Last night I joined the good folks at Countryside Church in Omaha, NE for their weekly webcast, Darkwood Brew. Needless to say, our topic was Christian mysticism. The host, Dr. Eric Elnes, invited me to comment on what he described as three “myths” related to Christian mysticism — three common misconceptions that many Christians might have about mysticism that might prevent them from taking it seriously as a means of fostering a deeper spirituality.
Here are the three myths:
- That mysticism, even Christian mysticism, is a hopelessly subjective experience;
- That mysticism is just about supernatural or extraordinary phenomena;
- That mysticism is too good to be true: that the average person really can’t have union with God.
Watch the show to see my response to these myths. My interview segments start at about 22:02 and 41:20.
Can you think of any other myths — common misconceptions — that prevent Christians from fully embracing the joy and splendor of intimate union with God?