Sunday, August 16, 2009

Clay IV.37

In the first creation God's Word touched chaos, forming a composite unforeseen, from which arose life, finally us. And we looked back to our origin and the structure we were in, we sensed God, and declared it was God who made us. Which is correct, except that the composite was also partly responsible for our form in that it was the composite infused with God's Word that began the production of forms. To call this producer God is thus only partly correct: the composite is not itself God, but rather something closer to the Demiurge or Yaldabaoth--two mythical figures that are personifications of the composite, as Yahweh, the god of Mosaic law, is in large measure such a personification. †

The Messiah, the second creation, reveals the Word at the core of the composite. The Messiah shows us that the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. Thus one should not bow down and worship God in mechanical rituals (such mechanics is the stuff of the composite) but rather one should realize one is a child of the Father and begin to bring about his Kingdom. †

The Gnostics perceived that Jesus seemed to be teaching of a God different from that of the Hebrew scriptures. Marcion built his whole movement on this perceived difference. Yet Jesus was not teaching of a different God: he was only teaching us to separate God from what in the traditional teachings was not God. As the Word of God himself Jesus revealed the creative Word active in the world. That world was and is the composite: it is chaos inflected by the Word.

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