I believe that the Sun will rise tomorrow, as it has every day for millions of years.  I believe that I can lend my best friend $50.00 and he’ll pay me back.  Why?  Because I know this person and I have the experience of having lent him money in the past, that he has paid back to me.  So I can give you reasonable proof for these beliefs.  Yet, I don’t believe there’s an old man with a beard on a throne, above the clouds with angels circling about him, day and night; constantly calling out to him: “You’re wonderful” and “You’re marvelous.”  Even if I did, this is something I couldn’t prove to you, which is why I don’t believe it.  Yet, there is a way to know the divine and be certain of ITs existence.  This is the Gnostic process; the Gnostic Dialogue with the Divine.

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  1. Sermon Notes
    Right & Wrong Belief

    1. As Gnostics, we say that we‌ don’t believe in anything. But that might be a little misleading.
    1A. We certainly don’t believ in articles of faith that require belief in any pantheon of gods, as actual living beings.
    1B. We don’t believe in any denotative mythos or passion-play; accepting only a connotative interpretation.
    1C. We don’t believe in any form of religious or spiritual authority.
    1D. And most important, we dont’ believe in any form of divine intervention; including fate & karma.

    1.1 So we don’t acknowledge these forms of belief; accounting for them as superstitions.
    1.1A Superstition is defined as a belief in something that we can’t prove.
    1.1A1 Some say the chain of causes to the causeless cause is the proof of God; but why should this be an old man with a beard on a throne?

    2. However, our fundamental belief is a trust in process, experience, intuition & reflection.
    2A. Judgments and evaluations come from these that formulate what we call right beliefs.
    2A1. Experience of Self, Society, Being.
    2A2. Development of intution.
    2A2a. Intuition is described in our Doctrine of the 4 Yods, as a way of comign to ‘know’ an object more completely.
    2A3. Respect for application of process.
    2A4. Inner Reflection is the major belief that we hold.
    2A4a. The actuality of our thoughts.

    2.2 Basically, we come to understand there is that which one can ‘know’ & that which one does not (yet) ‘know.’
    2.2A The original magick became a science in a process that has always ‘become’ in this way.
    2.2A1 Alchemy became chemistry.

    3. There are beliefs that we start out iwth in life; conditioned into us by family & society.
    3A. We start by taking account of these.
    3A1. With the account, they are evaluated by merit; applying critical thinking skills.
    3A1a. What are they based on?
    3A1b. Where to they come from?
    The social paradigm
    Speculation & superstition

    4. The problem of superstition: It is irrational & based on either fear or other unconscious attitudes that need to be made conscious.
    4A. Reason is affected by unconscious attitudes & emotions.
    4A1. These can raise a wall of cogntive dissonance.
    4A2. These can fester into a schizophrenia.
    4A2a. Unhealthy behaviors & actions.
    “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”–A. Lincoln

    5. Gnosis is the result of a phenomenal inquiry into the nature of oneself.
    5A. It starts with a belief in oneself, as a basis for interpreting the immediate world around us, as actual.
    5A1. Maya is not for us the idea that the world is an illusion, but that our understanding of the world may be illusory.

    “There is no part of me that is not of the gods.”

    6. Inductive reasoning works like the chain of causes; making broad generalizations from specific observations.
    6A. Inductive reasonign can suggest truth, but not affirm it; keeping the mind open.
    6A1. There is no static truth, as superstitious beliefs affirm, as they rob minds of their potency.
    6B. Deductive Reasoning
    Tentative Hypothesis
    Inductive Reasoning


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