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The Bible makes an astonishing observation regarding
human intelligence. According to the Gospels of Matthew and
Luke, Jesus thanks God that spiritual truth is withheld from our
deepest thinkers and given freely to the not-so swift among us.
How can that be?
Here’s what is written:
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father,
Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the
wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so,
Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
The idea that God picks and chooses without regard for human
achievement or ability is also found here:
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man
knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the
Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me
draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you,
that ye should go and bring forth fruit …
Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make
one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if
God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known,
endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to
destruction: and that he might make known the riches of his glory
on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of
And we know that all things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be
conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate,
them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified:
and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should
Among those of us who believe that we are saved from
destruction, don’t we also believe that we chose to be on Jesus’
team? Wouldn’t that mean that we saved ourselves by choosing
correctly? According to the Bible, that’s not how it works. Jesus
is revealed only to those who are predestined for belief as the
previous verses demonstrate. This leads to the counterintuitive
result that those who are purposely “fitted to destruction” are
not even allowed to believe. Apparently all evidence that points
to the Messiah is invisible to them regardless of their intellectual
Compare this to the basic gospel:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved.
If logic is to prevail, we may conclude that the desire of God is for
all to be saved but something (perhaps something unknowable)
prevents that. It’s been that way from the beginning. The intent
of God is a world without sin, but here we are. God hates sin, but
allows it to continue for its time. God does what God does in his
own time and in his own way being fully omnipotent and
omniscient. My own understanding is incomplete, but I am
assured that Scripture cannot be broken and therefore God is
perfect, God is just, and God discerns the best course regardless
of my ability to comprehend it. The best evidence from science
regarding creation points one way and I am, by grace, allowed to
see it and believe it. There are those of much greater intellect
and character who are unable to seek their Messiah and at times,
unable to see the truths that stand directly before them.
With this in mind, we should not assume that those who deny the
evidence for Christ are being intellectually dishonest or inept.
According to the Bible, they might be spiritually blind from birth
and unable to perceive their surroundings.