Peter Kirby wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:52 pm
Opening his eyes, he saw a vast quantity of matter without limit; and he became arrogant, saying, "It is I who am God, and there is none other apart from me". When he said this, he sinned against the entirety. And a voice came forth from above the realm of absolute power, saying, "You are mistaken, Samael" – which is, 'god of the blind'.
And he said, "If any other thing exists before me, let it become visible to me!" And immediately Sophia stretched forth her finger and introduced light into matter; and she pursued it down to the region of chaos. And she returned up to her light; once again darkness [...] matter.
In the words above, neither Samael nor Sophia “animate” matter.
When Samael makes 7 offspring, there’s no mention of a “second” attempt.
The words of Samael '' let it become visible to me!''
(a parody of the words ''fiat lux!'' of Genesis) is an implicit appeal to a higher deity to reveal herself in the creature of the demiurge. So I see in the construct:
And immediately Sophia stretched forth her finger and introduced light into matter
precisely the action of Sophia who animates matter. ''Light'' is life, here.
There’s therefore a mention of a “second” attempt. Here there is mention of even three
attempts, too, respectively the giving of the matter (by archons), of the soul (by the demiurge) and of the spirit (by the Supreme God):
The rulers laid plans and said, "Come, let us create a man that will be soil from the earth." They modeled their creature as one wholly of the earth. Now the rulers [...] body [...] they have [...] female [...] is [...] with the face of a beast. They had taken some soil from the earth and modeled their man after their body and after the image of God that had appeared to them in the waters. They said, "Come, let us lay hold of it by means of the form that we have modeled, so that it may see its male counterpart [...], and we may seize it with the form that we have modeled" – not understanding the force of God, because of their powerlessness. And he breathed into his face; and the man came to have a soul (and remained) upon the ground many days. But they could not make him arise because of their powerlessness. Like storm winds they persisted (in blowing), that they might try to capture that image, which had appeared to them in the waters. And they did not know the identity of its power.
Now all these things came to pass by the will of the father of the entirety. Afterwards, the spirit saw the soul-endowed man upon the ground. And the spirit came forth from the Adamantine Land; it descended and came to dwell within him, and that man became a living soul. It called his name Adam, since he was found moving upon the ground.
Frankly, Peter, I had imagined that the your question was more interesting. Really are you doubting
about the presence of these things in these texts?
You can doubt about the my interpretation of Mark, in any moment. But not about the fact that in the Gnostic texts the demiurge was hated and despised for example.