The Experience of God: A Postmodern Response

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The Experience of the Kingdom of God

KEVIN HART


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Imagine that someone knocks on your door and, when you open it, the man standing there says to you, “I have experienced God.” And imagine that you have walked down the hallway from the kitchen or the study with a remote in hand, a newfangled contraption with a special feature you have been dying to try out: a pause button that works with human beings. No sooner has that remarkable statement been uttered than you press the button: the man becomes a living statue, and you are left to ponder what has been said to you without having to respond. There is no question, then, of having to deal with someone who wishes to convert you, murder you, sell you a magazine, take your money, or engage you in fruitless and frustrating talk. The only thing you have to do is consider what has been said to you. If you like, you can look closely at this person, examining his face for signs of mania or substance abuse. He seems quite harmless. By now your heart has stopped thumping; and, as you take them in, those four common words must count as one of the most arresting sentences that has ever been said to you. Of course, you have heard the sentence many times before—or, at any rate, something very much like it—but never in such a direct and confronting manner.

What did this person mean by saying that to you? Thinking back a few moments, you recall those four words were pronounced with-

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