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Christians: Are you aware of the first threat to Christianity ....

.... called Gnosticism, and if so, do you see it making a come back? If not, have you ever heard of Gnosticism? What do you know about it?


Asked by Gal51 at 12:21 PM on Aug. 17, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Also, we see His divinity acknowledged in early Christian writings: Tatian the Syrian: "We are not playing the fool, you Greeks, nor do we talk nonsense, when we report that God was born in the form of a man" (Address to the Greeks 21 [A.D. 170]), Tertullian: "God alone is without sin. The only man who is without sin is Christ; for Christ is also God" (The Soul 41:3 [A.D. 210]).

    Answer by flatlanderjenn at 5:15 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • The first threat to Christinaity, is Christians.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:58 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • The vast majority of the original Christian congregations (Pre-Catholic Church) were Gnostics... If anything, the Church was the treat, and since Gnosticism is coming back in to popularity all these years later - apparently the Church wasn't able to squash it as much as it would have liked to have thought! If I were to be Christian, I would have to be a Gnostic Christian.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:40 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • 1. gnostic Of, relating to, or possessing intellectual or spiritual knowledge

    wow, scary.


    Answer by autodidact at 12:48 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • No one is attacking anything. And many Christians don't believe in the divinity of Jesus.
    I don't see Gnostics bombing abortion clinics, or molesting children, or any of the other things we see done in the name of "mainstream" Christianity, yet we're going to call this branch of Christianity "a threat" or say that its "dangerous"? I think we really need to look again. I agree with Kristi completely that the biggest threat to Christianity are Christians. Christians who don't act in a way that would have been acceptable to Jesus. Who have forgotten love, compassion, HUMILITY, forgiveness, meekness, graciousness - all the things that made his message and teachings significant. Its the ones full of hate and judgment, the ones pointing fingers at and condemning others instead of LOVING them, that are the threat.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 1:10 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • The first threat to Christinaity, is Christians. KristiS11384 Answer by KristiS11384


    Kristi stole my answer.  hrumph :-P


    Answer by MamaK88 at 1:24 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • You insistence that others don't know what they're talking about just because they don't agree with you is ridiculous. As if you know better than anyone else.... I am sure there are many people here who know very well what they are talking about.

    And you may sit here and think you can judge who is a "true" Christian and who isn't merely from what they believe, but know this, the TRUE Christian is judged by his fruits, by his love, compassion, etc, and not on his ability to point others out as frauds. A true Christian shows it by his heart, which is NOT cold and hardened with judgment self-righteousness.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 1:37 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • yes i know about Gnosticism and i dont see it as any threat. in fact the Gnostics were the ones who were killed off by the "real" Christians, so who's really in danger?

    yes i have seen a resurgence in Gnosticism which i see as a cry for something better from Christians who are tired of being taught an archaic view of Christ and a religion that has lost its spirituality & replaced it w/ regulations. Christians arent satisfied w/ the route Christianity has taken and i dont blame them (in fact im one of them).

    i know enough to know im not a Gnostic...but id call myself that before a lot of other types of Christian.

    Answer by okmanders at 2:03 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • I thought the early Gnostics (in the 1st & 2nd centuries) believed all matter to be evil; they believed Jesus could not be both true God and true man, for Christ is in no way evil so they claimed Christ only appeared to be a man, but that his humanity was an illusion.

    The we have the Montanism (Late 2nd Century), Sabellianism (Early 3rd Century), Arianism (4th Century), Pelagianism (5th Century), Nestorianism (5th Century), Iconoclasm (7th and 8th Centuries), Catharism (11th Century), Protestantism (16th Century), and so on.

    Yep, some heresies have been (embarrassingly) started by Church leaders, who were then corrected by councils and popes. Thank goodness we have Christ’s promise that heresies will never prevail against the Church, (Matt. 16:18), for the Church truly is the pillar and foundation of the truth (1 Tim 3:15).

    Answer by flatlanderjenn at 4:55 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Actually the word gnostic is derived from the word gnosis and signifies spiritual enlightenment. Knowlege. And, yes, I would agree. Knowlege is a VERY big threat to christianity.

    Answer by witchqueen at 6:07 PM on Aug. 17, 2010