Merton & Nouwen: sacrificing truth for mystical experiences

by Ray Yungen

Contemplative advocates propose that there has been something vital and important missing from the church for centuries... something necessary for their spiritual vitality. That implies that the Holy Spirit has been fully effective for hundreds of years, and that the secret key that unlocks our knowledge of God has yet to be been found ....

Contemplatives are making a distinction between studying God's Word versus experiencing Him, suggesting that we cannot hear Him or really know Him simply by knowing His Word and praying to Him -- we must be contemplative.... But the Bible makes it clear that the Word of God is living and active, and has always been that way! We come to love Him by filling our minds with that Word, not through a mystical practice of stopping the flow of thought....

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