There is unfortunately one piece of the old Roman Empire still functioning and in existence and that is the Vatican. Holding on to the concepts of command and control of the religious movement you have the pope and a entire order of bishops and cardinals ready to execute the orders of that come down from the Pope. Yet, if we move backward in time we find that this religious order is no less guilty of fanaticism as the current Islamic problem faced in the middle east. That problem stems from the fact that they are taking every thing literally.
In passing on teachings from one generation to another, many times we hide the secrets, especially from those who we feel will exploit them for no good reason. Honestly, we need to stop doing this because many who use these gifts for darker purposes already do.
Also, many of them try to suppress the teachings themselves by encoding them in allegory thus cloaking them from the eyes of those they long to control.
It is an ancient secret to hide your most treasured possessions in plain sight.
So, let's break a few words apart.
In general usage, Agnostic generally means one who believes in a higher power but is unsure of; unknowing. Thomas Henry Huxley gave birth to this term in the 1800s. In doing so he took the word Gnostic and added the 'A' to the front. Thus saying he was 'A Gnostic'. Yet, given that he was an English speaker he had no true idea of what he was saying and gave definitions to the word now truly appreciating the fact that Gnostic means 'Knowing' or 'Knowledge'. A Gnome is a 'Keeper of Knowledge'. So, in modern terms we can say that a librarian is a gnome.
Philosopher. I think we can all agree that philosopher is someone who enjoys deep thinking and searching for the hidden things in the science that they pursue. Yet, Philosopher actually has an underlying meaning. A philosopher was a high ranking member of specific mystery schools. Translated the term in Latin means "Lover of Sophia" or since Rome has gone to great lengths to hide who Sophia truly is; the definition became "Lover of Wisdom".
As a high ranking member of a mystery school I am going to take all of the teachings and write them down. This way we can maintain the knowledge that we have already discovered without going through the same process over and over again. Paul complained about repeatedly going through the same process over and over again in a letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 3:1 - 3) Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?
So to protect our knowledge, or information I am going to encode it or hide it. I am going to put it in front of you so that "those who have eyes see and those who have ears hear" what I am saying while the rest are kept in darkness.
There is only one problem with that, those kept in darkness outnumber those who are in the light and they eventually will get their hands on our codexes and begin to read them and when they do, they will take our words at face value. Not realizing that we are actually speaking in code and being allegorical regarding our statements. They will build and entire faith and religious system around our teachings and in the end they will kill us as heretics and offer us as sacrifice to their one true god.
Alas, when it is over with the literalists won out and the mystics ended up in hiding.
The literalists fight with one another and squabble over words while the mystics acknowledge that nothing taught is wrong. That all possibilities are actually truth to the one who perceives the truth. Thus the mystics, the Gnostic's don't squabble and fight with one another. Well, our initiates do but that is because they are still of the mind of man and have not yet adopted the spirit of Sophia.
In Revelations 17:3 - 6 it reads Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.
Oh the allegory of this statement. 7 Heads = 7 Continents; 10 Horns = 10 Empires or powers; The dress of the woman represents wealthy as does the golden cup. The MYSTERY isn't really a mystery unless you understand that the origin of all religions comes from a mystery school. Thus the author is saying explaining in general terms the teachings of the mystery school. Also that those who follow this school of thought will kill others who comes from different mystery schools and teach any thing different than her teachings.
Who is this whore that is drunk on the blood of saints? She is none other than the Roman Catholic church and ALL churches that splinter off of her. The number of people the popes have sentenced to death and the campaigns that have been launched in the name of the cross. The blood could fill the rivers of Europe.
By ALL churches, I do mean all that profess Christianity. They are all daughters of the one whore, thus they are the abominations of the earth. They like their mother whore themselves out for money. Those who run these churches are fat from the lambs while the lambs starve and are told to contribute more. They have all prostituted themselves out to the world and become an abomination to the earth. What have these churches done besides take, take, take. If they had any true power from God, why is not that power been turned around to heal the earth, stop the fighting, end the diseases and melt the hate? Because, as Paul wrote (1 Cor 3:3) You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?
Look around you. How many different churches with different messages? How can that be unless they fail to grasp and understand that what they hold in front of them are tomes and codexes from mystery schools offered in many different formats. All off them are being taken literally.
Don't you wish that you knew the secret behind the allegorical tales? What is it that was being hidden?