I'm not so easily offended. And I'm a gnostic Christian, we don't evangelize.
Cool. I've never met anyone who told me they were a gnostic.
I really like Jesus, for the most part, but I don't like all the Abrahamic baggage. Frankly, I think Jesus needs to talk to his abusive father. That's why I like the Gnostic gospels and some of the other alternative early Christian sects. I also like the bits where Buddhism mixes with Christianity.
Would you mind sharing which type of gnostic you are?
I'm not a 'type', not one that has a name that you are likely to know, anyway.
I'm an old Earth evolutionary creationist. Which means that I think that the Earth is billions of years old, and that natural selection is one method by which God creates. Perhaps one out of many, yet unknown, ongoing or former processes.
I believe that reincarnation is possible, and may be probable. I think that the "born again" verses in the gospel refer directly to this. I don't believe that this is intended as a punishment, so much as an educational tool.
I believe that hell exists, but it is reserved for for the unredeemable.
I do not believe in the 'doctrine of divine preservation', and judge each bible text (canonical or otherwise) independently upon it's own merits.
I do believe in free will, and believe that God has rules that functionally prohibit there to be proof for or against the existence of a spiritual component to the universe. For if proof
exists, then there is no real freedom to deny the result.
I believe that some form of higher order spiritual beings do exist, let's call them angels for reference, that know and abide by the rules of God, or violate them at their own peril. But I also believe that they have free will as well, but largely function as God's agents. I will not speculate as to their origin or nature.
I believe that it's part of human nature to desire personal freedom in every aspect of it that we can pursue, and the ambition towards greater power over other men is a perversion of this aspect of human nature.
I also believe that the pursuit of knowledge is part of human nature, and it's the relentless pursuit of knowledge of creation (gnosis, literally in greek) that draws humanity closer to it's own creator; destined to become
a higher spiritual being.
I believe in the duality of mankind and of creation itself, the "as above, so below" reflecting pool symbolism so common in gnostic documents. The ying-yang symbolism of eastern cultures illustrate this nature well.
I believe that certain books in the canonical bible are written in coded language, and as such cannot be interpreted literally or symbolically. One such book is Revelations.
I believe in the Trinity, i.e. the three (at least, why would there be a limit?) primary 'natures' of God. This was once a uniquely gnostic doctrine, that defined
an entire class of early Christian Gnostics. These days it's the majority perspective; but for about 300 years, just expressing this point of view could get you declared a heretic and potentially killed.
I believe that one of these 'natures' literally imbued it's nature into a human form, by the most 'energy cost effective' method possible. A natural birth and human growth process. Literally 'popping' into a human form was not out of the question, it was just that it wasn't the most subtle or efficient possibility available. And if there is no other thing that gnostics can agree upon, we can all agree that God was an engineer, and a very efficient
one at that.
I believe that the pursuit of 'gnosis' (i.e. spiritual knowledge) is a primary mission of mankind, both collectively and individually. (It's this doctrine that pretty much defines a gnostic, whether of the christian version or otherwise) History has shown us that we are not very good at maintaining such momentum collectively, and that often devolves into something that is often called "organized religion" in the modern lexicon. This kind of spiritual stagnation is not simply a delay in the process, but is actually counterproductive, and has resulted in many of the worst periods of injustice across human history. As such, the individual method is preferable. Which is why gnostics are rare and do not proselytize, as a general rule. In part, because the search depends upon the limits of our own reason, and thus we can never be certain
for ourselves, much less lead others.
I believe that my salvation is my own problem, and your salvation is not
my problem. This is another reason that gnostics don't proselytize. Because it's a waste of our life to attempt to convince others of their errors, assuming that we are even certain of the errors. To gain knowledge (gnosis), it's a fundamental principle that one must desire it enough to seek
it; and if you seek, so shall ye find.