunculus
"...the First Father gave those who were with him a false intention concerning the man. Then each one of them cast his seed on the midst of the navel of the earth. Since that day, the seven Rulers have formed the man: his body is like their body, his likeness is like the man who appeared to them. His molded body came into being according to a portion of each one of them. Their chief created his head and the marrow."
”On the Origin of the World.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 69.
The Serpent savior
"Some of them say that the serpent was Sophia herself; for this reason it was opposed to the maker of Adam and gave knowledge to men, and therefore is called the wisest of all [Gen. 3:1]. And the position of our intestines through which food is taken in, and their shape, shows that the hidden Mother of the shape of the serpent is a substance within us."
"The Sethian Ophites." The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 664.
Jesus + Lucifer
"Light and darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable. Because of this neither are the good good, nor the evil evil, nor is life life, nor death death... But those who are exalted above the world are indissoluble, eternal."
"The Gospel of Philip." The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 88.
"Everything which remains in its place is imperishable; it is perishable only if it wants to pass beyond its natural limits. Thus the Ruler of the Seven will know nothing of things above; the great Ignorance will overcome even him, so that "grief and pangs and groaning" [Isa. 35:10, 51:11] will depart from him; for he will desire nothing impossible and will not be grieved."
”Basilide's System.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 633-34.
The Deep things of Satan
"You did well in silencing the unspeakable teachings of the Carpocratians. For... priding themselves in knowledge, as they say, "of the deep things of Satan," they do not know that they are casting themselves away into "the nether world of darkness"... For even if they should say something true, one who loves the truth should not, even so, agree with them...."
"The Secret Gospel of Mark." The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 341-42
Sprout like Mushrooms, Fight like Hydras!
"...a multitude of Gnostics have sprung up, and have been manifested like mushrooms growing out of the ground... [for] they adduce an unspeakable number of apocryphal and spurious writings, which they themselves have forged, to bewilder the minds of foolish men... [and] like the Lernaean hydra, a many-headed beast has been generated......"
Irenaeus of Lyons. "Chapter XXIX.-Doctrines of Various Other Gnostic Sects, and Especially of the Barbeliotes or Borborians." Refutation of All Heresies. Early Christian Writings. www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/irenaeus-book1.html
Infect an entire planet with amazing live hairless monkeys!
"Apes become human as a result of a virus infection that kills most of the species and mutates the rest. The survivors feel a painful invasion of their bodies by an external force that gradually produces human behavior. Humanity develops from language ("the talk sickness"), eating flesh and excrement (cannibalism is implied), and sexuality... [and] must adapt to painful mutations as they become "soft machines." The soft machine is the human body controlled by physical needs, which can be manipulated through language. The body itself is not evil, but the psychophysical control mechanisms are, and it is these that make bodily existence a trap..."
Jenny Skerl, "William S. Burroughs," Boston, MA: G.K. Hall, 1985
The Seven Heavens
"The universe, the domain of the Archons, is like a vast prison whose innermost dungeon is the earth, the scene of man's life. Around and above it the cosmic spheres are ranged like concentric enclosing shells..."
Jonas, Hans. The Gnostic Religion. Beacon Press, 1991. 43
"With a view to the permanence of the race, he [God] has implanted in males a strong and ardent desire which neither law nor custom nor any other restraint is able to destroy. For it is God's decree.... Consequently one must understand the saying "You shall not desire" as if the lawgiver was making a jest, to which he added the even more comic words "your neighbor's goods" [Exod. 20:17]. For he himself who gave the desire to sustain the race orders that it is to be suppressed, though he removes it from no other animals. And by the words "your neighbor's wife" he says something even more ludicrous, since he forces what should be common property to be treated as a private possession."
"On Righteousness (Justice)." The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 649-50.
You Are Here (the Hebdomad)
"...by that very process of reasoning on which they depend for teaching that there is a certain Pleroma or God above the Creator of heaven and earth, any one who chooses to employ it may maintain that there is another Pleroma above the Pleroma, above that again another...and thus, their doctrine flowing out into immensity.... after worlds without limits, and gods that cannot be numbered.
...Basilides himself will, according to his own principles, find it necessary to maintain not only that there are three hundred and sixty-five heavens made in succession by one another, but that an immense and innumerable multitude of heavens have always been in the process of being made, and are being made, and will continue to be made, so that the formation of heavens of this kind can never cease...the operation must go on ad infinitum..."
Irenaeus. Against Heresies : Book II. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/arch/irenaeus/advhaer2.txt
Sacred Whore /Sacred Heart
"...Fear not the flesh nor love it. If you fear it, it will gain mastery over you. If you love it, it will swallow and paralyze you."
"The Gospel of Philip." The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 88-100.