Up is down, left is right, right is wrong, and that baby is just ugly. These are examples of things you don’t say out loud, unless you want some serious retribution from those who think you’re a couple of tacos short of the house special. Theoretical concepts are sometimes the hardest to communicate, in that they are, well, theories until proven true in a physical or concrete experiment, or evidence. A light saber in the hands of the Jedi is apparently just as efficient a weapon as a laser rifle in the hands of the Alliance minions. It’s true, but only in the metaphysical sense of the mind, since neither exists in our reality today.
Moving from the abstract to the real, in the spiritual world, doesn’t have to be a mystical experience. However, it cannot be limited to the academic either. Extracting anything from the Bible that is useful for living daily in the 21st century requires open spiritual minds and open spiritual eyes. Then the problem is, how does the “opening” occur? Paul gives us the solution.
1 Corinthians 2:10-15
Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man that is in him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. But the unbeliever does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually. The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone.
To the unbelieving, spiritually blind in this world, none of the things of God are revealed or understood. The Revelation of God belongs to those who have stepped over the line of faith into Jesus. Simplistic? Sure. Hard to believe? Absolutely. Still true? Yep.
Whether we ever recognize spiritual truth or not, is largely determined by our seeker-of-truth life choices. Do we really want to know truth? Or, do we pretend to want to have this knowledge so we can “fit in” with those around us seeking truth? I suggest that T. E. Lawrence was just such an individual – seeking truth. He said, “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” Lawrence in my opinion was a truth-seeker.
Stephen Hawking is another truth-seeker. Hawking said, “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
Seeking truth requires a specific action/choice. In order to “see” a person has to realize they are “blind” and in need of “sight.” The blind, roaring at the top of the lungs that they see better than anyone else, is a laughable sight to those who really see. We don’t laugh though, we mourn. We would have everyone come to the knowledge of truth. We wish that all men, women, boys and girls around the globe could finally see the truth.
Jesus said, “I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life; and no one comes to the Father but through me.” [John 14:6]