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Today’s Top Tweet – Arrogance of some mystics?

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Okay I’ll admit I just looked over this article, giving it a quick scan. But what I seemed to see is a view that I used to hold until, ironically, I got a little closer to God.

The author says that mysticism and holiness are not disconnected. And on that I’d agree. But to say that holiness depends on mysticism, I think, is a mistake.

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Again, I used to think that way. But as I get older it seems that some people just “have it” without being terribly introspective. These people can be quite active and not sitting in a dark room meditating all day.

I think one of the biggest dangers of mysticism is self-aggrandisement. And the second you start thinking you’re better or closer to God than others because you have religious experiences, well, you’ve lost it my friend.

Simple as that.

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” ~ John 20:29

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7 thoughts on “Today’s Top Tweet – Arrogance of some mystics?

  1. I don’t think the quote of Christ was meant to condemn those who had, indeed, seen him. I think he was honoring those – who had not.

    As far as this statement: “I think one of the biggest dangers of mysticism is self-aggrandisement. And the second you start thinking you’re better or closer to God than others because you have religious experiences, well, you’ve lost it my friend.”

    Poor boys, will always, hate ice cream…

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    • I’m not exactly sure what you are trying to imply in your last statement, but it’s amusing all the same. Ice cream means different things to different people. Look up “denotation-connotation” at earthpages.ca.

      https://earthpages.wordpress.com/?s=denotation+connotation

      Whenever I write it’s always in a context. I’ve usually got something or someone on my mind and want to make a statement, that particular day.

      What I write is not a universal, grand theory of everything!

      Along those lines, Jesus also spoke to some of the disciples differently than other people because he knew they would understand the more esoteric points. And he apparently came to St. Faustina and other saints on a near daily basis. I admire Faustina, a woman, very much. I think she is one of the great saints.

      The point I was trying to make is a fairly standard one among religion writers: There are different kinds of religious experience. Some lead to a smug sense of superiority. Others to humility.

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