Saturday, 19 May 2012

Spirituality 06: Teaching with "greater precision"

If one teaches (prepares a good meal for you) I like it to be done with "greater precision" or if you prefer "more accurately".
Here is the passage:
"A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus. He was an authority on the scriptures. He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and, with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the Way (of God) more accurately." (Acts 18)
He knew only the baptism of John". So no Holy Spirit. Not very accurate indeed. Without the Holy Spirit, there is no possibility to reach God!

I like as well the notion of "the Way of the Lord". He is a Way, there is a Way, a Journey... (this is what is "Spiritual Theology" is about: teaching the way, the goal, the steps, the means, the discrnement that help us reach the goal and not deviate or slow down)

It is then very important not to remain with an amateurish way of doing "Spiritual Theology". It is a science that requires precision. One cannot explain how to pray with a vague presentation.

Precision, accuracy...

Not only eternal salvation depends on it, but as well our life on earth (remember: it is about eating, food, growth) depends on it...

Tell me what you eat?

How did they prepare your meal? with "greater accuracy"? I hope so... :-)



PS: Teaching "Spiritual life" is about: preparing words to be said, given, offered as FOOD. Are they edible? are they fat? healthy? tasty? well presented? clear? useful? applicable? 'incarnable' in us? can we digest them?

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