No one born blind had ever received their ability to see. That is until Jesus stopped and put mud in a man’s eyes. When we begin to see Jesus for who He is, and ourselves for who we are, we begin to “see” rightly. But not everyone reacts in the same way. Some receive sight. Some would rather stay blind. Sermon by Steve Swan from the 10th of July, 2016.
I don’t think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.
José Saramago (1922-2010), Blindness
That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms.
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Surprised By Joy
Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
T’was blind but now I see
John Newton (1725-1807)
The same sun which melts wax hardens clay. And the same Gospel which melts some persons to repentance hardens others in their sins.
Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892)
Either we must confess our blindness and seek the opening of our eyes; or else we must accept the light and walk by it. What we may not do, yet all strive to do, is to keep our eyes half-open and live by half the light. That kind of sight holds us to our sin and our sin to us. But the only way of avoiding it is to look with eyes wide open upon ourselves and the world as the full light reveals it; but this is the surrender of faith, and pride resists it.
William Temple (1881-1944)
Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other.
John Calvin (1509-1564)
None so blind as those that will not see.
Matthew Henry (1662-1714)