the gnostic view of God

From the Gnostic manuscript, The Sophia of Jesus Christ:

The Savior said: “He Who Is is ineffable. No principle knew him, no authority, no subjection, nor any creature from the foundation of the world until now… For he is immortal and eternal. Now he is eternal, having no birth; for everyone who has birth will perish. He is unbegotten, having no beginning; for everyone who has a beginning has an end. Since no one rules over him, he has no name; for whoever has a name is the creation of another.”

(BG 84, 13-17 adds: He is unnameable. He has no human form; for whoever has human form is the creation of another).

“And he has a semblance of his own – not like what you have seen and received, but a strange semblance that surpasses all things and is better than the universe. It looks to every side and sees itself from itself. Since it is infinite, he is ever incomprehensible. He is imperishable and has no likeness (to anything). He is unchanging good. He is faultless. He is eternal. He is blessed. While he is not known, he ever knows himself. He is immeasurable. He is untraceable. He is perfect, having no defect. He is imperishability blessed. He is called ‘Father of the Universe'”.

This manuscript was touted as part of Holy Scriptures by various Gnostics (a broad term). Notice how differently it reads from the other books of the Bible. As maybe an interesting side note, this is how I would imagine the Calvinists would rewrite the Bible if they had the opportunity.

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