Many denominations exist that claim to be the oldest/original denominations of Christianity, then there are those that are new, and have no issue admitting it.
Quite frankly, I don’t care what label you use to describe your faith, so long as you believe in three basic things.
- God loves you.
- Jesus died to save you.
- Jesus is the Son of God.
Now, getting deeper into these things is where we come to the place of studying the scriptures. While the literal, grounded rendition of interpreting the scriptures is a good way to start, there are two other variations of how to interpret the scriptures that I think we would be remiss to dismiss. But that is neither here nor there. Also, it’s another blog post altogether.
Christians claim a conversion experience. Many claim to experience God, in one way or another. Not all, mind you. Many say that they have their Bible and their faith, and that is enough for them. It is always a shame to see these people. How can any Christian be content with just that little bit? I don’t know. There is a paradox in the faith of Christianity. Being content in God should always lead to a desire for more of Him.
I found my place searching the Mystical traditions of our faith. And in doing so, I discovered the need for the church world to return, to Mysticism. Now, Mysticism has some things that have been questionable, in it’s uses in the East, or in New Age religions, and like everything, requires wisdom in the practice thereof. Fortunately for us, God promises wisdom to any who desire it of Him. We have but to ask. Mysticism has a home in the Orthodox church. Albeit, those churches have some questionable doctrine, if you read the Bible. But that is neither here nor there. They emphasize the leading of the Spirit, more so than the Charismatics and the Pentacostals. The Baptists do as well, to an extent, but I’ve been in more dead baptist services that preach against the Baptism of the Holy Ghost than I care to count.
However. I know that it would be beneficial to all Christians to learn the Mystical practices, requiring them to engage in their spirit, to learn of God in a manner that opens their understanding to the scriptures, and to God in all places. All is in God, though not all is God. All creation consists in God, and God is in all things, but you must not worship all things, but rather the God that created them.
God created us to be mirrors of His glory, and in Christ, glorified us with Christ, who lives in us as believers. So His glory should shine through us, and be reflected on us as well as refracted by us. We were created to be equal in glory and splendor, but never in stature, for what created being can ever be equal in stature with the Divinely uncreated deity?
If we preach these things though, people claim that we are speaking heresy. Sounds to me like God speaks heresy then, since you have but to look through the scriptures to find these things. It’s like the doctrine that says we can be free from sin, and not sin. When you preach it, people get uptight about the “sinless perfection” claims. But hey, it’s in there. I’ll give the example.
In Galatians it says that if we walk in the spirit, we won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Elsewhere it says this: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, who are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
In Romans it tells us that any whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.
The first thing I would tell you, in your studies of Mysticism as a Christian, is to go to the Bible, and ask the very question that Mystics of all traditions ask: Who Am I? And if you are farther along in your studies, but skipped that step, come back to it.
Search what God wants for you. Always asking the question in prayer, supplication, and meditation as you search the Word of the Lord. Then get it right. Get it hard. Get it and understand it. Learn your identity, who you are as a Son or Daughter of God.
And for the heresy hunters that dislike what I’m saying here about being sinless… I’m not. I’m saying that you can live free from it in righteousness. Your sin from your past is no more who you are, for you should be dead to sin. I’m saying to be perfect. Jesus Himself tells us to be perfect. I’m saying to be Holy. in Peter we are told to be Holy.
How can we do these things? Simply by following the two commandments of Christ for us. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.
The fulfillment of the Law is Love. So become love, and you will be perfect, and Holy. How do we do this? Simple! Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and ALL these things shall be added unto you. Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is within us! So seek Him IN you. Learn to be in your spirit, to commune with His Spirit.
This, my friends, is the beginning of Mysticism.