The Reality of the Rulers of the Present Day

Because of the reality of the authorities, we write to all who will read. Your inquiry is inspired by the spirit of the lie found first in Cain, the great messenger, who planted the question in your inner-heart. Know one thing: it was not Cain who, referring to the authorities of darkness, told us that ‘our contest is not against flesh and blood, but rather against the authorities of the universe and the spirits of wickedness’ (Eph. 6:12). The one who spoke these words is hidden. We tell you the truth, these powers are present before your very face and you cannot resist them. As with the writers of old, we send you this because you inquire about the reality of the authorities. But you bow down to them while they are in the throes of idiocy. They vomit, then eat their vomit, and you laugh at the authorities.

Their demiurge, Samael (or Sammaelim, for one must remain singular in order to be plural), is blind. Because of his power and his ignorance and his arrogance he said, with his power, ‘I am god; there is no other but me.’ His vomit pours out like honey mixed with sweet wine, and the nations devour it. The nations then heave forth the refuse of Samael, and their mess is Samael’s daily bread.

When he said ‘I am god; there is no other but me,’ he sinned against all. This speech rose up to divine forethought. Then there was a voice that came forth from divine forethought, saying, ‘You are wrong, Samael,’ that is, god of the blind.

A reflection based on “The Reality of Ruler’s: Samael’s Sin,” in The Gnostic Bible, ed. Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer (Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc., 2009), 168.


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