The Gnostic writings generally are less about judgment than are the literalistic, Catholic ones, since the Gnostics thought we're already living in hell. Fallen nature is the lowest of the low, the furthest removed from transcendent or pure consciousness, the source of the illusion of materiality.

That intellectual, esoteric aspect of Christianity, which was declared heretical by the politicized, Romanized Church likely derived from Hinduism (via Pythagoras and Plato) or from the perennial philosophy of the Axial Age.

[Sorry, I'm posting this again, because my reply got accidentally pinned to my Medium homepage.]

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