Gnostic Doctrine

Friday, 2 November 2018

Light and Darkness The Gospel of Philip

Light and Darkness The Gospel of Philip

Light and darkness, life and death, and right and left are siblings of one another, and inseparable. For this reason the good are not good, the bad are not bad, life is not life, death is not death.  For this reason each one will dissolve into its earliest origin, but what is superior to the world cannot be dissolved, for it is eternal.

This passage or saying can be compared with another from the Gospel of Philip

And so he dwells either in this world or in the resurrection or in the middle place. God forbid that I be found in there! In this world, there is good and evil. Its good things are not good, and its evil things not evil. But there is evil after this world which is truly evil - what is called "the middle". It is death. While we are in this world, it is fitting for us to acquire the resurrection, so that when we strip off the flesh, we may be found in rest and not walk in the middle. For many go astray on the way. For it is good to come forth from the world before one has sinned.

In everything God made he also made a counterpart or an opposite

Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I Yahweh do all these things.

compared Gen 1:3-5.

The Spiritual relevance: light and darkness represent good and evil;

By parallel, light = prosperity, and darkness = disaster.

I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, Yahweh, do all these things.

Here however these counterparts or opposites appear to be contrasted not with each other but with those who are exalted above the world

the counterparts or opposites refer to the illusory things of this world which will be dissolved into their origin

this passage would than serve as an explanation of the previous passage

He redeemed the good people in the world as well as the evil.

but what is superior to the world cannot be dissolved, for it is eternal.

those sealed in holy spirit, have eternal life

The one who entered on the spiritual Path has to separate in oneself the true, eternal, valuable for life in the highest realms of consciousness — from the false, which belongs only to this world. Then one should cultivate in oneself the first and get rid of the second.

Those Who have accomplished this become eternal in the Divine realms of consciousness. see my video about mystical eternal life

Light and darkness, Life and death, Right and left, Good and evil cannot be separated. It is impossible to know anything unless you know its opposite. You must be exalted above the limitations of mortal existence if you desire to perceive the reality which these represent. All That Is is One. There is Right  and there is left; there is dark and there is Light, but it is all One. Only when you get beyond the opposites will you perceive the Reality, which is Truth.

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