Waking up from spiritual anesthesia

Beale has pointed out that to have spiritually blind eyes and spiritually deaf ears is the result of “the anesthesia of idolatry.”  In other words, if you worship blind, deaf, dumb, and dead idols you will be spiritually blind, deaf, dumb, and dead.

There is no way for us to wake up from this idolatrous anesthesia, at least not on our own.  Our only hope is divine help.  As Jesus put it in Luke 10:21-24:

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

 

 

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