Blindness

Physical blindness is, for the most part incurable. It’s possible in the future that modern science will discover a way to give or restore sight to the blind, but I highly doubt it. There are just certain things that we’ll never have a cure for.

While there isn’t a cure for physical blindness, there’s another type of blindness that affects us all. It’s something we were all born with and that we inherited from our parents.  It’s spiritual blindness.

John 9:39-41

Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.

Jesus called the Pharisees several times blind. Clearly He wasn’t talking about physical blindness. So what was it that they were blind to?

They couldn’t see that Jesus was from God. I often wonder if any of the Pharisees’ eyes were ever opened to the fact that Jesus was the Son of God. I always wonder why it is that the same people that saw the miracles that Jesus performed didn’t believe. Clearly in this story the Pharisees could see that this man had been given sight. He not only received physical sight but spiritual sight as well. 

We obviously know that Jesus gave him physical sight, but how were his eyes opened to the truth of who Jesus was?

The answer is that God was the one who opened the blind man’s spiritual eyes to the truth.

We all are born with the same problem that the Pharisees had. We can’t comprehend or understand God’s truth or who Jesus is until He opens our eyes to the truth.

I’m fairly certain that Jesus didn’t heal every single blind person that was alive when He was walking the earth nearly 2000 years ago.  We can look back and sort of see the reason or purpose why he only chose to heal certain people and not others. Or why he chose not to open the eyes of the Pharisees and only that one blind man that day.  I sometimes ask myself the same question when I think about people that I know who refuse, or better yet, can’t see the truth. The truth of God’s Word or the truth that their actions are indeed sinful and offensive to a holy God. Why doesn’t He just open their eyes and wake them up from there slumber? Why does He allow people to continue in sin and eventually ruin their lives? How can a loving God do this? Why does He choose not to open their eyes to the truth?

I often feel overwhelmed and saddened when I see people who have professed to be Christians living their lives for themselves. Being so steeped in sin that they can’t see their actions as being sinful. We see this in our world today. Things that are clearly defined in the Bible as sinful, yet being embraced as a lifestyle and “who I am” and “something I’m born with”. They’re right, to a point. We are all born with a sinful nature. That means we have the natural tendency to do what we want and to sin. 

My 2 year old son is a perfect example. No one had to teach him how to misbehave or disobey.  He is naturally inclined to do it.  Unfortunately, he is still too young to be able to fully understand why he acts the way he does.  I can’t expect him to understand just yet, but yet I still discipline him to train him to make the right choices so he won’t bring harm to himself or someone else.  I know there will come a day that he will come to realize why he is naturally inclined to sin.

The Pharisees weren’t blind to see the miracle, but were blind to the truth of Jesus being who He said He was. So Jesus said their guilt remained on them.  Jesus said if they were blind, then they would have no guilt.

A person who is so entrenched in sin has an impossible chance of seeing that their lifestyle is sinful. Why is this so?

These verses give us the answer.

Romans 1:18-22, 24-27

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Just as the evidence was clearly visible in the healing of the blind man, so is the evidence of God’s existence so that those who refuse to believe Him are without excuse.

God has already revealed Himself so why can’t everyone see Him for who He truly is? How can two people look up at the sky and believe two very different things about how this world began when they’re both observing the same facts and evidence?

Why is it you can talk to people till you’re blue in the face and they still refuse to accept the truth?

People will sometimes say, “Well if God would just show Himself to me, then I’d believe.” Well, He’s already given people everything they need to believe, so what’s stopping them from seeing the truth?

The very thing that prevents people from coming to God is their rebellion and sinful lifestyle that they refuse to repent of.  Paul says in these verses in Romans that those who continue to live for themselves and continually turn their backs on God, He will give them over to their sin. He allow them to do what they please and as a result will be unable to see God or acknowledge that He’s there or even real.  He will allow them to continue to live in their sin to the point that it destroys them.

To be honest, this is one of the harder things in Scripture for me to grasp. Doesn’t He love them enough to not give them over to their sin? Doesn’t He want them to spend eternity with Him?  Of course He does, but He also gives us a choice and He wants us to repent and have Him as our only God. 

My dilemma is that I don’t know when God has in fact taken His hand off of a certain individual or if He is still in the process of shaping and molding them.  There are times that I go back and forth on whether to “give up” on someone or to keep pressing on.  There are certainly times that we are to shake the dust off of our feet and move on to people who really do have a desire to live for God.  The tough part is discerning when the time is right to shake the dust off.

Until I have clear direction on this, I will, no I must continue to press on and pray for these individuals that God would miraculously open their eyes to see their sin and repent of it so they will be able to see God and acknowledge Him that He has been working in their lives.

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2 thoughts on “Blindness

  1. This is very well thought out. It is hard to know when or if someone spiritual blindness will be lifted, but I’m not sure if we are really supposed to know.

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