A Christian Mysticism

A beautiful shot of the Cambria, CA coastline (by my wife, Gem)

Yesterday was my third day working on my Unhurried writing project. I was grateful for some more creative ideas and about six pages of an introduction. Each day seems to be gaining momentum. If you’ve been praying, please keep on!

Not all of my writing has been on topic this week. I had a few thoughts about Christian mysticism. Some feel that’s contradiction in terms, but I don’t.

I’m using mysticism here to describe a personal, experienced encounter with God. There is a sense of direct communion with the Father through the Son by the Spirit. It is not Eastern mysticism, but Christian mysticism. I see it as related to mystery. It is an entering into the real Presence of God through Christ. It is experienced relationship, rather than the idea of relationship or a doctrinal, theological affirmation of relationship with Him. Talking about a relationship with God through Christ and by the Spirit is not the same as having such a relationship with Him. I think there are many Christians, Catholic or Protestant, who don’t really understand or realize the difference I’m describing.

Let me close today with a great word from G. K. Chesterton on the subject:

“Mysticism keeps men sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. The ordinary man has always been sane because the ordinary man has always been a mystic.” (G. K. Chesterton. Orthodoxy. Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 1994, 2001, p. 31.)

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4 thoughts on “A Christian Mysticism

  1. Alan, I continue to lift you up in prayer to complete your book. It is quite an undertaking. We will all be blessed from your diligence and effort when it is published. Thank you for keeping us posted as to your progress. Blessings. Virgil

    • Virgil – thank you for your prayers. This has been a week of God’s Spirit doing a deep work in me, both related to the book, but also related to my own soul as I’ve had these days of solitude, silence and reflection. Your prayers have been a help as well. I trust God’s grace will carrying this good work of writing on to completion.

  2. Alan I agree with you. In Mysticism Jesus is a mirror to reflect and guide the Christian mystic into the machine of the mind so things can be set right. We can hire others to work for us, to take care of our physical needs, but there are some things we must do ourselves.

  3. Pingback: G. K. Chesterton on Christian Mysticism | Unsettled Christianity

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