The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
Something true is something that is, “in accordance with fact or reality.” It sounds so simple, but it isn’t, it’s complicated. Some things are true, and some things only feel true and in our culture we use the word “truth” in a lot of different ways. Hang with me, I promise we are going somewhere with this. If I feel hurt because someone called me short when I am actually tall, is my feeling true? Well, yes. Even though their statement about my height is false I am still feeling what I am feeling. The fact that I am experiencing the emotion “hurt” is a true experience. Ah, so the truth isn’t entirely as black and white as one might hope for.
This passage speaks about this same tension. Our natural selves don’t embrace the truth of the spirit. In fact, spiritual truth is foolishness to some of our natural instincts. As followers of Jesus, we are given the Holy Spirit, and with that comes the mind of Christ. The mind of Christ is the mind of real truth. We could call this “big T Truth.” The mind of Christ sees you as a child, loved, gifted, and having a purpose. We also experience feelings based upon lies. The feelings are also true, in that we are actually feeling and experiencing them, but the source of those feelings are lies. We could call those “little t truths.”
What do you believe about your world, others, and yourself? One of the fundamental goals of reading the scriptures is to begin to believe “big T Truths” about life. As you read the scriptures this week, ask the Spirit to give you the ability to hear HIS voice over the other voices.
By Aaron Bjorklund