The Truth Project - week 8: UNIO MYSTICA: Am I Alone?

Week 8 of the Truth Project took us to a very deep and spiritual place as we wrestled with and contemplated the fact that God lives IN us.  He invites us to become a part of the community within the Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit.) Since the Holy Spirit lives within us, literally it becomes the dwelling place for the Holy Spirit, we have been invited and are connected to the Godhead in a very deep and real way.

How does this truth effect the way that we view the world and the things we chase after? How does it effect the way that we treat people and the ways that we follow and honor God in our day to day lives? There are so many things that this session causes us to stop and think about and we would love to hear your thoughts.

Feel free to answer one, two, or all of the questions below. If you are addressing any one question in particular let us know which one you are answering or commenting on.  I look forward to discussing this and continuing the journey with you all.

1.  How would you define Christianity? What definition does Dr. Tackett propose during the course of this tour? Why does he see this definition as being of central importance to our understanding of the Gospel and our overall grasp of truth?

2.  What do we mean when we speak of our union with God as a mystery?  Why is it so important to affirm and embrace the mysterious aspects of this reality rather than trying to reduce it to a simple statement of fact?

3.  Contemplate, for a moment, the reality of God dwelling within us. How deeply do we believe this to be real? Does our life and thinking characterize this profound reality?

4.  Cite some examples of ways in which we can "blur the spheres" and thus miss out on the fullness of whht God intends us to experience in the realm of our social relationships. Can you think of personal instances in which you have unwittingly fallen prey to this tendency?

5.  What insight into the heart of man can we glean from King Saul's reaction to the women's celebration of David's victory over Goliath? From the Pharisees and their "long tassels" and "wide phylacteries"?  How can this insight help us fight the pathologies that confront us in all of the various social spheres?

6.  How should this discussion of the UnioMystica impact our attitude toward that relationship and the price that was paid to make it available to us?

7.  How do we enter into a deep and intimate relationship with the infinite-personal God?