The Gnostics combined various doctrines from Hellenistic Judaism, Greco-Roman mystery religions, Zoroastrianism (especially Zurvanism), Neoplatonism, and Christianity, and it crept into the early Church. It was never accepted by the Church at any time. They claimed to be the ones who know. They taught that this knowledge was necessary for salvation. Every once in a while, an author will try to re-introduce these ideas. That was the case with The Da Vinci Code.
Gnostics believe in a deity called by several different names, including Pleroma, meaning fullness, and Bythos, meaning depth.
How different Gnosticism is from Christianity. Christianity is based on Jesus Christ, the Living Christ, Who reveals Himself to the Christian on an ongoing basis. Believer's have the supernatural trust that is a gift from God. By this trust, we see Jesus and hear His Voice. It is Jesus Himself who reveals to us that the Bible is His Word, His Utterance. And it is Jesus Himself Who speaks to us through His Word. Jesus speaks to us through many different means: Scripture, intuition, bringing Scripture to our remembrance, apostles, prophets, etc. When God speaks to us, faith comes and with faith comes a vision of hope. This vision shows us who we are in Christ in an ever-more-clear understanding. When God speaks, He instructs us what to think, what to say, and what to do. Then, He does the work through us by His grace, His free gift of righteousness. This righteousness of God in us is the moving of the Holy Spirit that transfigures us from glory to glory to be like Jesus, killing our fleshly nature and causing Christ to be more fully formed in us. And this death to self, to the old adamic sin nature, and building up of Christ is the very thing that redeems us, sets us free from slavery to the fleshly nature, to Satan, to the pressures of the world, and to death. (some caveats about hearing God's Voice)
Below are some examples of media influenced, at least in part, by Gnosticism:
The Flight to Lucifer ~ Harold Bloom
Sandman series ~ Neil Gaiman
Gnostic Film and television:
2005 album, The Beekeeper ~ Tori Amos
The Legacy of Kain series of games
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