The Gnostic Christian Interpretation of The Gospel of John – introduction by William C. Kiefert

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The Gospel of John from my Gnostic Christian perspective reveals a philosophical side of Jesus that has been outlawed since the Council of Nicea (325 AD). In my interpretation of the Gospel of John, Jesus presents the argument that, like himself, all have the potential to be psychologically (from the Latin term, Spiritually) one and equal with God. The outlawed logos/logic teaching of Jesus is a philosophical argument which explains how anyone can reach this god-like level of psychological perfection. Paul clearly refers to this state of psychological perfection when he said, “We [meaning Gnostic Christians] are those who have the mind of Christ.” (1Co 2:16 JBV)

My interpretation of the Gospel of John first documents that when Jesus used the Greek term logos, he meant the logical or reasoning mind of God-not the statements or word of God. Second, it focuses on Jesus’ thwarted attempts to convince Jewish authorities that God had sent him to teach the world how to relate ideas or reason according to the nonjudgmental principles of the logos/logic or reasoning of God. Expecting the worse, Jesus comforts his disciples with the promise that these same principles and more, “the complete truth” (Jn 6:11-14) will live on even when he is gone. Truth, Jesus said, is of God, and therefore, eternal. Expect that other advocates will discover this same truth and in honor of Jesus, teach it to their generation. The Jewish authorities considered all this blasphemous and crucified Jesus.

Enjoy reading my interpretation of the Gospel of John. Share its ideas with others. And integrate these ideas into your everyday life. These ideas possess, as they did in Jesus’ time, the power to change your life and the world.