A question I often get asked is “why don’t you want to have a mystical experience through meditation, smoking pot or ingesting psychedelic mushrooms?” Well, actually, I’m all for mystical experiences but not the way the inquirers are considering them.
I am able to come close to the heart of God through loving him and accepting his love—having a relationship, not having an experience without a relationship. The Holy Spirit is dwelling in my soul and I have an ever deepening relationship with this God. How much closer to him could I get?
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” — John 16:13
And this truth from the Spirit is only in the bible—66 books of revelation God has given me to learn about him.
“But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” — 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
I can ask God, through prayer, for wisdom about the truths in the bible. When I ask I trust he will give it to me, as he’s promised to do.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” –Matthew 7:7
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” – James 1:5-6
I believe these ways are fully how God wants me to know and experience him and that there is nothing of him to be found through mysticism the way the world uses the term.
The definition of mystical is: Of, relating to, or stemming from direct communion with ultimate reality or God
I’d say that’s exactly what a Christian has.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” — Ephesians 1:7-10
If God wants to give anyone a deeper knowledge of truth already given in the scriptures he is more than capable of allowing visions and prophesies to come to and through anyone the Holy Spirit is indwelling. He can work this out in our day to day lives as we’re awake or asleep so there’s no reason for us to meditate or ‘trip’. If we could be closer to God in these ways, wouldn’t Jesus have taught us so?
I believe the bible is holy, it is the divine word of God, all truth is held inclusively there, and there is no truth to be found through what is not holy. Unlike a pantheist, I find nothing holy about creation whether it is mushrooms, marijuana, or a cow.
I am aware there is another kind of experience people refer to as Christian mysticism. I am not trying to explain that here, I am just giving my own Christian experience of “mysticism.”