reply to post by Deetermined
"The Evangelical Attraction to Mysticism" The article devotes its last section to thirteen reasons why mysticism is not compatible with true
I came to learn about Christ and become a Christian through Evangelical platforms, but the later on found the Evangelical Church to be largely dead,
watered down, and in a sense, a branch off a tree of apostasy. It's a Westernized branch of thought which holds to the highest esteem, the Intellect
and the doctrines, instead of the heart and God himself. I'm no longer Evangelical .....I'm a Soul inside of an Avatar freed from the World and
it's programming through the teachings of Christ, Buddha, Maharshi, Zen, Taosim, etc
It confuses the Imago Dei (the Image of God) with the Essentia Dei (Essence of God)
It's the Western Church which confuses the 2. The Original church, Jesus, disciples, and the Esoteric core of Eastern Orthodoxy allowed one to
directly know and experience both the image & essence allowing understanding of both, whereas the West merely assumes and theorizes them
It undermines the need for a structured local church
What Church did Jesus go to when he was around? He was a wanderer and the leaders of the Church's then (Pharisees & Saducees) wanted to stone him and
kill him. Some are called to the hermit life, others to monkhood, others merely blend in to the world while personally practicing and working on their
relationships with God & Christ.
It intrudes into forbidden areas of spiritual life
Says Man, not God
It creates a breed of "Christian" superbeings
All under the direction and submission of God, with all ego out of the way. We are all called to Christhood as Paul said, not I, but Christ in me.
Christhood, by its very definition, will bring with it the same direct experiences and abilities for miracles the Jesus and the Disciples had. Not
some watered down and hour a week regular church goer.
It is intensely synergistic
It renders void the need for forensic justification
The forensic justification ha already been supplied in the writings & blueprints of previous Saints, Monks, Hermits, Mystics, & Desert Fathers
It denies the substitutionary atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ
That's not true. If the Atonement is real and genuine for all of the sins (or some say Karma) of the world, then that stands of its own accord and
weight no matter what anyone says or does.
It undermines the need for the Incarnation
Sin/Karma killer, Enlightened Master, Teacher, and a Light bearer to the darkness that was Judaism. Nothing undermined
It pretends that it is selfless but it is in fact an example of the ultimate in self-centeredness
That's the biggest joke of them all on this list. I personally know mystics, yogi's mulsims, hindus that are more Christlike than just about every
Christian I've ever met. Spiritual self-centerdness is an ego trap and is not discussed in the Western Church's as one of the traps of ego, nor is
ego and it's intricacies discussed either. This claim is an absolute joke
It bases its assurance on extreme subjectivism
The forensic justification ha already been supplied in the writings & blueprints of previous Saints, Monks, Hermits, Mystics, & Desert Fathers. Any
subjectivism can be checked and tempered with the existing manuals and blueprints giving all experiences checks and balances.
It inevitably leads to false ecumenism
Any separations and divisions is brought about by the illusuory false ego, and therefore the only false ecumensim is the one brought about be each
It inexorably moves towards interfaithism
That's fine by me. I've seen and read and learned things from other faiths that make Christianity look like a watered down kindergarden books on the
how to's of God, knowing one's self, over coming sin, grace, and all the various aspects that have to do with an individuals personal relationship
with God. On top of this, we are all Souls inherently, no matter what "faith we choose, we have all pre-existed, come from God, and will eventually
return there one way or another.
It is a manifestation of the original satanic lie at the beginning of human history
Yeah Ok. Laughable. The whole "anything that's not in the Bible is of the Devil" philosophy is a laughably dead one. That means all books that
discuss science, math, cooking recipes, psychology, self improvement, manuals, psychology, and the rest o the world's knowledge is of the Devil.