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What is Christian mysticism? Are theosis, contemplative prayer, Ignatius of Loyola’s spiritual exercises, and the theosophy of Jakob Boehme, compatible with Holy Scripture?

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  1. Hebrews 4:12

    “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

    May we not foolishly think that we can divide and judge Holy Scripture with our fleeting human intellect. We must never place our human reasoning and experiences over the Word of God, for indeed it is It that judged us not us that judges it.

    Thank you Pastor Sullivan this is yet another thing that God used through His Word to bring me to Lutheranism!!
    I’m so glad to be out out that other scene

    It really does make faith a work, like if you don’t feel enough how can you be saved and so forth.
    Straight heresy if you ask me.

  2. It’s friustrating dealing with the Orthodox at times, as they seem to sidestep theological discussion in the name of “mystery.” This topic as well as justification are good examples of this habit.

  3. Ive been doing research on the Logos on my channel and i can see how the EO value "Mysticism" it can be a very broad term from anything such as studying the scriptures to ones own personal prayer life. How the Logos is Logic so I was finding Golden Ratio, Eulers formula, Pi etc etc all in the Greek New Testament which is a big emphasis on the metaphysics of Elohim/Theos and Logos in theology.

  4. I was able to reach this state for a few weeks back in January. It is as heaven, the experience is as if you are in direct communion with the father. I don't think it's possible to do it until you reach spiritual maturity, and as such the final form accomplishes nothing. Still, if possible, it should be done daily.

    Repetition of prayer isn't at all required, you simply (hah!) need to let go of the cares of the world and as such when I went back to work after paternity leave I lost the ability.

    It isn't something that needs to be chased after, yet I can think of nothing better than to be in this state when I die

    But those why deny it exists are in error. It has the testimony of the fathers and all the ages. As mentioned Arnt's book 3 teaches it plainly and directly.