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Then Judaism is even more occluded than Christianity, because by denying or ignoring the Fall Judaism has not realization that man has lost some of his faculties entirely and has had others occluded (impaired). The punishment by YHWH is totally successful, and part of the saving gnosis is contained in the Christian doctrine of the Fall because it permits us to comprehend that we are impaired -- deprived of some of our original faculties. So already, by believing in the Fall, Christianity has rolled back the cloud of enforced ignorance which the demiurge covered us with.
We fell, and the idea is to regain what we lost (1) in the way of faculties; and (2) return to Eden. "The Golden Age of humanity is not in the past but in the future," Rabbi Herz writes in his notes on Genesis. Well, and (3): the fruit of the Tree of (eternal) Life, which Christ specifically offers us.
Then I can see the conventional or orthodox Christianity in itself contains much of the saving gnosis, irrespective of Gnosticism. We fell; we lost Eden; we lost our faculties; Christ restores us (as Milton says; the doctrine of the Second Adam who undoes the work of the first). Judaism knows absolutely nothing of this, of the events (loss of faculties) and aim (restoration). So of course, the revelation at Mt. Sinai is considered adequate. And of course in Christianity it is not, and Christ must tell us, "But I say unto you --" etc, and then so does. If you study Judaism and contrast it to Christianity you can see, for the first time, that Christianity is Faustian, that its real but covert message is, "We were once as gods or as God, and Christ shall restore us," ideas totally absent in Judaism, as is also absent the concept that the
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