1 Cor. 2:14 is probably the most quoted proof text to support the Calvinistic concept of total inability, but does it say what needs to be said in order to support the Calvinist's claims? 9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"-- 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. So, can we all agree that spiritual truth must be spiritually discerned? I do. But, the real question at hand is this: What means does God use to "spiritually discern" divine truth? 1) Calvinism's Answer: An irresistible awakening or quickening which changes man's very nature making them not only understand the divine truth, but to desire it and accept it. (Does the text ever say this? Or does it just affirm what we all already accept, that we need spiritual discernment?) 2) Non-Calvinistic Answer: As Paul says in verse 13, God uses "spiritual words," from inspired men (like Paul) to bring spiritual discernment of spiritual truths. Paul is writing carnal 'brethren' in Corinth who cannot accept these deep spiritual truths (see a few verses down into chapter 3). Why is he writing them if not to help discern the 'deep things of God,' the 'meat of the Word?' God's means to discern spiritual truth is spiritual words, which are provided to us through the pages of scripture being written down for the first time, but which were mysterious prior to these inspired teachings. Are we to believe that the spiritual inspired words sent by God through divinely appointed messengers are insufficient to provide discernment? Are we to read more into this text than what it actually states by PRESUMING that not only are spiritually inspired messengers needed to explain spiritual truth, but much more is needed...a inward, irresistible work that not only discerns truth but causes acceptance and adherence is likewise needed? How can that be supported by this text? It cannot. That is read INTO the text by Calvinism.