Truth and Spiritual Experience

It is very important to realize, over against modern concepts of “spiritual experience,” that the biblically-based experience rests firmly on truth. It is not only an emotional experience, nor is it contentless. We can think of true spirituality as having three parts. 1. The indispensable beginning is to consider who (or what) “is there,” and how I can have a relationship to him (or it). 2. That something must be understood and defined. You cannot have a personal relationship with something unknown. 3. Then, having understood who it is with whom I am to have a personal relationship and how I may have it, comes the actual step of entering into that relationship. The Bible calls this being converted, “born again,” and this is a step which a person can take only as an individual. We cannot be born again in groups, but only one at a time. But to say that this is an individual matter is not the same as to say it is individualistic. The words may sound alike, but they are worlds apart. This gives the basis for a whole sociological and cultural concept.  

True spirituality cannot be abstracted from truth at one end, nor from the whole man and the whole culture at the other. If there is a true spirituality, it must encompass all.   

Thoughts developed and/or taken from the works of Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, Trilogy – The God Who Is There 

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