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Proverbs 30:5-6

"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."

In the following comparisons, reference is shown to the gnostic writings of the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Phillip and other writings which were viewed by the early church fathers as heresy. For those grounded in the Scriptures and who believe Jesus Christ, they should continue to be viewed as such. Many quotes are sourced from the gnosis.org website, which holds an archive of the gnostic scriptures and other gnostic writings. These are housed within their Gnostic Society Library, including the Nag Hammadi Library, which are ancient codices found in Egypt in 1945, and which contain many primary gnostic scriptures. New age writings are also compared.

Gnostic or New Age Terms and Concepts

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Rom 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Oh! May the God of green hope...

filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit...

...the God of hope... abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ...the God of hope... overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ... the God of hope... abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ... the God of hope ...abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

From Strong's Concordance:

the God <theos> 2316. yeov theos, theh'-os of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very:--X exceeding, God, god(-ly, -ward).

of hope> 1680. elpiv elpis, el-pece' from a primary elpo (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstractly or concretely) or confidence:--faith, hope.

the power <dunamis> 1411. dunamiv dunamis, doo'-nam-is from 1410; force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself):--ability, abundance, meaning, might(-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle(-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.

God of green hope is not Biblical whatsoever. 'Energy' of the Holy Spirit is a concept also found throughout new age and gnostic beliefs.

*** A former occultist, who had been heavily involved in many aspects of the New Age wrote and I have printed their letter "About The Message New age/Occult Terminology" . This person, when first dialoguing with me, could not bring themselves to touch let alone read the Word of God. God's mercy is far reaching and this person is growing beyond being a babe in the Lord, but has discernment many long time Christians lack. They wrote:

"...Those various Pagan and occult "code words" in the passages you listed are obvious to people familiar with Pagan and Masonic mystery religions but most people wouldn't be aware of their sources.... "

"Concerning "God of green hope", "The god of green hope is probably the Green Man, Dionysus, etc."

"god colors" is a Pagan concept used by Wiccans and Masons and possibly by Satanists. ..." end quote

 

Another reader wrote after reading the articles and the letter and regarding Peterson's use of "God of green hope" and the above reference, "The god of green hope is probably the Green Man, Dionysus, etc." and stated:

I did a quick search for "green man" and came up with the link below.
 http://www.mythinglinks.org/ct~greenmen.html

That information references the following pagan myths:

"The Green Man is that spirit energy, presence, inherent in every cell of the vegetative realm, and transmitted to the animal/human realms through the food we eat, ...He is Pan...."

Referring to various sites there that promote or discuss the various concepts of the Green Man, one site mentioned, "His Green Man site, "The Gaia Counterpart: The Green Man," ... He also has icon-images for such things as Yggdrasil, cherubs, the phoenix, and the androgyne..."

 

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Matt 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. If I make you light-bearers,...  ...but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all ... ...Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone... ... but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all... ... but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all...
Matt 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. ...You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.... similar to KJB similar to KJB similar to KJB similar to KJB
God-colors is New Age/gnostic, and light-bearers is a term of affection used by some in the New Age, luciferians, satanists, to describe their god. It refers to satan. In masonic symbolism the rainbow represents Lucifer, 'the Light Bearer'.

From the gnostic Gospel of Phillip:

"God is a dyer. As the good dyes, which are called "true", dissolve with the things dyed in them, so it is with those whom God has dyed. Since his dyes are immortal, they become immortal by means of his colors. Now God dips what he dips in water." 9

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Psalm 97:11  Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Light-seeds are planted in the souls of God's people, Joy-seeds are planted in good heart-soil.  Light is sown like seed for the righteous And gladness for the upright in heart. Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.  Light is sown for the righteous, And gladness for the upright in heart. Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.
Psalm 27:1 ...The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?... ...Light, space, zest-- that's GOD!... ...The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? ... ...The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear?... ... The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? ... The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?...
While light is used in several Scriptures, it is not in the way that The Message or the occult references it with God-light and so on. It is often added to or changed entirely with the resulting meaning not what is intended according to the original words.

From gnostic writings:

The Gnostic Apostle Thomas: Chapter 11

Mani and the Pure Ones

Re Seeds of light > "...One of the Emissaries or Messengers sent by the Father to rescue the captive particles sets up a mechanism, a sort of conveyer belt, by which seeds of light are drawn up into the heavens and concentrated. They move up the Milky Way to the moon, and when that way-station becomes stuffed full (as anyone can see, it happens every four weeks), the accumulated store of light is then transferred to the sun, and the process begins anew." 10 

The Gnostic Apostle Thomas: Chapter 4

Beyond the Law
"Establish in your Bridal chamber the
seed of light. receive from me the bridegroom, and grasp him and be grasped by him. Behold the grace descends on you. ..."
11.

Meditations: For Services of the Holy Sophia in the Month of March
... Let your power impart the true Gnosis to us and strengthen us in your wisdom and compassion so that we may lovingly gather the
seeds of light from the sea of ..."
12.

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John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. almost identical to KJB almost identical to KJB almost identical to KJB almost identical to KJB
1 Thess 5:5 ...all the children of light, and the children of the day:.. You're sons of Light, daughters of Day. ... ... all sons of light and sons of day.... ... all sons of the light and sons of the day.... ... all sons of light and sons of the day.... ... all children of light and children of the day;...

In him was life, is different than, "What came into existence" which could give the reader the understanding that Jesus was a created being. This is a concept that is taught by the Mormons, the Jehovah's witnesses, and other groups.

Regarding 'You're sons of light', from Mackey's Masonic Encyclopedia:

"...Freemasons are emphatically called the 'sons of light, because they are, or at least are entitled to be, in possession of the true meaning of the symbol; while the profane or uninitiated who have not received this knowledge are, by a parity of expression, said to be in darkness. The connection of material light with this emblematic and mental illumination, was prominently exhibited in all the ancient systems of religion and esoteric mysteries." 13.  

It should be noted that freemasonry terms are found within The Message, including for example, changing 'the builders, to 'the masons', [Psalm 118:22, Matt 21:42, Acts 4:11], sacred square or holy square [Eze 48:15,21] and similar terms.  

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John 1:5, 7, 9  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not

The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

The Life-Light...

 

...the Life-Light...

 

 

The Life-Light...entering Life he brings into Light.

The Light...

 

...the Light...

 

 

...the true Light...

The light...

...that light..

 

 

...true light..

..the light...

 

...the Light...

 

...the true Light...

The light...

 

...the light..

 

...true light...

Act 2:28

*this is referring to Christ and prophecy

 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. You've got my feet on the life-path, with your face shining sun-joy all around.

 

       

Theosophist Alice A. Bailey wrote in The Destiny of the Nations, and cited on a New Age site concerning the 'life light', a phrase not found in any Scriptures:

"...Spiritually the Christmas season is about the light, the promise of the Divine, and the birth of the Christ Consciousness in the human heart inaugurating an era of right human relations. This energy remains ever with us, "The Christ in you, the hope of glory"...During the 2000 years since Pisces has seen the spreading of the light. Aquarius will see the rising of the light with Christ as the eternal symbol of both these great impulses. Humanity will move from the birth stages of the light within to the lifting of the life light in sacrifice, as we become the Risen Ones..." 14.

Perusing discussion forums, there are such as Gnostic Christians, Christian Wiccans and so on:

"Welcome, Gnostic Mystics of Christianity!
 
We're a friendly and loving group of spiritual seekers who hope to personally experience the Life of Pentecost! We believe that Christianity intends to bring us ultimately into the presence of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. And that process can only be experienced personally by the truly humble and holy Saints of God. The process involves spiritual growth and maturation first in Faith, then in Hope through Knowledge, and lastly in Love in Perfection. Therefore, Christians strive to become Gnostics and in turn, they seek union with God as Mystics in a Divine Mystery that corresponds to the life-path of the High Priest working in the Holy Temple of God.
 
Anyone willing to give the True message of Jesus Christ an ear, welcome. Please join in on the discussion. We are all brothers and sisters journeying along the Way back Home to the Pleroma or Fullness of the Universal Spirit and God of All." 14b
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Revelation 2:1 ...he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; ...The One with Seven Stars in his right-fist grip, striding through the golden seven-lights' circle, ...The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands,... ... him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands: ...He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:  ...him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands:
Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. ...A Lucifer fall! ...Recover your dear early love

...removing your light from the golden circle.

... remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first;...remove your lampstand out of its place--unless you repent. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, ... remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. ... remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent

There is no mention of a circle or a golden circle in any manuscript. Circles are commonly mentioned in pagan or neo-pagan practices. "removing your light from the golden circle" is different than 'remove thy candlestick or lampstand out of its place,' just as repent is different than 'recover'.  The Message changes the doctrine that the Lord chastening and teaching will provide rest, and states instead, "Providing a circle of quiet". [Psalm 94:13] This is adding to and changing the Word of God, prohibited, but also especially so in the Book of Revelation.

In Cathy Burn's book, Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, various definitions regarding the circle are mentioned. Including:  The circle is the symbol of the universe,[p.27-28] in witchcraft, 'the circle is used to enforce demons to appear,' masons use the circle with the point within it, it's a symbol for sun-god worship or worship of the phallus. It also represents other gods in other religions and so on.

In the gnostic and new age concepts of The Message, Christ is no longer the 'head'  in various verses, but becomes the center or something else.  Instead of "the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus ", He is the centerpiece -are we then the table that it is placed upon, no longer joined, as the analogy of the body teaches, but holding the centerpiece up? God becomes the 'high center' and we see the phrases focused center and so on. None of which are found in the true Scriptures, but which are found throughout gnostic and new age teachings.

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Psalm 8:5  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Yet we've so narrowly missed being gods, bright with Eden's dawn light. ... a little lower than God,... ... a little lower than the heavenly beings ... similar to KJB ...made them a little lower than God,...
Heb 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: ..made them...bright with Eden's dawn light; ...MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE  ... CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, ... ...made him;...  you crowned him with glory and honor... ...made him ... crowned him with glory and honor... ...made them... crowned them with glory and honor,
Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. ...Jesus, made "not quite as high as angels,"... with a glory "bright with Eden's dawn light."

 

...crowned with glory and honor, ...now crowned with glory and honor... ...crowned with glory and honor, ... ...now crowned with glory and honor ...

Many desire to return to Eden and the peace they believe was there. Eden or Eden's dawn light has nothing to do with Christ being crowned with glory and honour.

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Isa 34:11  But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. ...God will reverse creation. Chaos! He will cancel fertility. Emptiness! ...; And He will stretch over it the line of desolation And the plumb line of emptiness. ...God will stretch out over Edom the measuring line of chaos and the plumb line of desolation. ...And He shall stretch out over it The line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.  ...He shall stretch the line of confusion over it, and the plummet of chaos over its nobles.
Jer 4:23  I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I looked at the earth-- it was back to pre-Genesis chaos and emptiness. ... I looked on the earth, and behold, it was formless and void; ...  I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty;...  I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void;...  I looked on the earth, and lo, it was waste and void; ...

God is not the author of confusion, which is how most would perceive the use of the word chaos. Almighty God did not create the world or galaxies out of chaos. Peterson is redefining creation and God. 

Chaos is found within the writings and teachings of Aleister Crowley and his Thelema writings,and also gnostic and kabbalist writings. The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia defines it:

"Chaos ... in Greek religion and mythology, vacant, unfathomable space. From it arose all things, earthly and divine. There are various legends explaining it. In one version, Eurynome rose out of Chaos and created all things. In another, Gaea sprang from Chaos and was the mother of all things. Eventually the word chaos came to mean a great confusion of matter out of which a supreme being created all life." 15a

From the gnostic site, and the writing Sophia of Jesus Christ concerning chaos:

"...Thus the aeons were completed quickly in the heavens and the firmaments in the glory of Immortal Man and Sophia, his consort: the area from which every aeon and the world and those that came afterward took (their) pattern for their creation of likenesses in the heavens of chaos and their worlds. And all natures, starting from the revelation of chaos, are in the Light that shines without shadow, and joy that cannot be described, and unutterable jubilation... "15   

From the PhoenixMasonry.org glossary:

Chaos > "A confused and shapeless mass, such as is supposed to have existed before God reduced creation into order. It is a Masonic symbol of the ignorance and intellectual darkness from which man is rescued by the light and truth of Masonry. Hence, ordo ab chao, or, "order out of chaos," is one of the mottoes of the Institution." 16.

God created the heavens and the earth out of 'nothing', by His Word.

Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

The Message also refers to 'the primordial deep', a phrase found in alchemy, buddhism, assyrian, egyptian and babylonian myths of creation or similar. The term primordial is found within the kabbalah and occult, but is also a term ocean divers use and is defined, "Existing at or from the beginning of time."

Peterson also uses new age concepts with such phrases as the "Great Reversal" [Matt 19:30, 20:16, Mar 10:31, Luke 13:30] "reversing Eve" [1Tim 2:15] "reversal for everyone else--massive depopulation" [Micah 7:13] "God has reversed his judgments" [Zep 3:15].

He again tampers with descriptions of Christ, from "the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys," to a "wildflower", "a lotus blossom" which has significant occult meaning. Mic 7:14, Song  2:1. The Dictionary of Symbolism states that the sacred "lotus blossom" originated from "primordial ooze" and arose to become "the divine creator of the world." The Lotus is one of the most sacred symbols in the occult, whether in the New Age, Eastern mysticism, Buddhism etc.

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1 Tim 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. This Christian life is a great mystery, far exceeding our understanding, but some things are clear enough: He appeared in a human body, was proved right by the invisible Spirit...

 

... great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, ... ..., the mystery of godliness is great: He  appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit,... ...great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit,... ... the mystery of our religion is great: He was revealed in flesh, vindicated in spirit,...
1 King 8:13  I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever. ...to mark your invisible presence forever.

 

... A place for Your dwelling forever." ... a place for you to dwell forever." ... a place for You to dwell in forever." ...a place for you to dwell in forever."
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. ...Unless a person submits to this original creation--the 'wind hovering over the water' creation, the invisible moving the visible,... ...unless one is born of water and the Spirit... ...unless he is born of water and the Spirit. ...unless one is born of water and the Spirit... ... without being born of water and Spirit.

Invisible spirit is a phrase used much by gnostics and the occult. Some beliefs involve the idea that the spirit was created, that Jesus disappeared and reappeared as the invisible spirit and so on.

From the Zorasterism archives,
DENKARD (Acts of Religion), Book 3, speaks of the "creation of the invisible spirit". Their belief is that growth of the human body is due to the presence of this "invisible spirit." 17.

From the Nag Hammadi texts:

Apocryphon of John:
"And I asked to know it, and he said to me, "The Monad is a monarchy with nothing above it. It is he who exists as God and Father of everything, the invisible One who is above everything, who exists as incorruption, which is in the pure light into which no eye can look."

"He is the invisible Spirit, of whom it is not right to think of him as a god, or something similar. For he is more than a god, since there is nothing above him, for no one lords it over him. For he does not exist in something inferior to him, since everything exists in him...."

"And when the mother recognized that the garment of darkness was imperfect, then she knew that her consort had not agreed with her. She repented with much weeping. And the whole pleroma heard the prayer of her repentance, and they praised on her behalf the invisible, virginal Spirit. And he consented; and when the invisible Spirit had consented, the holy Spirit poured over her from their whole pleroma. For it was not her consort who came to her, but he came to her through the pleroma in order that he might correct her deficiency. And she was taken up not to her own aeon but above her son, that she might be in the ninth until she has corrected her deficiency. ..." 18

According to the above quote, the 'invisible spirit' is a different entity than the 'holy Spirit.' From gnostic writings:
The Gospel of Judas:
"Jesus said, [Come], that I may teach you about [secrets] no person [has] ever seen. For there exists a great and boundless realm, whose extent no generation has seen, [in which] there is [a]
great invisible [Spirit], which no eye of an angel has ever seen, no thought of the heart has ever comprehended, and it was never called by any name."
19
The Sophia of  Jesus Christ.

The Sophia (Wisdom) of Jesus Christ.
"After he rose from the dead, his twelve disciples and seven women continued to be his followers, and went to Galilee onto the mountain called "Divination and Joy". When they gathered together and were perplexed about the underlying reality of the universe and the plan, and the holy providence, and the power of the authorities, and about everything the Savior is doing with them in the secret of the holy plan, the Savior appeared - not in his previous form, but in the invisible spirit. And his likeness resembles a great angel of light. ..."

"Behold, I have revealed to you the name of the Perfect One, the whole will of the Mother of the Holy Angels, that the masculine multitude may be completed here, that there might appear in the aeons, the infinities and those that came to be in the untraceable wealth of the Great Invisible Spirit, that they all might take from his goodness, even the wealth of their rest that has no kingdom over it. I came from First Who Was Sent, that I might reveal to you Him Who Is from the Beginning, ...I have given you authority over all things as Sons of Light, that you might tread upon their power with your feet."

"...And his consort is the Great Sophia, who from the first was destined in him for that Light and the tri-male Spirit, which is that of Sophia, his consort. ..." 20

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Deut 32:8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. When the High God gave the nations their stake, gave them their place on Earth, ... within boundaries under the care of divine guardians.  ...their inheritance,... separated the sons of man, ... According to the number of the sons of Israel. ...their inheritance,... divided all mankind, ... according to the number of the sons of Israel.

 

... their inheritance ... separated the sons of Adam, ... According to the number of the children of Israel. ...apportioned the nations,... divided humankind,... according to the number of the gods;

The 'divine guardians' is NOT Scriptural.

From a New Age site, under an article written May 23, 2005 titled, Divine Guardians, Using Angels for Protection:, it is described how one acquires these 'divine guardians', the protection one can expect both physically and emotionally, visualization help, the evidence of their 'divine presence' and so on. 21

From the Golden Dawn, recounting the founding by the Rosicrucian leaders, who formed the 'Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn', "under the guidance of their Divine Guardians". 22

From an article titled, THE ATLANTEAN SYMBOLISM OF THE EGYPTIAN TEMPLE (PART I):

"...In some temples, such as the one of Karnak, an alley of sphinxes guarded the place. In others, these were substituted by giant statues of divine guardians or of lions or some other fearful figure...." 23

From sacred texts on Shinto beliefs, which has the habit of heavy use of hyphens to make up words as does The Message, (which used 1238 hyphens), and for example, "GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies":

"60.... the Wonderful God of the Strong Gate, i.e., the Divine-Wonderful-Strong-Gate-Keeper. ... the Powerful God of the Strong Gate, i.e., the Divine-Abundant-Strong-Gate-Keeper. ... either name is used ...to indicate one and the same God,... Both Gods are divine guardians of the Imperial Gates, according to one of the Shintō Rituals.... As regards the eight deities enshrined at the Jingikan, i.e., the Department for the Worship of the Shintō Gods, ..." 24.

85. "The Three Gods of Suminoe....played a prominent part among the divine guardians who accompanied the expeditionary army to Korea ... on its return to Japan in triumph, a shrine was erected at Suminoe in Settsu Province in honour of these Gods." 25.

From a website discussing Greek Philosophical Terms:

"In a similar vein, Carl Jung stated that:
The Greek words daimon and daimonion express a determining power which comes upon man from outside, like providence or fate, though the ethical decision is left to man.(3)

For Plato and Socrates, the daimon was not a determining power, but rather a
divine guardian and guiding power
...."
26.

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1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Every God-begotten person conquers the world's ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith.

 

...whatever is born of God overcomes ... this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. ...everyone born of God overcomes the world. ...the victory that has overcome ...even our faith. ...whatever is born of God overcomes... this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith ...whatever is born of God conquers... this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.
Heb. 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one;  for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren. Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin,... ...are all from one Father... ...are of the same family.... ... are all of one... ...all have one Father....
John 3:31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. "The One who comes from above is head and shoulders over other messengers from God... the heavenborn is in a league of his own. He who comes from above is above all, ... He who comes from heaven is above all. The one who comes from above is above all;... The one who comes from heaven is above all. "He who comes from above is above all; ... He who comes from heaven is above all.  The one who comes from above is above all;... The one who comes from heaven is above all.
1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ ...It's the person who denies that Jesus is the Divine Christ... ...the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? ... ...the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. ... ...he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? ... ...the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? ...

Jesus Christ is God's 'only begotten Son'  We are adopted, born again spiritually, not begotten like Christ and we have the victory because of Christ, due to our faith in Him, which He authored. It's about Him, not us. The phrase "every God-begotten person" implies all mankind.

Regarding the concept of Jesus being a messenger:

The Gospel of Thomas :

"...13. Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to something and tell me what I am like." Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a just messenger." Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher." Thomas said to him, "Teacher, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like." Jesus said, "I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended." ..." 27.

From "Twin" of Jesus? The Gnostic Apostle Thomas: Introduction:

"Gnosis -- knowledge of an intuitive kind about one's true nature, an experience of reality, of the truly true -- leads to this reunion. A messenger or savior (identified by Christians as Jesus) sometimes descends from the godhead to help people achieve gnosis. " 28.

The phrase used by Peterson, "Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin," means either we are all divine, part of the we are gods, or all created--including Christ. The oneness of the new age would also impart those beliefs.

This article was split due to size. I would urge the reader to continue to the next section which is about The Message Doctrine & Gnostic or New Age Terms and Concepts Cont.

 

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Footnotes

9 Gospel of Phillip  http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/gop.html

10. The Gnostic Apostle Thomas: Chapter 11; http://www.gnosis.org/thomasbook/ch11.html

11.  ""    www.gnosis.org/thomasbook/ch4.html

12   Meditations for Services www.gnosis.org/ecclesia/lectsophia11.htm

13. Mackey's Masonic Encyclopedia Vol.pdf

14. The Christ Light http://www.souledout.org/christmas/christmaslight/christmaslight.html

14b. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/The_Royal_Christ_Church/

15a http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/society/A0811370.html

15. http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/sjc.html

16. http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseum/glossary/glossary_c.htm

17. DENKARD (Acts of Religion), Book 3;  http://www.avesta.org/denkard/dk3s414.html

18. Apocryphon of John: http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/apocjn.html

19. The Gospel of Judas http://www9.nationalgeographic.com/lostgospel/_pdf/GospelofJudas.pdf

20. The Sophia of  Jesus Christ http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/sjc.html]

21. http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2005/428.html

22. http://www.esotericgoldendawn.com/tradition_truthseries_trademarks.htm

23. http://www.lost-civilizations.net/atlantis-atlantean-symbolism-egyptian-temple-1.html

24. Part III Critical Notes http://www.sacred-texts.com/shi/kgsh/kgsh5.htm

25.Part III Critical Notes http://www.sacred-texts.com/shi/kgsh/kgsh5.htm

26. http://www.prometheustrust.co.uk/Meadow_2/Greek_Philosophical_Terms/greek_philosophical_terms.html

27. The Gospel of Thomas; http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/gosthom.html

28. http://www.gnosis.org/thomasbook/intro.html

 

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