God Reveals

Peter Rollins is one of those people you either love or hate. But then again for me he is someone who has a sharp mind, able to communicate ideas that provoke you to think. Like this particular video that states that atheism is born out of theism. Because theism is the reference point of atheism. Without theism there would be no concept of god that an atheist would reject.

But the thing that bugs me with Rollins is that, he constantly emphasizes that God cannot be framed in a certain view or understanding. I agree inasmuch as that God is above our natural language to explain. We do not have good models to explain God (take the trinity for instance). All this is true. I agree with this.

But that’s not the whole truth. We have as Christians what we call the scripture which we call a book that reveals to us this God we know. Although clothed in finite and mortal language, it communicates to us what God has revealed about himself. It’s not something we come up with out of thin air. What we have are texts which God has used for the particular use to reveal who he is.

Although agreeing that God is above being exhaustively known, we know enough about him because he reveals what needs to be known.

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  1. There are “trinities,” of sorts, in various faiths. My ebook on comparative mysticism, “the greatest achievement in life,” summarizes five of them.

    Mahayana and Vajrayana vehicles of Buddhism speak of Trikaya, or three bodies: Nirmanakaya is the Buddha in human form, Sambhogakaya is celestial Buddha and Dharmakaya is the formless essence, or Buddha-nature. The Theravada primarily addresses the historic Buddha. The “Three Jewels” are the Buddha, the dharma (his teachings) and the sangha (the community of monks and nuns).

    Christianity has its Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit referring to God, Jesus Christ and their spiritual bond of unity (unlike the Nicene Creed). Interpretation of the essential nature of each, and their relationship, differed among the churches. In Christian mysticism, the three ways of the spiritual life are the purgative in being purified from sin, the illuminative in true understanding of created things, and the unitive in which the soul unites with God by love.

    Hinduism’s trimurti are the threefold activities of Brahman: in Brahma as creator, in Vishnu as sustainer and in Shiva as destroyer. Saccidananda are the triune attributes or essence of Brahman: sat, being, cit, consciousness and ananda, bliss. The three major schools of yoga are bhakti, devotion, and jnana, knowledge and karma, the way of selfless action. Raja yoga can apply to, and integrate, all three in mental and spiritual concentration.

    In Islam, nafs is the ego-soul, qalb is heart and ruh is spirit. Heart is the inner self [soul], hardened when it is turned toward ego and softened when it is polished by dhikr, remembrance of the spirit of Allah. This is a three-part foundation for Sufi psychology. Initiation guides them from shari`a, religious law, along tariqa, the spiritual path, to haqiqa, interior reality. It is a gradual unveiling of the Real.

    In the Kabbalah of Judaism, sefirot – sparks from the divine – have three fulcrums to balance the horizontal levels of the Tree of Life: Da`at (a pseudo-sefirot) is knowledge combining understanding and wisdom; Tiferet is beauty, the midpoint of judgment and loving kindness; Yesod is the foundation for empathy and endurance. They also vertically connect, through the supreme crown, the infinite and transcendent Ein Sof with its kingdom in the immanent Shekhinah.

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