Thursday, July 22, 2010

Why Does God Blind Eyes?

I think the reason is twofold.

First, God blinds both the eyes of the elect and non-elect, because it allows God to progressively reveal more and more about Himself to the watching world. In that sense it's merely a proof that we are creatures and He is God. By starting everyone under condemnation, everyone starts in a position to understand grace, which is really what He's after.

Second, God blinds eyes because He's simply too much for our fallen beings to accept without annihilation. Moses wanted to see God, but God informed him that being too near to Him would destroy him.  God's distance shelters weak and sinful creatures just as distance from the sun keeps things from spontaneous combustion. So while separation from God is indeed a great problem, it's also a kindness for sinners that we do not behold the dazzling brightness of God, and are not instantly undone.

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