“I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
—John 14:6, NIV
Much has been written, and there has been much contention throughout history, about this scripture and others like it that seem to justify the exclusive truth claims and saving power of Christianity. Other religions have made similar claims for their own paths, but for this post I’ll focus on Christianity. I believe these claims rely on an interpretation of scripture that is partially correct, but unfortunately misses a greater and far more glorious meaning.
Mysticism seems to be largely misunderstood.
It seems to be either thought of as a kind of dark, ethereal and vague mystery that can never be really known, or as an impractical and vain lofty exercise that can never truly be achieved, at least in this life.
For me, it is neither. Continue reading “Mysticism is Experience of the Real”
There is a term that the scriptures use to refer to something in us that separates us from God. It is called the “natural man,” or at times the “carnal mind.” What is this? And how can a correct understanding of it help us commune with and become one with God? Continue reading “What is the “Natural Man”?”
St. Augustine, or Augustine of Hippo, was an early Christian theologian and philosopher, a Church Father, who was very influential in the development of Western Christian theology. This is from one of his most famous works, Confessions:
And being admonished by these books to return into myself, I entered into my inward soul, guided by thee… And I entered, and with the eye of my soul—such as it was—saw above the same eye of my soul and above my mind the Immutable Light. Continue reading “St. Augustine’s “First Vision” Account”