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Blindness, spiritual

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An inability or unwillingness to perceive the truth of the gospel.

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Unbelievers are spiritually blind

1 Corinthians 2:14 NIV
14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
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The blindness both of idols and those who worship them:


Jesus Christ speaks in parables because of the spiritual dullness of the people:

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Spiritual blindness is a result of sin

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The consequences of spiritual blindness

Romans 1:18–23 NIV
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
See also lack of success, oppression and robbery; ; the violence of war; ; ; ; ; ; ;

Hatred and darkness:


The removal of spiritual blindness

2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
See also ; Elisha asks the Lord to open his servant’s eyes; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; No-one can see the kingdom of God without being born again; Jesus Christ is the light of the world; ; ; ; ; ;

The spiritual blindness of Israel

Isaiah 1:3 NIV
3 The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.”
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The spiritual blindness of leaders

Matthew 15:14 NIV
14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
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The spiritual blindness of believers

John 14:9 NIV
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
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The spiritual blindness of a church

Revelation 3:17–18 NIV
17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
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