Hebrews 5:14 teaches that mature Christians should be capable of discerning between good and evil, between true doctrine and the
doctrine of devils.  The teachings included below are intended to provide the diligent truth-seeker with a thorough understanding of this topic.  We at Inquisitive Christianity do not endorse all of the content included in these teachings.  After all, it is a rare gift to discover a teaching with which one has no disagreement.  Nevertheless, we believe that these teachings offer valuable information for those who seek the truth and are spiritually mature enough to exercise discernment.


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Thomas Keating: Prayer of Silence



Father Thomas Keating shares the nature of contemplative prayer. He explains that Matthew 6:6 is speaking of how our prayers ought to be secret from ourselves. The best prayer is when one doesn’t even realize he is praying.

Part 1 - Prayer of Silence  (26:26)

Part 2 - Prayer of Silence  (26:25)



Eric Nielsen: Piercing the Cloud of Unknowing Using Contemplative Prayer


Part 1 is about how distractions while using contemplative prayer to reach God-Consciousness are a normal part of the practice. The goal is to be persistent. The practitioner should simply follow the contemplative prayer instructions and let that be his only focus. He should never have God as the goal, or it will become a distraction. Following the instructions will empty the mind of distractions, and in a flash God will fill that space. Father Eric Nielsen encourages those who are afraid to stand before God or to enter his realm, saying that the individual and God have more in common than one may realize. Part 2 is about how to not have God as one’s goal in contemplative prayer. This is accomplished by filling one’s self with the feeling of contentment. The trick is to feel contentment without having an object of contentment. When this is done properly, one will be that much closer to reaching God-Consciousness.

Part 1 - Piercing the Cloud of Unknowing  (9:29)

Part 2 - Piercing the Cloud of Unknowing  (12:41)