Self-Imposed Veils

2 Corinthians 4:3-4

However, if our gospel still remains “veiled,” it is veiled for people who are perishing. 

What’s happening there is that the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they won’t see the light of the gospel of the glory of the Messiah, who is God’s image.

There are some who simply cannot see the light of Jesus Christ. There are various reasons, for sure, but here we see the “veil” of the evil one, a real and dark power. It is not that God has shut them out or abandoned them, but the idea is that they have shut themselves off from God, allowing the blinders to stay in place, refusing to accept what God has given in order to “find” Him.

William Barclay wrote in his Daily Bible Study Series that “We, too, can fail to see the real meaning of scripture because our eyes are veiled.” He listed three veils that may be clouding our vision that you may find helpful to be on guard against:

Prejudice—Too often we approach scripture with our theories already in place, looking to reinforce them, instead of coming humbly, open, and ready to listen and learn what it has to teach us. To be taught means to learn something you didn’t already know. Not even scripture can teach a know-it-all. Do not go to the Bible just to find support for your views, but to honestly find the truth of God.

Wishful Thinking—Sometimes we try to find in scripture what we wish to be there rather than what is there. We skip over what we don’t like, finding what we want to find and neglecting what we do not want to see or wrestle with.

Fragmentary Thinking—We should always regard the Bible as a whole. It is easy to pull out texts here and there as we please to criticize them or “prove” our private theories, choosing what we want, discarding the rest. “But it is the whole message of scripture that we must seek; and that is just another way of saying that we must read all scripture in the light of Jesus Christ.”

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