The Demiurge Gnostic View That God Of The Old Bible Is A Deceiver 35

The Demiurge Gnostic View That God Of The Old Bible Is A Deceiver

The Demiurge: The False Deceiving God Of The Old Testament

What if God (Yahweh) of the Old Testament was the real villain of the story?  the demiurge

In certain philosophical circles, the Gnostics believed in a false God called the Demiurge which shaped our physical universe.

Gnosticism emerged in the 2nd century AD, a time of great spiritual exploration.

Yaldabaoth was the big bad wolf of the gnostic myths.

Many Gnostic sects saw Yaldabaoth as the very same God depicted in the Old Testament.

The one who flooded the planet, rained fire and brimstone, and generally acted like a petty, wrathful tyrant.

The Gnostics, as well as the Church Fathers, were educated in the various schools of philosophy. Many of the schools shared the theories of Plato (428/427 – 348/347 BCE) and his view of the universe.

For Plato, “god” (or “the highest good”) existed beyond the material universe, was perfect, and so would not have created an imperfect world. He posited the existence of a secondary power, the “Demi-Urge,” who created matter, the substance of the physical realm. Most Gnostic systems promoted this view.

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This whole demiurge concept kicked off with the famous philosopher Plato in his work Timaeus.

Plato portrayed the demiurge as the creator of the entire universe.

Groups like the Platonists, Neoplatonists, and Gnostics embraced the demiurge in their beliefs, each with their own unique spin.

In the Apocryphon of John, he went by three names: Yaldabaoth, Saklas, and Samael.  the demiurge lion dragon

In the Pistis Sophia texts, he was a fallen ruler (Born from Sophia), reduced to a lion-faced demon torturing souls in a fiery pit of pitch.

Yaldabaoth is the first ruler, who took great power from his mother.

Then he left her and moved away from the place where he was born. He took control and created for himself other realms with luminous fire, which still exists. He mated with the mindlessness  in him and produced authorities for himself.

This rebellious angel also reared his lion head in the Gospel of Judas and the Hypostasis of the Archons.

Yaldabaoth whipped up 6 more archons, henchmen to do his bidding.

Some texts compare the Demiurge with the Roman god Saturn.  the Demiurge Yaldabaoth

The Gnostics referred him as the “Demiurge” (a fancy Greek word meaning “craftsman” or “artisan”).

They Gnostics view the Demiurge was just a lesser, flawed god-wannabe, proclaiming itself the one true Lord of the universe.

They saw the Demiurge as a cosmic charlatan who hijacked the grand cosmic enterprise and fashioned the physical world.

Aeons above the emanations of Light, as I have said already, a drop from Light and Spirit came down to the lower regions of Almighty in chaos, that their molded forms might appear from that drop, for it is a judgment on him, Arch-Begetter, who is called ‘Yaldabaoth’.

That drop revealed their molded forms through the breath, as a living soul. It was withered and it slumbered in the ignorance of the soul.

Like the film the matrix, we inhabit as a kind of spiritual prison camp to keep sparks of consciousness (Human souls) trapped within physical bodies.

The Gnostics essentially saw the material world as one giant cosmic agent run by an a control-freak jailer masquerading as the Supreme Being.

One of the Nag Hammadi texts, the Gospel of Philip, didn’t beat around the bush.  the Demiurge Comparative mythology

Yaldabaoth’s name echoed through the writings of the Archontics, Sethians, and Ophites, recently unearthed in the Nag Hammadi library.

Yaldabaoth and he is called “the Chief Ruler.” Possessing only a soul but not the higher power of the Spirit, Sophia’s offspring is arrogant and igno­rant of his own mother.

His first act is to steal some of her Spirit in order to create seven minions to serve him along with a host of angels and arch­angels. Yaldabaoth then shapes the world below. Although he uses the Divine Realm as a pattern, the lower world is deficient like its creator.

The Demiurge: 7 Archons Adam And Eve 

The archons emerged from the primal void of ignorance.

They caught a teasing glimpse of divinity’s reflection dancing on the water’s mirror-like surface.

These fallen beings as self-appointed prison wardens, forged from human fears and cravings.  the demiurge 7 archons

The rulers formulated plans to create a human being composed entirely of earthly materials.

Their aim was to mold a being that would draw its physical essence from the soil.

They said, “Come, let us lay hold of it by means of the form that we have modeled, so that it may see its male partner and we may seize it with the form that we have modeled,” not understanding the partner of god, because of their powerlessness.

Rattling the rusty chains of desire and dread, they aimed to shackle the souls in the endless cycle of birth and rebirth.

Slithering into the guise of a serpent with a forked tongue, the spirit whispered sweet nothings of temptation into Adam and Eve’s ears, swaying them to pluck the forbidden fruit.

The woman of flesh said, “Not only did he say ‘Don’t eat,’ but even ‘Don’t touch it. For the day you eat from it, you will surely die.’”

The snake, the instructor, said, “It is not the case that you will surely die, for out of jealousy he said this to you. Rather, your eyes will open and you will be like gods, recognizing evil and good.” And the female instructing power was taken away from the snake, and she left it behind, merely a thing of the earth.

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Taking the bait hook, line, and sinker, Adam and Eve tasted the fruit that swiftly pried their eyes wide open to their spiritual throne.  the demiurge adam and eve

The archons were hot on Eve’s trail, chasing her through the Garden of Eden.

She booked it, zig-zagging through the lush landscape like a rabbit dodging a fox.

She morphed into an unassuming tree trunk right before their bewildered eyes.

And the woman of flesh took from the tree and ate, and she gave to her husband as well as herself, and those beings, who possessed only a soul, ate.

And their imperfection became apparent in their lack of knowledge. They recognized that they were naked of the spiritual, and they took fig leaves and bound them around themselves.

The Demiurge: The Snake In The Garden

Rather than being a bad egg out to trick Adam and Eve, the slippery serpent was actually a guardian angel sent by the big kahuna God to let the cat out of the bag.  the demiurge snake in the garden

The snake in the Garden of Eden wasn’t a deceiver, but a redeemer who revealed the truth to Adam and Eve.

The Demiurge kept the first humans in the dark about their heavenly roots and killer spiritual powers.

But the snake slithered in like a smooth operator and spilled the beans, giving Adam and Eve a taste of the forbidden fruit of gnosis (Divine knowledge that let them wake up and smell the roses).

The woman said, “The snake led me astray and I ate.” They turned to the snake and cursed its shadowy reflection, so it was powerless, and they did not comprehend that it was a form they themselves had modeled. 

They turned to their Adam and took him and expelled him from the garden along with his wife, for they have no blessing, since they too are under the curse.

The Demiurge: Conclusion

The Gnostics painted the God of the Old Testament as a cosmic conman, a spiritual prison warden keeping our souls locked up in the material world.

Like a crafty spider spinning an intricate web, the Demiurge trapped humanity in a cycle of birth and rebirth.

But the serpent in the Garden of Eden slithered in as an unlikely hero, whispering the truth to Eve and Adam, allowing them to taste the forbidden fruit of divine knowledge.