Excerpt from My New Book: Be Still and Listen 04-01-2018

The divisive legalistic approach to the Bible baffled mystics through the ages. It led mystics to pronounce, “Why has Christianity preferred the courtroom to the bridal chamber?”

The focal point of the Bible should be the marriage of the soul to God—the unity of Jesus’s divinity and humanity, which can be mirrored in us. The passionate romance of the Song of Songs[i] should be central, not legal deliberations.

But, of course, the problem is not the Bible. The problem is our approach to Scripture and the way it’s taught. I resonate with author Kathleen Norris: “Children . . . begin to reject both poetry and religion for similar reasons, because the way both are taught takes the life out of them.”

The unitive, compassionate mind of Christ illumines the Bible for us, not the dualistic egotistic mind (Phil. 2:5). In other words, Scripture doesn’t need to change. The way we see the Bible needs to change. This book is about reading Scripture with a mystical mind—a mind that’s open to non-dual thinking and to Mystery.

 

[i] The Song of Songs is the twenty-second book of the Hebrew Scriptures, found in between Ecclesiastes and Isaiah.

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