Mystical faith and hard truth
I’ve had a lot of discussions lately about why I believe in God. While I do respect the conclusions come to I think people do a pretty miserable job of trying to explain away or interpret my experiences. There is a strong mystic element to my faith that has led me and guided me through my journey. The signposts of my mystic journey testify to the truth of my experience with God in a deep and profound way. I cannot communicate that truth because people haven’t experienced what I’ve experienced. It frustrates me when people try to shoehorn the depth of my journey in to their experience. I’m astonished at how so few people stop to think, hey wait a minute, this isn’t something I’ve experienced, maybe I should pursue it. Maybe there is some mystery I haven’t yet explored, some revelation I’ve yet to discover. That is a great deception in the church. That all there is to Jesus is what fits in to my little history. Another myth is that all mystical experiences are equal. It might seem like that to people who have never encountered a true mystical experience but saying all spiritual experiences are equal is like saying that Twisted Sister and Beethoven have the same validity as musicians.
When people try to fit faith in the supernatural in to a naturalist grid it is like using a 2d perspective to communicate a 3d experience. It just doesn’t suit, it doesn’t work. When I hear people criticize the 3d spiritual world from a 2d naturalistic perspective it seems so inadequate. It is difficult to respond.
I understand that the church has lied to people and told them to suck it up and take it on faith. That doesn’t mean all that there is to God is understandable, that anytime we are called to make a leap of faith it means we check our brains in the door. Even the world of science has its paradoxes and mysteries and yet we still believe in science. Light is a particle and wave, and we don’t know how or why, but until we embrace the paradox we are limited in our understanding of the universe.
We can biased in our faith and in our doubt. Once people invest a lot of time and sacrifice for a higher power they not naturally inclined to doubt. Sometimes our view of ourselves needs a religious landscape to define our identity. These things bias us towards spiritual faith. At the same time there are lot of people who are biased against faith. They are hurting and disappointed with God. It is easier to blame God or doubt God instead of honestly dealing with their feelings. Sometimes there is something they know is wrong with their life but would rather redefine God than face some difficult truths.