do not see the necessity or usefulness of all its parts, and call that reasoning.? Newman Smyth, Death?s Place in Evolution, 86 ? ?Unbelief is a shaft sunk down into the darkness of the earth.
Drive the shaft deep enough, and it would come out into the sunlight on the earth?s other side.? The most unreasonable people in the world are those who depend solely upon reason in the narrow sense. ?The better to exalt reason, they make the world irrational.? ?The hen that has hatched ducklings walks with them to the water?s edge but there she stops, and she is amazed when they go on. So reason stops and faith goes on, finding its proper element in the invisible. Reason is the feet that stand on solid earth; faith is the wings that enable us to fly; and normal man is a creature with wings.? Compare gnw~siv ( <540620>1 Timothy 6:20 ? the knowledge which is falsely so call?) with ejpi>gnwsi ( <610102>2 Peter 1:2 ? ?the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord? = full knowledge, or true knowledge). See Twesten, Dogmatik 1:467-500; Julius Muller, Proof-texts, 4,5; Mansel, Limits of Religious thought, 96; Dawson, Modern Ideas of Evolution.
3. Scripture and Mysticism . As rationalism recognizes too little as coming from God, so mysticism recognizes too much.
A. True mysticism. ? We have seen that there is an illumination of the minds of all believers by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit, however makes no new revelation of truth, but uses for his instrument the truth already revealed by Christ in nature and in the Scriptures. The illuminating work of the Spirit is therefore an opening of men?s minds to understand Christ?s previous revelations. As one initiated into the mysteries of Christianity, every true believer may be called a mystic. True mysticism is that higher knowledge and fellowship which the Holy Spirit gives through the use of nature and scripture as subordinate and principal means
?Mystic? = one initiated, from mu>w , ?to close the eyes? ? probably in order that the soul may have inward vision of truth. But divine truth is a ?mystery,? not only as something into which one must be initiated, but as ujperba>llousa th~v gnw>sewv ( <490319>Ephesians 3:19) ? surpassing full knowledge, even to the believer; see Meyer on <451125>Romans 11:25 ? ?I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery.? The Germans have Mystik . With a favorable sense,... Mysticismus with an unfavorable sense, ? corresponding respectively to our true and false mysticism. True mysticism is intimated in <431613>John 16:13 ? ?the spirit of truth...shall guide you into all the truth?; <490309>Ephesians 3:9 ? ?dispensation of the mystery?; <460210>1 Corinthians 2:10 ? ?unto us God revealed them through
Was this article helpful?