The Early Christian Doctrine of Renunciation Pistis Sophia

Published on Dec 8, 2016The word Renounce occurs once in the bible 2Cor 4:2

2Cor 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth

The word Renounce means, to speak out or off; to refuse or deny; to forbid. Here it means, to renounce, or disown; to give up, to disclaim, to cast off, to give up a belief or opinion by open confession.

It includes:

i) telling God you are sorry for your past sins,

ii) acknowledge you have been wrong in doing it and,

iii) promising God that you will never return to it again.

The doctrine of Renouncing is found in early christian text like the Acts of Paul, the Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles, and Pistis Sophia. See also Gospel of Thomas saying 27 on fasting from (or, abstaining from) the world.”

The Acts of Paul Chapter 2:16: Blessed are they that have renounced this world, for they shall be well-pleasing unto God.

The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles

Peter answered and said to him, “Lord, you have taught us to forsake the world and everything in it. We have renounced them for your sake. What we are concerned about (now) is the food for a single day. Where will we be able to find the needs that you ask us to provide for the poor?”

Say to them :Renounce the entire world and all matter within it and all its concerns [ fear, worry, lack of faith ] and all its sins, and in general all associations with it, that you may be deserving of the mysteries of Light and be delivered from all the chastisements which are in the judgments.”

The Gospel of Thomas Saying 81 Jesus said, “The one who has become rich should reign. And the one who has power should renounce it.

The Gospel of Thomas Saying (110) Jesus said, “The one who had found the world and become rich should renounce the world.”

The wealthy ones are they having knowledge, understanding and wisdom as a crown on their heads a Jewelled crown of light, which is the truth-consciousness. One who is wealthy in this way shall become a king in the age to come. But those who are powerful or have power should give it up and become poor to become rich.

To be ‘children of the living Father’ is to be free from the society and not to be bound to the world and its values. ‘Blessedness’ does not depend upon the marks of success in this world. One’s identity should not be determined by whatever is valuable for personal status in the social fabric of the world.

What is made clear is that man must renounce the world and transform his mind if he hopes to receive the mysteries that will open for him the inheritance of the Light

when the individual feels alone and abandoned by all and sundry, sinking into a period of depression that might lead to despair, until he is able to renounce his last remaining attachments to the world—namely, his feeling of being a separate “I”—prior to final and permanent union with God or the Light.

Renouncing is the mental process of erasing from the mind the false beliefs of the outward senses or the consciousness of sin. Renouncing clears away false beliefs and attitude and thus makes room for the establishing of the Gospel.

the consciousness of sin is made up of a multitude of false individual beliefs and cultural attitudes. Through Renouncing we get rid of these shadows of reality. We cleanse the temple of the mind of these false ideas. In so doing, we make way for the planting of the seeds of the Gospel.

Renouncing may be made in many ways. The conscious acknowledgement that you have been mistaken in your conclusion is Renouncing. Refusing to longer enterain thoughts of the carnal mind is Renouncing.

The admission of sin and the prayer for forgiveness is Renouncing.

the list of things to be Renounced in Pistis Sophia should be seen as a moral code of behavior