How might gnosticism in the Greco-Roman world have presented challenges for early Christianity?

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    • #95335479
      Melanie
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      They believed that knowledge itself would set “men” free after death. They did not believe that Jesus actually took a human form and thus never really died and thus did not rise form the dead. If you do not believe that Christ died and rose from the dead- where is our salvation. It appears as though the Gnostics gave the appearance of accepting the gospel but in actuality modified it to meet their beliefs. I believe this would have caused difficulties to the early church as they tried to tell people about Jesus and how He suffered death but overcame it by His resurrection. The Gnostics would have caused many to be lead astray.

    • #95333425
      Jenny Lauterbach
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      Gnoticism is a heretical and dangerous belief for not only Christians but all. It might have presented challenges to the early Christians such as a delusion of self-procured spiritual knowledge over the role of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. This would lead Christians astray as their beliefs were unrestrained and open to several different interpretations.

    • #95317416
      Liliarosa
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      Gnosticism views Creation as a mistake committed by an unknowing and distant God. The early Christian could be mislead and not discover that God is perfect, intimate and all-knowing.

    • #95317343
      Robyn
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      This could be misleading to early Christians. They may see the world around them as falling apart, acting against God and see themselves as honoring him if they hate the world. That is not what God would intend. He does not hate His creation and he does not intend for us to be extreme in hurting ourselves by denying our basic needs or by over indulging.

    • #95313297
      Kristin
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      Gnosticism started to combine ancient beliefs with Christian view, even going so far as to see Jesus as sophia, the greek word for wisdom. As these views started to mix, it led to confusion between gospel truth and worldly views.

    • #95311159
      Sandra
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      Gnosticism believed that the world was considered evil and didn’t see God’s Creation and the beauty that it was intended to be. Greco-Romans

    • #95309292
      Ken
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      Ulsan have been hard to keep from influencing early Christianity because it touched on areas that are part of the Christian teachings. Christians are told to search the Scriptures for understanding but the difference is that instead of seeking knowledge for the sake of knowledge, we are told study to know God better. Secondly, gnostic teachings added that experiences are key to knowledge as well. Again in Christianity we will experience God’s greatness in our lives but we are told that “the just will live by faith” therefore saying that we are not to totally define our belief in God by our experiences alone.

    • #95309148
      William
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      Gnosticism influenced Christianity through the belief the material world was evil by nature and that creation was a mistake.

    • #95308142
      Terry
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      Gnostics believe the world was by nature evil and that creation itself was a mistake. They went so far as to combine some of the Christian teachings with their own and started calling their savior Jesus. This could become confusing to true Christians because their Savior is the one and only savior Jesus Christ. Some could start to think that this other savior was their own if they were not strong and knowledgeable in their faith. This is why the Bible tells us that we need to study the Word

    • #95300442
      Tiffany
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      I think gnosticism was so focused on self and self knowledge, that it had to of made it difficult to change beliefs into Christ-focused ones. Gnostics believed that creation was a mistake, so therefore, the belief that even if they argued this truth of the Bible, it made all other claims invalid. It is not possible for only parts of the Bible to be true.

    • #95294755
      Evan
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      Gnosticism had some characteristics similar to Christianity that could be more inviting in that it the Love factor wasn’t present and could confuse Jewish Christians who had been brought up in Torah. If a Gnostic was “sold out” to obedience, it could be quite deceiving.

    • #95293831
      James
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      Gnosticism brought its challenges in that it began to combine its beliefs with those of Christianity, leading the early church leaders to clear up confusion.

    • #95293584
      Stephen
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      the Gnostic belief that all matter was evil could have been confused with original sin, which teaches the inability for a person to do good, or be totally depraved. Whereas Christian teaching declared that Jesus was the manifestation, and therefore the wisdom of God, the Gnostics believed in Sophia, meaning wisdom, and this could have been confused with Jesus the saviour.

    • #95292725
      George
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      When we understand that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts we can see that the limited knowledge of Gnosticism could easily cause problems with doubt in the Christian mind if they not carefully considering what is being presented before them.

    • #95283701
      Pamela
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      Gnosticism would have presented challenges for early Christianity because it was in opposition of the truth found in the scriptures. They believed in self-knowledge and that it was something within them that sparked comprehension rather than God who created us with a mind with which to reason. In believing that matter is evil they were again in opposition to the Word of God and thus Christianity. God said ALL that he created was good. Their dualistic beliefs would have spread an entirely different message from the early church fathers and caused confusion.

    • #95283497
      Beni
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      Gnosticism complicated and infiltrated Christian life sometimes mixing with Christian doctrine in the beginning.

    • #95283345
      Nabile
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      The people who were in the Gnosticism school of philosophy, though that the creation was a mistake and evil. God created the universe, it was not a mistake, it was planned and also it was not evil. Genesis 1:31 tell us that God saw His work and it was good.
      They also have issues with Christ being all God and all human. They believed that the incarnation of Christ and His crucifixion it was more an illusion than a reality.
      And they taught that there were two Gods the God of the OT and the God of the NT. One of evil/wrath and one of love, in reality there is only one God, and His wrath is righteous, and in His magnificent mercy and grace He planned salvation for the elected through Christ Jesus who is God and at a certain time also human that He might take upon our sin and suffer the righteous wrath of His Father. Putting the elected under His umbrella.

    • #95281325
      Terry
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      First of all, by believing that the material world was evil and a mistake, they were judging God’s creation that He said was “good”. Secondly , they saw their savior as Sophia or “wisdom” particularly “self knowledge”, the same knowledge that moved Eve to finally eat of the tree.

    • #95280817
      Donna
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      Gnosticism may have prevented challenges for early Christianity because it sees the material world as evil and as a mistake rather than as the Devine, intended creation of God.

    • #95278297
      Kay
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      Gnosticism was dualistic and believed that the material world was evil and that creation was a myth. As a Christian we believe in creation.

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      Our Daily Bread
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