It is terrifying for me as a sighted person to think of losing my eyesight. I cherish my vision and can’t imagine the lights being permanently extinguished. I would be paralyzed with fear not knowing where the dangers were in my path. “What you lose in blindness is the space around you, the place where you are, and without that you might not exist. You could be nowhere at all.” /1 We have a natural fear of being disabled and losing one of our senses. Those who have their physical sight should cherish and protect this gift.
Those of us who are old enough to understand right from wrong and our responsibilities toward God, sin against Jehovah (Romans 3:23). We have been given spiritual sight so that we can see sin and its consequences. Through Scripture we see our sins as a violation of God’s will (1 John 3:4; John 12:48). Only those who are babies or mentally impaired are spiritually blind. All others have the capability to grasp the concept of sin and the responsibility to escape it.
Since almost all of us are spiritually sighted, we have to actively pretend to be spiritually blind. We have to fail to see what is apparent before our eyes by our own conscious will. When presented with the evidence of Christ, we must accept or deny it. No other choices exist (John 8:24).
Millions willfully refuse to see the evidence of God before their eyes. There are “none so blind as those that will not see.” /2 Those who are willfully blind to their own sins are doomed to spend an eternity in hell if they die in this condition (Matthew 25:46). Jesus said, “Having eyes, do you not see?” (Mark 8:18; Matthew 13:13-15, NKJV). God has given his children extraordinary blessings filled with grace and mercy (Ephesians 2:8-9). Sadly, billions fail to see this and perish eternally.
We cannot be forgiven for sins that we refuse to acknowledge. When we stubbornly hold onto them in direct opposition to God, we find ourselves fighting against the greatest force in the universe. God will not allow man to avoid the consequences of his sins. He simply says, “The soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4). And Jesus will come “taking vengeance on those who know not God” (2 Thessalonians 1:8).
“For since the creation of the world [God’s] invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
In John 9, Jesus healed a man who was born blind. The Pharisees asked him what had happened and he expressed his faith in God. They criticized him and he refused to back down. They cast him out of the temple. These Pharisees found Jesus and questioned him. They asked if Jesus thought they were blind? Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now, you say, ?We see.’ Therefore your sin remains” (John 9:41).
Since we are not spiritually blind, we are held responsible for our sins. We live according to God’s will or we live contrary to it. The standard of Scripture is set and non-negotiable (Psalm 119:89). It is immaterial how we see our sins. It only matters how God sees our souls. We are in accordance with his will or we are lost. Our perceptions and opinions have nothing whatsoever to do with our eternal destinies (Revelation 20:11-15).
Will We Accept the Clear Evidence of God?