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Gnosticism and the Roman Empire


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"Roman influence divested Christianity of some of its profound primeval psychological knowledge. Christian fellowships developing under different cultural conditions created forms so variegated that maintaining unity turned out to be an historical impossibility." - Andrew M. Lobaczewski

"It used to be thought absolutely necessary that all the inhabitants of a country should have the same religion, but we now know that there is no such necessity." - Bertrand Russell

Human beings have grappled with the Mystery of Life for time immemorial.

As we have done so human consciousness has evolved.

In the Abrahamic religions we walked with the Creator in the Garden.

Then the Veil of Cognitive Blindness descended and we were cut off from the Garden.

No longer could this mind, transformed by rational concentration, sense the pulsing energies, waveforms and frequencies surrounding it.

Instead it now experienced vague, occcasionally undefined, feelings - Emotion.

For 2,000 years ago a wide ranging Gnostic Mystery tradition flourished among all the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean.

City states surrounding the Mediterranean had been trading, conquering and synthesizing each other for centuries.

Plato described the peoples of the Mediterranean as "frogs around a small pond."

Along came Alexander III of Macedonia who transformed the Mediterranean world into essentially one culture spreading Greek Hellenistic culture - the culture of the rulers.

Hellenism ran head on into the Gnostic Mystery traditions, Zoroastrianism, Hermopolitanism and Judaism.

Gnosis is not primarily rational knowledge.

The Greek language distinguishes between scientific or reflective knowledge ("He knows mathematics") and knowing through observation and experience ("He knows me"), which is Gnosis.

In Gnosticism the broad term 'gnostic' is defined as 'knower' refering to all individuals who have insight into the noumenon even though they express these insights through the window of their own cultural traditions.

Gnosis involves an intuitive process of learning to know oneself as only by knowing oneself is it possible to know the noumenon which gnostics recognize is alive.

It is possible to experience an ultra awake state called 'lucid living'.

Living lucidly is living in Integral Consciousness.

Rational Consciousness was, comparatively, a trance or hazy dream.

Magical Consciousness is undertsood for what it really is - a prayer to the gods.

An epiphany supercharges the brain with an experience of the undeniable oneness of all that lives.

This awakened state is enlightenment. Enjoy the gamma brain waves.

To survive mankind must overcome the inherent limitations of rational consciousness.

Most ancient sacred texts are collections of conceptual understanding originally as proverbs and later in narrative myth format.

At the foundational cores we find unimaginably older conceptual structures with later ideological structures built upon them.

Hebrew mystics formed a school of thought in Alexandria, Egypt, and it is they who synthesized the Hebrew and Hellenistic mythology, producing rather distinctive variations on the more ancient forms.

Apostolic Catholic Christianity evolved out of the inter-racial emanational and incarnational salvific monotheism that coarsed through the Mediterranean trading federations with the coming of the Gnostic Mystery of Jesus Christ.

This approach was, from the beginning, contaminated by certain ponerological elements that allowed it to be easily distorted.

In particularly it was contaminated with psychotic darkness of the Zaddikim.

Those familiar with ponerology can understand those elements as the work of psychopaths.

Elements present in Hebrew literature included a sacred narrative history to explain religious conceptual structures designed after the model of Herodotus - and this was blended with the purer, Pagan Gnosticism.

The circular logic of exegesis demanded the invention of the Demiurge to explain the ejection from the Garden.

The conceptual construct that Creation was deliberately created faulty on purpose to torture humanity was designed to allow the ascendency of the priestly elite of the Cult of Yahweh.

Under the influence of the Hellenic Greek cultural worldview, certain Gnostic Hebrew mystics sought to find greater depth in the Hebrew "history" than that which had already been produced.

The allegedly historical Israel was created to support the agenda of a religious priesthood-clique seeking power and as it was to gather support from the masses it was necessary to fake the history of the tribes of Israel which was produced from many tribal tales and legends , genealogies created and added in order to portray a very disparate group of tribes as "one".

These are the books known as the Septuagint in the Latin Vulgate.

The first five books are considered Torah:

Bereshit ("In [the] beginning", Genesis), Shemot ("Names", Exodus), Vayikra ("He called", Leviticus), Bamidbar ("In the desert", Numbers) and Devarim ("Words", Deuteronomy).

True Torah Hebrews reject all other Septuagint books as Alexanderian Hebrew Gnostic additions.

The Torah, in particularly Bereshit/Genesis, is based on even older Sumerian and Akkadian creation myths.

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The last synthesis of inter-racial emanational and incarnational salvific monotheism produced the Alexandrian Hebrew Gnostic cult of Serapis centered at Alexandria which eventualy evolved into Roman Catholicism.

The tradition of Serapis was an amalgamation and synthesis of all the traditions of the tribes surrounding the Mediterranean which resulted in the inter-racial emanational and incarnational salvific monotheism, which was the indigenous form of what Hindus think of as Vaishnavism, Shaivism and Shaktism.

The tradition of monotheism goes back to Akhenaten the Heretic, husband of Nefertiti and father of Tutankhamen.

There are many similarities between Serapis and Yahweh the first being Serapis was a supreme god.

The Alexandrian Hebrew Gnostic cult of Serapis declared their history to have an even deeper level of mystical allegory.

They used a magic form of exegesis claiming to be inheritors of secret mystical teachings passed down from their Master, Moshe Rabbenu.

They went so far as to claim that the great Pagan philosophers had originally received their wisdom from Moshe Rabbenu and that all other intellectual advances were thanks to the Hebrews - God's Chosen Ones.

Under the temple of Serapis archeologists unearthed strange mechanical contrivances within a Labryrinth which indicate severe "testing" of the initiates reminiscent of a modern hospital - or a torture dungeon.

History becomes obscure and incomprehensible in a world dominated by synthetically cobbled together religious traditions.

It is unlikely the Gnostic Hebrew mystics understood the ponerological aspects of their cobbled together history that later followers studied as allegory.

"The Christians and the worshippers of Serapis are the same." - Roman Emperor Hadrian

The Alexandrian Hebrew Gnostics, the Essenes, were attempting to reformulate their religion to be universally inclusive.

In Alexandria to be universally inclusive elements of the Mystery of Serapis needed to be included.

The Hebrew Gnostic, Philo, described two branches of a single Gnostic Mystery school - the Essenes, of Hebrew ethnicity, and the Therapeutae, of Greek ethnicity.

The Essenes were in contention with the remnants of the Hasmonean dynasty high priest cult, the Sadducees, and with the Pharisees who now held the religious authority of the Hebrews.

Philo derived the name Therapeutae/Therapeutides from the related adjective therapeutikos meaning of attending to heal, or treating in a spiritual or medical sense.

Philo, the Hebrew Gnostic, was known as "the Pythagorean."

The Pythagorean Mysteries formulated principles that influenced the thought of Plato and Aristotle and contributed to the development of mathematics and Western rational philosophy.

The Hebrew historian, Josephus, tells us that the Essenes were comparable to the Pythagoreans.

The bulk of the mystic tradition that originating with Pythagoras belongs to gnostic mystical wisdom rather than to scientific scholarship but using that approach did lead to the theory of the functional significance of numbers in the objective world and in music, as well as the Pythagorean theorem for right triangles.

Philo used Stoic philosophical allegory and Pharisaic exegesis in attempt to fuse and harmonize Greek philosophy with Hebrew philosophy.

The Hellenized Hebrews honored not only their own master, Moses, but also followed the Pagan philosopher, Pythagoras.

The Zaddikim high priests encouraged and informed the Essenes.

The Essenes penned The Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Dead Sea Scrolls portray a central role for the followers of Melchizedek, the 'Teacher of Righteousness'.

The Essenes mistakenly took both Greek and Hebrew mythology literally, as opposed to metaphorically.

The synthetic result ended in monotheistic slavationist Pauline Christianity.

The Essene tradition lives on in a mofified form in Kabbalah.

At the foundation of the Sephirot, the Tree of Life, or Etz haChayim we find the Pythagorean Mysteries and the numerology of the Babylonians, which the Pharisees allowed to creep into exegesis when in exhile in Babylon.

The near collapse of the Roman Empire between 235 and 284 was caused by three simultaneous crises: external invasion, internal civil war, and economic collapse.

The changes in the institutions, social culture and religion were so profound and fundamental, that the "Crisis of the Third Century" is seen as the historical dividing line between the classical world and the early medieval world.

Diocletian took control of the Roman Empire in 284.

Emperor Diocletian, after watching numerous internal struggles for power which culminated in civil wars, understood that most of shifts in the balance of power were facilitated by soldiers personal allegiance to charismatic commanders which stemmed from the brotherhood experienced by soldiers belonging both to the military and to the secret fellowship of the Mysteries of Mithras.

Emperor Diocletian recognized that social control had to be based on something more than simply military force, so he sought imperial legitimacy in a new state religion, with himself as divine monarch much as Akhenaten had done 1650 years earlier in Eygpt.

To the Romans, the observance of religious rites was a public duty even though Roman state religious beliefs were founded on a chaotic unconnected inconsistent pagan mythological tradition adopted from Greek models and cross-pollinated with influences from all the religions of the regions the Roman Empire had conquered.

Secret societies and mystery brotherhoods were a threat to Emperor Diocletian's power so he aligned himself with the Mysteries of Mithras outlawing all others.

Emperor Diocletian declared himself Lord and Master (Dominus Noster) and later equated himself to the paternal father god of Rome, Rome's Great Father and Savior (Jupiter Optimus Maximus Soter); the patron deity of the Imperial Roman state.

By outlawing the Eleusinian Mysteries, and the Gnostic Christian Mysteries and declaring himself a divine intercessor - a God brought to life on Earth - Emperor Diocletian hoped to gain social control through religious unification .

292 Anno DominiEmperor Diocletian divided the Roman Empire into West and East taking personal control of the East.

303 Anno DominiEmperor Diocletian in issued a series of four increasingly harsh decrees designed to compel Christians to take part in the imperial religion. Emperor Diocletian ordered all Gnostic Christian churches to be destroyed, all Gnostic Christian books to be burned and Gnostic Christians themselves were denied the protection offered other citizens by Roman law.

Gnostic Christians were arrested, tortured, mutilated, burned, starved, and forced into gladiatorial contests in purges until 311.

306 Anno Domini

Constantine starts a civil war in the West.

312 Anno DominiConstantine, needing a great and powerful father god, unrelated to the father god of Emperor Diocletian, embraces the Gnostic Christian Mystery of Christ and wins the decisive battle.

But Constantine modifies his benefactor god returning to an image first modeled by the Cult of Yahweh, reinvigorated by the Sadducees, adopted by Saul of Tarsus and applied to Jesus the Tekton as his model of Chrestus.

"The Empire that emerged under Diocletian and Constantine was administered by a government that was larger, more complex, more highly organized, and that commandered larger and more powerful military forces. It taxed its citizens more heavily, conscripted their labor, and regulated their lives and their occupations. It was a coercive, omnipresent, all-powerful organization that subdued individual interests and levied all resources toward one overarching goal: THE SURVIVAL OF THE STATE." - Joseph A. Tainter

313 Anno Domini Freedom of Religion rescripting Edict issued (freedom of, not freedom from, religion).

"Our purpose is to grant both to the Christians and to all others full authority to follow whatever worship each person has desired, whereby whatsoever Divinity dwells in heaven may be benevolent and propitious to us, and to all who are placed under our authority. Therefore we thought it salutary and most proper to establish our purpose that no person whatever should be refused complete toleration, who has given up his mind either to the cult of the Christians or to the religion which he personally feels best suited to himself. It is our pleasure to abolish all conditions whatever which were embodied in former orders directed to your office about the Christians, that every one of those who have a common wish to follow the religion of the Christians may from this moment freely and unconditionally proceed to observe the same without any annoyance or disquiet."- Edict of Milan, 313 AD (rescript issued under Licinius at the behest of Constantine)

Christians in independent, "free" churches have long regarded the Constantinian revolution as little short of the fall of Christianity, a Babylonian captivity of Christianity to State power - almost as calamitous as the fall of Adam and Eve.

One thing is clear: The unqualified toleration for all decreed at Milan did not last long, nor has it often prevailed in later centuries. The rescript's noble sentiments cemented into the foundations of the highest Western cutural ideals first sketched by the Christian philosopher Lactantius: that coercion and true religious faith don't mix because "God wishes to be adored by people who are free".

325 Anno Domini Constantine took the eastern half of the Roman Empire from Licinius, his brother-in-law, by 324 and ruled the entire Roman Empire until his death in 337. Constantine summoned the Council of Nicaea which defined "Nicene Christianity," basically Pauline Christianity, as the Nicene Creed.

This synthesis of Mediterranean mythology, a combination of the Mithras Mysteries, Hellenism, Judaism and Gnosticism further corrupted by the Zaddikim was designed to direct the passions of the right brain into subservience to the State while partitioning the left brain into the proper cubicles required for the enrichment of the State.

The Nicene Creed carried the razor sharp leading edge of human social control philosophy of the major philosophical/religious groups on the stage of Roman Empire at the time it was compiled and edited through the use of the schizoidal victim-perpetrator ponerolgy seen in the figurehead of the 'most perfect righteous Ones'.

In essence you have competing dialecticisms of two incongruent sets that cause fragmentation of both the conscious and the subconscious which thickens the Veil of Cognitive Blindness creating cognitive bias and cognitive blindness; illusions, fallacies, effects and miscellaneous thought patterns that lead to errors in judgement.

The decree of the Imperial Roman Catholic monopoly as intercessors to God sought to integrate diverse social cultural traditions with intent of creating a unified social culture in the hope of ending the constant political strife.

(Note: When the first Monarchy (mono) collapsed and the first Repubic was founded opposing political camps emerged (duality). Political 'strife' will always be a factor in every human grouping as each group holds different values and strives toward, possibly opposing, goals.)

Constantine, the first imperial Christian Emperor, only allowed himself to be baptized on his death bed in the hope that he would avoid eternal damnation by being unable to sin after being baptized.

Power was fractured again under Constantine's sons. Although the throne was intermitently unified under Julian and Valentinian I, among others.

The last pagan emperor, Julian saw the destruction of Mediterranean civilization in the nihilistic forces of imperial Christianity, driving the people to be the 'most perfect righteous Ones', and attempted to reverse the direction Roman social culture was headed by repealing the edicts that only imperial Christianity may be practiced.

Imperial Christian Emperor Valentinian I found it hard to govern the entire Roman Empire so he gave his brother, Valens, control of the East. imperial Christian Emperor Valens ordered the governor of Minor Asia to exterminate all the Hellenes and all documents of their wisdom - wisdom being considered heretical. In Antioch, among many other Hellenes, the ex-governor Fidustius and the priests Hilarius and Patricius were executed. Tons of scrolls were burnt in the squares of the cities of the Eastern Roman Empire. All the associates of last pagan emperor Julian were persecuted (Orebasius, Sallustius, Pegasius etc.), the philosopher Simonides was burned alive and the philosopher Maximus was decapitated.

Emperor Valens hubris was his undoing. Emperor Valens made the fatal mistake of underestimating the Goths who killed Valens and wiped out his forces at the Battle of Adrianople.

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The last man to attempt reunification and succeed was Roman Catholic Emperor Theodosius I.

Upon Emperor Theodosius I death in 395 the division between the East and West became permanent.

In yet another vain attempt to unify the social culture of the Roman Empire through religious conformity Roman Catholic Emperor Theodosius I commissioned Pope Damasus I and the Council of Rome, which took place in 381, to name the Hebrew books and the books about Jesus that were to be included in the Latin Vulgate. Saint Jerome translated the Greek into Latin.

Imperial Roman Catholic intolerance of gnostic belief systems was crucial to its own success and necessary in the eyes of Emperor Theodosius I and Pope Damasus I who continued to systematically eradicate practitioners of any religion other than the state religion as their recent imperial Christian predecessors had done. All other religions, except Judaism, were condemned and practitioners are executed.

Not to be overlooked is the most important decree:

No divination.

No weather forecasting !

No one may engage in predictions.

No trend analysis ! !

No prophecy !!!

"Science is essentially prophecy. - Alan Watts

Judaism was unaffected as Talmudic law, later codified as the Mishnah Torah of Moses Maimonides, commands Talmudists not to practice divination, "black" magic, soothsaying, the charmer's art, not to consult the dead, a ghost or a familiar spirit and are not to practice witchcraft. For any question about the future all Christian citizens were told to open the Latin Vulgate, while Hebrew citizens were told to study the Talmudic commentaries as only there could the answer be found. (The Mishnah Torah of Moses Maimonides did not disallow "white magic".

Imperial Christian priests lead a imperial Christian mob against the temple of Goddess Demeter in Eleusis and attempted to execute the hierophants Nestorius and Priskus. The 95 years old hierophant Nestorius ends the Eleusinian mysteries and announces the predominance of spiritual darkness over the human race.

In Constantinople, the temple of goddess Aphrodite is turned into a brothel and the Temples of Sun and Artemis into stables.

The mysteries of Samothrace are ended and the priests slaughtered.

Maternus Cynegius scours the East sacking and destroying hundreds of Hellenic temples, shrines and altars. Among others they destroy the temple of Edessa, the Cabeireion of Imbros, the temple of Zeus in Apamea, temple of the Semitic Moon-god Sin at the citadel of Carrhae on the Persian border, the temple of Apollo in Dydima and all the temples of Palmyra.

All pagan temples, including all Mithraeum, are destroyed.

The philosopher Olympius leads a revolt in Alexandria. In response imperial Roman Catholics demolish the temple of Serapis (The Serapeion) which is believed to have housed the Library of Alexandria.

All nonconforming sacred scrolls and books are burned.

Private ownership of pagan sculpture is outlawed.

Hypatia of Alexandria is stripped naked and dragged through the streets by an imperial Christian mob, flayed with ostrakois and set ablaze while still alive. A Neoplatonist philosopher, she followed the school characterized by the 3rd century Plotinus discouraging mysticism while encouraging logical and mathematical studies. Hailed as a "valiant defender of science in the face of the religious postulates," some suggest that her murder marked the end of the Hellenistic Age of Reason.

The Gnostic Christian sanctuary on the Euphrates is burned.

Gnostic Christian belief systems are condemned and outlawed.

Gnostic Christian mysteries, Mithras mysteries, Eleusinian mysteries and all other mystery cults are banned.

Gnostic Christians believe that God - the true, ultimate and transcendent God - It who is beyond all created universes - "emanated" or brought forth from within Itself all substance, visible and invisible. Its emantions permeate reality. All things share It in common.

This was anathema to the Imperial Roman Catholic dogma of Emperor Theodosius I as Imperial Roman Catholic dogma taught that man had been seperated from God in the Garden of Eden. Seperation from God always renews power of state religious institutions as the common man must now go through an intercessor - an intercessor serving in an official government religious position.

Gnostic Christians believed that each and every human could experience God personally - a personal god - which of course leads to no need for intercessors. And without intercessors there is really no need for an institutionalized Imperial Roman Catholic religion.

Like most religions gnosticism is commonly misunderstood and misdefined by modern imperial Christians theologians.

Imperial Christian theologians put out false information - they always have and always will. Roman Catholic Christian theologians coined the word propaganda.

All religions theologians look at all other religions through the prism of their own religion.

When this occurs ancient religions are seen as a spectrum of separate colors because modern theologians do not have the ability to 'see' the religion as the religions adherents at the historical period saw it, as a pure white light , not through a prism or in other words, through a glass darkly.

Gnosticism is reserved for groups that might have used it to describe themselves, but often the term is used more widely to identify groups emphasizing the self-redemptive benefit of individual wisdom.

Gnostic Christians believe that the Creator and Sustainer is found through knowledge - knowledge gained through the observation in the experience of living.

If you want no questions asked, you demand blind obedience and blind faith, knowledge is not something that you want your flock to have.

Knowledge breeds critical thinking and critical thinking reveals the fallacies that have been presented as truth.

And that is why any scholar that attempted to translate the Bible and bring it to the common man was condemned, excommunicated and occasionally burned at the stake by the imperial Christian Inquistion.

Martin Luther was excommunicated by Leo X on January 3, 1521. Martin Luther's translation of the New Testament was published in German in September 1522.

In 1526 a full edition of the New Testament was translated into English by William Tyndale. William Tyndale was tried on a charge of heresy in 1536 and condemned to be burned at the stake. William Tyndale was strangled and his dead body burnt on October 6, 1536.

The Roman Catholic heirarchy has believed, since Emperor Theodosius I set an example, that the only way to retain control of the social culture is to outlaw any concept or idea that does not fit within the express dogma as defined by Pope Damasus I and the Council of Rome in 382.

This mindset, that all members of social culture must adhere to a common theological belief system, led in fact to the Dark Ages in Europe which basically occurred because the imperial Christian Roman Emperors in search of power and control ordered most of the true knowledge accumulated by all the ancient cultures surrounding the Mediterranean destroyed in the quest to create a uniform conforming social culture.

One detail that helps show the severity of the amount of scientific and technological information that was lost in the purge of knowledge by the Roman Catholics: The secret of concrete was lost for 13 centuries until rediscovered in 1756 by John Smeaton and John Smeaton's concrete lasts a hundred years whereas early Roman concrete lasts centuries - even underwater !
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