This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The revelation is perfect even if problematic

We should now ask ourselves if this ‘confusion’ (of the two domains: exoteric and esoteric) is the result of a deviation within Christianity, or if, on the other hand, it is part of the nature of the Christian Revelation and could not (and therefore should not) be any other way.

The Word became Man and declared Itself as such without adaptation or compromise. Again and again throughout his teaching, Christ acknowledged that he would only really be understood by those ‘with ears to hear’ and even among his close followers there was constant confusion. If we were to summarize the uniqueness of the Christian Revelation it is this characteristic–that by its nature it is the manifestation of the most esoteric truths ‘in broad daylight’. In other words, we can say that this ‘confusion,’ as problematic as it has proven to be and as abnormal as it certainly is with respect to other Traditions, is not abnormal within the context of Christianity and is in complete conformity with its spirit.

We could say, as a general statement regarding the manifestation of Christ and the Gospel, that ‘the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.’ This is not an accident, but is an aspect of the Revelation itself, and should be kept in mind throughout any discussion of Christianity. While other Revelations have presented themselves as distinctively veiled (to the average believer in the form of exoterism) and unveiled (via their esoteric element), Christ presented himself as esoterism unveiled and provided a witness as to the incomprehension of ‘the world’ with respect to the Absolute.

To put it another way, it was Christ’s purpose to burst forth from the shriveled wineskin of the Mosaic Law and bear witness to the spirit as ‘living water’ and ‘true vine,’ and although that meant that the light was brought into the world, it would, as a natural consequence, bring with it general incomprehension. But this incomprehension is not a flaw in the Revelation so much as it is the corresponding aspect of man as creature when placed in front of the Logos as Creator.

To declare truth is to expose oneself to misunderstanding, and the higher the truth, the more pronounced the misunderstanding. Christ was ‘more true’ than the Law, and therefore more susceptible to being misunderstood. The gift of the Gospel is both a blessing and curse, salvation for some and folly for others, depending on whether it is comprehended.

Even if Christ’s mission was to lay bare certain truths of an esoteric order, it remains true that these truths do not lend themselves to plain explanations. That is why he spoke in parables and made use of symbolism–the primary vocabulary of metaphysical knowledge.

We will still want to ask the question, “Why?” Why would the Divine choose to manifest in a problematic way? The answer to this question is twofold. First, manifestation in this way is a possibility, and as such it cannot not be. It had to happen at one point or another. But secondly, and from the human point of view, we can insist that there must have been some sufficient reason within the human environment itself to justify this appearance. We are forced to acknowledge that the conditions of the ‘world’ to which Christ addressed Himself that necessitated it, and that this precise form of Revelation was the only way of bringing about a reorientation. Only this can justify the apparently disordered element in Christ’s message, and justify His mission, since it could not have been accomplished otherwise, even if this element would have been ‘abnormal’ in any other context.

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