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A dissolute Ophite* Gnostic sect (c.175- 225), the Cainites believed the Creator to be so evil that his laws should be inverted and his recorded enemies (Cain, Esau, Korah) commended. For example, the mastery of Cain over Abel showed the impotence of the Creator. Judas Iscariot was commended, by some for opposing Christ, by others for facilitating His soteriological work. Their writings included a “Gospel of Judas” and an account of the revelations to Paul in the third heaven.