- Religion and Philosophy
Do you have 20/20 vision?
Do you have 20/20 vision?
If I was to come up to you today and tell you that you were blind, you would call me an idiot and most likely come back with “How can I be blind, I can see, you’re the one who must be blind” I expect that would be the normal reaction I would get. But have you ever considered the concept of being spiritually blind?
Why can some people just not get it? Why can they not see things that are as clear as the nose on their face? It’s because they are spiritually blind. Even though some people may have been Christians for a long time, they are blind and cannot see those things that are obvious to other believers around them.
I am sure you have come across people like that and have wondered how one can become so blind. The saddest part about spiritual blindness is that the person who has it, cannot recognize that he cannot see! People who are physically blind are very aware of the fact that they are blind and that everything around them is dark. But the spiritually blind actually think they can see and, in fact, often think they can see better than anyone else. Is this not what Jesus meant when He spoke about the man with the two by four in his eye wanting to remove the speck from another’s eye? (Matthew 7:5).
Let’s look at what “Spiritual Blindness” is, Ezek. 12:2 2 "Son of man, you're living with a bunch of rebellious people. They have eyes but don't see a thing, they have ears but don't hear a thing. They're rebels all. (Message Bible)
This means, they do not see the good things (fruit) of that which they see and hear. God could be doing something great right before their eyes and they can not see it, not only in their lives but in others. Their "not seeing" is the result of perversity, not incapacity. They are willfully blind.
I believe that spiritual blindness robs you of a life filled with Gods blessings. Why? Again because you can not see the blessing, then when you can’t see the blessing you can get jealous of others, then leads to bitterness, bitterness to anger, anger to rebellion so on to so on. Then on top of that a judgmental spirit attaches its self to you, and you find yourself alienating yourself from friends and family.
We need to look at ourselves and do a search to see if we are spiritual blind. Could our judgment of people in whom Christ lives also be somewhat distorted because of carnality still active within us? This is part of the equation. We may not be spiritually mature enough to make a sound judgment because we are unable to recognize godly qualities or to understand the factors involved in another's conduct. Today, many so-called gospel preachers tickle the ears of people who do not love the truth. As a result, these people are walking in spiritual darkness.
Some people allow prejudice to blind them. Webster's dictionary defines prejudice as, "preconceived judgment or opinion, or an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or sufficient knowledge." Prejudice has caused many to reject the truth of God's word without giving it a fair hearing. Many are entangled in religious error because they are unwilling to examine what they believe, teach, and practice and compare it to what the Bible teaches.
Some people are blinded by religious confusion. In this world, there are many religions. All, except the religion authorized by Jesus Christ, are false and vain. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6)
Many of God’s people are indifferent about their commitment and the service they render to Him. They:
· Attend when it fits their schedules,
· Give when they have something left over,
· Complain if things don’t go exactly as they want them to,
· Are unable, due to lack of knowledge, to defend or teach the truth.
These people have just enough religion to make them miserable. People who have take-it-or-leave-it attitudes do great harm to the Lord’s church. The example a Christian sets before others is one of his greatest teaching tools. What lesson do those who are outside of Christ learn from our INDIFFERENCE?
Because of Spiritual Blindness, (Matthew 13:15) “For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."
I pray that you do not allow any person or thing to blind you to the truth. Then, Jesus can say of you, as He did of His disciples in Matthew 13:16, “But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear." I pray that God will bless you by opening your eyes that you might see, believe, and obey the truth.
Open your eyes to the good things that God is doing for you or doing for a family member or a friend. Ask God to give you eyes like his, and be like minded to Jesus Christ.