Utterly Humbled By Mystery Analysis

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In the essay, “Utterly Humbled by Mystery,” by Richard Rohr, the theme was the question of religious truth that lie within a bigger unsolved mystery. The new found understanding in Richard’s life was believing in mystery and multiplicity. In most religions, truth is the center for reality. The hard thing for religious people to understand is there aren’t just truth but also mysteries. Religion is simply a big question with very few answers. It is a ginormous puzzle waiting to be deciphered. One of the contemplation in the essay was how religious folk want answers that are always true. However, like Richard, I believe that when reflecting on religion there are multiple truths, and even more mysteries. In life most people want answers. I’m…show more content…
In “Utterly Humbled by Mystery,” it was pointed out that some of Richards’s scientist friends are willing to live with hypothesis and theories rather than absolute truth. I believe that we should look at mysteries in our life more like his scientist friends. When there is a piece missing most Christians want to take pieces from another puzzle and force it to fit. As Christians we shouldn’t force the truth instead be more accepting of the mystery God left for us to ponder. Richard had an experience where he had time to contemplate about his relationship with God and his life. During this time he said, “The more I am alone with the Alone, the more I surrender to ambivalence, to happy contradictions and seeming inconsistencies in myself and almost everything else, including God. Paradoxes don't scare me anymore.” He surrendered himself to the mysteries that remained in his life. Jobs 11:7 says, "Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?” This relates to when Richard had a chance to be alone with himself. He realized he didn’t have to force an answer that wasn’t there. There wasn’t meant to be an answer, but instead a mystery. He began to realize he wasn’t scared to not fathom, not fully understand all the mysteries of God and could he even expect

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