All men are born into one form of belief or the other. This belief could be strengthened or weakened by parental upbringing.
As we grow up, societal influence and teaching at school either bring a change in the belief or reinforce it. Stiff opposition should, however, be expected when there is a sudden twist or change in our belief from our religious parents. Our attitude at such a time is very important.
The blind man has received his sight through the miraculous intervention of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Pharisees could not stand this. How can a carpenter’s Son, born in a manger perform such a miracle when they, “Abraham’s seed” and “custodians” of the Law, have no record of healing the sick? There was cause to disprove the claims of this hitherto blind young man and stop the spreading popularity of the Saviour.
The man who was healed of blindness would not be deterred. He insisted on the genuineness of the source of his miracle. This righteous steadfastness earned him excommunication, most dreaded by his parents. Now forsaken by synagogue preachers, this man found favor and comfort in the waiting hands of our loving Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Salvation and faith in Christ bring us into enmity with the world and all worldly religious systems.
The mark of genuine repentance is hatred by the world and unsaved religious leaders. It is possible that you have been in a religious group for so many years without salvation.
As you turn to the Saviour and are saved, you may be excommunicated from an assembly or by friends and family.
You need not worry because they cannot expel you from the one place that matters: God’s Book of Life.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Those the world rejects, find favour with God.