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I intentionally did not answer this question , on the off chance that I may again be given reps that I did not earn. To my understanding of Scriptures; man has a very limited knowledge as opposed an omniscient God. Isaiah 55:8 and 9 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than ...


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TL; DR: This was a necessary out-working of God's plan to see the ingathering of the Gentiles (to be included in the family of God). A key part of scripture that gives us insight into this question is found in Romans chs 9-11 which summarizes: How God exercises his soveriegn choice in calling to himself a people of faith, and how this includes not just ...


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ShemSeger's answer is the best, and very good. However, it needs to be placed in a comprehensive context of what God has made explicitly clear regarding the opening or closing of minds. Scripture points out God wants everyone saved, "who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" 2 Tim 2:3 but, at the same time Christ points ...


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Gnostic Light The Metaphor (the Darkness) The Darkness represents the initial result of sin. That of separation from reality which is "The All". Phrases have been build by God into society to help us understand this concept like: "Being lost your own little world", "Lost in Thought", "Snap out of it", "Pay Attention", "Come back to earth", "head in the ...


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Many answers are on the right track. What is meant by keeping people blind and deaf so as not to get healed? Many who went to hear Jesus were not there to hear the truth. Instead they were there to try to catch Jesus speaking against the law or commit blasphemy so as to find cause to condemn Him. Therefore, Jesus directed this saying to all those who did ...


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What is meant by keeping people blind and deaf so as not to get healed? Perhaps one way to approach this question is by starting off with this story: God Will Save Me A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in ...


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There is a saying I grew up with, and if memory serves it goes: "Light received begets more light. Light rejected begets more darkness." In other words, each human being is responsible to God for the amount of spiritual light he or she has received. To accept even a ray of the light of God's truth begets more light. It's as if God waits for the ...


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TL;DR: Milk before meat. Deep doctrine is dangerous to an unprepared soul. "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able." (see 1 Corinthians 3:1-3) Christ taught in parables [as did Isaiah] so that the spiritually immature and spiritually mature could both benefit from the ...


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"Those who have ears, ought to hear," was how Jesus would end his proclamations. "He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners," Isaiah 61 Is was Jesus himself says about Himself in the Synagogue. Jesus would be the one who lifts the scales off our eyes by rubbing mud He ...


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I consider a biblical answer of a person whose heart God hardened. Pharaoh, in the time of Moses, was shown repeatedly hardening his own heart, until finally the Lord began to harden his heart to the point of supernatural stupidity. The Lord made an example out of a bad man, who had chosen and committed himself to his wicked rebellion against the Lord. ...


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Here's a bit of perspective from the Gospel of John: “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. —John 9:2-3 NLT So one reason someone ...


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This answer also deals with Matthew 24:34, saying the same. I am writing from a mild Partial-Preterist perspective, but that should not affect the plausibility of the following, only the conclusions derived from it. One possible interpretation that is not as widely circulated as some is the possible existence of a "gap" between Mark 13:23 & 24 (and ...


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Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Jesus Christ lives! Hallelujah! His generation has not passed.



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