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Xian mystics notes - 1 Christian mysticism notes Belief...

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Christian mysticism notes Belief that Jesus was/is fully divine, as well as fully human: makes Christian faith distinctive. Always a “both/and” perspective. Jesus not simply another creature. In John, understood that as the Word/Logos he existed with God (the Father) and as God from “the beginning” (a state prior to time), prior to his conception as the son of Mary, prior to the creation of the word. Creation as a function of God’s speech, of which Jesus was/is the eternal utterance as the incarnate Word. Yet Jesus also fully human. In this way, he is not the Creator, that the Father, but the divine power in and as a human being who heals and saves, intent on righting a sickened human nature. Also notion of God as the Trinity: Father-Son-Spirit. A perfect community. No divisions, yet still three. The singleness of God brims with light, life and love. The Father generates the Son. The Son, incarnate in Jesus, expresses the Father fully. The Spirit: the love between the Father and Son. For early Christian theologians: Jesus achieved, in principle, the reworking of human nature, like a new Adam. Previously, humans suffered from Sin – innately alienated from God. Now Grace: God’s unmerited response to sin. Leads to hope for glory: complete fulfillment in God. Christian hope that Christ will return to consummate history and usher in the time of glory: belief that what Jesus has accomplished in principle ought to manifest fully to create a perfect union of human nature and God, where humans become like God: deathless, filled with bliss. Christian community as the body of Christ, the branches of his vine. The spiritual life coursing through that body is the life of Christ himself, what he enjoys with the Father and the Spirit as the incarnate Word. Letters of Paul: place the death and resurrection of Jesus at their center. Synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke): center on Jesus as announcing the dawning of the Kingdom of God. John: center on Jesus as incarnating divinity, the sign of what God is like. Jesus as deathless, eternal, holy. The divine Word in flesh. Mystical experience of Jesus? Hard to say. 1
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Story in Mark. “Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling whit, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, only Jesus.” (Mark 9:2-8, NRSV) Jesus takes leaders of his band to a mountain. Mountains, like deserts, thought of as especially holy. Link to Mt. Sinai.
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This note was uploaded on 05/08/2008 for the course RELI 3382 taught by Professor Billbarnard during the Spring '08 term at SMU.

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