Fascination with wickedness obscures what is good, and roving desire perverts the innocent mind.
Wisdom of Solomon 4:12

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One Faith of Mystery

I began this blog page with the intention of first speaking on the oneness of God. While the subject has by no means been exhausted, I hope that it has been made abundantly clear that the oneness of God is central to the Christian faith, any misstep with regards to that great truth and we plunge headlong into a religion that is something other than Christianity.

Next, I intend to touch upon the “one faith”. The Christian faith is “one whole faith”. Add any parts to it (post-schism west) or leave any parts out (post-protestant west), and we fall into the same trap as those who fail to apprehend the one God, and end up with another religion.

The first point I want to stress is that this one faith is first and foremost a mystery. What I mean by mystery is that it begins and ends in another dimension, one for which our present dimension has no means to explain fully. Nevertheless, we are created by God to experience and know that dimension. Let us call that dimension the heavens; the place where time is marked out by kairos or eternity, and not chronos or temporality. This dimension is also the place where in the spiritual is as apprehendable as the physical, therefore the place wherein the “One God” dwells with clear perceptibility.

That faith requires both knowledge and participation, the sum of which I want to call experience. Nevertheless, the kind of experience can only be called mystical experience (an experience in the mystery of God’s realm). Unfortunately, in the post schism west we have reduced the Christian to the knowledge of dogma and the practice of virtues. Important as these two may be, they are meaningless without an experience of God. Therefore, the one faith to which I refer is a particular gift that Jesus Christ gives to mankind throught the Holy Spirit so that they can experience God in his ohterwise mysterious existence. The one faith must lead to the expereince of God.

In the blogs to follow I will address various aspects of the one faith that leads to an encounter with the God of mystery.

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