*I AM* as explained in the Russian Spiritual Philosophical Tradition — Godmanhood

0_1030In the Russian circumstance, they drew their understanding largely from Socratic and Platonic idealism and from the early Christian Gnostics.  These ideas embody a dualist vision of life and a natural (not-man-made) hierarchy:

Matter manifests out of free creative expression (Logos); it is a shadow or abstraction of the spiritual Ideal.

Spirit is apriori; it exists before, after, and eternally in continuum with more ephemeral physical expressions such as matter.1    “…It is neither perceived nor is it perceptible.”

Viewing Christ to be a teacher, an example, and not some separate God to put on a pedestal, the Spiritual Philosophers thought that Godmanhood was possible for all human beings.

What the heck?  Are they saying that “human beings” are “Gods”? 

…Yes!!!

Jesus Christ is quoted as stating: “I am in the Father and the Father is in me and the … Continue reading