The Nag Hammadi library changed everything. Madame Blavatsky did not have access to the greatest treasury of Gnostic manuscripts ever found.
In the Apocryphon of John, one of the most respected of all Gnostic texts, Jesus says that it was not Satan who told Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, it was him.
It was Satan or really the ignorant Yaldabaoth (Satan was an offspring of Yaldabaoth) who put the spiritual beings Adam and Eve into prison-like, ignorant, material bodies, but God also put his Light or Epinoia inside the material body of Adam the first human:
From the Apocryphon of John:
The chief ruler, Yaldabaoth,
Because the light-filled Epinoia within Adam
Made his mental abilities greater than his own,
Adam had been disobedient.
In order to recover the Power that he had put into Adam
Yaldabaoth made Adam completely forgetful.
[I asked the Savior, “What is it to be ‘completely forgetful?’”
He replied, “It is not what Moses wrote in his first book:
‘He caused Adam to fall into deep sleep’
Rather, Adam’s perceptions were veiled
And he became unconscious.
As he (Yaldabaoth) said through his prophet (Moses):
'I will make their minds dull so that they do not see or understand.'”]
Woman Comes into Being
The light-filled Epinoia hid
deep within Adam.
The Chief Ruler tried to remove her from his ribcage,
But Epinoia cannot be captured.
Although the darkness pursued her it did not catch her.
The Chief ruler did remove a
portion of his Power from Adam
To create a person with a woman’s form
Modeled on the light-filled Epinoia that had been manifested to him.
He placed the Power removed from the man into the woman.
[It did not happen
the way Moses said it did:
“he took a rib and made the woman.”]
Adam saw the woman standing next
The light-filled Epinoia immediately appeared to him
She raised up the veil that dulled his mind.
He sobered up from the dark drunkenness
And he recognized his own counterpart.
He said: “This is bone from my
Flesh from my flesh.”
Because of this a man will leave his mother and father
And be joined to a woman and those two will become one flesh.
For they will send his helper to him.
[Sophia, our sister, came down
So as to regain what she had lost.
Therefore she was called Life.
The Mother of the Living
The one from the Providence of the Authority of Heaven
By her assistance people can achieve perfect knowledge.]
one who is with you (pl.)
always. I am the Father, I am
the Mother, I am the Son. I am
the undefiled and incorruptible
one appeared as an eagle perched on
the Tree of Knowledge!
[Which (referring to The Tree of Knowledge) is the Epinoia from the pure Providence of Light.]
In order to teach them
And raise them up from sleep’s depths.
[For the two of them
were fallen and aware of their
Epinoia appeared as a being full of light
She enlightened their minds.]
Blavatsky says the light bearer or Lucifer of God is the one who freed Adam and Eve from ignorance.
The bible says it was Satan, the serpent or the devil that tempted them to eat and it was God who told them not to eat, which is the reverse of the Gnostic version of Genesis.
The confusion comes because Blavatsky replaces Satan with the One God: the father, mother and son, the One who really taught them to eat of the tree of knowledge and not the tree of life.
Blavatsky knew Lucifer had been equated with Satan over the course of history yet chose to say Lucifer liberated man in the garden of eden.
The Nag Hammadi text reveals that it really was Christ the son, and the Father and the Mother or the One God who liberated Adam and Eve in the Garden.
Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine states,
"And now it stands proven that Satan, or the Red Fiery Dragon, the 'Lord of Phosphorus,' and Lucifer, or 'Light-Bearer,' is in us: it is our Mind – our tempter and Redeemer, our intelligent liberator and Saviour from pure animalism." (Vol. 2, p. 513)
Editor's note: Our fleshly material soul or mind was given to us by Yaldabaoth and Satan but our Human Spirit and conscience was given to us by God the Father, Mother and Son.
Blavatsky is mixing the material ego-soul with the higher mind and spirit, when they should be understood as completely separate.
Lucifer is only mentioned once in the bible:
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! —Isaiah 14:12.
The morning star is also mentioned only once in the bible:
"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." - Revelation 22:16
If the translators had chosen to translate this verse using Latin just as they did with Isaiah 14:12, it would read “I, Jesus, am Lucifer.”
Thus according to Revelation the Morning Star, translated in Latin as Lucifer, is Jesus or Christ, the first Son of God.
"Lucifer" is the Latin term originally used by the Romans to refer to the planet Venus when that planet was west of the sun and hence rose before the sun in the morning, thereby being the morning star. So Venus is the morning star, or the light bringer which heralds the dawn.
Lucifer is not Satan, he is Jesus the Christ according to the New Testament (not by Moses) bible and the roman meaning of morning star.
Lucifer has become associated with Satan due to a misunderstanding of the use of morning star in Isaiah, because in Isaiah it is describing the fallen nature of a great king of Babylon.
Christ and the Epinoia or Sophia told Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of Knowledge, but the Old Testament of Moses changed Christ to Satan and Yaldabaoth to God.
Christianity has duality just like Gnosticism; it has the evil domain of Satan who lives in a burning hell in the earth, who is opposed to the good creator god.
Gnosticism holds that the creator god Yaldabaoth was born from ignorance and darkness and that Christ and the Epinoia or Sophia freed man from his bondage in the garden of eden.
In Genesis Moses substitutes the creator god for the real Good God and Satan for Christ, creating all the confusion.
"There is no devil or the utterly depraved, as there are no Angels absolutely perfect, though there may be spirits of Light and of Darkness;
thus LUCIFER – the spirit of Intellectual Enlightenment and Freedom of Thought – is metaphorically the guiding beacon, which helps man to find his way through the rocks and sandbanks of Life, for Lucifer is the LOGOS in
his highest, and the “Adversary” in his lowest aspect – both of which are reflected in our Ego.” The Secret Doctrine
Blavatsky here shows she does not believe in an All Good God that has no equal, and needs no other. Like Watts and Jung she believes in an original god that is both good and evil like Abraxas the god Jung based his psychological school on.
Blavatsky believes Satan is Christ in his lowest aspect.
Abraxas was really Yaldabaoth (and his offspring Satan) who was both good and evil residing in an intermediate psychic level, between the material world and the pleroma or spiritual world.
Christ or the Light of the World cannot be also the darkness, ignorance and evil of the world at the same time.
Blavatsky does not worship evil or d-evil but rather the intermediate god Yaldabaoth/Satan who is both good and evil.
This does not negate all the good work Blavatsky and Olcott did to help the Buddhist and Hindu religions with the Theological movement. Her work on the origin of the universe and the root races of man is excellent.