This might be interesting to people like me who feel that there might be two separate types of logic in the world: one for the believer and the other for the unbeliever.
Every now and then I will run across a former pastor who has walked away from the faith for whatever reason. I think this supports my belief that, although they had all the answers, they were never truly saved.
Every now and then I will run across a former pastor, elder, Sunday School teacher…who either does not have answers or has the wrong answers. They, I’m affraid, are just common liars.
“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
– 1 Corinthians 2:14
While working on my doctoral program, a most unusual experience took place in one of the seminars I attended that graphically sealed this text on my heart and mind. A distinguished professor, recently retired from Yale University, was offering a special seminar entitled “Origins of Christianity” at the university I was attending on the East Coast. One day the class sidetracked the professor into discussing his understanding on the meaning of Romans 1 –5. With unusual eloquence and masterful exegesis, he walked through these chapters with a precise deftness, affirming that everyone in the class had sinned and therefore had come short of the glory of God. But for those who would believe in God’s sacrifice of his Son for their sins, they would not just be made righteous; no, they would be declared righteous by a God who justified sinners, much as a judge did who dismissed a case that had failed to prove its defendant guilty. Rarely have I ever heard such a bold and fair treatment of this text of Paul, even if it was, as true here, from the hands of a non-evangelical.
After two hours, however, the spell was suddenly broken when one of the Jewish students in the class who, along with some of his colleagues had sat uncomfortably through this long and, to them, seemingly parochial tirade, blurted out (amid all the nervous smoking that was going on in the seminar by now), “Do I get the impression that the professor of this class believes this stuff?”
Immediately the professor responded in a scoffing tone, “Baaah, Who said anything about believing it? I am just arguing that this is what Paul said. I’m sick and tired of hearing the younger neo-orthodox scholars say, ‘This is what this or that text means to me. ’I was trained under the old liberal theology; we learned what Paul said. However, we just don’t happen to believe what Paul said!”
I then began to perceive what Paul was driving at in 1 Corinthians 2:14. This professor did not “welcome” (as dechetai could be translated) the things that he knew well enough to teach, practically without a flaw, for almost two hours. It thus is clear that the ministry and work of the Holy Spirit, in illuminating the hearts and minds of those who hear spiritual truths, is not to be treated lightly in this whole area of biblical interpretation, especially in the area of the application of those things that are taught in the Bible.
Some have felt that there might be two separate types of logic in the world: one for the believer and the other for the unbeliever. But Paul makes it clear in Romans 1 –2 that those who are unconverted understand the essential truth about God well enough to condemn themselves, since they have not acted on what they did know about God. And 1 Corinthians 2:14 adds the thought that without the indwelling ministry and illuminating work of the Holy Spirit such persons will neither welcome nor embrace the realities found in the biblical text. Thus, one of the unique roles of the Holy Spirit is to convict, convince, and arouse sluggish hearts by applying the truths perceived in the text of Scripture to the lives of individuals. As a further aid to placing oneself in a position where the ministry of the Holy Spirit can work more effectively, Scripture calls upon the reader to ponder and meditate carefully on what is being said in the biblical text.
Kaiser and Silva, Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics, Zondervan, p 217