This is perhaps one of the most misapplied verses in scripture:
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
It is used by some to justify all kinds of strange things that could be easily corrected with a plain reading of scripture. They assume their speculations are the spiritual discernment mentioned in that verse.
I have come across many people who are not satisfied with clarity – they want to dig for speculated deeper truths while ignoring what’s made clear on the surface.
How would they have prospered in my home town in the mid-1800s during its gold rush?
Would they have thrown aside the surface gold to mine for diamonds?
CS Lewis made a similar observation decades ago:
These men ask me to believe they can read between the lines of the old texts; the evidence is their obvious inability to read (in any sense worth discussing) the lines themselves. They claim to see fern-seed and can’t see an elephant ten yards way in broad daylight.
(from “Fern-Seed and Elephants”, C.S. Lewis)