Did the Gnostics Believe in Hell?

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5 Responses

  1. Nick says:

    Good stuff Miguel!! Wonderful article and I personally like to think along more Gnostic lines, and my own experiences, that it’s within.

  2. Chris says:

    And he’s a fan of Dio’s Sabbath. Very nice! They were one of the loudest bands I ever saw.

    Nobody topped Motorhead though. Lemmy nearly blew my head clean off.

    Great stuff as always Miguel.

  3. Kevin. says:

    Hades is : your combined and assigned Body and Soul ; your Physical and ‘Spiritual’ prison.

    Your very own Hell residence with a spider nurse, so ‘nervously’ ready, willing and able, to wrap you up in its web. To turn and cosset you ; to keep you paralyzed and virtually unconscious to your condition.
    To wake up out of hell, is to become spirit conscious. A long process to know what You are, and what you are not.

    How does it go, ….. Gos. of Phil ?
    Do not fear the flesh nor love it.
    If you fear the flesh it will gain mastery over you.
    If you love the flesh it will paralyze and engulf you.

    Yes, that sure is Hell to me ; fear and love, two emotions that bind. Become an emotionless, detached Spirit ; awaiting release from the body soul prison hell. Just more vomit from me, …… ooops was that your shoes ? sorry…..

    Any chance of a Miguel article on, ‘ The Song/Hymn of the Pearl ‘ ?
    The Gnostic master piece ; an everyday tale of an earthly robed spirit’s awakening, escape, reunion and return home.
    An escape from the clutches of Hades.

  4. Steven Hughes says:

    This is a really great piece, Miguel. Thank you.

    My current view on both ‘Heaven’ and ‘Hell’ is that they are metaphors for mental states, rather than physical locations in time and space. The descriptions used by the orthodox (I’m referring mainly to Catholic teaching, as that’s the orthodoxy I’m slightly familiar with) to justify Hell as an actual place, ie. Mark 9:47–48, Rev 14:11 etc., still don’t convince me of any literal reading. Though they (Catholics) also state, “The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs” (CCC 1035). The key here for me being, “sepatation from God”, or in my reading “seperation from Fullness or if you like, the Pleroma. Since my understanding of Gnostic texts would have me believe that uniting our spirit spark back into the Pleroma is the ‘final goal’ of gnosis (or absorbtion of the Atman into Godhead/Brahman as the Hindu might understand it), then separation from and ignorance toward such a goal would be “Hell”, if one takes the descriptions given of this “place” as the orthodox have it, (“And the smoke of their torment goes up for ever and ever; and they have no rest, day or night…” (Rev 14:11) etc ., my reading of this passage would still read this as a “state of consciousness”, where indeed there is no rest, and torment (at separation) continues in eternity. Likewise “. And on that cheery note, I shall cease my babble!

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