They are spiritually blind and cannot understand

A good blogging friend of mine, Jim over at Domain for Truth has been answering supposed Bible contradictions for the last four years, you can find links to all the posts here.

I was reading his latest this morning and, as I often am, I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 2:14 so here are a few thoughts on that.

The author of The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible and those who believe its ‘teachings’ believe God’s Word is folly because it’s loaded with inaccuracies, lies, contradictions, etc. This is good for them because they feel justified in continuing in disbelief because belief in God’s Word, to them, is illogical.

Problem with their belief is that the Bible is folly to them not because of the inaccuracies, lies, contradictions, etc. but, instead, because they are spiritually blind and cannot understand the things of God.
Peter spoke of such people as “scoffers [who] will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires” (2 Peter 3:3; see also Proverbs 21:24; Jude 1:18). Those who reject Christ and His Word are spiritually blind and cannot understand the truth of the Scriptures. The truth sounds foolish to them (Isaiah 37:23; 1 Corinthians 1:18). The Bible describes those denying God as fools (Psalm 14:1; Matthew 7:26). Because of their blindness and rejection of God and His Word, they are in a perilous, unsaved condition (John 12:48; Hebrews 2:2-4).

If you’ve ever had a discussion with one of these scoffers (I have had too many to count over the last 20 years) and walked away wondering why they can’t grasp what seems so simple to you, it might help you to know that your arguments or the facts you present are not to blame. Yes, some apologists are better skilled at defending the faith than others but we all must understand that, no matter how sound an argument is or how often it is repeated, there are a number of people who simply CAN NOT get it.

As it was in Peter’s day, the Word is either recieved or it is not, it’s just that simple.

A multitude of people had gathered. Peter had preached a powerful sermon and, when they heard his words, they were “cut to the heart” and asked how they should respond.

Peter answered them with “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38, ESV).

Now will you ever run across a skeptic who will admit that they are spiritually blind? Doubtful because their spiritual blindness keeps them from understanding the concept.

As the man in Mark 4:26-29 did, we can show seeds (preach, teach, evangelize, live by example, use apologetics…) day and night. But unless God prepares the soil the seeds fall on the harvest will never come.



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  1. “Problem with their belief is that the Bible is folly to them not because of the inaccuracies, lies, contradictions, etc. but, instead, because they are spiritually blind and cannot understand the things of God.”

    And you recon you were an atheist, an atheist disbelieves in all gods so there is nothing to understand, you were simply an unbeliever who thought they were an atheist.

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    • Swing and a miss, Steve.

      This posts explains why the spiritually dead cannot understand the things of God.

      It has nothing to do with whether or not you think I was an atheist or not.

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      • I am spiritual James; it all happens inside my brain. As inefficient as it may be sometimes, this is the part I know; it is called focusing on the mind, body and spirit. The spirit part does not mean it is a god, I hope you find out one day.
        Anyway you can achieve amazing things for yourself through meditation.

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        • Steve,
          When I was a non-believer, I would have told you that I was spiritual as well although I probably couldn’t define what that means. It has been my experience (and I have talked to countless people over the years) that the word “spiritual”, although it is used frequently, really has no ultimate meaning. Kind of like a generic catch-all to describe a sense that there may be something, a higher power of sorts, out there. Without you defining what you mean, I can only assume you are just like everyone who uses the term generically. Whether you want to share your definition with me or not really doesn’t matter. I do hope, though, you are not confusing it with “Spiritualism” which is a real and defined thing.
          Spiritualism is a pseudo-religious system of shared concepts in which a key feature is the belief that a soul survives after the death of the physical body and these disembodied spirits are both willing and able to communicate with living persons. Like Christians, spiritualists believe in a single God—whom they refer to as “infinite Intelligence”—and that God holds each soul accountable for his actions and life choices. Unlike Christians, however, spiritualists do not believe that death marks the final point of judgment for a spirit, but souls have the capacity to learn, grow, and evolve after death to progressively higher planes of knowledge and perfection. They do not believe that Jesus’ death paid the penalty for sin and that salvation comes by grace through faith in Christ, but rather souls gradually progress after death through a series of steps toward a state of spiritual perfection. It is, therefore, a works-based route to “salvation” after death.
          That being said, you attribute your spirituality to electronic activity in a brain you believe evolved randomly and without purpose where I, rightly, believe what irreligious people call spiritualism is from God as explained in Romans 1:20.
          “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 have been made, so that men are without excuse.”
          Ya see, Steve, what you believe is spirituality, however you chose to define it, is what God has placed in the heart of everyone who has ever been born. I hope one day you will realize that.
          It’s not too late for you, Steve. Stop running from the god you know in your heart has been chasing you and reconcile yourself to Him.

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          • Thank you for your answer James. It is very simple for me, everything that happens outside the realm of reality is generated solely by the brain. I cannot say with confidence that this world is just as we naturally see it, however I can with complete confidence claim that most of what goes on outside of the physical and natural world is generated by mans evolved powerful brain. We simply have not yet been able to fully control it as it is more complex than anything on our planet.

            “The most powerful computer known is the brain. The human brain possesses about 100 billion neurons with roughly 1 quadrillion — 1 million billion — connections known as synapses wiring these cells together.” (nbcnews)

            “While we can’t completely dismiss the idea of an AI-driven robot revolution in the distant future, a new study has found that even today’s most advanced supercomputers are only one-thirtieth as powerful as the human brain.” (sciencealert)

            These kind of studies are only scratching the surface and I find that this science is a million times more feasible than bronze age beliefs. How can you be so narrow minded to simply believe what you have been told to believe?

            To go off the subject a bit James, I would like to ask you about the Alabama Governor Kay Ivey allowing the Briarwood Presbyterian Church to establish its own police force for its church and school campuses. Evidently this church openly defied the denomination by refusing to allow blacks to worship in their churches or by firing pastors who wanted to do so. How far of the scale are these people as Christians, don’t you think this is going back in history and will other Christians be against this?

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            • Not going to lie, Steve, this is indeed fascinating stuff. Problem is, science cannot be trusted if, in fact, the human brain has just evolved through a random naturalistic process because such a process would lead to the conclusion that our cognitive or belief-producing faculties—memory, perception, logical insight, etc.—are unreliable and cannot be trusted to produce a preponderance of true beliefs over false information.

              As far as the church in Alabama goes, I am not aware of the story so I can’t weigh in right now. I can so a little more digging and get back. For now, though, if what you say is true and blacks are not allowed to worship then that is wrong and I do not support.  A black woman is the women’s minister at my church and she is a wonderful person in every sense of the word. And I am an elder so I was in on the decision to appoint her to the position. 

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              • James, the fact about what to trust in science is very similar to what to trust in your case regarding the denominations of Christianity and preachers that are extremist and do not follow Christian doctrine.

                The pharmaceutical drug companies I agree are not trustworthy, nor are these scientists that are paid well to jump on a band wagon, drag their name through dishonesty in opposition to what are genuine scientific facts.

                You cannot say the same for most of the scientists that are genuinely doing their job. Science is never exact or perfect and can always be improved upon, and usually is. These improvements are evident in biological evolution, climate change, astronomy and neuroscience. These scientists are usually working under a grant, salary or restricted funding whether it be from Microsoft, Virgin Galactic, robotics, the countries national museum or a government agency.

                Many of these scientists do not have a political agenda or any personal issues that will affect their work due to the fact they will have nothing to gain as all official publications have to be peer reviewed and this is about the best kind of quality control that you could possibly get.

                I do understand James that your church will be far different from many of these other ones with radical views and I did not think for one second that your church was of the same mind.

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  2. Aren’t we to plant seeds…not force the seed to sprout.

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  3. Thanks for the link and you are right there’s spiritual blindness going on here…

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  4. Amen. Have you ever wondered why people will fight against a God they don’t believe in? 🙂

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  5. Reblogged this on crosssectionmusic.

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