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Submitted by Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullah (Australia), Jul 9, 2015 at 08:17

1) knowledge signifies in general intelligence, understanding
1a) the general knowledge of Christian religion
1b) the deeper more perfect and enlarged knowledge of this religion, such as belongs to the more advanced
1c) esp. of things lawful and unlawful for Christians
1d) moral wisdom, such as is seen in right living

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosis has a definition which isn't covered except maybe in 1b) i.e. self-knowledge - or direct experience of what we call 'divine' within a human being. . This is what Jesus was really on about - the kingdom of heaven within.through connection with 'spirit' - the subtle energy behind everything. Taoists also point to it - in fact all religions do (except noticeably islam - mohammed is certainly not focused on any of his followers becoming more awake.

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