"The Gnostic Christians were inspired seekers, passionately compelled by Jesus's secret teachings and his true purpose for coming to the world. They had 'ears to hear' the true message of the Christ. Being subjectively oriented towards the life of the soul, the Gnostics did see many things differently from Orthodox Christians. They focused on the Inner Christ as the core of our nature, not on an outer Savior we must all worship to be saved. Being wise to the unvarnished truth of Jesus's original teachings, they were loath to give credence to Orthodoxy's dogma and creeds. They viewed the Church's belief not as a popularization of Christianity, but as an adulteration of it. They made a vigorous distinction between knowing something from one's own experience and living by some memorized religious faith. The certitude of fundamentalism, they felt, deprive us of our dignity and the liberty to question and seek the truth for ourselves."
The Gnostic Mysteries: The Lost Secrets of the Inner Christ