Saturn devouring Child




Yaldabaoth in the Apocryphon of John and Pistis Sophia and the Gospel of Judas. There are some superficial similarities but significant differences.

Yaldabaoth is described as the chief archon or Demiurge. The Judeo-Christian God is Elohim and YHWH (“The LORD”) of the Old Testament, two of his titles. YHWH is similar to verb of “to be,” which is a polemic — meaning that God is saying only in Him is reality and existence and being and that there are no other “real gods.” Christianity also observed that two other hypostases or Latin: personae “persons” are also given worship like God, are given attributes like God and have divine prerogatives and actions, namely Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Thus we Christians describe that we believe in ONE God (we’re monotheistic) — one being or ousia, with three hypostases or persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Yaldabaoth is described as “filled with envy.” Christianity would not say that our God is envious — everything is His. However, Christianity would say that our God is jealous for His people, just as I as a husband, would be jealous if any man tried to take my wife or her affections away.

Yaldabaoth is described as trying to limit man’s knowledge by forbidding him the fruit of knowledge in paradise. The Christian God is not trying to limit man’s knowledge — but rather, trying to instill “knowledge through obedience” as opposed to shortcuts or violating God’s commandments. The difference is significant. Let me pose an example. I’ve told my young son not to throw things including his toys around. He could either 1) learn through obedience or 2) learn through disobedience. As he threw his grandfather’s (my dad’s) favorite sentimental mug on the ground, it shattered, and my dad was very sad. And my son learned that day that throwing certain things on the ground would make some people sad. Adam was supposed to learn to obey God and grow in knowledge through obedience.

Yaldabaoth resides in Chaos in Pistis Sophia having descended or sunk from the high estate(s); the Christian God has always been above the sky/the Heavens, in the “heaven of Heavens” (maybe in another dimension?)

At the “consummation of all things,” (showing a characteristic of Gnosticism) the material world and Yaldabaoth the Demiurge will be cast the lower depths whereas “all light” will return to the Pleroma, the “totality of divine powers” or something like that. The Christian God instead will cause a New Heaven and a New Earth, and we Christians will have a bodily (not just spiritual) resurrection — we will get new bodies. Side note: Gnosticism tends to divide between spiritual and material, thinking the latter is lesser; Christianity does not think that the material or bodily is lesser.

So is the Christian God equivalent of Yaldabaoth? I’d say no.


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