The Big Bang, or the Big Boo-Boo?

5 Sep

I have a headache. My heart isn’t into my life right now, and I miss Hallie. Also, it’s frustrating to live on this coast when everyone else lives on the other, because by the time I’m generally free in the evenings it’s too late to call anybody.

From the book I’m reading:

The term gnostic comes from the Greek word for knowledge, gnosis. It is used in some ancient sources to refer to people who have special, often esoteric, religious knowledge that can bring salvation.
Modern scholars sometimes speak about “Gnostic religion” as if it were one solitary thing in the ancient world, whereas in fact there was an enormous range of religions that stressed the importance of secret knowledge for salvation. These religions did not always share the same beliefs, practices, and scriptures. But there were groups of religions that can be understood as having the same basic understanding of the world, in which gnosis played an important role for salvation. These Gnostic religions by and large maintained that the world we live in is not the creation of the one true God. Instead, it came into existence as the result of some kind of cosmic disaster. Moreover, the material existence we are forced to live alienates us from our true lives as spiritual beings. The goal of the Gnostic religions is to allow us to transcend this evil material world and return to our heavenly home whence we came. This can happen as soon as we learn the truth about ourselves, the world around us, how we came to be here, and how we can escape. In other words, we need special self-knowledge for salvation.
According to many Gnostic religions, it was Christ himself who provided the special gnosis needed for salvation.


       Interesting. The best description of “the gnostic religion” that I’ve ever read (and that includes the actual Gnostic texts which I’ve read).

       Assuming that the world was designed and created with purposeful intent (which I do, even though there are other possibilities) the “Gnostic” explanation of how things came to be (via a cosmic accident) makes a lot more sense than the explanation which eventually won out and became our history (as well as an important facet of Christianity): God lets Satan do bad things to good people to test them (even though God is all powerful and loving). The juxtaposition intrinsic in that version of God just strikes me as too unbelievable. Would an all-knowing and all-powerful being really continue to let bad things happen to good people? Would He really leave the world the way it is? I just don’t buy it. It doesn’t make sense. It also raises interesting questions like where did Satan come from? Why doesn’t God just destroy Satan, and if He can’t, why not (and wouldn’t that mean that he isn’t all powerful)? Why does Satan find pleasure and purpose in nothing but evil and hatred? Given that proclivity in his personality, wouldn’t his own suicide be the most orgasmic and wonderful thing for Satan to experience?
       The “Gnostic” explanation seems much more logical. God designed the world to be better than it is, but due to some complicated cosmic accident, things didn’t come out as planned. It’s like He tried to bake a cake, and followed a good recipe, but his oven was too hot, and someone had inadvertently mixed salt into the sugar jar. (An honest mistake, with no ill-intent, but still detrimental the flavor and composition of the cake.) The result is the half-baked cake of a world that we’re all in now.
       It makes sense to me (certainly more sense than the Satan explanation), and raises interesting questions like is God powerful enough to fix the world without destroying it and starting again? If not, can the mistake be corrected? How and by whom? Why hasn’t God simply destroyed the world and started over?

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2 Responses to “The Big Bang, or the Big Boo-Boo?”

  1. tinycaredance September 6, 2006 at 1:22 pm #

    it does make life difficult when your heart isn’t in it. i feel the same way sometimes.
    cheer up.
    look at the palm trees. palm trees are cool. they should make you happy.

    • junorhane September 6, 2006 at 11:33 pm #

      This comment makes me happy.

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