Should Mysticism be taught in schools just like all other religions?

Asked by: jbradshaw95
  • It is the oldest religion that all other religions are based upon.

    Babylonian mysticism is basis of all other religions. All Hindu, Buddhist, Celtic, and new age beliefs are based on this common practice. Babylonian mysticism was the beginning of all spiritual practices like meditation, astral projection and astrology. Almost all major empires from the Egyptians to the Mayans, from the Greeks to the Huns, and from the feudal Japanese to the modern day New Agers practiced this faith. For Babylonian mysticism to be the base for almost all religions it seems odd that it is not taught in schools like the other religions.

  • Consciousness of God is part of the common definition of the mystic’s experience.

    The term "Christian mystic" is an oxymoron. Mysticism is not the experience of a Christian. Whereas Christian doctrine maintains that God dwells in all Christians and that they can experience God directly through belief in Jesus, Christian mysticism aspires to apprehend spiritual truths inaccessible through intellectual means, typically by emulation of Christ. The Bible tells us that Christ-likeness is achieved only by dying to self—not by self-effort at emulating anyone—and that spiritual truth is discerned through the intellect as guided by the indwelling Holy Spirit, who lives in all believers (John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:14).

    The closest valid experience of a Christian that might resemble mysticism to an unbelieving observer is when the Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit. For Christians, it is evident that the extraordinary wisdom, boldness, understanding, strength, etc. that such spiritual believers demonstrate is the result of being filled with the Spirit, as it is set forth in the Bible. Unbelievers cannot correctly comprehend such things. The Bible tells us why: "The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: 'For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?' But we have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:16).

    Consciousness of God is part of the common definition of the mystic’s experience, but the only valid experience of this nature for the Christian is that which is allowed according to Scripture. "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children" (Romans 8:16). Most modern mystical experiences suggest either things that don't really have much substance (make no meaningful contribution to the understanding of corporeal life) or things that would appear to challenge evangelical Bible doctrine, which invalidates the experience.

    The closest biblical account that an unbeliever might conclude was a mystical experience might be the apostle Paul's Damascus Road experience (Acts 22:1-21) or the experience he described in 2 Corinthians: "I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell" (2 Corinthians 12:2-4).

    As we examine this account from a Christian perspective, however, we notice particularly that Paul makes it clear God would not allow him to give the details of that experience. Thus, it would hardly be reasonable for us to believe that God would be willing to divulge spiritual truth by the manner in which mystics seem to flaunt their experiences.

  • Public schools (private schools can teach what they want) should not teach religion (whether Christianity or Mysticism).

    Public schools can teach about religion in an historical sense. So I would have no problem with schools teaching about Babylonian mysticism in the context of it's role in Babylonian history and how it's influenced the philosophical thinking of people and their religions. But I am against public schools teaching mysticism or any other religion in the public school setting. I do think it's important to have an understanding how religion has impacted society through the ages, but I don't think we need to focus on any specific religion. Now in a college setting, it sounds like an awesome class.

  • No, just no

    If you start to teach children about these things, you open up a can of worms. This will cause confusion for children as to what is real and what is not. No religion should be taught in schools. Children should make up their own minds as to what to believe, uninfluenced by outside forces. The only reason people teach religion in schools is because by the time they are old enough to choose a religion, they are smart enough to know it is all bollocks, so they need to indoctrinate the poor kids at a young age. It's just like teaching kids Nazi values.

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Akhenaten says2015-10-18T10:54:50.573
No religion should be taught in schools.