Forty-nine percent of the New Testament contains references to spiritual (non-rational) experiences. That means if we are bound by rationalism we will effectively throw away half of New Testament Christianity.
For example, I can learn that Jesus loves me (can’t you just hear the song in your mind?). However, love is not a rational experience. If I never experience his touching my heart with that love, healing my hurts, breaking my hardness, I will never experience it. It is non-rational.
It is only when he fills me to overflowing, brings tears of joy to my eyes, touches me intimately, that I experience him in an intuitive, spiritual, non-rational, way. It is then that I fully experience the love I’ve learned about rationally.
But spirit-to-Spirit encounters with God have become far too rare in Western Christianity.
I wonder why…