Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Mystic


Mysticism by definition is the doctrine of direct communication or spiritual intuition of divine truth (ESP-Evangelical Sensory Perception); a transcendental union of the soul or mind with the divine.

There is and always has been a mystical aspect to the Christian 'Way'. It is in effect the place where the 'organ of man's spiritual consciousness' (our spiritual heart muscle) meets God. It is the seat of the transcendental feeling of 'that which was and is and ever shall be'; it is the conviction that life is good. It is metaphysical (immaterial, not physical) we find it in prayer, meditation, aesthetics and poetry. It is the consciousness or sense of the Divine encapsulated in the observance of, or the sensation of awe in that which exists and is magnified beyond our understanding. Einstein said 'My sense of God is my sense of wonder at the universe.' Whether you are a 'mystic' or not it is a fundamental basis upon which the Christian faith is built. Its existence is the justification of itself and asceticism and the self-renouncing life. Our link to reality lies at this juncture, in that there lies a position enabling man to commune with the Absolute, and that this reality exists for the purpose of that communion.

The Theologia Germanica says, "The two eyes of the soul of man cannot both perform their work at once: but if the soul shall see with the right eye into eternity, then the left eye must close itself and refrain from working, and be as though it were dead. For if the left eye be fulfilling its office toward outward things, that is holding converse with time and the creatures, then must the right eye be hindered in its working; that is in its contemplation." Jesus said "if your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell" and "No one can serve two masters..." (Matthew 5:29 & 6:24)

"There is within us an immense capacity for perception, for the receiving of messages from outside; and a very little consciousness which deals with them." Multi-tasking is the byword of this time. The information available and at a speed which is mind-blowing (I currently have 10 programs running, which is nothing) is evidence of this phenomenon. Isaiah stated in 6:9 "...go and tell this people, 'keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.' Make the heart of this people dull, and their eyes heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, ...and be healed." and in Romans 11:8 '...God has given to them a spirit of slumber, eyes not to see, and ears not to hear."

In order to counter the culture in which we live there has to be a radical (from the root) change in lifestyle reflective of our desire to reach the heart of God and even more importantly to hear the heart of God. The prevailing and outwardly manifest opinion of the Church by our society is that Christians have or are seeking a congenial relationship with God, delighting in his perfections, in the assurance of his love, in submission to his will, in satisfaction in the enjoyment of his favour. The end which is to be attained in actuality is union with God. The seekers of our day are searching for the sensory realization of this phenomenon, it is the underlying current of the movement of the Emerging church, in that there must be something more to Church than what is represented by mainline denominations.
For the most part this group of people is unreachable by the church. In the pursuit of these idealist encounters with the Divine our ability to accurately communicate the realm of the Kingdom and all its nuances of thought and belief is hampered by the rhetoric of Christianity. Augustine said 'human language labors from its absolute great poverty." Wherein lies the answer?

God

"With men these things are impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Our lives must be lives of discipline, so altering in its make-up that the hidden things of God become evidence of the deeper levels of our existence, reflecting the Divine, in the way we are guided and sustained and in the depth of our souls.

A cross to bear is found!


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