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The Cumulative Effects of Spiritual Blindness

Spiritual Blindness Worldly Mindset Word of God

Source: “Eye spy a big problem: California doctor removes 23 contact lenses from one woman’s eye” by Deirdre Reilly, posted FoxNews.com 10/22/22, retrieved 12/15/22.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2023-01-22

Scripture: Psalms 119:18 ; 2 Peter 1:9

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ILLUSTRATION

"I had no idea what was coming at me," said California ophthalmologist Katerina Kurteeva as she painstakingly removed one contact lens after another from the eyes of an elderly patient. All in all, Dr. Kurteeva removed 23 layers of lenses.

It seems the elderly woman either didn’t know or had forgotten that she must remove previous contact lenses before placing new ones. The ensuing blurred vision caused her to keep inserting more lenses in the hopes of correcting the problem. Her vision blurred more and more until she finally sought medical help.

Fortunately, the lenses were removed before permanent damage was done.

Amazingly, this wasn’t even the worst case ever reported, with a UK doctor having removed a record 27 lenses from the eyes of another elderly patient back in 2017.

Follow this link to observe a video of the procedure. 

APPLICATION

Like the blinding physical effects of these layers of lenses, the effects of spiritual blindness can build up slowly, creeping up on us as we focus on life through worldly lenses.

When we view the world without benefit of the light of the Word of God, we just keep adding layers of worldy perspective upon previous layers, until we either realize our perspective is skewed and seek help, or we simply, over time, become “blind” to our own blindness. 

It may take someone else making us aware of our skewed vision, helping us to remove the layers of worldly perspective, and opening our eyes to the clarity of a scriptural worldview.

Don’t give into delusion. Don't wait until you are utterly blind. Seek help. Look to the Word of God to bring clarity and light to the eyes of your soul.

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18, ESV)

“For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17, ESV).

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4, ESV).

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins” (2 Peter 1:5-9, NIV).

A Great Singing Audition Highlights A Tone Deaf Humanity

Grace Spiritual Blindness Idolatry

Source: "America's Got Talent: Madison Baez Taylor, 11, gets Golden Buzzer after singing from the audience" by Claudia Smith, published DailyMail.co.uk, June 8, 2022, retrieved 8/5/22

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-08-07

Scripture: Romans 1:25 ; James 1:17

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ILLUSTRATION

2022’s Season 17 of the hit TV show America’s Got Talent has seen many highlight moments, not the least of which being a performance by 11 yr old Madison Taylor Baez of Yorba Linda, California. Rather than having a regularly scheduled audition, Madison had been invited by the producers to sing from the audience during one of the breaks from scheduled auditions. Only then was she invited up onto the stage to perform.

She absolutely stunned the audience and judges alike with her rousing, emotionally rivetting rendition of the beloved Christian hymn, Amazing Grace. Madison sang it with authority and passion, as if she believed every word and was celebrating every truth conveyed in the “amazing” lyrics. 

So moving was her performance and her “story,” that judge and former Deal or No Deal host, Howie Mandel, reflexively reached for the Golden Buzzer, assuring young Madison a place in the “live show” competitions and a chance to win the coveted $1 million prize.

Accolades gushed (and deservedly so) from the mouths of the host and judges for the quality of her performance. 

“Incredible!” exclaimed the shows host, Terry Crewes.

'I normally leave during the break, because people do sing.” famed celebrity host Simon Cowell mused sarcastically. “So this is actually the opposite. It actually brought me back into the room.”

"Everybody is going to know your name now young lady," proclaimed Mandel.

Click here for a video of her AGT audition. 


 

APPLICATION

What strong reactions these judges and audience had to this performance! 

Crewes found her performance incredible. Cowell was drawn back into the room by the power of it. Mandel exclaimed that he wanted to be sure that everybody would come to know her name.

Yet one critical component of the performance was left utterly ignored … the very subject of the song itself. Young Madison, as lovely and talented and gifted she might be, was extolling the virtues of the God of the Universe, Who, by His AMAZING GRACE, condescended to become the Savior of the world, to seek and to save us wretched, lost souls!

This was of course, as Simon would say, a talent competition, not a church service. But what a picture of the tone deafness of lost humanity!

But for the fact that we are fallen creatures living in a fallen world, the audience and judges would have jumped to their feet, first and foremost, to celebrate, laud, and praise the amazing grace of God that was being extolled. That’s what Crewes would have found incredible! It would have been the message of the song that drew Simon back into the room! It would have been the name of the Most High God which Mandell wanted to ensure was recognized by every man!

While human talent is no less a gift from our most gracious God, its purpose, like any “good and perfect gift” should be to draw our focus to the Lord Who bestowed it.

Grace was showcased side by side with the talent, yet no one noticed the grace.

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen” (Romans 1:25, ESV).

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV)

Temporary Blindness

Spiritual Warfare Spiritual Blindness Satan

Source: Wikipedia

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:4 ; Mark 4:19

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

“Blinding Laser Weapons” are weapons that are designed to blind soldiers on the field of battle. Most countries adhere to international law to minimize the power of their lasers. China, however, instead of limiting the power of such weapons, took full advantage of the potential, developing the battery-powered ZM-87 Portable Laser Disturber. Its desired effect was to injure or dizzy the eyes of enemy combatants. By seeking to blind the enemy, they render them unable to fight.*

I’ve never thought much about the tactics of war, but it makes a lot of sense that a soldier doesn’t have to be destroyed in order to be rendered useless. Blinding them is enough.

*Though effective in its main objective of blinding the target, the weapon had several technical glitches and was subsequently retired. No doubt, however, the Chinese will continue their efforts to perfect a reliable model.

APPLICATION

Satan doesn’t have to get rid of us to take us out of the battle. All he needs to do us render us useless by blinding us to the truth.

"The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Who Needs An Electrical Toy?

Pride Vision Spiritual Blindness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-26

Scripture: Proverbs 16:18 ; 2 Corinthians 6:2

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Man Homeless Outside His Own Home

Gospel Salvation Spiritual Blindness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-23

Scripture: John 14:3

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There Is Light Without Sight

Spiritual Blindness Light Second Coming

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-09

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:5

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Mind Games

Obedience Spiritual Blindness Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2015-03-07

Scripture: James 1:22

Author: Charles Schuyler
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Seeing Ourselves In 2 Dimensions

Self-image Spiritual Blindness Marriage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-26

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:12 ; James 1:19

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The Blind Men and the Elephant

Truth Worldview Spiritual Blindness

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2014-10-06

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: John Godfrey Saxe
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Unrecognized Blessings

Attitude Resentment Spiritual Blindness

Contributed By: Matt Hilgaertner | Date Posted: 2014-10-03

Scripture: Galatians 3:264 ; Matthew 7:11

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