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