Treatise on the Desire which Shall Fail

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On the Origin of the World (Meyer Translation)

Treatise on the desire which Shall Fail

I, Seth, write this to you being led by the Holy Ghost, after being persuaded in a dream through a visitation from the Archangel Gabriel, whom Enoch, the dedicated one, wrote of to us as to being over Paradise, serpents, and the Cherubim — who is over all that is powerful; his name Gabriel meaning, God is my strength:

And as Christ came to us that He might destroy the works of the Devil; so was the veil Sophia torn — who was set to be draped between the above spiritual, and the chaotic shadow that is below, material. For her latter extent is to be done away with.

Here lies the mystery and discourse of sexual desire, which leads many astray; even known to take root into demands of harlotry, separating from God. For as it is written, Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goes to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets (Ecclesiastes 11:5):

As recorded to us in the gnosis On the Origin of the World, the spirit of sexual desire began in the spiritual above with Eros. As it is written, When all the gods and their angels saw Eros, they fell in love with him. He appeared within them all and made them burn with desire. Just as many lamps are lit from a single lamp and all the light is the same but the light of the single lamp is not diminished. Just as Eros appeared in the middle of light and darkness, and the sexual intercourse of Eros was accomplished in the middle of angels and people, so too the first sexual desire sprouted on the earth.

     Woman followed the earth,
     Marriage followed woman,
     Birth followed marriage,
     Decay followed birth.

After Eros, a grape vine sprouted up from the blood that was shed upon the earth, and so those who drink of the fruit of the vine are filled with sexual desire.

For this fruit of the grape vine was that of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil — resembling that of a fig tree to us today — which Eve took of when beguiled by the Serpent, who made covenant and himself was deceived. For as it is written from the words of our Savior, If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? (Luke 11:11)

Yet as many blindly perceive the Tree of Knowledge was a wicked creation to be forsaken, though it resided in Paradise — should wickedness reside in Eden? Nay, for the writings handed down to us to find in mystery foretell the Tree of Knowledge was not wicked indeed, but in its time, served to be as Adam’s fast before God; the single commandment not to be broken.

As it continues in the gnosis:

The impact of this tree is described in the Holy Book [source unknown]:

     You are the Tree of Knowledge,
     Which is in paradise,
     From which the first man ate.
     You opened his mind,
     And he loved his female partner
     And condemned other strange figures,
     And he loathed them.

After this the olive tree sprouted, and it was to purify kings and priests of justice who were to come in the last days. The olive tree appeared through the light of the first Adam for the sake of the oil of anointing that kings and high priests would receive.

Therefore my beloved, see that you clothe your shame with fig leaves, desiring to bring forth good figs, knowing that the harvest will be nigh. Be not deceived brethren, for it is the fullness of our Gospel, just as God convicted Cain, If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is couching at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it. (Genesis 4:7)

Even as our Savior instructed, For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; (Luke 6:43-45)

Pay heed brethren, walk not according to the flesh, bearing eyes that see afar off; recognizing the wretched brute within us all to be crucified. Be not double-minded; become perfect, putting on the precious grace given to us by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace, and peace to you; for this is the singleness of what the scriptures preach unto us.


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