Originally Posted by Dumbledore
Human beings are finite. We are confined to our biology, upbringing, language, education, culture, experience and even our geography. Aren't we all too inexperienced to talk authoritatively about the Presences? The Stoics are probably right. We're like dogs leashed to a cart pummeling down the hill. The best we can do is keep up with the cart with a little wiggle room to the right and to the left.
When I was an Evangelical trained by the Francis Schaeffer Institute this very dilemma was presented to me as the reason we need to put our faith in God's revelation (Christ & Scripture). Unlike us, God is infinite in all dimensions of being and it would just make sense that God would take time to reveal himself to us. How else can a finite being ever know much about God without revelation?
When I was a Buddhist I learned to work with my immediate experience of suffering. I grew to understand the danger my own mind posed to me and the danger of the collective mind expressed in ideology. I learned the importance of being radically present, suspending judgment and holding the "monkey mind" at arm's length.
Maybe the Existentialists are right...we're just walking through the dark expanse of the universe with a candle to light the way.
I'm still lost. And maybe that is the most spiritual place to be.
That really hit me as a work of eloquence and beauty. Thank you for your input. I think this post helped me realize something more about my "dilemma" than I presumed.