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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 NASB95
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
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The blindness both of idols and those who worship them:

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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 NASB95
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
See also lack of success, oppression and robbery; ; the violence of war; ; ; ; ; ; ;

Hatred and darkness:

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The removal of spiritual blindness

2 Corinthians 4:6 NASB95
For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God 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 NASB95
“An ox knows its owner, And a donkey its master’s manger, But Israel does not know, My people do not understand.”
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The spiritual blindness of leaders

Matthew 15:14 NASB95
“Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
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The spiritual blindness of believers

John 14:9 NASB95
Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He 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 NASB95
‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.
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