Blessed Are The Eyes That See

        Formerly, truth shone like the sun.

        There was no denying it. It stood forth for all to see, and all could see, and all did see.

        There was never any thought of questioning something so perfectly, starkly, and prodigiously shining forth.

        Truth was like Everest or the Pacific or the vast blue sky above. It was the fruited plain that stretched from horizon to horizon, north to south, and east to west. It had no actual boundaries.

         And it was free.

Sun

         But then, slowly, terribly, a grey darkness drifted in, ever so slightly, deceiving, conniving, covering up, shading, equivocating, and probing—not against the truth, but against the perception of it. For it was perception that mattered.

         In other words, one cannot actually question Mount Everest or the Pacific Ocean. But one can question one’s perception of Mount Everest or the Pacific Ocean.

         Do they really exist?

         How do you know?

         Why are you so sure?

         Do you just take everything you are told as a given?

         Are you so gullible?

         Can you not think for yourself?

         The darkness, actually a light shade of grey, became somewhat darker. As those who questioned obvious truth became increasingly more perplexed, though they had not been previously, and though they had also shined bright like the sun in innocence and pure faith and love, with glowing smiles and clear consciences, and no reason to worry, their souls also became darker.

         Then they became foolish. They eventually became idiots. Truth became lost to them and they became wise only in their own eyes, and they grouped themselves together in communities of ignorance, and they began practicing very strange behavior, and engaging in increasingly horrendous deeds.

         They fell completely out of their first estate and tumbled down several spiritual echelons until they were no longer spirit at all but pure animalistic purveyors and practitioners of evil most foul and most dark.

         And they liked it.

         And they built religious communities and claimed the discovery of new truth and truths and new light and new ways of seeing things and new perspectives with new allowances and laws and manners of living, and they taught them, and these things became a code to live by.

         And they did live by them. And their world was as dark as dark could be and all the people were as blind as could be but they smiled and lived and carried on as if they were light and walking in the light.

         And they cursed the darkness. The darkness that was actually the light. The light that had never stopped shining. And they cursed the truth as well, and disbelieved it. They disbelieved it in mass.

         The truth had never stopped being the truth. Mount Everest was still Mount Everest. The Pacific Ocean was still the Pacific Ocean as it had always been.

         And the vast sky was still blue.

         But not according to their perception, because their perception had changed, and thus, their perspective had changed, and thus, the obvious was no longer obvious whatsoever.

         Professing to be wise, they became fools… [Romans 1:22]

         And they hated one another and called each other heretics and started denominations. And they had religious wars over points of doctrine and burned one another at the stake and murdered and maimed in the name of God and for the cause of their religion.

         And to this day they continue to violate the two commandments upon which the entire Law of Moses and Prophetic Books hang.

         They have lost their way.

         They have smiles on their faces but little love.

         And they act like they know God.

         And go through their routines every Sunday morning.

         In darkness.

         With eyes that don’t see.

         And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

         Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.

         “Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

         “In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

         ‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;

         YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;

         FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,

         WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,

         AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,

         OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,

         HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,

         AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,

         AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’

         “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.

         “For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it . . . [Matthew 13:10-17] [1]

            © 2013 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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Posted on July 25, 2013, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. It’s pretty wild that lies must have believers in order to exist and stay alive but truth is still the truth even if there is not one believer in it. En masse belief in something doesn’t prove it’s the truth. More amazing to me, and I was once at this point, is that people are so willing to gamble their eternal souls for lies they believe is the truth.

    God bless you!~

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    • Thank you, Sherry. And right you are. We should be comfortable in the truth, not in the presence of others whether or not they have the truth. I always think of how the Hebrew patriarchs and prophets spent so much time alone in the desert or wherever, away from the things of man, and away from any peer pressure that may keep them bound and blind. Better that we battle through this life for God all alone than sell our souls with a crowd for money or a comforting false religion, “Christian” or not.

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  2. RJ, your post brought tears to my eyes because of its truth. Jesus began one Church, His, and that’s filled with pure spiritual truth. It is men who developed denominational doctrines and even individual doctrines of men that many times serve to place stumbling blocks to Jesus’ pure truth. I look forward to the time when He returns in power and glory and reunites us all who are His regardless of denomination into that one pure church so that we can live pure truth.

    Do keep following His lead and being a witness as to how He created us to live and love. May we all be humble enough to change when shown what we thought was truth isn’t.

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    • Thanks for such a heartfelt comment, Sharon.

      It truly is amazing what religion does. The devil invented religion on a mass scale most likely during the time of Nimrod and ancient Sumer. It was also the time we refer to as the beginning of civilization. But such civilization was not possible without slavery and religion. People were forced to work for the relatively very small upper class of controllers and told what to believe. Thus, religion in its many forms became a controlling mechanism and the same thing happened with Christianity. It was not long before false and deviant forms of Christianity were created to control people and to create a culture wherein everyone is on the same page obeying their controllers.

      The part most Christians continually fail to see is that the Lord Jesus is Boss, the only Boss, and has ever been the only Boss, and He lives in us (if we receive Him) and among us by His Holy Spirit. He said the Holy Spirit is our teacher [John 14:26]. Yet, He also said He is our only Teacher [Matthew 23:8].

      And He is our only Shepherd and Leader. We are all supposed to be His children. He put leadership in His community, but this is only supposed to be the mature helping the young to become mature, never ruling over them.

      Also, it is up to us to get it right and be unified before His return, not after.

      I hope many people read your comment. It contains a heartfelt reaction to exactly what we need. Blessings to you.

      For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. [Galatians 3:26-28]

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  3. This post and the way you characterized those who knowingly (or unknowingly) warp or misrepresent the Truth reminded me of a Fable or Dr. Seuss story… It’s that kind of “Stuff” that has infiltrated the Church. Our perceptions at any given time are formed by our life experiences (relationships) and information, both bad and good: Bad life experiences and information, faulty perceptions; good life experiences and information, good perceptions. What we need today are “Clear Eyes” and “Strong, Godly Relationships.”

    “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” [Matt. 6:22-24 NASB]

    “To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.” [Titus 1:15 NASB]

    Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” [1 Cor. 15:33]

    God Bless You RJ in your search for and sharing of the Truth.

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  4. Thank you, RJ, for the wonderful way that you illustrated the self-inflicted blindness to truth that so many “wise,” and so many “visionaries,” celebrate and promote. Blessings to you, brother.

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    • Thank you, Derrick. Still don’t understand fully why so-called Christians would rather follow one another than the Lord Jesus. The deception and manipulation is MUCH stronger than most people may suspect. Our “follow the leader” principles have resulted in exactly what the Lord said would happen when the blind lead the blind. And what was that again, Lord, about sending prophets to correct our course?

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  5. Kedoshim Ministries

    Hauntingly poetic, and such a disturbing reality. My heart is broken for our terrible fall. May the veil be lifted from our blinded eyes that we may see the truth that is right before our eyes before it is too late.

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    • Thanks for reading and for your comment. The good news is that we are in the early stages of a national Great Awakening due in part to real Christians making the move starting a few decades ago from communities with little or no sight to communities where eyes that see are not only valued but welcomed. Strong, vibrant communities cannot exist without strong, vibrant individuals. Human control cannot keep such strong individuals in order and unified but the Spirit of God CAN, and that’s the whole point.

      Please see an excerpt from my book in the comments section over at Mike’s place: http://mtsweat.com/2013/07/30/nickle-for-your-thoughts/

      I highly recommend all to visit Kedoshim Ministries for some very insightful research and study: http://kedoshimministries.wordpress.com/

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  6. I’m working in the book of Matthew right now. Nothing has changed very much, has it.

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  7. WOW! INCREDIBLE POST! THANK YOU RJ!

    A few weeks ago when I had first awoke, I saw through… ‘another’s eyes’. I know this sounds strange, right? But it served as a real revelation to me and it brought me to Scripture that is very near to me heart. I know I still have to post this experience, and I think this AWESOME post may very well serve as the motivation I need to do so. Thank you once again!

    A glimpse…
    I begin each day submitting to God in prayer even before I open my eyes and this day was no different. Although each prayer is unique, it usually always starts with praise & thankfulness and ends with petitions for His training &… “How can I serve You today?”

    On this particular morning, it appeared as though the Lord had taken me back through some recent [rather painful or difficult] events and I could see myself from the other person’s perspective. At that moment, it did not matter that I was right or they were wrong, it mattered to me that they were seeing how ugly a witness I could be and how I had failed the Lord. I could not even look around me. I felt myself rocketed before God and crying “Oh my God, I am the one! I am the one with unclean lips… unclean everything! It doesn’t matter what they did [or didn’t do], what they said, or how much they have hurt, cursed, or deceived me… I am the one! I am the one that has to get on my face before You & tell You who it is I love! Oh Lord, I am so undone! Do whatever You must do to me Father, better is one day in Your courts then a thousand elsewhere.” And as painful as the discipline of the Lord can be [even the Angel of the Lord used tongs], I have not felt more refreshed & released [to serve Him] then from that day forward! And when fully awake, I obviously saw the Lord’s direction in Isaiah 6 & meditated there.

    THANK YOU AGAIN RJ! I SO needed this reminder and confirmation today! LOVED this post!!! “AWE-INSPIRING!”

    [When God gives us His perspective, it is… everything [to us]! 😎 ]

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    • Thank you! It’s liberating to see us the way the Lord sees us. We all fall short. We all need a Savior. And we need Him every day. And then, after repentance and surrender to Him, and after His cleansing blood is applied, we see us as He sees us again, only this time as clean vessels motivated to serve and honor Him, in part for setting us free, and in part simply because we love Him for who He is.

      But it’s always a trip when our blind eyes receive sight!

      Each believer must relate personally to the formerly blind man in the ninth chapter of the Gospel of John. The entire chapter is devoted to him and what the Lord did for him. It is a picture of what He does for each of us. And it has the whole catalogue, including idiot religionists.

      “…One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” [John 9:25]

      YES!

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  8. Its hard being a believer these days.
    Everyone is so down on God and Religion (as if they have anything to do with each other)
    But people are hostile and I need advice on how to handle people who totally hate God 😦

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