All Genuine Religions Are Spiritual/Gnostic: The word Gnostic is derived from the Greek word “gnosis”, which is the term used to both delineate and define experiential spiritual knowledge, vs knowledge derived through human reasoning based upon the natural consciousness of mankind. The word “gnosis” is defined as indicating “…direct spiritual experiential knowledge rather than from rational or reasoned thinking”. The objective of all genuine religions, is to bring about that condition within the mind and life of the individual where they are able to fulfill the statement in the Gospel of John, and be “taught by God” — i.e., “It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me” (John 6:45 NKJ). And it was for this reason that Jesus commanded his disciples not to be called teacher or rabbi — i.e., “But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have One Teacher, and you are all brethren” (Matt 23:8 RSV) — and this was commanded, because there is Only One True Teacher, and that is the True Prophet (see True Prophet). And that those lost prodigal sons who look to other men as their teacher, rabbi or leaders, will be greatly deceived and misguided, is why the disciple Peter in the Clementine Homilies declared: “Hence, O beloved Clement, if you would know the things pertaining to God, you have to learn them from Him alone, because He alone knows the truth. For if any one else knows anything, he has received it from Him or from His disciples”.
The Wisdom and Knowledge that the True Prophet (Son of God/Logos) imparts to those who are worthy, is called Gnosis. And Gnosis cannot be written in the words of man — or even taught by man — because Gnosis is defined as Spiritual Knowledge, or the Divine Manna of the Kingdom, that can only be received directly from the True Prophet to those who are themselves true spiritual seekers. In the words of the second century Elder Valentinus: “Gnosis was distinct from the secret teachings they only revealed to initiates once they had reached a certain level of progression.” And the whole objective of the teachings of TheWay as revealed by Yeshua/Jesus, was to prepare the mind of the disciple to receive the revelation of Gnosis — i.e., the Divine Manna of the Kingdom — from the indwelling True Prophet/Logos/Son of God that is dormant within the minds of carnal believers.
The Source of this Spiritual Knowledge that is beyond organic human comprehension, has often been portrayed as the Indwelling Logos/Son of God — but few possess the insight to understand that this access to this higher knowledge that is beyond carnal man’s comprehension, is always via one’s higher reality of soul. But since few believers or unbelievers have ever come to understand the ancient adage to Know Thyself — and to Know who and even what man’s true nature and higher reality is, few ever come to possess the vision of the True Mystic and what is portrayed in the word Gnosis.
While the word knowledge, and the word Gnosis, both denote a type of knowledge, the Knowledge portrayed in the word Gnosis has absolutely nothing to do with knowledge derived from this world. Gnosis is beyond organic human reasoning — it cannot be read in a book — it cannot be taught by a teacher — or even written in the literal text of scriptures. Therefore, the term Gnostic scriptures is an oxymoron drawn out of the mouth of the person who uses the phrase — because, the objective of all scriptures are the same — and all scriptures are equally Gnostic. And in this respect, an interesting statement was made by Dead Sea Scroll expert Prof. John Allegro in is book, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of Christianity, where he writes: “It is a fact that the Qumran Library has profoundly affected the study of the Johannine writings and many longheld conceptions have had to be radically revised. No longer can John be regarded as the most Hellenistic of the Evangelists; his Gnosticism, and the whole framework of his thought is seen now to spring directly from a Jewish sectarianism rooted in Palestinian soil, and his material recognized as founded in the earliest layers of Gospel traditions.” What Prof. Allegro failed to understand, is the fact that all the Gospels are equally Gnostic, and their primary objective is to lead the disciple down the path of TheWay, and permit them to gain access to the higher reality of the soul and spiritual natures, and ultimately the Inner Kingdom that Jesus commanded to seek and find.
Quoting Valentinus, the early Christian who was considered one of the foremost Gnostics: “Gnosis was distinct from the secret teachings they only revealed to initiates once they had reached a certain level of progression.” What Valentinus is stating, is that the spiritual concepts which have been historically portrayed as the secret teachings associated with many Gnostic groups was not at all what is defined to be Gnosis — but rather, AT BEST, these secret teachings were the esoteric knowledge of the cosmology of one’s own mind — how the disciple must live — and the foundational truths that must be built upon, that are necessary to bring about the expansion of mind and consciousness that enables the disciple to begin the process of acquiring True Gnosis — i.e., a Spiritual Knowledge that cannot be comprehended by the untransformed organic mind of man. That those who portrayed themselves as Orthodox, were totally incapable of understanding the nature and reality of this higher knowledge which they ignorantly condemned as heresy — remains totally true to this very day. No person who understands the higher reality of Gnosis, would condemn Gnosis — and what they would condemn, is the manmade carnal understanding of Gnosis. Historically, it has often been pointed out that the Gnostics rarely ever defended themselves against the onslaught of doctrinal attack waged by those who portrayed themselves to be Orthodox — and unless one comes to understand why those known as Gnostics rarely ever attempted to defend themselves, then man’s own higher reality will remain forever elusive and beyond comprehension.
To even begin to comprehend the higher reality of the soul and what is called the Kingdom of God, requires the development of man’s higher facilities of mind. In truth, you would have greater success at teaching kindergarten children advanced calculus, than you would attempting to teach organic man about his own higher natures and reality of mind and being. And this is not an elitist statement — but rather, one based upon the fact that it is impossible to receive and comprehend True Gnosis, unless the higher areas of mind are developed. What this means is that in the same way that it is impossible to convey to the believers of the simple faith this higher knowledge that is dependent upon the development of man’s higher facilities of mind to comprehend, the same is true of the intellectuals who reject the scriptures as myth and a hoax. In the same way that you can’t use a kitchen spoon to dig a foundation, and then use this spoon to mix and lay the proper foundation in a great house, neither can the organic mind of man even begin to comprehend man’s own higher soul and spiritual reality.