Valentinian Gnosticism

Valentinian Gnosticism was extremely widespread throughout the Roman Empire from Alexandria, Egypt through Asia Minor and Syria in the east, and Northwest Africa.

Valentinus and the Gnostic movement that bore his name were considered threats to Pauline Christianity by church leaders and orthodox Christian scholars that were followers of Irenaeus.

According to Valentinus, there are esoteric teachings originating in Jesus that were secretly passed on through his disciples.

When Jesus spoke in public, he used parable with metaphor and analogy.

Context provides the essential key for understanding Jesus' message.

Truth cannot be extracted from scripture by those ignorant of tradition."

Secret teachings are meaningful only to the spiritually mature.

To a person not ready to receive, they seem like nonsense.

Æon the Ineffable defies description and Jesus came to bring knowledge (gnosis) to a suffering humanity that was desperately seeking salvation.

The Valentinian tradition draws a sharp distinction between the human Jesus and the divine Christ.

The human Jesus was born the son of Mary and Joseph.

Jesus is consubstantial with the spiritual seed of Sophia.

When he was thirty years old, he went to John the Baptist to be baptized.

As he went down to be baptized, the Divine Savior, referred to as the "Spirit of the Thought of the Father", descended on him in the form of a white dove.

A "virgin birth" and resurrection from the dead, reborn of the virgin Spirit.

People manifest their true nature by their response to the message of Jesus.

"Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful.

He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains.

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days." - Joel 2:23,28,29

Using the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-8), they explain that through Jesus, Sophia sows the spiritual seed in all who hear the message.

People bear spiritual fruit after attaining a state of mystical knowledge in which they recognize their Eternal Soul is always accompanied by the Savior.

Sin, an expression of debt due to ignorance, could be overcome through perfect knowledge of the Will of Æon.

Irenaeus identified Valentinus as the author of the Gospel of Truth.

Clement of Alexandria records Valentinus was a follower of Theudas, a disciple of Saul of Tarsus.

Valentinus claimed Theudas imparted to him secret wisdom that Saul of Tarsus privately taught his inner circle publicly referred to in connection with his visionary encounter with the risen Christ (Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 2:7; 2 Corinthians 12:2-4; Acts 9:9-10).

Valentinian literature described the primal being, called Bythos, as the beginning of all things.

Valentinius, along with Clement, was among the early Christians who attempted to align Christianity with Platonism.

Trinitarianism states that the three distinct aspects are One Æon.

Tritheism states the three distinct aspects are Three Gods.

"Valentinus was the first to invent three hypostases and three persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he is discovered to have filched this from Hermes and Plato."- Marcellus of Ancyra

Valentinian Gnosticism professed Æon - the Father, Sophia - the Mother, and Logos - the Son.

Teaching professed by Hellenized Hebrews at the time of Saul of Tarsus proclaims Æon the Father, Shekhinah female aspect of Æon and the Law.

At the time of Jesus the Tannaim the Hellenized Hebrews saw the Greeks were superior in philosophy and knowledge and chose to emulate them.

Naturally as, after all, the Greeks had conquered the known world.

They had become apostate to the Yahweh mythology of Moses and had begun adding elements of Greek polytheism, numerology and astrology to the original patriarchal monotheistic religion through the use of exegesis.

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