Much like the relationship of various Gnostic Christian schools to the Torah and Old Testament, the relationship of Gnostic schools with the Gospels that appear in the Bible can also differ greatly. For example, it is often said that among the Cathari' the Gospel of St. John was their primary focus and was highly valued, while the other Gospels were not used. Some ancient Gnostic sects used only their own Gospels and did not rely on those that would later become canonized by orthodox . They found the Gospels preferred by the sects that would later generate orthodox trends too shallow, limiting, and even misleading as to the actual teachings and the meaning of the appearance of Christ. Other ,
1 A Gnostic sect that flourished in France until its persecution and destruction by the Roman Church in the thirteenth ccntury, Cathar implying the "Pure"
such as the Valenuniansv used more orthodox texts along with their own more esoteric writings. Among Gnostic schools that existed prior to the discovery of more ancient Gnostic texts, such as Sophian Gnosticism,, the Scriptures in the New Testament are used, coupled with a very rich body of oral tradition, giving deeper mystical and esoteric men: lg to the Scriptures. As we have seen, these Gnostic schools have generated myths and legends of their own Gospels.
In the Sophian tradition, all four Gospels that appear in the Bible are utilized in teachings, along with more recently discovered Gospels from the Nag Hammadi library such as the Gospel of St. Thomas, Gospel of St. Philip, and Gospel of truth. Of the Gospels that appear in the Bible, among Sophians there is a strong focus on the Gospel of St. John and Gospel of St. Mark, along with the Sermon on the Mount as it appears in the Gospel of St. Matthew. In Sophian tradition, the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount and the Ten Commandments are typically taught together, coupled with more esoteric teachings on the ten light-emanations that appear in the Christian Kabbalah, as given in my book, Gnosis of the Cosmic ChristBecause there are only eight Beatitudes proper, Yeshua's sayings regarding the "salt of the earth" and "light of the world" are also taken by Sophians as Beatitudes. When paralleled with the Ten Commandments, the first Beatitude corresponds with the tenth Commandment, the second beatitude corresponds with the ninth Com-. .andment, and so on. Essentially, the Beatitudes are sesn by Sophians as inner and more spiritual dimensions of the Commandments and are said to reflect the fulfillment and transcendence of the law by way of the realization of the Christ presence within oneself. With this in mind, let's take a look into the Beatitudes and some of '.he basic wisdom drawn from them by Gnostic Christians.
2. An ancicnc Gnostic tradition that was parallel and even part of the early Grthodox Church at the outset of the orthodox movement prior to persecutions and oppression
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