Summary: While true Gnostics believe in and strive to emulate the historical Yeshua
of Nazareth, they disregard the man-made theological construct of Jesus Christ as
first promoted by Paul (Saul of Tarsus) and later incorporated into Christian orthodoxy.
As can be read in the Basic Beliefsof the True Gnostic:
The historical Yeshua of Nazareth was the archetype of what it means to become as
“only begotten” while living the mortal life. It was from the life of this historical
person that early Christian scholars created the theological construct called “Jesus
Christ”. As true Gnostics therefore, we do believe in the Galilean, and see in him
an example worthy of emulation and devotion, but we do not believe in the Jesus Christ
found in the Christian faith.
Basic Beliefs #15
Yeshua ben Yosef is the original Aramaic proper name of the man commonly referred
to as Jesus Christ. While true Gnostics believe in Yeshua and in the gnosis which
he represents, they reject emphatically both Christ and Christianity.
The doctrine of Christ was not founded in the life and teachings of Yeshua, but rather,
it was the invention of Paul. In the orthodoxy of Paul, the radical teachings of
Yeshua were lost. For it was Paul who superimposed the false image of Christ over
that of the historical Yeshua—the true Galilean. For a true Gnostic, Paul is no less
than the Great Usurper who hijacked the simple message of Yeshua and created something
altogether different: the theological construct known as Jesus Christ. (see: True
Gnostics vs Gnostic Chrisitians)
In the Song of God, most references to “Jesus”or “Christ”can be found in the book
of Wisdom, wherein a figure referred to as “the Teacher” converses with contemporary
Christians about their beliefs. Also included in the book is a parable that juxtaposes
the Jesus Christ of the Christian faith with the historical Yeshua of Nazareth (W:12:28-32).
• do not believe in the blood atonement of Jesus Christ. For the doctrine of blood
atonement presents a God who demands the human sacrifice of an innocent man, and
any God who demands murder to appease justice is unworthy of worship or adoration.
Wherefore, seeing that many have erred concerning the words and deeds of the Promised
One, it became expedient to set forth a true account whereby many should take to
their soul a testimony concerning this Christ; that having professed aloud his name
aforetime, they might even now take to their soul a sure knowledge of him.
And the Teacher, hearing this, spoke saying: “Why have you forsaken the teachings
of that Jesus whom you claim to follow? Is the law of the church greater than God
Now there came unto him this Jesus Christ of the Christians wearing garments made
red with blood, and he desired to contend with Yeshua, seeing that he was alone.
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1. These are the words which the Teacher spoke concerning Yeshua of Nazareth, for
there came to him certain elders of the church desiring to speak.
2. And one of them spoke, saying: “How long will you cause us to wonder? Come now
and tell us plainly: What think you of Christ? Whose son is he?”
3. And the Teacher, turning to those gathered there, said: “Consider how the teachers
and preachers of religion have desired to remove you from the Father of your soul,
for fear that you should take to yourself some knowledge of him.
4. For they and their fathers before them have established a multitude of doctrines
and creeds which have become as a wall to separate you from God; that no one should
by any means approach nigh unto God except that they first go to the builders of
5. Thus would they have you believe that this one whom they call Christ should be
brought forth of a virgin, being conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit;
that he, being unlike the natural man, might be made free from sin.
6. Thus, by such a birth would they make Christ a stranger unto the children of
men; for they desired to hedge up the way, round about, against even all who would
come to a knowledge of God.
7. For by reason of your natural birth have they proclaimed through a million preachers
that all people are filled with evil and corruption continually, having been made
partakers of Adam’s transgression.
8. Thus would these men proclaim the perfection of Christ, who by his divine nature
performed many miracles and mighty works, being made unlike yourself. Yet I tell
you truly, that no man is born of a woman except some man first give seed.
9. Why, therefore, have you not fulfilled that measure of God which was granted
unto you through the teachings of Yeshua of Nazareth? You have not for you are made
to despair continually. For how can you follow Christ seeing that he is unlike the
10. Hear now and take heart: For this Yeshua of Nazareth was brought forth like
unto yourselves, having both father and mother, that by the greatness of the natural
man, he might bring all who are willing near unto the heart of God.
11. Rejoice, therefore, and be glad, for God thought it not unseemly to come unto
the children of his soul even as a man, being filled with mercy and healing whereby
he might draw all people unto his bosom in love exceeding.
By such contrivance would the teachers and preachers of religion separate you from
the love of God; that being made fearful, they might hedge up the way against you
lest you should by some means find again the Father and live.
Thus would they make Christ unlike the natural man, being perfect; that by his death
all people might stand condemned before the cross, being made worthy of all reproach.
Whosoever has ears to hear, let them hear; for I tell you truly that the love of
God manifest itself not in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as these
men would have you suppose, but rather in those things which Yeshua desired to teach
unto the children of men.
That by the exercise of a goodly faith unto good works, they might draw nigh again
unto the Father of their soul, being made holy even as he is holy.