“God’ is a primordial experience of man, and from the remotest times humanity has taken inconceivable pains either to portray this baffling experience, to assimilate it by means of interpretation, speculation, and dogma, or else to deny it.
And again and again it has happened, and still happens, that one hears too much about the “good” God and knows him too well, so that one confuses him with one’s own ideas and regards them as sacred because they can be traced back a couple of thousand years.
This is a superstition and an idolatry every bit as bad as the Bolshevist delusion that “God” can be educated out of existence.
Even a modern theologian like Gogarten’s is quite sure that God can only be good.
A good man does not terrify me what then would Gogarten have made of the Blessed Brother Klaus?
Presumably he would have had to explain to him that he had seen the devil in person.
And here we are in the midst of that ancient dilemma of how such visions are to be evaluated.
I would suggest taking every genuine case at its face value.
If it was an overwhelming experience for so worthy and shrewd a man as Brother Klaus, then I do not hesitate to call it a true and veritable experience
of God, even if it turns out not quite right dogmatically.
Great saints were, as we know, sometimes great heretics, so it is probable that anyone who has immediate experience of God is a little bit outside the organization one calls the Church.
The Church itself would have been in a pretty pass if the Son of God had remained a law-abiding Pharisee, a point one tends to forget. ~Carl Jung, Psychology and Religion, Brother Klaus, Paragraphs 480-481