As a dangerous movement that has no beginnings and seemingly no end, Gnosticism has brought the Christian nation to its knees (not in prayer but in submission). The definition alone of Gnosticism forces many men on a path of gnostic salvation, some by choice and others unknowingly. They are the ones who seek salvation in the form of knowledge, and are likened to sleepwalkers-walking, living, breathing in the absence of truth, but in the realm of knowledge. The amorphous movement of Gnosticism continues today in the guise as postmodernism. Truth as knowledge paralyzes the mind and transforms humanity into a boundless society of zombies (walking dead)…who seek to inoculate the church with ideas like ‘God is dead.’ The scope of this topic is to uncover Gnosticism in the age of postmodernity, to expose its weaknesses in light of Irenaeus’ timeless work Against Heresies.
Gnosticism gained strength after the death of Jesus. Though it existed during his time with arguments about the person of Jesus and His relation with God (the Divine). Jesus had claimed that he was the messiah, the savior. Many Jews believed that Jesus was the branch of Jesse and there future King. They thought one thing about Jesus and his kingdom, but Jesus had a strategic plan that opposed their thinking. Somehow there had to be a way to reason and rationalize some major themes that Jesus presented, because in some cases the words and thoughts He spoke even confused his disciples (i.e., John 16:29). “So what you are saying is that this bread…and drink…are umm your body, and blood. Ok, I got it. And you want me to do what? Oh, drink and eat them. Ok ok, yea why not!? As one can imagine the questions to Jesus sayings ran rampage with personal interpretations. And focusing on the three major themes of Jesus, Gnosticism became an amorphous movement that carried a sword and a shield. It was the movement of knowledge.
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