The question is not whether we foolish humans think something is okay or not.....the question is what does the Bible say about such things?
Nowhere in the Bible do we have the instructions:
"If by plain teaching a man will not see the truth about God, then please attempt to reach him through whatever methods seem appropriate."No, it never says that, and in fact, Paul rebuked the Colossians for chasing after empty, mystical visions after having laid hold of Christ:
"Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind." (Col 2:18)
But as Christians, we have something far better than whipped-up mystical experiences: we have God's Word. Astonishing that such a thing could even exist, and astonishing that access to the mind of God is given to such as us.
Reader Question: "If man doesn't find God in his soul, 'totally depraved' as it may be, he won't find it anywhere."
Here's the bottom line on that: if in fact it is true that a man can find God in his own soul, then what is the point of the Cross? If I could get there as a Hindu, if mystical Jews can get there through Kabbalah, if Native American Indians can get there through Shamanism, then why the Cross?
I would submit to you that there is something even greater than whipped up mystical states demonically designed to comfort and lull the lost soul into thinking he knows God when in fact he is far from God......and that is forgiveness of sins. After that, who needs the cheap crack high of a mystical state?
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