The Judgment Against Blind Men
"Hence they said to the blind man again: "What do you say about him, seeing that he opened your eyes?"
The man said: "He is a prophet."
And Jesus said: "For this judgment I came into this world:
that those not seeing might see and those seeing might become blind."
The bible stories are intended to be understood as symbolic dramas.. not history.
So... it is most unfortunate they get taken literally..
This is mainly due to poor reading comprehension.. and minds occupied with outward events..........
Religious materialism.. = an oxymoron.
So.. it is not really religion anymore.
Alan Watts once wrote... "Prostitution is the oldest occupation... and religion is the oldest con-trick"
And that's true.
RE-LIGION means RE-UNITE
And.. so.. obviously.. it is against religious sects.
This is what the bible teaches.. SECTS ARE BAD!!!
SAY "NO" TO SECTS!!!
Because sects destroy unitity.. and create a false sense of division.
Paradoxical as it make seem...
Unity is the coming together of unique indivduals.
Hell occurs when we all try to be the same.. who wants that.. ?
It is against both God and Nature.
Isn't it what goes on in hearts and minds that really matters.. ?
The inner person.. not the physical body.
Blindness is used as a metaphor for those who lack this understanding.. insight..
For example.. the so-called.. “religious” people.. who are materialists.
But also our leaders.... and the legal eagles.. who bind and ensnare us with their endless rules.. and laws.
This is the Devil.. the spirit of lies and oppression.
Taking away our power to act as individuals.. and making us slaves to the great idea..
We still use the same blindness metaphor today.
Blind leaders… leading us astray.... The blind guiding the blind.
Isaiah even wrote about them...
"And those who are leading this people on prove to be the ones causing them to wander; and those of them who are being led on, the ones who are being confused."
Isn't that the truth.. ?
The Bible teaches “love your neighbour..
While religious sects wage war.. segregation.. and hate.
They are - metaphorically - "blind and deaf" to what scripture is reallly telling them...
Their hearts and minds are - metaphorically - dead..
Even while their bodies are still - literally - alive.
Jesus taught.. "It is the Spirit that is life-giving..."
But the deaf didn't hear.
Authentic religion deals with hearts and minds (meaning.. the Spirit).. not our body organs..
So.. any materialistic interpretation of Holy Scripture.. is flawed.
Jesus cured people inwardly.. with wise teachings.. and well considered words.
He cured people of their errors.. in their thinking and in their feeling..
(sin literally means.. error)
He cured hearts and minds that had gone astray..
“Upon hearing this Jesus said to them: "Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but those who are ailing do. I came to call, not righteous people, but sinners."
The real meaning behind the stories of Jesus making the blind see.. become self-evident.. when we compare the usage of the word.. “blind”.. in context with other verses throughout the book.
We still use blind as a metaphor today.. to mean someone who is lacking in understanding something.. after something has been clearly explained to them.
Then.. we might ask them... "Are you blind?"
And our.. so called.. leaders.. are guilty.. in this respect.. popes and judges..
Since they remain blind to what the Bible is really saying..
Neither be called 'leaders,' for your Leader is one, the Christ.
Blind As A Metaphor For Insight And Understanding
The blind are seeing again, and the lame are walking about, the lepers are being cleansed and the deaf are hearing, and the dead are being raised up, and the poor are having the good news declared to them...
...so that the crowd felt amazement as they saw the dumb speaking and the lame walking and the blind seeing, and they glorified the God of Israel.
Matthew 11:5 & 15:31
Blind Defining Passages
God is opening the eyes of the blind ones; God is raising up the ones bowed down; God is loving the righteous ones.
And in that day the deaf ones will certainly hear the words of the book, and out of the gloom and out of the darkness even the eyes of the blind ones will see.
Bring forth a people blind though eyes themselves exist, and the ones deaf though they have ears.
Isaiah 29:18 & 43:8
Let them be. Blind guides is what they are. If, then, a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.
God's Spirit is upon me, because he anointed me to declare good news to the poor, he sent me forth to preach a release to the captives and a recovery of sight to the blind, to send the crushed ones away with a release...
Hence in answer he said to the two: "Go your way, report to John what you saw and heard: the blind are receiving sight, the lame are walking, the lepers are being cleansed and the deaf are hearing, the dead are being raised up, the poor are being told the good news.
Luke 4:18 & 7:22
... among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through.
For if these things are not present in anyone, he is blind, shutting his eyes to the light, and has become forgetful of his cleansing from his sins of long ago.
But he that hates his brother is in the darkness and is walking in the darkness, and he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Gospel of Thomas
Jesus said, "I took my stand in the midst of the world, and in flesh I appeared to them. I found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came into the world empty, and they also seek to depart from the world empty. But now they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent."
His followers said to him, "When will the kingdom come?"
"It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, `Look, here it is,' or `Look, there it is.' Rather the father's kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people do not see it."
Go now and wander through the land as teachers filled with compassion for this pain-ridden world. Let not two of you go the same way.
Show the possibility of a life of goodness, holiness and happiness.
There are some whose eyes are clouded with only a little dust, and when they hear they will understand.