The Ruling Ideology of Gnosticism

Gnosticism is the expression of the Evil within human nature.

Readership: All; Christians;
Reader’s Note: This post is the ninth in a series on Gnosticism.
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After conducting this study of Gnosticism, I’d say it pretty well fits the bill of a world-wide ruling ideology that has fundamental motivations that are general enough to be applied to multiple fields of human social and political movements. The reason is because the fundamental principle of Gnosticism rests entirely on the human propensity to reject the Lord and to find meaning and value through alternative achievements, philosophical vestments, and personal excellence.

Not too long ago, Bruce Charlton asked the question, Why does the ruling ideology of the world Not have a name? (2021 September 12).* I’ll go through the statements that Charlton posed and match an answer according to what we know about Gnosticism.

“This question has often been asked, but the answer is simple and clear. The answer is that the ruling ideology of the world is Evil — and evil has no positive definition.

The name of Evil does not derive from what it wants but from what it opposes; and that is Good, which is God and divine creation.”

Judging by the history and religious philosophy of Gnosticism and how this has led up to the present day, we can see that the Gnostic wants several things. Once we accept that Gnosticism is an expression of Evil, then we can see that these are things that Evil wants, and this forms a positive definition according to its own ethical paradigm.

  1. The Gnostic is drawn towards the exaltation and glorification of the self through image, popularity, and logical self-determinism. Christ is thereby ignored or denigrated.
  2. The Gnostic desires to be free from the confines of an external authoritative structure, while still retaining the benefits of the blessed life. This shows up in the overvaluing of democracy and the incessant calls for equality.
  3. Gnosticism entails that one is to be free to determine one’s own morality without being judged by contrasting ethical systems. From a Christian view, this comprises the element of rebellion.
  4. The underlying “hope” of the Gnostic aspires to achieve an idealized human condition (apart from Christ), and this preoccupation summarily replaces the hope of knowing the upward calling of Christ and sharing in the riches of His glory.

All this is evil from the Christian view, because it pursues these things through achievements, adherence to a Gnostic ideology, education, heredity, scientific advancement, socio-economic class, sophistication, etc., which is essentially a form of salvation by works, and is accompanied by the denial or rejection of Christ.

All these things are cast as positives within the Gnostic world view, which redefines evil to be anything that causes hardship, shame, or embarrassment, or limits one’s own volition, or prevents the materialistic pleasures and conveniences that make life enjoyable.

“Evil is not something you Are, but a cause you serve. It is not a specific group, but one side in a Spiritual war; a war where each individual can and must choose which side he supports. (No abstention is possible.)”

Everyone is a natural Gnostic until they come to know Christ. (Romans 3:23; Romans 8:6-8)

“The problem with giving a name to Evil thus understood is that it constitutes the entirety of world and national governments (all parties), the mass media, and the (cross-linked) bureaucracies of all major social institutions (including ‘Christian’ churches).”

Yesterday’s post, The Pervasive Influence of Modern Gnosticism, revealed that Gnosticism aligns with this view of Evil – that it is everywhere.

“For most people, Evil thus understood also includes almost every person they know.”

This would also agree with what we’ve learned about Gnosticism – it is the default human condition.

“So the problem of naming Evil is the problem of acknowledging its overwhelming prevalence and power.”

Only the redeemed can name Evil properly, all others remain short sighted, seeking only after their own desires and personal well-being, which is the positively framed essence of Gnosticism. (John 6:44)

* H/T: The Orthosphere (Alan Roebuck): Diversity, Inclusion and Equity: A Quick Primer on the Latest False Religion and How to Correct it. (2021-11-02)

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9 Responses to The Ruling Ideology of Gnosticism

  1. catacombresident says:

    The essence of the temptation in the Garden of Eden was to choose human capabilities over revelation. Whatever it may have started as, Gnosticism has metastasized into promoting the essence of the Fall.

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  2. Joe2 says:

    I often wondered about advancements in science, technology and engineering. For example, the Wright brothers made brief flights with their first powered aircraft in December 1903 and in July 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon. In about 66 years there was an advancement in knowledge sufficient to accomplish such a feat. So someone who was a teenager in 1903 could have lived to experience both the first flight and the first men to walk on the Moon.

    I believe that God, over the years, somehow has revealed to humanity the knowledge which made such feats possible. My neighbor said that God had nothing to do with it. Knowledge was naturally accumulated little by little over the centuries and the culmination of such knowledge resulted in the first flight. If it weren’t the Wright brothers, someone else was close behind. The same could be said for the first men to walk on the Moon or any scientific achievement.

    My neighbor’s focus was on the greatness of man and the accomplishments made possible through human capability, Sounds like Gnosticism to me.

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    • Jack says:

      The article I covered yesterday has this passage that explains how the role of science differs between the Gnostic and the Christian.

      “Here, we must stave off a possible misconception. Christianity isn’t antiscientific or anti-technological. The development of pure science and technology are both essential aspects of our nature. Nor is the amelioration of human suffering and want a bad thing. The orthodox Christian differs from the modern Gnostic, not in having technology, but in the spirit of its use. The Christian accepts the limitations of human nature as good, and subordinates technology to them; the new Gnostic sees those limitations themselves as evil, or at least arbitrary, and therefore sees no problem with overriding them.”


  3. info says:

    In Gnostic theology, Satan becomes the good guy Lucifer giving gnosis to the first humans as the serpent. And God is the evil tyrannical meanie called Yaldaboath (Demiurge) basically the Marcionite heresy.


    • Jack says:

      “Satan becomes the good guy…. And God is the evil tyrannical meanie…”

      Stating Gnosticism in this way removes all esotericism and exposes the raw truth underlying all the embodiments of Gnosticism over the centuries. The proponents cannot state this openly, because it would be too obvious, and too opprobrious. Only those most advanced in rank ever come to apprehend this knowledge.

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      • info says:

        Ephesians 5:6-12
        6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.
        8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, 9 for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.
        10 Test and prove what pleases the Lord.
        11 Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
        12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.

        It is our job to remove all Esotericism and expose the raw truth as is. As God does about things done in secret.

        We do this in imitation of Christ who exposed Pharisees for what they are and exactly described them as they truly are.


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