Blindness as a result of being deceived by others – part 5 of series on blindness and deception
[June 26, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
The Bible says that we can be blinded by Satan and by other human beings.
Some of the humans who blind us are consciously working for Satan.
Some of the humans who blind us are unconsciously working for Satan. Perhaps they have to some degree been blinded by other humans who are consciously working for Satan, as I explained in Part 4. Nevertheless, that does not erase all their individual responsibility for the wrongs that they do. They are responsible for their own individual choices, as I showed in Part 3.
If you have been blinded and deceived by Satan or by human beings, there are many Bible passages that can help you.
The god of this world (Satan) blinds people
(2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
If our gospel be yet hid, it is hid among those who are lost, in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Human beings can deceive other human beings
(2 Timothy 3:13)
But the evil men and deceivers will grow worse and worse, while they deceive and are deceived themselves.
William Tyndale’s prologue to the Book of Romans
This is Paul’s order: that good works grow out of the Spirit, the Spirit comes by faith, and faith comes by hearing the word of God, when the glad tiding and promises that God has made to us in Christ are preached truly, and received in the ground of the heart.
Of this – God’s spirit and his fruit – our holy hypocrites have not once known, nor yet tasted how sweet they are, though they invent many good works out of their own imagination, in order to be justified thereby. In their works there is not one crumb of true faith or spiritual love, or of inward joy, peace, or quietness of conscience, seeing they do not have the word of God for them, that such works please God. But they are even the rotten fruits of a rotten tree. [Emphasis added.]
Here are two passages from the Bible where Jesus is speaking to the Jewish religious leaders. What Jesus said can by extension be applied to the wolves in sheep’s clothing who lead churches today.
And you believe that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness —
You blind Pharisee: cleanse first the inside of the cup and platter, so that the outside of them may be clean also.
In Matthew 15 the disciples were worried that Jesus was offending the Pharisees. The advice Jesus gives to His disciples (emphasised in bold by me) still applies today:
(Matthew 15:7-14 — Jesus is confronting the Pharisees)
Hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draws near to me with their mouths, and honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And in vain they worship me, teaching doctrines which are nothing but men’s precepts.
And he called the people to him and said to them, Hear and understand: that which goes into the mouth does not defile a man, but that which comes out of the mouth defiles a man.
Then his disciples came and said to him, Do you perceive how the Pharisees are offended in hearing this saying? He answered and said, All plants that my heavenly Father has not planted shall be plucked up by the roots. Let them alone. They are the blind leaders of the blind. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the ditch. [Emphasis added.]
If you have been deceived by other human beings
The Psalms have many passages that are helpful for those who have been deceived by other people.
Let them be confounded and put to shame, that seek after my soul / let them be turned back and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief for me.
Let them be as the dust before the wind / and the angel of the Lord scattering them.
Let their way be dark and slippery / and let the angel of the Lord persecute them.
For they have privily laid their net to destroy me without a cause / yea, even without a cause have they made a pit for my soul.
Let a sudden destruction come upon him unawares, and his net, that he hath laid privily, catch himself / that he may fall into his own mischief.
The hymn Be Thou My Helper in the Strife is based on Psalm 35. Click here for lyrics of the hymn and click here to hear the hymn sung by a congregation of believers. If you open those two links you can sing / pray the hymn. I am pretty confident that if you do so, you will be encouraged and comforted.
You can use Psalm 139 to help you pray. Psalm 139 is one of many imprecatory psalms. “Imprecate” means to pray, to invoke evil upon, to curse. The imprecatory psalms ask God to pour out His vengeance and wrath on the evildoers. The imprecations are against the wicked, not against the one who has been abused by the wicked.
If you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and you feel anguish about the evil works of the evildoers, you can ask God to slay the wicked.
Wilt thou not slay the wicked, O God / depart from me, ye blood-thirsty men.
For they speak unrighteously against thee / and thine enemies take thy Name in vain.
Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee / and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
Yea, I hate them right sore / even as though they were mine enemies.
Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart / prove me, and examine my thoughts.
Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me / and lead me in the way everlasting.
Here is another imprecatory psalm:
(Psalm 7:9-18, [v 11 emphasis added.])
O let the wickedness of the ungodly come to an end / but guide thou the just.
For the righteous God / trieth the very hearts and reins.
My help cometh of God / who preserveth them that are true of heart.
God is a righteous Judge, strong and patient / and God is provoked every day.
If a man will not turn, he will whet his sword / he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
He hath prepared for him the instruments of death / he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors
Behold, he travaileth with mischief / he hath conceived sorrow, and brought forth ungodliness.
He hath graven and digged up a pit / and is fallen on himself into the destruction that he made for other.
For his travail shall come upon his own head / and his wickedness shall fall on his own pate.
I will give thanks unto the Lord, according to his righteousness / and I will praise the Name of the Lord most High.
(Myles Coverdale’s translation, 1662 Anglican Book of Common Prayer)
I highlighted verse 11 of Psalm 7 because I think you will find it helpful to see a few translations of that verse.
Psalm 7:12, various translations —
God is a righteous Judge, strong and patient
and God is provoked every day.
(1662 Anglican Book of Common Prayer)
God is a righteous judge
and a God who shows His wrath every day.
God judgeth the righteous,
and God is angry with the wicked every day.
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Bible versions used in this series
Posts in this series
Part 2: Blindness from original sin
Part 5: Is this post
Part 6: Blindness as a judgment from God
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