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Tanya Jones

Spirituality, ‘a spiritual person’ or someone who has ‘the Spirit of God’ is the understanding that I believe Apostle Paul uses to attack worldly wisdom for being spiritual is the only way to have a better knowledge of the wisdom that pertains to God. Those who therefore profess worldly wisdom are ignorant seeing that only the Christian symbol of the Spirit can interrogate and discern the idea of wisdom (Senior, Collins & Getty-Sullivan, 2016). For instance, in 1 Corinthians 2:14-15, Paul implies that a person who is blessed by the Spirit of God has a better insight or knowledge of what pertains to God since that Spirit teaches believers a new way of perceiving things as well as gives them the opportunity to understand themselves better. As mentioned above, people who only possess worldly wisdom can be perceived to be ignorant of what really matters in life or rather, ‘the natural person,’ the one deficient of the Spirit of God is not as wise as the one who is blessed with the Spirit since the later ‘has the mind of Christ.’

Alfred Guzman

In 1 Corinthians, what understanding of Jesus or Christian symbol does Paul use to attack worldly wisdom?

Paul uses Jesus Christ crucified as the symbol to attack worldly wisdom. Paul states in 1 Corinthians 1:18 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE), "18For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God". As Robert Imperato stated in his book, Portraits of Jesus, "This may be surprising as he did not follow Jesus prior to the crucifixion and participated in the persecution and murder of Christians. When writing to the Corinthians in the letter called 1 Corinthians, he says he came to Corinth knowing nothing but Christ crucified (1 Cor 2:2)" (Imperato 49-50). However, Paul continues saying in verse 27, "but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not. (RSVCE)" It is crucial to understand the cross was a torture device, a symbol of death, pain, and worldly Roman power against any who would stand against them. The cross was used for crucifying those considered less than. One might ask why God would do this, well, Paul addresses this in the next verse saying, "29so that no human being might boast in the presence of God" (RSVCE). One could also ask why Paul would make these claims. Again as Robert Imperato says, "He holds up the example of Christ crucified to poke a hole in the inflated egos of those Corinthians who were elevating themselves based on association with particular spiritual teachers (1 Cor. 1:11-17; 3:5-7,18; 4:6+). (Imperato 50)” In 1 Cor 3:1, Paul knows that his audience, “immature Christians who possess the spirit but are enslaved to worldly thinking” (Hahn and Mitch 288). Worldly wisdom equated with intelligence, knowledge, and understanding of earthly things, like rocket science, physics, and biology. Godly wisdom equated with foresight, insight, and a sense of God’s will, to which there are different levels of, likewise, with worldly wisdom. As stated in 1 John 2:12-14, the author speaks to little children, young men, and fathers in the faith that has Godly wisdom. We could look at this like an associate, bachelor's, along with masters and doctoral degrees in worldly wisdom. Furthermore, Paul explains how this Wisdom of God is imparted unto the spiritual man via the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 2:6-16. Paragraph 216 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church reads, “God's truth is his wisdom, which commands the whole created order and governs the world. God, who alone made heaven and earth, can alone impart true knowledge of every created thing in relation to himself. (CCC 66)”

Tanya Jones

Spirituality,

‘a

spiritual

person’

or

someone

who

has

‘the

Spirit

of

God’

is

the

understanding

that

I

believe

Apostle

Paul

uses

to

attack

worldly

wisdom

for

being

spiritual

is

the

only

way

to

have

a

better

knowledge

of

the

wisdom

that

pertains

to

God.

Thos

e

who

therefore

profess

worldly

wisdom

are

ignorant

seeing

that

only

the

Christian

symbol

of

the

Spirit

can

interrogate

and

discern

the

idea

of

wisdom

(Senior,

Collins

&

Getty

-

Sullivan,

2016).

For

instance,

in

1

Corinthians

2:14

-

15,

Paul

implies

that

a

per

son

who

is

blessed

by

the

Spirit

of

God

has

a

better

insight

or

knowledge

of

what

pertains

to

God

since

that

Spirit

teaches

believers

a

new

way

of

perceiving

things

as

well

as

gives

them

the

opportunity

to

understand

themselves

better.

As

mentioned

above,

people

who

only

possess

worldly

wisdom

can

be

perceived

to

be

ignorant

of

what

really

matters

in

life

or

rather,

‘the

natural

person,’

the

one

deficient

of

the

Spirit

of

God

is

not

as

wise

as

the

one

who

is

blessed

with

the

Spirit

since

the

later

‘has

the

min

d

o

f

C

h

r

i

s

t

.

Alfred Guzman

In

1

Corinthians,

what

understanding

of

Jesus

or

Christian

symbol

does

Paul

use

to

attack

worldly

wisdom?

Paul

uses

Jesus

Christ

crucified

as

the

symbol

to

attack

worldly

wisdom.

Paul

states

in

1

Corinthians

1:18

Revised

Standard

Version

Catholic

Edition

(RSVCE),

"18

For

the

word

of

the

cross

is

folly

to

those

who

are

perishing,

but

to

us

who

are

being

saved

it

is

the

power

of

God".

As

Robert

Imperato

stated

in

his

book,

Portraits

of

Jesus

,

"This

may

be

surprising

as

he

did

not

follow

Jesus

prior

to

the

crucifixion

and

participated

in

the

persecution

and

murder

of

Christians.

When

writing

to

the

Corinthians

in

t

he

letter

called

1

Corinthians,

he

says

he

came

to

Corinth

knowing

nothing

but

Christ

crucified

(

1

Cor

2:2

)"

(Imperato

49

-

50).

However,

Paul

continues

saying

in

verse

27,

"

but

God

chose

what

is

Tanya Jones

Spirituality, ‘a spiritual person’ or someone who has ‘the Spirit of God’ is the

understanding that I believe Apostle Paul uses to attack worldly wisdom for being spiritual is

the only way to have a better knowledge of the wisdom that pertains to God. Those who

therefore profess worldly wisdom are ignorant seeing that only the Christian symbol of the

Spirit can interrogate and discern the idea of wisdom (Senior, Collins & Getty-Sullivan,

2016). For instance, in 1 Corinthians 2:14-15, Paul implies that a person who is blessed by the

Spirit of God has a better insight or knowledge of what pertains to God since that Spirit

teaches believers a new way of perceiving things as well as gives them the opportunity to

understand themselves better. As mentioned above, people who only possess worldly wisdom

can be perceived to be ignorant of what really matters in life or rather, ‘the natural person,’

the one deficient of the Spirit of God is not as wise as the one who is blessed with the Spirit

since the later ‘has the mind of Christ.’

Alfred Guzman

In 1 Corinthians, what understanding of Jesus or Christian symbol does

Paul use to attack worldly wisdom?

Paul uses Jesus Christ crucified as the symbol to attack worldly wisdom.

Paul states in 1 Corinthians 1:18 Revised Standard Version Catholic

Edition (RSVCE),

"18

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are

perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God". As

Robert Imperato stated in his book, Portraits of Jesus, "This may be

surprising as he did not follow Jesus prior to the crucifixion and

participated in the persecution and murder of Christians. When writing to

the Corinthians in the letter called 1 Corinthians, he says he came to

Corinth knowing nothing but Christ crucified (1 Cor 2:2)" (Imperato 49-

50). However, Paul continues saying in verse 27,

"

but God chose what is