The Gnostics were seekers, open to new knowledge, not fixated on the past but trusted the "living Christ."
There was more to being a Christian than believing in hell, the virgin birth, and bodily resurrection.
Gnostics did not believe his intent was to establish a Church, led only by males that could dictate rules for faith and morality. Their intent was not to establish Christianity as a political power to condemn others or to become a state religion.
Lost in the midst of many emotional struggles over beliefs was a different way to be Christian than claiming that there was only one true way to be Christian. Certainly, the Gnostics had beliefs but theirs were open to change and not final answers. Beliefs were open to debate, but more importantly faith was a seeking for truth, not declaring it blindly or arrogantly.
Gnostic Christianity emphasized one's experience and personal connection to Christ through what they called "gnosis." The experience of gnosis could range from what happened to Paul on the Damascus Road -- to ones receiving enlightenment.
Theologically can one honestly believe every article of the Apostles' Creed? This document, or tool for authority, was not written by the Twelve Disciples or Apostles.
The Gnostic Gospels shockingly open new doors to the "others" of the time of Jesus. These include Thomas, Phillip Mary Magdalene and other unnamed followers who knew Jesus and believed he was the Prophet of Truth and Salvation through spirituality.