“Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds — justification, confirmation, forms of consolation without which they can’t go on. To really ask is to open the door to a whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.”
– Anne Rice
I’ve posted this quote before. I want to assert that this both reflects a damning accusation against much of American religious experience and then presents what the Christian experience is all about. If we truly ask and seek, the door will be opened. We experience God in the whirlwind, and we are annihilated. Then, perhaps, we can begin to gain wisdom and understanding beyond what is “normally” so or presumed to be known or commonly acknowledged as absolutely true.