Another good salvo from Mike DeVries

My "little brother", Mikey DeVries came up with another blog home run today…good thoughts that I needed to hear and in which I need to "soak" in for a bit.  Mystery is something that brings us to our knees…it is the ultimate truth that continues to show us our humanity is limited and dependent upon God.  Without mystery, it’s the "tree of the knowledge of good/evil" all over again…in wanting all the answers, we essentially confess to the world that we are politicking to be gods.  So Mikey, thanks for the intellectual Christmas gift…keep giving!

Came across this thought by Richard Rohr via God’s Politics. The minute I read it, I was completely taken with how dead on right he is. See for yourself…

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
conversation today.

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.

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