Synoptic diagram of the two fundamental drifts from the Christian faith (since the first Century)
Christianity (of the
The Messiah [Yešûa‘], the Innocent One, pure face of Mercy, saves from Evil through the Holy Spirit:
to spread his power of salvation
– which opens to the new state of an extraordinary relationship with God, the others, and the world–
• first to our personal structures / • later to the world’s structures
self-salvation /gnosis >
experience of the gifts of the Spirit in us
rests in the individual (from where it must emerge).
Each one makes his own truth. Each person is "God"
(as Jesus, the model of the Illuminated one)
and evil do not really exist.
< Judeo-nazareism (messianism)
future Kingdom of God’s Messiah
salvation must be built right now (originally:
must continue the mission of the Messiah, who was prevented from
completing it and was taken up to Heaven).
order to conquer "Evil", all means are good and pure.
People are divided between "purified ones" (from earthly ties) and inferior ones, who are (still) impure
SUBJECTIVISM (of the "free" individual)
seeing the world with "I" at the center
conscience will replace the old one.
Systems of salvation through knowledge or magic
the fallouts: 20th
People are divided between "Elect" avengers and God’s "enemies" (= working against Salvation)
SUBMISSION (to the "collective")
believing in the total domination of the "Cause"
A new world will replace the
Systems of salvation aiming at world domination
the fallouts: 20th
or religious totalitarianisms
A few reminders about those two opposed reductions:
Whatever intellectual or popular (magic) forms it subsequently adopted, the gnostic drift came from an individualistic re-interpretation of the Judeo-Christian idea of salvation; it took on a structured form after 70AD. In it, Jesus appears like the illuminated master who shows the way of deliverance to his disciples.
The starting point of gnosis is a kind a usurpation of the experience of the « Spirit », seen as a fragment of the divine power buried in us; the burying muffling of this power is supposed to be the cause of evil and human suffering. The history of this drifting in the various regions of the world still needs to be explored further, up to today’s ideology of pleasure and consumerism.
The drift of those who called themselves « Nazarenes » (whose hard core came from Jerusalem) became organized after the destruction of the Temple in the year 70 AD. It was a « messianic » re-interpretation of the Judeo-Christian idea of salvation; it believes that all of humankind must be subjected to those who hold the keys to its salvation – the pure « faithful » - using all means possible.
The influence of the Judeonazarene drift has been felt at various degrees a little everywhere; in the formation of Islam, this influence was direct and decisive : first the Arab group, then Muhammad, its future war chief, were shaped by members of that movement.