What is Mystery

Both the charismatic  Evangelical and the Eastern Orthodox have a mutual tilt, that is, a bent toward disenchantment. Either seeking more concrete and direct revelation by an ecstatic oracle or a room filled with wood, stone and canvas as instruments both liturgical and pedantic, the outcome is the same. And what it displays seems to be a dissatisfaction with the mundane appearance and nature of the simple Word and Sacrament, which is more mystical and incarnational than either the charismatic or the iconologue may claim to be.

Furthermore, the utilization of icons, veneration and ceremony is an attempt to put face to the unimaginable, limbs to a body that cannot be seen. This is why creative productions for worship and instruction, whether nobly intended or not, are idolatry, a golden calf.  God tells us that the heart of man is deceitful and wicked beyond the understanding of man, and when we attempt to create a link between a something unknown and our physical plain, we will worship and venerate the thing that we have made rather than that which it is intended to signify. It is simply an evitability, it is what we do. Venturing beyond the realm of scripture to the outlier of theological speculation and intuition is a bold and dangerous path to take to arrive at last at orthodoxy.

But the Word is heard from simple men who stand before us and speak forth his word, it is through the mundane that we hear the word of God. And the Sacraments, both baptism and communion, are foolish little things, that alone appear to be something worthy of ridicule, but when connected with that which they signify through the actual revelation He HAS given us, they become mystical, they become vivifying and oh so far from foolish. The mystical nature of Christianity is not found through spiritual rapture or things made with hands. It is found in the mundane. Simple things that God has bound to the thing that they signify. And it is that mundanity, in the very lack of elaboration or attempt to pierce the veil, that the mystical nature of Christianity is found. In the absence of invention and innovation, there is mystery.

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