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March 16, 2014

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This ecumenical blog is written with good intentions, but it's inconsistent with Scripture. It may be consistent with Buddhist texts, that I don't know, but not with Scripture, which according to 2 Timothy 3:16 is "breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness"

In John 14:6 we read:

"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'

Now some want to believe that the "I" Christ says is the "before Abraham, 'I' am" and that the "I" is the same "I" who uttered: "below heaven and earth, I alone am the world-Honored one" - this is some kind of Hinduism (or I don't know how to call it?) that sees the same "Supreme Self" behind all religions. This is nice but again, it's not consistent with
Scripture. 1 John 4:1:

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world."

And how does John say we are to know whether a spirit is true or false? 1 John 4:2:

"By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God"

Come in the flesh. This "in the flesh" is important. This is also the difference between the experience of Saint Paul and an experience of a mystic. Saint Paul did not have a mystical vision. - It is Christ who appeared to him, with His body. This is the main difference between gnostics and Christians - gnostics spiritualize everything, while Christians believe Christ Has actually risen, not as a metaphor, not as a mystical vision, not as a phantasmal apparition, but an actual resurrection, together with the Body. This, I think, is why it's inappropriate to call Saint Paul's experience on the road to Damascus mystical. It was an actual event, according to Christianity, not merely mental. Visions can deceive. 2 Corinthians 11:14: "even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light."

In Christianity, the truth is in the Word, not in unspeakable ecstasy. In John 3:16 we learn that " whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." - It is not something given only to special people who had mystical experiences, but to everyone. This lack of spiritual elitism is another thing that separates Gnosticism from true Christianity.

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