Blind But Now I See
Blind But Now I See
Eyesight is a precious gift from God! Clear eyesight gives us the ability to walk confidently, to read, to perform any number of detailed tasks, as well as to enjoy the colorful beauty of the world He has created. What a blessing – yet how often we take it for granted.
Amazing as our eyesight is, we still have limitations on what we can see. Our vision is limited to a narrow range of wavelengths. Outside of that range, we are “blind.” We are also limited to certain ranges of sight – both far and near. Beyond those limits, we rely on telescopes and microscopes to increase our vision, yet those too have limits. Many of us need corrective lenses just to drive safely or read clearly – and we all have a “blind spot” where we cannot see what is really there.
These principles can be applied to the whole issue of the study of origins. Scripture tells us that “through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Heb. 11:3) It also tells us we “walk by faith, not by sight.” (II Cor. 5:7) None of us were present at the beginning of the world to see how it came into being – and as we study the evidences that we “see” in the world today, we must remember that our “vision” is always limited to some extent and often distorted by “astigmatism” or “blind spots.” – limited by what we still don’t know and clouded by bias and preconceived ideas. Furthermore, we are still see “through a dark glass dimly” because we don’t have all the facts. Frequently one little “fact” sheds light on a subject and changes the whole way of looking at things. These “facts” may have been there all along, but they were “hidden” in a “blind spot” – much as a passing car can be hidden from the view of the driver because of the physical blind spot. The driver must look carefully, and rely on his special mirrors (or maybe the words of a “back seat driver”) to avoid a terrible crash.
In the same way, we all can be “deceived” by our senses and our minds. To avoid a “crash,” we need to sharpen our vision. First, we must realize our limits. There are simply some things we can never see or prove directly (like how the world came into being). (See Dr. Dan Korow’s article on " Two Kinds of Science," which relates to that.) Next, we need to develop our critical thinking skills so we won’t be misled in areas where we can’t investigate. Finally, and most importantly, we must learn to “drive safely,” using the resources God has given us to see clearly. We must use His Word as a “corrective lense” to sharpen our vision, as a “lamp” to light our way, and as a “mirror” to help us “see” into our blind spots. We must also rely on His Holy Spirit to be our “back seat driver,” guiding and directing us on the way, pointing out the safe path, and warning us of dangers we can’t see.
We have had many people tell us that discovering the evidence of creation is something akin to having “scales fall from their eyes” or removing blind spots and having a whole new world open up to them. As the “lights came on” they began to see the “facts” in a different light and everything began to fit together and make sense. They now see the wonderful power and glory of God reflected in what He has made, and marvel at His awesome wisdom and power. Some see further aspects of God’s love for them and their worth and dignity as human beings, created in the image of God. Some have even come into His full light for salvation in Jesus Christ. PTL!!
By Dave and Mary Jo Nutting
This was published as an article in the January/February 2001 Think and Believe.
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