Cainites as early Gnostics
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The Cainites were a Gnostic sect that venerated Cain, the son of Adam and Eve. Because Cain committed the first murder, the Cainites believe that because he committed this sin, he allowed men to deny it, thus giving men a greater chance at redemption from original sin. The material world is a labyrinth for fallen souls.

The Cainites identified the demiurge as Yahweh. The Cainites rejected the Demiurge, and chose to look to Sophia for guidance and protection. An interesting thing that set the Cainites apart from other religions was their reverence to sinning. The Cainites believed that sinning was a religious duty. Because the Cainites believed that Yahweh himself constituted moral laws, it was their duty to violate these laws. If these laws were disregarded, then it was possible to undo the actual physical laws that made life on Earth possible. The Cainites would call upon angels while sinning, but not for forgiveness, but for assistance.

The Cainites clearest message was that although Cain had committed a deliberate murder (especially such a crime against his brother); he was not handed over to the demiurge because nobody believed that the creator God himself was evil.

Due to their sinful nature, the Cainites failed to gain a large following. Hippolytus dismissed them at the beginning of the third century.

The Mystic Christ
   by Ethan Walker III

The light of non-duality and the path of love according to the life and teachings of Jesus. The Gnostic path is the inner path to God-realization. Buddha, Krishna, Jesus and the other great Masters are all one and in essence taught the same thing.
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