The Christian of the Future will be a Mystic, or he will not exist at all - Karl Rahner
I am a future Mystic and in the last 10 years I've witnessed the rise and popularity of Atheism, the segregation and division of Christianity due to
numerous denominations, the watering down of the teachings due to the east/west schism, and the slow but sure emptying of the church pews.
The Bible even predicts Christians will be persecuted and killed for their beliefs, and I see a time will come when a Christian will be a minority and
will have to risk travesty were they to speak of their Faith. Which means the death of most of these denominations. However the good news is the
Christian Mystic will be the keeper of the flame and will carry it on into the future.
For a Mystic does not just hold to a belief, faith, and dogma ....but tapers these with actually experiential testing. Direct experiences of Divine
truths are what this is all about.
For myself, when I was a mere Evangelical, movies like Zeitgeist and a sudden emergence of larger numbers of Atheists on the college scene ready for
debate, really put my faith and belief system to a test and had me on the verge of leaving. However the direct experiences kept me firmly established
in unquestionable undoubtedness
I find it boils down to 2 parties. Those who have experienced the Divine, and those who don't. Those who don't are left with faith/belief in one camp
(Religion), and complete skepticism which keeps them from even investigating or gaining towards an experience, in the other
Overall, I have adjusted my system. I see OT as a bunch of reports, of how things went down, so I brush it off, but the NT is a system of life and
their is an Absolute to strive for, which would be CHristhood, Love, Selflessness, or Enlightenment. This Enlightenment I also find in Buddhism and
many philosophical systems of thought when doing cross comparative studies.
So there it is. My experiences, many of which happened after getting Baptized, hold me firmly rooted in the teachings of Christ being actual facts
that lead to mystical experiences for anyone that follows them. I have since remembered pre-existing, had my third eye opened, many times psychic
events take place randomly, and lots of energy channels open up inside my body, amongst many other things like merging with an Infinite Ocean of
Consciousness here and there.
It is impossible for me deny these experiences for they have seemed more stable and real than the everyday realities we are all used to. I know
directly that I am neither the body nor the mind, but a soul which inhabits this body and uses the mind for discernment. Love, joy, appreciating
Art/Music, is of the Soul. Lust, greed, hatred, jealousy, and over all animalism is of the body/mind complex. There is a schism within us all and we
are all called to transcend. Very little do.
(All this coming from an ex-atheist/agnostic)
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