One of the most fascinating claims of Orthodox Theology is that when we attempt to conceptualize God we invariably fashion an idol. I find that a dark saying, I admit; I have puzzled over it long and often. (I have spent much of my life waiting for the dawning of dark sayings.) But today I ran across this in Eckhart, and I take it to expand the dark saying (without, alas, making it brighter):
Man’s last and highest parting occurs when, for God’s sake, he takes leave of god. St. Paul took leave of god for God’s sake and gave up all that he might get from god, as well as all he might give–together with every idea of god. In parting with these, he parted with god for God’s sake and yet God remained to him as God is in his own nature–not as he is conceived by anyone to be–nor yet as something to be achieved–but more as an “is-ness”, as God really is.
Puzzle me that.