Spiritual “Retards”

Spiritually “retarded” for me means thinking in a way that refers to an earlier, immature level of understanding, not informed by God’s ongoing revelations of truth. Eurocentric biblical literalists, who confuse the Living Word of God (the word made flesh and dwelling among us) with a particular text, are susceptible to this problem because they are left leaning on their own understandings of their particular historical document, or the one given them by others as the substance of their faith rather than the eternal presence of the Holy Spirit which informs that text and gives it any useful power and meaning (I came not to change the law, but to fulfill it). The one called Paul warned believers that the mere text, the letter of the Law, imprisons, without the interpretive and corrective power of the Spirit.

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