The word mystical is derived from the Greek mystikos meaning "secret," and muo meaning "concealed." Why all the mystery? Why is it concealed? Why do people keep it a secret? This seems like shady business. But is it?
An addition to the BHT, a passage in which Paul talks about coming to know Christ directly within one's Self, which is the resurrection. (The painting above is "Saint Paul Writing His Epistles," attributed to Valentin de Boulogne, dated 1618-1620.) 7 Whatever things I gained in the world, any advantages and wealth, all of that [...]
An addition to the BHT, on how we may come to know God through Love. (The painting above is "Saint Augustine," by Philippe de Champaigne, c. 1645-1650, oil on canvas.)
An addition to the BHT, where Jesus speaks with a woman about what it is we should be worshiping, adoring, reverencing, cherishing, loving.
An addition to the BHT, concerning how we can know for ourselves if these things are really from God, or if they are from Bryce's own deranged mind.
Much has been written, and there has been much contention throughout history, about this scripture and others like it that seem to justify the exclusive truth claims and saving power of Christianity. Other religions have made similar claims for their own paths, but for this post I'll focus on Christianity. I believe these claims rely on an interpretation of scripture that is partially correct, but unfortunately misses a greater and far more glorious meaning.
Though he has no form my eyes saw him, his glory is fire in my mind that knows
It pervades the entire universe but nothing pervades it. It is effulgent by nature, and its splendor illumines everything...
I am not my body.
I am not my thoughts.
I am not my mind.
I am not my brain...
He lays asleep, unknowing
Emptiness and nowhere
No time, no space