Irenaeus, the Most Famous Heresy Hunter

                 and Gnostic Opponent







Born AD 130
Smyrna in Asia Minor (modern-day İzmir, Turkey)
Died AD 202 (aged 72)
Lugdunum in Gaul (modern-day Lyon, France)



From The Gnostic Gospels by Professor Elaine Pagels:

"Irenaeus declares that Christ 'did not despise or evade any condition of humanity, nor set aside for himself the law which he had appointed for the human race, but sanctified every age . . .


He therefore passes through every age, becoming an infant for infants, thus sanctifying infants; a child for children, thus sanctifying those who are at this age . . . a youth for youths . . .


and . . . because he was an old man for old people ... sanctifying at the same time the aged also . . . then, at last, he came onto death itself.'


To maintain the consistency of his theory, Irenaeus revised the common tradition that Jesus died in his thirties: lest old age be left unsanctified by Christ's participation, Irenaeus argued that Jesus was more than fifty years old when he died." (unquote from The Gnostic Gospels)

Here we have the greatest heresy hunter Irenaeus saying that Jesus never died on the cross, rather he died in old age! 

Today we have protestant christians claiming that all gnostics are devil worshippers based on the writings of Irenaeus, when Irenaeus himself denies that Jesus died on the cross at age 33!


The crucifixion is the basis of the orthodox, protestant and catholic creed that Jesus died on the cross to expiate all our sins by shedding his blood, when clearly the bible says that God wants mercy and not sacrifice!

see HOSEA: 6:6
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.


Matthew 9:13
But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Mark 12:33
and to love Him with all your heart and with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, which is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."


The Nicene Creed of 325 AD which was adopted about a hundred years after Irenaeus:

Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.


This goes to show that the whole cruci-fiction hoax was created by Simon Magus aka Simon Peter Barabbas, son of the infamous Abbas, leader of the Jewish revolt against Rome in Cyrene.


Simon Magus in the Acts of the bible claimed he was God himself and is the same Simon Peter Barabbas the fisherman of Galilee who drew his sword and cut off the ear of the Roman soldier.


This same Peter Simon Barabbas is the one who carried the cross for Christ i.e. John and was crucified, for terrrorist rebellion against Rome. He survived the crucifixion by chance and then claimed he was the king of the Jews and God incarnate, later going to Rome where he is known as the magician Simon Magus.


Aleister Crowley was a known devil worshiper but to lump all gnostics in with Aleister Crowley is unwarranted.




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