A very complex ancient heresy
that was manifested in many different forms and beliefs. The Gnostics taught that Christ had imparted secret knowledge "gnosis,"
to a select few, who in turn transmitted hidden truths to an elite. Central to Gnosticism is the denial of the goodness of matter, leading to a denial of the reality of the Incarnation of the Son of God and of His bodily Resurrection. Several schools of Gnosticism taught that salvation consisted of liberation from the physical body and of growth to a higher, non-physical, spiritual level of existence (Highly dualistic). Orthodoxy has always rejected Gnosticism, teaching that the world and man were created good and will be redeemed by Christ and transformed at the end of this age (Gen. 1:1-31; Rom. 8:19-22; I Cor. 15:35-55; Rev. 21:1).