A question for Wiccans and NeoPagans:
I hear a lot of you criticizing Christians for the trust we place in mediated experience, ie in ancient sacred texts and the teachings of a guy who lived 2000 years ago.
I have a question: Have you ever experienced doubt in the course of your journey? Gone through that dark night of the soul? A down time when spirit seemed illusive?
How do you deal with the experience of doubt given your pathway is so reliant on direct experience? Do you trust such doubt experiences and take them to their ultimate conclusion? Or do you sometimes doubt your doubts? Can you concede that sometimes we lack sufficient experience, that sometimes we need to move beyond personal experience?
Can you appreciate that sometimes others, wise ones of great depth perhaps, have gone way beyond us and sometimes we need to trust their experience more than our own? Who are the wisest and most trustworthy ones you know? Is it really so objectionable that Christians like myself place great trust in the experiences of Christ?
I have no problem with personal experience. I treasure it. But is it enough? I'd be interested in your honest response.