The Gnostic heresy in ten, easy, self-initiating steps.
(1) Infinite goodness is incapable of creating evil hence as there is evil in the world it follows this world as we know it is not necessarily the true good God's creation - at least not as he/she/it intended it.
( 2 ) The God of the material world in which we currently find ourselves either doesn't exist or is insane and does not necessarily love us nor mean the best for us. Although this force has the power to torture our physical bodies, kill us and burn us to ashes, it has no power over our immortal souls, which were created by the true, good God and are eternal.
( 3 ) The world is not as it appears. In order to hide the evil in it a delusive veil has been created to obscure the truth from us. The physical world is a bauble.
( 4 ) There is another world, another better kingdom, our true homeland, and all our efforts are to be directed toward
a. returning there
b. bringing it here
( 5 ) Each of us has a divine counterpart, unfallen, who can reach out a hand to awaken us. This other personality is the authentic, waking self. The one we have now is asleep and minor. We are in fact asleep and in the hands of a dangerous magician disguised as a good god, the deranged creator deity.
The bleakness, the evil and pain in this world, the fact that it is a deterministic prison controlled by a demented demi-urge causes us willingly to split with the reality principle early in life and fall asleep into delusion. We are hence, each one of us, our own personal jailers.
( 6 ) This malign force, which deliberately manipulates and misleads us (known as 'Rex Mundi' or 'the king of the Earth' to the 'Cathari'), cannot be infallible, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this in the first place. The all-seeing eye is not all-powerful, but tries to deceive the children of the kingdom into believing so. And if the designer of the prison program is fallible, then it can be beaten.
( 7 ) Like Keanu Reeves, we really do have superpowers but just can't remember how to use 'em. The act of awakening, of becoming aware of these powers, is not so much an act of learning as an act of 'anamnesis', of remembering which implies there must be something to remember and that our actual lives extend beyond our apparent births and deaths. This is the true meaning of the first law of magic; 'As above, so below'... 'Gods' are only enlightened 'mortals', hence mortals might, through the piecing together of seemingly dissociated information learn through successive generations to regain the key to their secret.
( 8 ) This secret tradition may date back to Christ himself who according to the 'Cathar' parfait's taught us how to pass from the delusional prison world into the peaceful kingdom while still alive by an act of direct initiation, of remembrance ( synonymous with the Cathar ritual of the 'consolamentum' ) rather than only being able to achieve eventual post-humus transcendence through multiple involuntary incarnations.
( 9 ) Christ, like the prophet Elijah, is said to have 'entered alive into the Kingdom of Heaven'. Other 'ascended masters' are rumored to have existed over the centuries. Maybe we too can make it to the next level, but it ain't easy as Gilgamesh found out. We are nothing more than an energy wave, a frequency after all. Maybe it's possible to change channels?
Possibly, other human agents of the true good God still exist outside of time, like Christ or Esclarmonde, possessed of vast seemingly magical powers and guiding us in a clandestine rear guard guerilla action against the demi-urge who has usurped creation.
( 10 ) Some day this war is going to end, we cannot know the date. Until then, we exist on a sifting bridge being judged according to which power we give allegiance to the deranged creator demiurge of the material world or the One Good God and the true kingdom of heaven