From Persistent Dualisms to Unity 01-21-2018

If our ultimate reality is dualistic thinking, then we have succumbed to the idol of mere knowledge. Binary thinking is the basis of conventional knowledge, which divides and conquers. Dualistic knowledge is fool’s gold, which traps us in this visible world of the senses.

On the other hand, if our ultimate reality is holistic thinking, then we kneel at the golden throne of wisdom—the throne of Jesus. Then “we walk by faith, and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7)—a faith beyond the visible persistent dualisms of attachment and aversion. Then the cross and the resurrection are spoken with the same breath. Then we no longer cling to the resurrected Jesus or run in horror from the cross. Then the divine union of the mystics is within reach. Then we find freedom.

Holistic presence and thinking will take patient endurance and is a rare achievement, yet the value of wisdom is unsurpassed (Proverbs 4:7). Wisdom is the gateway to the holy of holies, to The Jesus Paradox, to the sacred heart of God.


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