Posted by Mark Beckwith on December 17, 2010
Before he died, the great psychologist and author Carl Jung was interviewed about his view of the world -- and about God. 'Do you believe in God?', the interviewer asked. Jung hesitated for a moment. "I don't believe", Jung said. "I know". Jung's answer is Paul's prayer: "I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:18-19) This is knowing beyond knowing. God has given us this power to know at this very deep level, a level that Jung lived at -- and wrote from. "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain to it." (Psalm 139:5) We cannot attain this knowledge. Rather, we are asked to submit to it -- which is a very different project; counterintuitive and intensely countercultural. And has a power all its own.