I have a confused commenter on my facebook wall who claims to be a “gnostic Christian.” He was commenting on my link to Dr Peter Jones’ The Errors of Gnostic Texts. Many times I have pointed out to him that “gnostic-Christian” is an oxymoron because there is a contradiction with gnosticism holding that the creator God of the Old testament, Yahweh, is the evil demiurge. The same God that Jesus worshiped and quoted as the Father.
Astoundingly, this “gnostic” wants to have his cake and eat it too because he will argue that he follows Jesus while still calling Yahweh the evil demiurge. I cited instances of Jesus quoting the OT to no avail, he always twists the text to support his conclusion. It’s so absurd that it is hard to know where to start but this evening I found the passage that ends the discussion. When an expert in the law tried to trap Jesus he asked him for the greatest commandment:
“And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”(Mt 22:35–40)
Jesus is quoting directly from the book of Deuteronomy.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”(Dt 6:5)
Where the English translation reads LORD, the Hebrew text reads יהוה Yhvh or Yahweh. So Jesus taught the greatest commandment is to LOVE YAHWEH. It is not possible to be a gnostic and a Christian.