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Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in 1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief system.  Read his story here.

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Gnosticism

A religious movement that emerged strongly in the second and third centuries, Gnosticism presented a strong challenge to orthodox Christianity. Its emphasis was esoteric knowledge (gnosis) acquired through various means. Gnostics refuted or altered the meaning of many Christian doctrines. Members of this movement felt they possessed secret insights into the nature of God and of man. Gnosticism taught that matter is essentially evil, the creation of an evil god. Human beings possess a spark of divinity that is unfortunately trapped in matter and in ignorance, and must be liberated. To overcome this condition, some Gnostics embraced asceticism, while others embraced licentiousness, teaching that any indulgence in the flesh did not affect the state of the soul. Man does not need "salvation from sin,' but an "awakening out of spiritual ignorance.'


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