Re: Chaplains Corner
Some of this is loosely adapted from the book Orthodoxy by Chesterton:
We must understand that it is mysticism which keeps us sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. The ordinary man has always been sane because the ordinary man has always been a mystic. He has always had one foot on the earth, and the other in - somewhere else. He has always left himself free to doubt his gods; but unlike the Atheist, free also to believe in them. Thus he has always believed that there was such a thing as fate, but such a thing as free will also. Thus he believed that children were indeed the kingdom of heaven, but nevertheless ought to be obedient to the kingdom of earth. He admired youth because it was young and age because it was not. It is exactly this balance of apparent contradictions that has been the whole survival characteristic, the whole SANENESS, of the healthy human being. The whole secret of mysticism is this: that man can understand everything with the help of what he does not understand.
The Word of God tells us much about the mystery which we cannot understand or explain:
Romans 11:33; "God's riches, wisdom, and knowledge are so deep that it is impossible to explain his decisions or to understand his ways."
Ecclesiastes 3:11(GWT); "It is beautiful how God has done everything at the right time. He has put a sense of eternity in people's minds. Yet, mortals still can't grasp what God is doing from the beginning to the end of time."
Proverbs 25:2 (NCV); "God is honored for what he keeps secret. Kings are honored for what they can discover."
So do not waste your time lamenting that you cannot grasp everything which you would like to grasp. It is the MYSTERY that keeps you seeking, instead of just kicking back, relaxing, and stagnating into nothing but a big lump of dead flesh.
God bless you, guys!
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.