Many religious folks insist on answers that are always
true. We love closure, resolution and clarity, while thinking that we
are people of "faith"! How strange that the very word "faith" has come
to mean its exact opposite.
People who have really met the Holy are always humble. It’s
the people who don’t know who usually pretend that they do. People
who’ve had any genuine spiritual experience always know they don’t know.
They are utterly humbled before mystery. They are in awe before the
abyss of it all, in wonder at eternity and depth, and a Love, which is
incomprehensible to the mind. It is a litmus test for authentic God
experience, and is – quite sadly – absent from much of our religious
I think he’s on to something, is he not? I especially love the part
about the word "faith" becoming its exact opposite in our culture
today. Perhaps there are things that are beyond reason and certainty.
Those are the places where faith and mystery intersect.