Eyes To See

This last weekend I received a comment on one of my posts from an individual who likes to infrequently throw a dart my way, to see if I will respond to his query. I have responded in the past and tried to honestly answer his questions but it has proved to be a useless endeavour. He tries to give the impression that he is looking for answers but consistently disqualifies evidence presented as non-applicable due to it’s questionable authenticity. However, if one takes the time to look over the interaction between himself and his followers, it becomes relatively clear that the primary purpose of his blog is to ridicule and demean Christians and their misguided or misplaced faith. I don’t bother responding anymore (I trash his comments) because it serves no purpose other than to detract me from other worthwhile endeavours.

What I found to be truly troublesome when reviewing some of the comments on his blog was the prevalent attitude of superiority with regard to their collective intellectual abilities and an obvious distain for those who persist in adhering to foolish religious faith. If I was to paraphrase the over riding connotation that I perceived when I read them, it would go something like this, “It’s a pity that these poor individuals are so misinformed and do not comprehend the shallowness of their misplaced faith. If they were as well informed as we are, they obviously would abandon their misguided faith in these primitive religious concepts and join our enlightened ranks”. Is it possible that I misread their intent? Yes, it’s possible but I would have a tendency to think it would be highly unlikely.

I’ve mentioned before that if you want to find perspectives that attempt to disprove those who believe in God, Christianity and the Bible, there is no shortage of material. For every statement that is made that attempts to authenticate the basic tenants of our Christian faith, there are counter statements readily available arguing against it. Interestingly enough, there are individuals who have esteemed academic credentials and a much higher intellect than I possess, presenting arguments on both sides of the particular subject being discussed. I’ve always found it interesting how two highly intelligent individuals can become very knowledgeable in a particular area of study and then articulate totally opposite perspectives.

And of course, the list of topics to argue for or against seems to be virtually endless. Everything from the creation of the universe, the origin of life, the complexity of the simple cell and DNA, the history of religion, Judaism, Christianity, the Old and New Testaments and textual criticism, to name but a very few. Not one of these topics is simplistic and all of them have very learned individuals, who can and do argue for their particular pro or con perspective.

So how is it that I and many others “see” what many others also fail to “see”?

I’m pretty sure, based on what we have been exposed to via education, our cultural environment and personal experiences, that we all have pre-suppositions or personal bias about a host of particular subjects. As to whether these pre-suppositions or personal biases that we hold are based on verifiable facts or misinformation can be and are arguably a matter of opinion, based once again, on our prevalent bias on any given subject.

But, years ago, I asked God to show Himself to me and He did. No, not visibly but through a series of events that He orchestrated. That “journey” of discovery began when I was 26 years old and continues to this very day (I am now 74). He has “proved” Himself to me many many times, in ways which could not possibly have happened had He not have been there to guide and bring me closer to Himself.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

This morning as I was saying my prayers, I was overcome with gratitude that God had indeed revealed Himself to me. The fact that He loved us enough to send us His Son, to show us of Himself and to provide us with the means whereby we could experience His presence, love and guidance was overwhelming. The fact that the Spirit of God dwells within me, guides me and can empower me is simply amazing. The fact that Jesus, God’s only begotten Son walked in our flesh, showed us of the Father and willingly obeyed the Father’s will, even unto death on a wooden cross, so that I and others, who believe, might share in His eternal life that is offered to us through faith, is simply mind boggling.

John 3:16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 14:6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

How does this reality happen? How does that sense of oneness with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit lift our hearts and spirits to such heights?

Philippians 2:13 :For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Faith in God, trusting in God, facilitates God making it happen. Without faith in God, you’re on your own.

1 Corinthians 1:27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

Deny the existence of God, reject His ways and thoughts, disregard the offering of His Son Jesus for our sins and experiencing that oneness with God just isn’t going to happen.

Simplistic? Yes it is. Levels the playing field? Almost to the state of being child like some might say.

Matthew 18:3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

1 Corinthians 1:18-19For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.”

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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21 comments on “Eyes To See
  1. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”
    John 9:39 ESV
    https://bible.com/bible/59/jhn.9.39.ESV

    I was reminded of this verse…

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  2. I’ve gotten darts from possibly the same guy, or someone very like him. I don’t mind questions, I don’t mind atheism, but if one isn’t ready to hear answers he doesn’t like, why ask?

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    • Bruce says:

      Exactly, if the only “acceptable” evidence is his negative perspective, that doesn’t leave much room for any meaningful conversation. Thanks Brandon!

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  3. Bruce, your “visitor” sounds very much like one I have had…one who I eventually had to block due to the fact that his comments and observations swirled down to simply wanting to pull all engaged in “his” dialogue down into his endless rabbit hole of how smart he and his ilk were and how silly I was, we are, for believing in fables…as he twisted and turned words, spiraling them so far away from the original intent…

    On a different note—how happy I am to have found your blog!
    Thanks to Vincent.

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  4. Stephen says:

    When dealing with such people I find they appreciate a simple “I don’t know” or “I”’m not sure” instead of trying to justify ones beliefs when there is no way to prove the question at hand. Being “ always ready to give an answer for the hope that is within you” does not equate to having an answer for every question. There’s no shortage of christians who seem to know it all and have all the answers. So in truth, we’re not really all that different from the smug “atheist” who knows it all. Either way, the more educated, the more smug.
    It’s comforting that only Jesus can bless people with ears to hear or eyes to see. I know this for a fact as the scriptures were around long before Jesus, but those who knew scripture best didn’t hear nor did they see Jesus Christ. Neither did it do them any good in their reverence of God. It’s an inconvenient truth to those who hold tight to their bibles, but a profound truth none the less.
    Blessings

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    • Bruce says:

      Hi Stephen, I’ve been around long enough to know the difference between a legitimate question and a question in which no answer will suffice. I also have no problem in admitting I don’t have an answer or response. In this particular case, it did not matter what evidence was presented, everything was denied as being legitimate evidence. Considering that Jesus thought it was important to explain and demonstrate how the “scriptures” spoke of Him, after His resurrection, to the disciples, one might want to follow our Lord’s leading and confirm their relevance before disregarding their importance. Luke 24:44-45 being a case in point. Is it God alone who can open our eyes? Yes it is and in that you are correct. However, “some” of those who knew scripture could not see or hear but there were also “some” who did. Two different audiences, but the fact that one audience does not accept or agree upon their relevance, does not in itself negate their importance to the other. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 being another case in point. You have a great day Stephen and may our Lord bless you richly.

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  5. Jeff Rab says:

    Excellent post, Bruce! I believe I have read some of your interactions with this blogger, and you handled it with grace. honesty and kindness. But you are right, there are people who throw out the “lure” to try to hook you into a debate. If fishy, fishy in the brook, swam on by Daddy’s hook, Mama would have an empty pan, nor Baby eaten like a man…

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    • Bruce says:

      Hi Jeff, thanks for the feedback! If one reads the various comments on a number of posts on a particular blog you can quickly get a sense of what the goal of the blog is. If it’s honest questions looking for reasonable answers it will show and if it is to showcase how intellectually inferior believers are and how intellectually superior non-believers are, that will also show. How a person interacts with dedicated followers is kind of like being a fly on the wall. You can save yourself a lot of frustration and time by checking for the blog “tone”.
      How are you folks enjoying the heat wave? Nice and breezy up here on the sea coast! Ya, I know, I just slapped myself! Grace and blessing brother!

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      • Jeff Rab says:

        Totally agree, Bruce! And as far as the weather here in East Texas, it has been a very mild summer. It is only 92 degrees right now, which is nice at this time of year, but with the humidity and heat index, it feels like 106. Come on down and join the party, my friend! Peace to you, Bruce!

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      • Bruce says:

        Only 92! Feels like 106! I’m sweating just thinking about it! Take care.

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  6. Scott says:

    My first instinct is to ignore people who are just trying to be difficult. I would say keep praying for them to get the revelation of Jesus that He shines His light into their lives. see Luke 2:30-32 (ESV2011)
    “30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
    31 ​that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
    32 ​a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”
    Bruce, keep up the good work. You inspire me and are compassionate toward these lost ones.

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    • Bruce says:

      Hi Scott! You’re right about praying for them. Unfortunately that’s not always the first option that pops into my mind. One of the things that I frequently ask for in my prayers is to have more of Jesus in me, than I have of me in me. Evidently God is still working on that one because I see a lot more of me than I want to, especially when someone starts playing what I call “head games”.
      I am so happy to see you more frequently on your blog! I ALWAYS read your posts because you’re real, honest and down to earth and I just love your insights. Never doubt how much God loves you Scott! Grace and blessings brother!

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  7. SLIMJIM says:

    That guy commenting sounds like he’s a troll. Skeptic trolls are a dime a dozen.

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