Long ago we studied (Ephesians) the scar tissue of the soul. Look at your Charts on the soul online. The soul of the unbeliever and the soul of the negative believer will be similar in that their continued negative attitude toward God and their spiritual lives will generate a scar tissue over the soul. And as the soul becomes more and more callous, then the person becomes more and more insensitive toward others and life, and truth.
This is our current verse, verse ten. The eyes do not see the spiritual side of life even though they see the physical things in life. The ears do not hear the spiritual side of life even though they hear the physical things in life. The soul becomes deadened slowly.
The real danger to the life of an indifferent person is in their becoming convinced that their beliefs are the truth, and that the Bible isn’t as good, or isn’t good enough for their life, or is inadequate for their particular life style.
‘Lest they see and hear …,’ from their own understanding.
When Gods counsel is rejected or modified to the convenience of the individual, then the individuals beliefs become their primary focus in life. People decide that they can accomplish all things on their own. People come to the belief that they can solve problems on their own. People become convinced that they can make their own way through life.
Ultimately, habitually negative people think they can heal themselves.
They look to philosophy for interpretation. The look to religion for access to a higher existence. They look to government for life’s solutions. They look to technology for conveniences. All of these things being external to the soul.
In short, people no longer need God, all they need is a bit more time and a bit more money, to solve or accomplish whatever it is they want. That becomes the focus in life and that becomes ultimately the trap that blinds and destroys.
2 Thess. 2:10
10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. NASB
2 Thess. 2:11-12
11 And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false,
12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. NASB
Habitually negative people choose of their own free will to chase after the lies of life. God allows them to do just that.
Lest they see and hear, is a reference to the arrogance approach and attempts to resolve life’s secrets, apart from the truth of God.
A long time ago, humanity tried to build a tower all the way up to heaven. God sent them confusion in the form of languages in order to preserve humanity. Everyone was pursuing the same thing and no one was looking to God or truth.
God uses many forms of separation in order to protect humanity. Separations such as in individuals, families, nations, geographical regions, continents, oceans, languages, cultures and so forth. When man tries to make everything one thing, then the danger to humanity becomes very real, because no human or group of humans can escape the sin nature and no human and no group of humans can run the world with fairness, righteousness or justice.
That will of course be in part, the downfall of humanity in the Tribulation as currency, languages, national entity identities, and such all become of one mind or state. That direction is trending even now during our current dispensation, laying the framework for what is to come. This continues in our current day under the pretext of progressivism, or liberalism, or social justice philosophies.
And just as in times past, people brought this problem onto themselves, so too, in our future, these spiritually negative attitudes will bring about the arrogance syndrome of accomplishment without God, as humanity can see all around, the evidences of God, can hear the many arguments of truth in public opinions, but reject truth in preference for their own delusional ideas.
Lest they see and hear, emphasizes that humanity cannot see or hear truth, nor rise to the level of God, by means of their own effort or ability. Sin cannot achieve perfection, but it keeps trying.
All that the sin nature will accomplish is to make the soul fat on its own values and the heaviness of the lies of life will weigh their souls down such that no truth can enter. And this, all, is due to an attitude of arrogance and rejection of truth.
End of study