The unitive mystical experience can be compared to falling into a black hole. When compared this way, it doesn’t sound like a nice experience. Likewise, for many mystics throughout history, their divine experiences weren’t always a merry venture, sometimes encountering hellish realms along the way (see, for example, St. Teresa of Ávila, or St. John of the Cross’s Dark Night of the Soul).
But the similarities between the mystical encounter and theoretically travelling into a black hole are quite interesting to consider. It makes me wonder if there is more to it than mere analogy. Is there something fundamental to the nature of the universe that mystics are actually experiencing that may also be found in black holes? Continue reading “The Mysticism of Falling into a Black Hole”
An addition to the BHT, where “Paul” writes about the mystery of God found in Christ, and the resulting relationship to philosophy, tradition, teachers, and law. (The photo above is of Papyrus 46 (c. 175–225), one of the oldest New Testament manuscripts, showing the Greek text of the opening lines of Colossians 2.) Continue reading “Colossians 2 BHT, The Mystery of God in Christ, and the Law”
This is the one of the greatest questions which has puzzled humanity for millennia. Where did we come from? What is our origin, our source? PBS Digital Studios and the YouTube channel It’s Okay To Be Smart has put together a great introduction on the topic, a summary of all of our scientific discoveries. Continue reading “Video: Where Did Life Come From?”
An addition to the BHT, a passage in which Paul talks about coming to know Christ directly within one’s Self, which is the resurrection. (The painting above is “Saint Paul Writing His Epistles,” attributed to Valentin de Boulogne, dated 1618-1620.) Continue reading “Philippians 3:7-11 BHT, Knowing Christ and this Resurrection”
Exactly 500 years ago today, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to a church door that started the Protestant Reformation (31 October 1517). What were those “theses” or propositions? Might they have any application today?
Continue reading “A Thesis for the Church”
An addition to the BHT, about the many hypocritical problems with religious authorities. (The painting above is by James Tissot (1836-1902), “Woe unto You, Scribes and Pharisees,” Brooklyn Museum.)
Continue reading “Matthew 23:2-11 BHT, Hypocrisy of Religious Authorities”
An addition to the BHT, about the insufficiency of outward commandments, laws and rules. Continue reading “Hebrews 10:1 BHT, Commandments are Insufficient”