Blinded by bias


The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”   John 9

The Jews seem to have a fact-check list:

  • it’s the right child…√
  • he can see…√
  • Jesus put the clay on his eyes…√
  • he went to the pool…√
  • he washed his eyes…√
  • he came out of there and he could see…√

They’ve check all their facts.  They’ve talked to witnesses. They seem to know all the evidence possible.

But look at their conclusion in verse 24,

Then again called they the man that was blind and said unto him, Give God the praise, God did it. We know that this man […who?…Jesus] is a sinner.”

Even though they did all the research, hoping to back up their faulty premise,  they can’t come to the obvious answer.  Their bias blinds them.  Their conclusion is that since they know Jesus is a sinner, He couldn’t have healed the boy. They set aside the facts and continue in unbelief.

As for the once-blind boy, a simple statement of faith: “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

 

 

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