The Way of all Ways

Any religion must express some truths, or it will be utterly useless, and will gain no purchase among men. It will fail to convince them. They will see that it is just absurd.

So all perdurant religions express some truths. Nevertheless they disagree, or they would not differ. So none of them express the same set of truths. And to the extent that they disagree in any respect with Christianity about the Incarnation and its implications, they cannot but mislead men, to their spiritual detriment, and even in the limit to their damnation.

God has nevertheless told us that he is alone the way; so that, no matter how or where we go, we go by him. Thus all paths lead from him, are traversed by way of him, and lead to him. There is indeed then, despite their manifold irreconcilable disagreements, a transcendent unity of religions, as the Perennialists insist. For, you cannot do anything at all in disagreement with omnipotence; all you can do by way of disagreeing with him is disagree with your own being.

You may think you can contravene the Way of Heaven, but no; everything you do either expresses it, or fails to express anything at all. What you do may appear to blaspheme, but the blasphemy can really redound only to the blasphemer and his allies. If I say that God does not exist, I do not at all cheat God of existence, but rather work my own undoing, a bit. So if I blaspheme, I blaspheme only against myself. God is not mocked. He cannot be mocked, for he is invulnerable to our disagreements with him. How could it be otherwise, since he is infinitely potent?

He is on the other hand open always, and completely, to my agreements with him, and to my homecoming. How could it be otherwise, since he is infinitely potent? Infinite power just is infinite power to create, to redeem, to save and heal; these are all one power. How could any lesser power overcome it, or resist it, how divert or assist it? So all that we do, however errant, we do by virtue of him.

Everyone furthermore ends up willy nilly in the Throne Room of the Courts of Heaven, where all decisions whatsoever are ultimately understood and judged (and in virtue of whose judgements all subsidiary partial evaluations by creatures are enabled). There is no other place to end up. This is the meaning of ubiquity: not so much that Christ is in all places – although he is that, to be sure – as that all places are in Christ. As he is thus the Alpha of all things, so is he then their Omega and telos.

So everyone will end by testifying before the Throne. And as there is no guarantee of acquittal on the basis of a merely formal undertaking of agreement with the Lord of Heaven, but rather only by the actual satisfaction thereof, so in logic might a man who has never seen such a formality as either important or necessary find himself excused and admitted, as having done rightly what was possible to him under his circumstances.

Whatever the path one takes to the Throne Room, what matters is the real and total commitment of the decision for or against the King who sits there in judgement.

Every decision, of every man, no matter his circumstances, and no matter his cult insofar as he understands it, and no matter how trivial the matter of the choice, boils down to this: am I with him who is the most Real, and who is himself Reality? Or, not?

The experience of the Presence is Heavenly or Hellish, depending on the answer.

9 thoughts on “The Way of all Ways

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  2. This was really good. One is either for or against the Divine Realm, the Creator, but one cannot excuse himself. This is a closed system, the only system. This allows us to not only say that all are destined for judgment regardless of what they believe, but that all beliefs, even ones with fundamental flaws, may contain the ever-present threads of a truth.

    • Yes. I doubt anyone is so presumptuous as to feel quite wholly confident that his beliefs are not somehow fundamentally flawed. The really irritating thing about such flaws is that you just can’t see them, don’t even suspect their existence, until suddenly somehow you do see them. It’s a humbling experience. And on the other hand, you just can’t live from one moment to the next, or therefore also get along in this world, unless you believe a lot of things that are pretty close to the truth. So you have to presume that everyone has got a fair number of things right. You can’t even err except in virtue of a preponderant agreement with God.

      So everyone believes a mix of truths and errors, and no one can ever be sure he has driven out all the errors. So salvation *cannot* depend upon doctrinal purity. How could it be otherwise, and we Fallen? Likewise, and for the same reason, it cannot depend either on moral purity. It must, as the Fathers, Apostles, Evangelists and Prophets all tell us, turn on a motion of the very heart of each being.

      None of this is to say that doctrinal and moral purity are unimportant. They are crucial, for insofar as we do not repent of them at their discovery, we repudiate salvation in so doing. Yet it is not the purity that is dispositive, but the refusal to repent of impurity; for this is a rejection of salvation.

  3. In Islam, the jihadist claims Muhammad the “perfect man,” but the perfection is less than the radical autonomy of Allah. Whereas, in Christianity, omnipotence IS Perfection whether natural or supernational. There simply IS NO FLAW IN THE BELIEF that The Perfect Man AS REVELATION of The Perfect God, existed. “Flaw in one’s belief” is just not relevant in the case of the Christian assertion. All that is relevant is the rejection of this assertion. This rejection is, in fact, the social engineering of an exponentially increasingly flawed natural world.

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