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"At the heart of mysticism is the primacy of experience over Scripture. Mystics seek to experience God directly rather than through the mediation of the Bible. Scripture demands for itself a unique place in the Christian life and church and mysticism threatens to supplant it. One of the great challenges before every Christian and every generation of Christians is this: Will the Bible be enough? Will we affirm the sufficiency of Scripture‚Äîthat the Bible is all we need for life and doctrine‚Äîor will we demand that God reveal himself to us in other ways, such as mystical raptures?"This articulates the edge of the sword that attempts to separate the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the chaff, the true believer from the false. As this endeavor becomes more and more focused, there will be less and less included. I already know I won't make the cut. And if you're reading this, you probably won't either. Perhaps there will literally only be 144,000 saints who make it (Revelation 7). But that's beginning to sound like a lot! Martin Luther King Jr. wrote¬†about an experience he had in seminary where the shackles of fundamentalism fell from his mind. In contrast, what we are seeing today is the increasing arrest, incarceration, and confinement¬†of theology. And, as baffling as it may be, it's increasing in popularity as well. A lot of theology today appears to be marginalizing and pushing people out. However, I believe it is possible to behave as if we are all a part of one family, as dysfunctional as it may be, and treat our theological endeavors¬†as attempts to make our family less dysfunctional and more healthy for the benefit of all.