Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden – Alex Rivera

In five parts:

 

Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden (Part 1)
Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden (Part 2)
Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden (Part 3)
Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden (Part 4)
Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden (Part 5)

A Universal Secret Doctrine (The Wisdom Religion) in 12 Parts [parts 1-6]

[Because a woeful ignorance of the historical background of Christianity still prevails in the world at large and because the knowledge of the existence of an immemorial Wisdom Religion has for a long time been lost, two series of collations from H. P. Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled, bearing on these subjects, have been prepared. The first series, titled “The Wisdom Religion,” will run throughout Vol. 56 of this magazine; and the second, “The Christian Scheme,” will begin with the first issue of vol. 57.
In order to preserve as much as possible H.P.B.’s scholarly treatment of the subjects dealt with, the material collated is necessarily quite lengthy. For the same reason, her footnotes (with the exception of a very few) have been retained. Sources will be given in a footnote at the beginning of each article for the benefit of those who wish to read passages in their original context.–Editors THEOSOPHY]

 

 

 

Part 1 A Universal Secret Doctrine
http://www.wisdomworld.org/additional/christianity/UniversalSecretDoctrin.html

Part 2  The Mysteries I

Part 3  The Mysteries II

Part 4  The Mysteries III

Part 5  The Mysteries IV

Part 6   The Mysteries V

 

 

Abraxas ~ from “Delirium’s Realm”

“Essays on Good and Evil”
http://www.deliriumsrealm.com/abraxas/

Tertullian Appendix

http://gnosis.org/library/ter_appendix.htm

Afterwards broke out the heretic Basilides. He affirms that there is a supreme Deity, by name Abraxas, by whom was created Mind, which in Greek he calls Nous; that thence sprang the Word; that of Him issued Providence, Virtue, and Wisdom; that out of these subsequently were made Principalities, powers, and Angels; that there ensued infinite issues and processions of angels; that by these angels 365 heavens were formed, and the world, in honour of Abraxas, whose name, if computed, has in itself this number. Now, among the last of the angels, those who made this world, he places the God of the Jews latest, that is, the God of the Law and of the Prophets, whom he denies to be a God, but affirms to be an angel. To him, he says, was allotted the seed of Abraham, and accordingly he it was who transferred the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt into the land of Canaan; affirming him to be turbulent above the other angels, and accordingly given to the frequent arousing of seditions and wars, yes, and the shedding of human blood. Christ, moreover, he affirms to have been sent, not by this maker of the world, but by the above-named Abraxas; and to have come in a phantasm, and been destitute of the substance of flesh: that it was not He who suffered among the Jews, but that Simon was crucified in His stead: whence, again, there must be no believing on him who was crucified, lest one confess to having believed on Simon. Martyrdoms, he says, are not to be endured. The resurrection of the flesh he strenuously impugns, affirming that salvation has not been promised to bodies.

(emphasis is ours.)

Related:

“The Invisible Basilica: Basilides”

http://hermetic.com/sabazius/basilides.htm

“The Invisible Basilica: Valentinus”

http://hermetic.com/sabazius/valentinus.htm