Originally Posted by u-dog
He most certainly is NOT a Gnostic. He uses Gnostic vocabulary, sure. He plays with Gnostic catagories. But his Gospel GUTS the Gnostic worldview totally. He begins his Gospel with "In the Beginning" which leads you immediately to Genesis where one finds the Divine creator down on the divine knees getting the divine fingernails dirty making the earth creature out of mud. That is enough to make a Gnostic vomit.
John Chapter 6? "Whoever does not eat my body and drink my blood...?" Guaranteed to make both devout Jews and Gnostics toss their cookies.
I believe that John uses the Gnostic lingo because it was current in his intellectual milleiu (how do you spell that word?
) but he uses it to undermine the Gnostic worldview.
Here Andy! Here boy! <<whistles through teeth>> It's a stick! You like sticks!