Top 7 Bible Verses About Spiritual Blindness

Top 7 Bible Verses About Spiritual Blindness July 17, 2015

Here are my top 7 Bible verses about spiritual blindness with commentary that follows each.

John 12:40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”

Jesus quotes, nearly word for word, Isaiah’s prophecy about the hardening of the hearts of those who would refuse to believe in Him (Isaiah 6:10). It’s not that God has hardened their hearts or that God has blinded their eyes, but as the author of Hebrews wrote “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion” (Heb 3:12) so they are actually hardening their own hearts by refusing to hear the Spirit’s voice as in the Holy Spirit Who says, “Today, if you hear his voice” (Heb 3:7). This warning about not hearing His voice, which is the voice of the Holy Spirit, is found throughout Scripture and is repeated many times as it is again in Hebrews 4:7 where it is written “God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” The point is you must hear His voice today; you must listen to the Spirit’s voice of putting your faith in Christ. The more you suppress His voice, the harder your heart becomes until your heart reaches a point that you will not hear His voice anymore. Your heart hardens and your eyes become blinded to the glorious gospel in Jesus Christ.

Second Corinthians 4:4 “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

The spiritual blindness of those who hate Christ comes not only from a refusal to hear the Spirit’s voice but also from the blinding by Satan, “the god of this world.” He has so blinded the minds of the unbelievers that they can’t see the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. God will move heaven and earth if a person genuinely seeks to know God but suppressing the knowledge of God, time after time, is where God finally gives them up to the lusts of their own flesh and Satan keeps them in darkness.

Matthew 23:16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.”

No wonder most of the Jews refused to believe in Jesus Christ; the teachers of the law and the Pharisees were blind guides so it was like the blind leading the blind. The saying “there is none so blind as those who refuse to see” is true just as it was of the religious leaders in Jesus’ day. The problem for these blind leaders was that they “trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt” (Luke 18:9) and Jesus rebuked them for this by saying “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight” (Luke 16:15).

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Isaiah 6:10 “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”

Just as in Jesus’ day, ancient Israel also had spiritual blindness and was dull of hearing. Time and again they refused to obey God and instead, fell into idolatry and this caused God to chastise them by sending them into captivity. Jesus quoted this in John 12:40 because they were refusing to see and closing their ears intentionally so that they could not “turn and be healed” of their sins.

Zephaniah 1:17 “I will bring distress on mankind, so that they shall walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the Lord; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung.”

Zephaniah’s serious prophecy of the destruction that was to come upon, not just Judah and Israel, but upon all of mankind was because of their refusal to turn to the Lord. Sin has a way of blinding those who are living in it and the result is that God has no choice but to punish the wicked, even though God takes no pleasure in their death (Ezk 18:23, 32).

First John 2:10 “But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”

Many profess to be Christian but their behavior betrays them. They claim to be Christ’s but they don’t even know that they’re walking in darkness. If they say they love God but hate the brothers and sisters, they are just giving lip service to Christ and will be exposed as false converts on the day of Jesus’ return (Matt 7:21-23). They are the tares growing up alongside the wheat. I had a lady once tell me that she loved God but could not stand being around the people in the church. I am a father and so if someone came up to me and told me that they loved me but hated my children, I’d have a problem with that! See my point?

Matthew 15:14 “Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

I briefly touched on this idea earlier when the blind guides, the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, were leading others into a pit. They themselves couldn’t see the weightier matters of mercy and justice and faith and Jesus warned “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law–justice, mercy, and faith” (Matt 23:23).

Conclusion

There are certainly more than seven verses about spiritual blindness in the Bible such as in Isaiah 43:8 where he wrote “Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears” and in Deuteronomy 28:28-29 where it was said that “The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind, and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways. And you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to help you” and even in Isaiah 42:18 where God pleads with them, “Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see” but they refused to listen and to see because they hardened their hearts and refused to hear the Spirit’s voice. I pray you do not do likewise.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    The muslims claim the christians are blind, The christians claim the jews are blind. The mormons claim the catholics are blind, The catholics claim everyone not a catholic is blind…etc etc The fact of the matter is, you are all delusional simple minded wish thinkers obsessed with your favorite flavor of woo woo and this ill defined “spiritual” nonsense. You base your claims on nonsensical bronze age books written by ignorant savages for mass consumption by modern ignorants indoctrinated into their respective cults.

    • Adrian Blair

      When you say, ” . . you are all delusional . . . etc” I assume you presume you are not. Please enlighten us.

      • pud

        Sure…I do not “believe” things. I am empirical and go where the evidence leads. I accept certain things to degrees of probability based upon the weight of evidence. I don’t make things up. I value “knowing” over “believing” I subscribe to the principle that if you can’t show it, you don’t know it. I’m not loath to admit to not knowing things and find uncertainty acceptable. I don’t construct my worldview based upon a book of fantasy written by highly superstitious anonymous apocalyptic cult members. I arrive at reasoned conclusions on my own and do not adopt pre packaged group think ideologies. I don’t accept things based upon the fear/reward model of religion. I don’t use woo woo words like “spiritual” or “soul” and I don’t talk to invisible beings hiding in the aether. This makes me reason led ie: rational and you, the religious, delusional.

        • Mariano Cisneros Jr.

          Empirical evidence leads to another unknown. Probability is sometimes wrong even at the most critical times. Most physics are invisible but we presume they are there anyway. We call these theories. Fantasy, superstition and cults are sometimes correct as well. So, he who thinks he knows is a fool. Ultimately, he knows nothing. He is no better than the Ostrich that sticks its head in the sand. After all, you can’t know everything right, which leaves you in partial ignorance about something all the time but that’s ok, right. You are indeed the delusional one because you have convinced yourself through arrogance and admitted doubt that you see most clearly. Interesting philosophy of nothing that you’ve so solidly glued yourself to. I think I’ll stick with Einstein, Copernicus, Descartes, Newton, and the other God fearing savages before I’d stick with you.

          • pud

            That’s a good bit of babbling right there. Evidence is what guides us and allows us to navigate life. We don’t get hit by a bus crossing the street because we correctly weigh probabilities. If you cross the street using “faith” you’re not likely to live very long. Rational thinking, evidence based thinking, reality based thinking has a proven track record..try defying gravity with “faith” and tell me how that works out for you.

          • where is the wise person

            Christ crucified is Gods power and wisdom
            cor.1:18 For the message of the cross is foolish to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God 19 For it is written: ” I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

          • where is the wise person

            Where is the wise person? where is the teacher of the law?Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?For sine in the wisdom of God the world in its wisdom did not know him, god was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser then human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger then human strength.

    • SJ

      There are too many levels in the Bible for it to be written by Bronze Age people.

      Wikipedia on PaRdeS….Jewish exegesis.

      Pardes refers to (types of) approaches to biblical exegesis in rabbinic Judaism or to interpretation of text in Torah study. The term, sometimes also spelled PaRDeS, is an acronym formed from the name initials of the following four approaches:

      Peshat (פְּשָׁט) — “surface” (“straight”) or the literal (direct) meaning.[1]
      Remez (רֶמֶז) — “hints” or the deep (allegoric: hidden or symbolic) meaning beyond just the literal sense.
      Derash (דְּרַשׁ) — from Hebrew darash: “inquire” (“seek”) — the comparative (midrashic) meaning, as given through similar occurrences.
      Sod (סוֹד) (pronounced with a long O as in ‘sore’) — “secret” (“mystery”) or the esoteric/mystical meaning, as given through inspiration or revelation.
      Each type of Pardes interpretation examines the extended meaning of a text. As a general rule, the extended meaning never contradicts the base meaning. The Peshat means the plain or contextual meaning of the text. Remez is the allegorical meaning. Derash includes the metaphorical meaning, and Sod represents the hidden meaning. There is often considerable overlap, for example when legal understandings of a verse are influenced by mystical interpretations or when a “hint” is determined by comparing a word with other instances of the same word.

      Some books such as Tolaat Yaakov, divide Pardes into Peshat, Remez, Din (law), and Sod. According to this understanding, Derash is divided into the homiletics, which are classified under Remez, and legal interpretations, which are classified under Din. – End Quote

      On top of these 4 levels some bible experts claim it can go even higher….I think I’ve heard it can go up to seven levels.

      So if you think an ancient people can write on multiple levels when most people today can’t do it…..more power to you….but I’m just not that gullible,

      • pud

        Hahhahahaa! Layers upon layers of nonsensical babble! The “perfect word of god” wouldn’t need translation,interpretation, spin, excuses, apologetics or pseudo scholars to decode it. It’s all rubbish for the superstitious and credulous.

        • SJ

          I think it is God’s code for spiritual birth…..The blood of Christ is powerful and contains his DNA which we assimilate in part through meditation on the scriptures.

          Theology is the study of God so an intelligent person doesn’t quibble with God about His methods…..you’re not intelligent or powerful enough to judge God or even interpret His Word unless He has mercy on you yet you thought you’d strut your ignorance on the Internet……You ought to go into a Christian bookstore and see all the books devoted to the study of God and realize those are only a fraction of the world’s books on the subject…..unless you’re too proud to concede somebody can be better than you at something.

          You most likely don’t even read Hebrew yet here you are spouting off on the bible on message boards authoritatively.

          • pud

            Doesn’t matter what you “think” as clearly you are not capable of critical independent thought. It matters what you can show which is nothing. You have nothing but baseless stupid claims about the nature of reality. Fantasy, wish thinking, made up mythology, nonsense. Your blood cult is very fond of circular reasoning which you nicely demonstrate in your reply. A “christian bookstore” ? LOL A library of nonsense for the stupid to confirm to themselves their nonsensical ridiculous notions about the nature of reality. The bookstores are full of paranormal books on alien abduction too. I don’t have to read your nonsensical delusional words in Hebrew to recognise how ridiculous the entire notion and narrative is.

          • SJ

            Christian thinking is a 2 step process so it can’t be circular.

            Quote:

            Most Atheists believe that everything that exists is material, that everything that actually exists is part of the physical world. The laws of logic are not physical. The Atheistic worldview eliminates the possibility of logic being real or reliable. At the same time, Atheists try to use logic to reason. When they do so, they are demonstrating that their worldview is not internally consistent and that their worldview is not valid. The worldview of the Atheist cannot be a valid worldview because the worldview requires that the Atheist use the laws of logic, yet the Atheist’s worldview does not allow the laws of logic to exist since they are not material. Atheism is self-refuting because the Atheist must assume something (logic) that disproves Atheism in order to prove Atheism. “[A]theism presupposes theism.”~ Dr. Cornelius VanTil

            Atheists try to use the laws of logic to argue against the existence of God. As Dr. Lisle points out: “In order for his argument to make sense, it would have to be wrong.” In fact, Atheists, Materialists, and Naturalists even have a problem with math itself.

            Atheists can be logical since they were created by God, but they cannot make a logical case (that is consistent with Atheism) for trusting logic. In the same way, Atheists can be moral since they were created by God, but they cannot make a logical case or a moral case (that is consistent with Atheism) for their morality. They can be moral, but it is not logical for them to do so.

            In addition to this, the Atheist does not believe in revelation. The Christian believes in the Real, Almighty God of the Bible, who is able to reveal knowledge and understanding about Himself and His universe to any person. This means that the only means of reason that an Atheist has is logic. The Christian reasons together with God. God reveals. The Christian receives God’s revelation. If God reveals through the Bible, then the Christian receives the revelation that God gives through the Bible. It is a two step process. Atheists, believing their worldview, say that this is circular reasoning. It would be if there were not God or if God did not reveal Himself and His universe. But God does reveal, so it is perfectly rational to say, “God says…” The Atheist, however does not have a self-consistent worldview, and from the Atheistic internally inconsistent worldview, the Atheist posits that the internally consistent relationship between God and His people is not rational.

            Above from Seekfind.org’s Atheism’s Problem With Logic
            http://www.seekfind.net/Atheisms_Problem_With_Logic_Why_Atheists_Cant_Logically_Hold_Their_Opinion.html#.Vav4H0o8KrU

          • pud

            No. “A”theist is the absence of “belief” you are an “A”theist about 9999 gods we just don’t “believe” in one more.

            Logic doesn’t “exist” only objects “exist” Logic is descriptive it is a concept and a methodology to explain the observable world. It is not something that “exists” anymore than the concept of “justice” exists.

            The rest of your babble is just more nonsense, claims, beliefs and superstitious gobblygook.

            VanTil is a psychotic Calvinist nut case…an irrational delusional cultist of the highest order..

            Do yourself an intellectual favor and view the following critique of VanTil’s stupid theology

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5LAlSZ8kEI&list=PL0-LSnSBNIndwFvu3ucsfbLlKp0LGGLnd

          • SJ

            We believe in God because He’s holy and that is the sign of a discriminating mind.

            You’re the one who can’t think….you can’t even tell a holy God apart from a pack of lesser possibly evil non existent gods.

            Any one with a discriminating mind would never concourse with lesser beings than a holy God because it’s stupid and it’s dangerous to risk yourselves under an evil spirits’ influence.

            You made the devil’s case to a bunch of Christian because you couldn’t even make this simple yet critical distinction yet you want a bunch of people seeking to be holy like God to agree with you?

            You need to learn to slow down and compare.

            These are comparisons a child could make but you refuse to make them so you must be willfully ignorant while you puff like a peacock pretending your ignorance isn’t willful.

          • pud

            “Devils” “Spirits” “Gods” “Lessor gods” do you even read what you write? Your “god” is “holy” because you have been indoctrinated to “believe” so not because you arrived at that determination through careful critical analysis. If you were born in India you would be spewing the same nonsense about Ganesh. You are part of a superstitious cult. Brainwashed and intimidated into conformity with the most ridiculous notions humanity ever made up. And yes, it’s all made up!

          • SJ

            People convert from India….some people convert knowing they face persecution in India from their own neighbors. It doesn’t stop them some people don’t let the devil run them in this world.

            Lots of people say Hinduism which contains evil Kundalini spirits has kept India backwards.

          • pud

            You obviously “believe” a lot of stupid ridiculous crap you hear. People say that aliens have abducted them and that a monster lives in Loch Ness. Do you “believe” that too?

          • SJ

            Go back to the atheist blog where you belong or are you having second thoughts?

          • pud

            My enemies are here. This is where I come to enlighten the cult members so that they no longer have to be enslaved

          • SJ

            Well I will just delete your posts without responding then because it’s irrational to hang around people hating on you. That’s how toxic relationships are formed and that is like picking up a disease.

            People weren’t formed for toxic relationships and they are not beneficial to people.

            God said ” don’t be deceived, evil company corrupts good character.”

            So I am separating myself from you and deleting future posts.

            You need to see.a counselor….hating on people is a hate crime.

          • pud

            “god” never said anything. Your stupid book of no name men said this and that. You just swallow it all hook line and sinker.

          • pud

            And comparing one invisible god and its attendant cult with another invisible god and its attendant cult is like comparing superman to batman. Just because you “claim” your “god” is better than their god doesn’t make it so when you are both delusional indoctrinated cult members.

          • SJ

            I know people God has healed. One of them couldn’t be healed by doctors after multiple attempts and hospitalizations but Jesus healed them.

            Now deny their evidence when you weren’t there.

          • pud

            You “Know” nothing of the sort. You choose to “believe” in some ridiculous simplistic childlike feel good notion. Why doesn’t your “god” heal amputees?

          • SJ

            Jesus Christ healed lepers. He reattached an ear in the Garden of Gethesemane.

            Also the Catholic church has a record of a Spamish peasant amputee who claims his leg was restored.

            But an adulterous generation asks for a sign.

            The Cross is the greatest sign of all time. Jesus got out of a grave.

          • pud

            Yeah really? And you know this how? Also, why didn’t he cure leprosy? A doctor that had the power to cure ebola but only cured a token few would be deemed a sicko. Just like your mythical jesus

          • SJ

            This is a temporary life in which God molds and shapes us for something better. Death is a necessary step onto something greater.

            If you can only focus on the negative you can never amount to much in God’s eyes. He didn’t approve of the Israelites complaining while He did everything for them.

            You should have taken a hint from them and been silent.

            You obviously don’t know everything or have confidence in your own beliefs because you ask too many questions.

          • pud

            Endless babbling “claims” for which you actually know nothing. Delusional cult think. Rhetoric. Parroting. Wish thinking out of fear. You’ve swallowed a book..a nonsensical evil book full of the rantings and ravings of your ego maniac of a “god” There are 100 billion billion galaxies out there..to think the purpose of all that is your deities petty earthly drama is to admit to being as small minded a fool as is humanly possible

          • SJ
          • pud

            OH! Wow! A youtube psycho! It must be true! I’m done conversing with you. If you would like help breaking free of your sick perverted evil delusional cult then ask me but I’ll not entertain anymore of your stupid imaginary nonsense. Good bye.

          • SJ

            I’m an evangelical … I teach this stuff so no I don’t want to be free.

            You should seek personal face to face biblical counseling.

          • pud

            You are a self admitted cult member wishing to be a slave. I feel very sorry for you.

          • SJ

            By the way where did you get the authority to judge anyone else’s thinking capability when your’s isn’t perfect?

            You don’t think any more critically than anybody else. You just have a critical spirit that you are taking out on people you don’t like so why don’t you spend more time around people you do like?

            Wouldn’t that behavior be more rational?

          • pud

            I don’t argue from authority I argue from reason. I do think more critically because I reject “belief” and “faith” and demand evidence before I subscribe to anything. I don’t swallow ancient holy books whole. I hang out here because the theocrats are my enemy. If I was hell bent on curing alcoholics I would go to the pubs not the churches

          • SJ

            Yeah well you’re showing your pride again. Most reasonable people don’t have the temerity to ask God for evidence after He has supplied His testimony supplemented by other eyewitness testimonies.

            His testimony and the eyewitness testimony is better than physical evidence because people in rebellion against God can tamper with evidence or pretend to want it when they will never examine it when it shows up.

            I know I presented evidence to atheists for years on another board and they never slowed down to consider. They had already refused to believe the evidence before it was presented so they had evil heart motives for doing that.

        • SJ

          You’re the one missing out on your spiritual birth and attempting to deny it to other people.

          • pud

            I was born once and that was enough. “Spiritual birth” are nonsensical woo woo words. They mean nothing. They are made up nonsense to fill in gaps in your understanding. Rather that ever admit that you don’t know something or can’t explain it, you use nonsense words like “spiritual birth” It’s a pretty sick notion to think a timeless all powerful being has nothing better to do then act out some bizarre metaphysical drama with his little playthings. You are quite immature in your thinking.

          • SJ

            We’ll all see after we die unless Christ comes first then you won’t have time to study and make up for it to God.

            So you go ahead and procrastinate. God gave you free will to make your own choices.

            The grading for those choices comes later.

          • pud

            There is no such thing as “free will” and if there was it isn’t something that can be given.

            You are an obedient servant of your respective death cult. Fully indoctrinated in their ridiculous nonsensical cosmic drama where you live in fear of your celestial dictator. Keep it, I will have no part of it and all the blatant stupidity that keeps you hostage to it.

          • SJ

            Then stick to an atheist blog and stop coming over here cutting up the teaching blog like a juvenile delinquent in a classroom.

          • pud

            You are the willful delinquent. You are the one indoctrinated into a cult not me. I’m trying to emancipate those of you shackled to ignorance, myth and delusion.

          • Pat Gustafson

            If there is no such thing as free will, you are a slave. You are typing your comments as a robot does it’s duty. You just contradicted yourself. LOL

          • pud

            You are correct. We are all slaves to the infinite series of causal events in our life. Every decision you think you make “freely” is actually made as a direct result of all the previous experiences that have shaped your mind. If for example I put 5 food choices before you…why did you pick the one that you did? You did so because every event that ever took place in the past shaped your preferences today. This is inescapable. Had your previous experiences been different, say you got sick after eating some of the food choices, you would be disposed to pick from the other choices because of that past experience.

            LOL yourself stupid

          • pud

            You are correct. We are all slaves to the infinite series of causal events in our life. Every decision you think you make “freely” is actually made as a direct result of all the previous experiences that have shaped your mind. If for example I put 5 food choices before you…why did you pick the one that you did? You did so because every event that ever took place in the past shaped your preferences today. This is inescapable. Had your previous experiences been different, say you got sick after eating some of the food choices, you would be disposed to pick from the other choices because of that past experience.

            LOL yourself stupid

          • Pat Gustafson

            If there is no such thing as free will, you are a slave. You are typing your comments as a robot does it’s duty. You just contradicted yourself. LOL

    • SJ

      In addition to the multilevel capability of scripture it also had an early pictogram quality. It’s like God planned to raise children through multiple levels in the scriptures.

      Take a look:

      http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Grammar/Unit_One/Pictograms/pictograms.html

    • SJ

      You need to research Walid Shoebat’s claims about Islam. He’s a former Muslim that converted to Christianity. That guy can actually think and interpret the bible better than most Christians born into a Christian family.

  • Jack Wellman

    You claim that we call others blind but we are not stooping to insults like you who portend to see. Wow.

  • SJ

    Sometimes I think the Lord let us be spiritually blind so we’d seek His help….and teach us to rely on Him….How could we stand up to all the evil knowledge we are exposed to without God’s wisdom to refer to.

    A very interesting work:

    Blindness in Part, Dr. Stephen E. Jones
    http://gods-kingdom-ministries.net/teachings/books/blindness-in-part/

  • ibnt

    Thought provoking piece. You might, in this vein, enjoy “The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist” — theatheistwhodidntexist.com — a very funny (as only a Brit could write!) response to the more fundamentalist flavour of New Atheism.

  • over it!

    Great teaching pastor Jack…!!