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                   The problem was reduced, thus, to the personal fate of the individual. On another hand,

                   the imperfection of the phenomenal world was naively explained away as a heavenly

                   catastrophe, brought about either by God's error or His cruelty. We have mentioned this
                   conceptional  error  already  in  the first  volume  of  Gnosis.  One  can  recognize  here the

                   influence of hellenistic thought which, ever since Homer, attributed human motives to

                   the gods. This tendency was not foreign to the Jewish spirit either, which went so far as
                   to say that God repented having created man , and attributed to Him the feelings of
                   fear  and vengeance .
                     The more important the question under consideration, the more it should be studied

                   under  all  its  aspects:  otherwise  a  synthesis,  which  is  the  only  way  to  resolve  it,  is

                   impossible. For the value of isolated elements of an analysis is always debatable. The
                   fact  that  they  are  arbitrarily  separated  from  other  elements  which  are  absolutely

                   necessary to obtain a clear picture, renders the entire representation fallacious.

                     The problem of man outstrips immeasurably his immediate interests down here, and
                   even beyond. In order to understand this problem, one has to go back to the source of

                   all Tradition – to the divine Wisdom, mysterious and hidden, which God ordained before

                   the world unto our glory, wisdom which, says St. Paul, none of the Archons of this world
                   knew . It is the only way to avoid falling into heresy when dealing with this subject.

                        Genesis, VI, 6.
                     31  Genesis, III, 22.
                        Nahum, I, 2.
                        I Corinthians, II, 6-8.
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