The Authoritative Teaching is a gnostic text that makes implications of a divine spirit being placed on the immoral Earth to face the trials of evil and regain its elevated place in the heavens through attaining knowledge. The text gives a metaphoric teaching about a soul (her) from a divine world that comes to see the material world but gets distracted and creates earthly attachments. Some of the metaphorical identities that the soul is given include a prostitute, a contestant, a bride, an invalid, a fish, and wheat. However, God watches over the soul and warns the soul of earthly attachments such as Lust, Pride, Greed, Fraud, Ignorance, Envy and Vanity.
Year: 150-300 AD
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IMPORTANT: All Scripture text has context and background. Scripture should never be read literally or in isolation. Always seek clarification from religious scholars and teachers. In general, Scripture adheres to four principles: (1) Literal Meaning - What the Scripture says (2) Historical Setting - The story events; how the Scripture was understood in its time (3) Grammar - The surrounding sentence and paragraph; textual context (4) Synthesis - A comparison with similar Scripture to give a better contextual understanding