Religion is, shortly, the reaction of the human soul in the presence of God. As God is as much a part of the environment of man as the earth on which he stands, no man can escape from religion any more than he can escape from gravitation. But though every man necessarily reacts to God, men react of course diversely, each according to his nature, or perhaps we would better say, each according to his temperament. Thus, broadly speaking, three main types of religion arise, corresponding to the three main varieties of the activity of the human spirit, intellectual, emotional, and voluntary. According as the intellect, sensibility, or will is dominant in him, each man produces for himself a religion prevailingly of the intellect, sensibility, or active will; and all the religions which men have made for themselves find places somewhere among these three types, as they produce themselves more or less purely, or variously intermingle with one another.
Doubtless, the title of this month's Article of the Month, will cause some, perhaps many to wonder why an article on "mysticism" has been chosen. Although mysticism exists and has existed for many centuries, "What relation does that have to the modern church?", some may ask. The answer is quite simple and perhaps surprising. Mysticism not only influences the church but in some cases, its tenets and practices have been deliberately adopted by churches. :wow:
Again, here we have an article written in the 1800's which is still relevant today, perhaps more than it has in the past due to the fact that mysticism has slowly, but surely, crept into the modern church under the guidance of those responsible for the teaching and protection of professing believers. As I have often pointed out in various venues, the overwhelming majority of heresies, both in doctrine and practice have been brought into the Church by its professors, teachers, pastors/elders. This truth remains true in our day as well and is the reason why mysticism is now existent in churches. But what is "mysticism"? And how can one recognize it? And what do I do once it is found?
A good place to begin learning about "Mysticism" is by reading this month's article.
You can read it right now by clicking here: Mysticism and Christianity
And for later reading, you can always find it in the Article of the Month section, along with all past articles by going to The Highway homepage
and clicking on the "Article of the Month" logo.
In His service and grace,