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Spiritual blindness: Part 2

Saul’s conversion is another biblical incident where physical blindness is attributed to spiritual blindness: As Saul was coming near the city of Damascus, suddenly a light from the sky flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” He asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you persecute,” the voice said. “But get up and go into the city, where you will be told what you must do.”

The men who were travelling with Saul had stopped, not saying a word; they heard the voice but couldn’t see anyone. Saul got up from the ground and opened his eyes, but could not see a thing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus. For three days he was not able to see, and during that time he could not eat or drink anything.

There was a Christian in Damascus called Ananias. He had a vision, in which the Lord said to him to go place his hands on Saul so that he might see again. So Ananias went, entered the house where Saul was and placed his hands on him. “Brother Saul,” he said. The Lord has sent me-Jesus himself who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here. He sent me so that you might see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

At once something like fish scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he was able to see again. He stood up and was baptized; and after he had eaten his strength came back. After his conversion he went on to spread the word of God. In the company of Barnabas, he went to the island of Cyprus, having been sent by the Holy Spirit.

They went all the way across the island to Paphos, where they met a certain magician named Ber-Jesus, a Jew who claimed to be a prophet. He was a friend of the governor of the island, Sergius Paulus, who was an intelligent man. The governor called Barnabas and Saul before him because he wanted to hear the word of God. But they were opposed by the magician Elymas (that is his name in Greek), who tried to turn the governor away from the faith.

Then Saul-also known as Paul-was filled with the Holy Spirit; he looked straight at the magician and said, “You son of the devil! You are the enemy of everything that is good. You are full of all kinds of tricks, and you always keep trying to turn the Lord’s truths into lies! The Lord’s hand will come down on you and you will be blind and you will not see the light of day for a time.

At once Elymas felt a dark mist cover his eyes, and he walked around trying to find someone to lead him by the hand. When the governor saw what had happened, he believed; for he was greatly amazed at the teaching about the Lord. (Acts 13: 4-12).

In both incidences, Saul and Elymas lost their physical sight because they were spiritually blind. In the bible we are told of people who lost their sight because they did not believe in God so the only cure was to believe in Him; like Saul did. In life however, blindness is a condition attributed to other causes and not necessarily sin.

It is so with us. We may be able to see with our eyes, but when it comes to matters faith we fail to see what God intends for us to see. Only He can restore our spiritual sight. That, we can achieve by seeking His help and trying to do what He expects of us, and by learning to see Him in every little incident; in the things that bring us joy, even sadness. To believe that everything that happens to us happens because He allows it, for a greater purpose; a reason our finite minds may not be able to comprehend.

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In everything we do we should involve God in our plans. That means we shouldn’t cling on to our plans; we should leave room for Him to surprise us, because sometimes the plans we make are different from what He has in store for us. By entrusting our lives to Him, we do away with things that lead us into darkness, e.g. anxiety and disappointment which comes from failure to achieve set goals.

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Spiritual blindness: Part 1

Jesus light of the world

Blindness is fundamentally described as the inability to see. That could go two ways: the inability to see with our physical eyes or the inability to see through our eyes of faith. In relation to the latter-spiritual blindness-a majority of us live in darkness, and some of us don’t even realize it. It could be anger that keeps us in darkness; refusing to see past it and making decisions when angry, which in most cases turn out to be wrong. It could be jealousy or lust…the list is endless. Every person knows specifically what keeps them away from the light.

Many are afflicted by spiritual blindness, and there is only one cure for it; to trust in God. In John 9: 1-41, we’re told the story of a man born blind who was healed by Jesus: He and His disciples were walking when they saw the man. His disciples asked, “Teacher, whose sin caused him to be born blind? Was it his own or his parents’ sin?”

Jesus answered, “His blindness has nothing to do with his sins or his parents’ sin. He is blind so that God’s power might be seen at work in him. As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent us. Night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After He said this Jesus spat on the ground and made some mud with the spittle. He rubbed the mud on the man’s eyes and told him to go wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam (which means sent). So the man went and washed his face and came back seeing.

His neighbours couldn’t believe him when he told them Jesus had healed him; they took him to the Pharisees, who also started questioning him on the same. When Jesus heard what had happened, He found the man and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

The man answered, “Tell me who He is so that I can believe in Him.”

Jesus said to him, “You have already seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you now.”

“I believe, Lord!” The man said, and knelt down before Jesus.

Jesus said, “I came to this world to judge, so that the blind should see and those who see should become blind.”

Some Pharisees who were there with Him heard Him say this and asked Him, “Surely, You don’t mean that we are blind too?”

Jesus answered, “If you were blind you wouldn’t be guilty. But since you claim you can see, this means that you are still guilty.”

This is an abridged version of the chapter as the original version is quite long. Basically, we see Jesus restoring the man’s physical and spiritual sight. The Pharisees could see with their physical eyes, but were spiritually blind because they did not believe Jesus was the Son of God.

Believing in God heals us off our spiritual blindness because with the belief comes the strength to live in accordance with God’s Holy will. Spiritual blindness refers to sin. And in the bible, even physical blindness was associated with sin; that’s why the disciples were quick to ask Jesus who was responsible for the man’s blindness; if it was his own sins or his parents’.

Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will have the light of life.”