For instance the Gnostics, according to the Church Fathers, copied much of their doctrine from Platonism, Graeco-Egyptian paganism and far eastern religiosity and claimed, totally falsely, that this is what Jesus taught. The Gnostic doctrines are obvious in this plagiarizing of paganism and denial of the true Jesus Christ. In the East the Buddhist teaching of how Sakyamuni (Gotama), the Buddha, obtained his “enlightenment” is obviously diabolic and has a great deal in common with Graeco-Egyptian mysticism in the west; especially this is extremely similar to Simon Magus’ portrayal of himself entwined with snakes in the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil as a man-god to be sought after as the ultimate teacher of true knowledge. The prime example: The Dragon Flower Tree (the banyan or pipal [fig] tree) from which the great white serpent from the abyss (the devil) granted Gotama (the Buddha) his “enlightenment” which consisted of his denying the I AM and being his own saviour. Otherwise known as the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil which in classical and traditional Catholic teaching is the first type of the devil. Gn:2:17: 17 But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat. For in what day soever thou shalt eat of it, thou shalt die the death. (DRV)
There has been a recent upsurge in the blasphemous syncretism especially of the kind of Simon Magus and the other ancient gnostics. Instead of an Apostolic confession of faith in certain Catholic and Orthodox circles, among others, an evolutionary naturalism claiming that the Christian faith is an evolutionary step in religious developement is being proposed. This is A LIE. An example is that the gods and goddesses of Egypt could somehow be "types" of the true God and His Christ and the blessed virgin Mary. This is apostasy. the book of Wisdom makes that plain:
Wisdom: 14:8 But the idol that is made by hands, is cursed, as well it, as he that made it: and it because being frail it is called a god.
See also, Wisdom Chapters 14 through 18 wherein it is shown that all the idols and false gods thereof of Egypt were cursed by God and He delivered His people therefrom and caused the devils and demons, the false gods/goddesses, behind the the idols to destroy their worshippers,the Egyptians.
This modern idea, advanced first by the ancient Gnostics, that the true God and the false gods could be the same is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. This isn't Catholic or Orthodox. It is Vatican II Romanism and Synthetic Orthodox Gnostic Church, where Orthodox is really heterodox and Romanism is simply a total reversal to willful pagan rejection of Christ and salvation.
Instead come to Jesus Christ Who said:
6 Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me. (DRV)