Mark 12: 28-29. – “Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment”.
A lot of religious people don’t seem to think it is right to use their reason in understanding the Word of God. It is a fundamental error of many religious people to put doctrine before life; doctrine is meant to serve life. When people do this they stifle their own thinking because they don’t let themself think past the literal words to the internal. Seeking and yearning and discovering the internal of the Word brings excellent spiritual intelligence, which includes common sense, spirituality and devotion to the Lord.
Life and the Word go together. Life is predicated of love and the Word of wisdom. Life is of the human form and soul and is spiritual and heavenly; and the Word is divine truth from God that guides the life and the mind. Doctrine is meant to serve life, not life to serve doctrine. In a comment on this site Ed Verschoor spoke from common sense, life and truth when he said ”when an evil thought enters your mind, you can reject it’. In hearing that we can all recognize the truth of it from experience in our own mind and life.
I am saying this because many people on here think it is not OK to use their own reason in discerning and understanding the Word. But it is necessary, the Word gives us spiritual intelligence, we are meant to use it in our life. Jesus said the heart of the law is to love our neighbor as ourself and to love our Lord with all our heart and soul and all our mind. To use these as He says is profoundly fulfilling.
The best kind of intelligence is perception. In perception one’s heart and soul, mind, and body work together as one to see; the union or harmony of them bring a sense of purpose and conviction. it is little known, but a great truth that all thought arises from the affections, from one’s driving love, and the skills of the mind work to interpret or articulate the desire of one’s love. So Love of the Word and what is good elevates perception! One can observe this in yourself and it is a very good thing to do because it brings self knowledge and self examination of our motives.