There is a problem endemic to Christianity and many religious traditions, which is to say that the theological perspectives are often built upon other theological perspectives which are at best specious.
The people making various kinds of theological arguments often have their hearts in the right place. However, those arguments often have little to do with encountering God directly.
But we run into yet another problem: without the theology (and here I include the ritualism and mythology in the definition), we have no hope of understanding or creating even the idea of encountering the Divine.
Yet another problem: without theological training, the direct encounter of the Great Mystery that is God can render a person unstable. Even with proper theological training, there are accounts of people developing all kinds of mental conditions.
I've even happened upon people who claim some form of enlightenment...who are also genuinely terrible in other ways.
These are all issues to be dealt with and confronted. A balance must be struck.
I pray, then, that the Holy Spirit would be present in our Church and with each of our members, that we may be guided to what is appropriate to us as a community and what is appropriate to us as individuals.
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