15. DEATH AND REINCARNATION
In the whole of this evolutionary process which the creator god has come up with and is encouraging, the death and reincarnation of man is very important. When a human being dies, the physical body at that point dies; the soul separates from the body and takes the enchained Spirit with it, because the Spirit is shackled to the soul and not to the body. The Spirit is connected to the body through the soul.
After physical death the soul retreats, taking this Spirit with it. The soul takes the Spirit to other planes and there it continues to be punished. For Gnostics, this world is hell; it is full of punishment and suffering from birth until death. But after death the suffering continues and, what's more, can become even more intense. The soul is punished for all the behaviour it indulged in on Earth while it was in the physical body. The suffering continues. The soul is beaten, punished, "cleansed" as some would say, until it is moved to a new body in order for the suffering to continue. Nobody can be saved from hell, not even through death. Once the soul has separated from the body it continues to suffer, and sometimes more so than before. The beatings and punishment continue.
And in this way through subsequent deaths and reincarnations, the behaviour of human beings is shaped. Men are deceived, as they are told this punishment is for their own good, that through it they will "improve", "evolve", "become better", "purer", "holier", "more like their creator". More like their creator satan .
Ask this creator satan, who is called "Righteous Judge" and "God of Love", why children die. Also ask him why he invented so many viruses and diseases. He will not reply because as well as being unfair he is also deaf and blind. Gnostics maintain that the creator feeds on the outpouring of pain and weeping produced by man.
By means of punishment, the demiurge pretends that man is gradually being "perfected". "Perfecting himself" means resembling the demiurge, the creator, more and more, The punishment will end when man surrenders to the creator and accepts being like him, renouncing his Spirit.
This last thing is what happens when a man or community decides to form a "covenant" or blood pact with the demiurge in order to reduce the suffering a little. In these cases, the man or group of men involved in the pact promise to renounce the Spirit in exchange for power or material riches. Those men renounce Everything, in exchange for very little. You have to be insane or very desperate to make a pact or covenant with the evil demiurge. They have signed their Spiritual death warrant and will be disintegrated when everything that has been created disappears.
What should we do then to be like the creator? This has been written about in all the "sacred books" which he inspired. Contained in them is everything that should be done: "adore the creator", "love your neighbour", "and do not eat such and such", "turn the other cheek", etc. It does not matter that some precepts do not make sense; it is enough to obey them.
It is very clear what man has to do to please the creator. The point is that some things are difficult to do, because every man has a Spirit chained up inside of him shouting at him to oppose the demiurge and not to obey him. Of course some men listen to the voice of their Spirit more than others.
That is why there is punishment. That is why there is death and subsequent reincarnation. Some men need to be punished more than others in order to be broken.
During the suffering, there comes a moment in which man gives himself up, surrenders himself and accepts being like the creator of matter. He does it so that the torture will stop, not for any other reason. In order to surrender himself he has to renounce his Spirit to show the creator that his conviction is absolute, that his conversion is not feigned. In doing this, his Spiritual Self remains absolutely nullified; this is Spiritual death. Now he will no longer listen to the voice inside which shouted at him to oppose, never to surrender himself, to always fight for his freedom; that voice which he hardly heard. The soul has triumphed; the demiurge has triumphed. This man has converted himself into a "saint", into "an example worthy of being imitated". For the creator, the point when nothing in man can any longer be a reflection of the Spirit is reason for great jubilation and happiness. Now, there is emptiness inside of that man which is subsequently filled by god. That man has transformed himself into "a representative of God on Earth", a "living God", in an equal to his creator. That is one of the most important aspects of the creator god's "Grand Plan". That is why he created matter and time, the whole universe and man and why he imprisoned the Eternal Spirits.
Once man has merged with god, or has "lost himself in God", as some religions say, that Spirit has finished his work here. But, far from being liberated, the demiurge will tie up the Spirit again to the soul of another man who is on a lower evolutionary level, in order to keep using It to advance evolution and accomplish the aim of creation: the fusion of man with his creator.
The Spirits will only be freed when the creator decides to finish his creation, possibly in thousands of millions of years. Maybe some Spirits can liberate themselves beforehand via their own means, but this is very difficult. The demiurge, knowing that the escape of even one of his prisoners would be catastrophic for him and for his creation, has taken many precautions to avoid this happening.
First of all, in order for this plan to work, it is necessary for man to remain asleep. It is necessary that no Spiritual Self can manifest Itself and say "I do not agree", "this is not my world", "this is not my life", "this is not my destiny", "this world is hell".
We have said that no-one can escape from the suffering. Not even through suicide can the punishment that the creator satan puts his creatures through be avoided. Bodies and souls belong to the creator throughout their whole life and even after death. The only solution is through the liberation of the Spirit. This is the most difficult and important task a man who is only half awake can undertake.
We were saying that the creator needs man to remain asleep in order to make his plan concrete. Therefore whichever man or book that helps him to wake up and free his Spirit must be destroyed. That is why all this knowledge, this Gnosis, has been so persecuted and silenced.
For the demiurge, it is essential that man does not wake up so that he can lead him, like a sleepwalker, through successive reincarnations, to the highest point in evolution in which, tired of so much suffering, he agrees to surrender his Divine Self, his Eternal Spirit, in order to merge with the creator.
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