Part of the difficulty is so many mystics insisting on altered states of consciousness, trances, and the like. That does happen in Scripture, but those who serve God do so only at His hand, not on their own volition. It’s the same as grace: on God’s initiative alone. Any other thing which claims to reach that place without God’s initiative has entered the Dark Side, as it were. This is the whole point behind the narrative of the Fall, warning people their human talents, abilities and intelligence is not capable of managing the Divine. Biblical mysticism is unique. We will surely debate what Scripture actually says to us, but no valid mystical experience will contradict the Bible.
I recognize most of the mystics I encounter do not share my particular path. That’s fine, but I want them to be aware of that path so they can decide whether reading my stuff is worth their time. I assert there is only one unique Son of God, and while He can and will pass on to us His Spirit, not one of us can duplicate His spiritual accomplishments independently. Without Christ, you cannot enter the presence of the Ultimate Truth. It simply won’t matter what you believe or have experienced, without Christ, you were playing with the Devil. I remain committed to accountability to Scripture, which is where that sharp line is drawn.
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