“Surely vain are all men by nature, who are ignorant of God, and could not out of the good things that are seen know him that is: neither by considering the works did they acknowledge the workmaster; But deemed either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the violent water, or the lights of heaven, to be the gods which govern the world. With whose beauty if they being delighted took them to be gods; let them know how much better the Lord of them is: for the first author of beauty hath created them. But if they were astonished at their power and virtue, let them understand by them, how much mightier he is that made them. For by the greatness and beauty of the creatures proportionally the maker of them is seen. … But miserable are they, and in dead things is their hope, who call them gods, which are the works of men’s hands, gold and silver, to shew art in, and resemblances of beasts, or a stone good for nothing, the work of an ancient hand. …
“For blessed is the wood whereby righteousness cometh. But that which is made with hands is cursed, as well it, as he that made it: he, because he made it; and it, because, being corruptible, it was called god. … Therefore even upon the idols of the Gentiles shall there be a visitation: because in the creature of God they are become an abomination, and stumbling blocks to the souls of men, and a snare to the feet of the unwise. … For by the vain glory of men they entered into the world, and therefore shall they come shortly to an end.” ~The Wisdom of Solomon
Vain and Ignorant
It seems to be a strange truth that most people who are vain and egotistical are also ignorant, while those who have knowledge also have humility. There are a few exceptions, but generally, that is true. They are not necessarily ignorant of Earthly things, things of matter, but ignorant of spiritual things, Godly things, and that is the greatest ignorance of all. It has been said by some prophets and spiritual teachers that the only sin is ignorance because those who are knowledgeable in the ways of God would never do anything that violates the Laws of God. Only the ignorant are foolish enough to oppose God.
Gods Which Govern the World
Solomon, or whoever actually wrote the Wisdom of Solomon, is saying that those who live in ignorance of the real God, the God of Spirit, are likely to start worshipping false gods. They worship water gods, fire gods, storm gods, etc. Mostly, they worship the creator of the physical world known to Gnostics as the Demiurge. This Demiurge is not the true God, so his creations, while fantastic, are also flawed. It is flawed because noting in it is permanent, everything dies, every being has to eat other beings to survive, but then they die anyway. That is not how God’s world functions. Continue reading “Ignorant Humans and Spiritual Humans”