For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. (1 Corinthians 14:2)

I guess some things are so classified that you can’t understand them even if you’re the one saying them. Apparently there are things you know that you don’t know you know, and even if you know you know them you don’t know what they are. Now, not knowing what you’re talking about doesn’t mean that you can’t legitimately talk about it, especially if what you don’t know you’re talking about is something meant to be unknowable by the one who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. In this case, talking about what you don’t know is a way of affirming the unknowability of what you’re talking about and is a kind of knowing about it at least. In other words, the knowledge that you don’t know what you’re talking about is a certain knowledge about it; so, in a sense, you do know something about the nonsense you’re talking about even if you don’t have a clue what that is that you know something about. This is one of the things that makes religion so fun.

Another thing is that, apparently, a person’s mind and spirit run on different operating systems. The mind appears to be a kind of PC, while the spirit is clearly more of a Mac. The mind is good for the spreadsheet approach to life. The spirit, on the other hand, is great for graphics and lots of stuff that has little practical value but is so dang cool. The mind says “One plus one is two.” The spirit says, “Oh, wow, look what this button does!” The mind wants to know how it works; the spirit just works. The human being is the first and still the most impressive cross-platform machine ever made.

Even weirder, apparently my spirit can bypass my mind and speak directly to God without the rest of me knowing what the heck’s going on. Not only that, my spirit knows a religious Enigma Code that my mind can’t break. There’s no knowing what’s going on in these discussions God and my spirit are having. Not only that, but my mind and spirit may not even be in agreement with each other. My mind might be saying one thing to God and my spirit may be saying something completely different, like “Don’t mind him; he’s a jerk.” And since God is himself a spirit, you know which one of me is teacher’s pet. My mind doesn’t stand a chance.

To be honest, I don’t trust my spirit one bit. If this whole spirit thing is on the up and up, why all the secrecy? Why is my mind excluded from such important communication events with God? What is my spirit trying to hide for crying out loud? And the fact that God encourages such clandestine behavior raises some serious questions about him too. What are they in cahoots about? Are the mysteries in question mysteries because they’re bona fide mysteries or only because my spirit is keeping my mind out of the loop? This is anti-intellectualism at its worst. I simply cannot support such a thing going on inside me.

No wonder I’m screwed up.


One Response

  1. Luther was apparently a Mac: “Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but–more frequently than not –struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.”

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