Skandelon and I have been having a very congenial debate which I would like to continue. This simply is not true. The light of the Gospel is BOTH the cure for blind eyes AND that which enables cured eyes to see. We've discussed some of the passages that demonstrate this. I'm sure we will discuss them further in this thread if the Lord wills. But allow me a crude attempt to illustrate this truth: Today many eye maladies are cured by laser surgery. Laser consists of LIGHT. Once a blind eye has been cured by light it still requires something in order to be able to see. Do you know what that is? Light. Light is both the CURE to the blindness AND it is that which enables cured eyes to see. So why would God veil the blind from the light of the Gospel? I think we ALL agree that he does veil some eyes from the Gospel in Scripture. Some say he only ever does this temporarily while others say he does it both temporarily at times AND permanently at other times. Which ever you believe is irrelevant as far as this particular point goes. The point is this: The light of the Gospel CURES BLINDNESS. God has made it that way. I don't fully know why, but it is apparent in Scripture that God's Spirit typically accompanies the proclamation of the Gospel and this Spirit charged Gospel has the power to save ANYONE. It COULD save EVERYONE if God did not take means to keep it from curing totally blind eyes. It is clear in Scripture that God does just that. He does this numerous ways (for example by speaking in parables). Here's where my brother is missing the issue: he is determined (not a word that usually goes with one who leans openness :thumbs to state that God veiling blinded eyes is illogical. It is not. Nothing could be more logical. The fact that the light of the Gospel is the CURE to blindness does not at ALL- AT ALL- contradict the fact that men are born blind. It is not JUST that they have the ability to see and all they need is light- it is that they BOTH have NOT the ability to see and on top of that they are in darkness. They are blind men in a thoroughly dark cave. When the Gospel hits their blinded eyes it CAN cure them. It almost always WOULD cure them like laser surgery almost always cures some eye diseases today. So a veil is placed over the already blind eyes "that they may remain in darkness," (Calvin). Jesus wished for some of the Pharisees to remain in darkness- to STAY blind (at least temporarily). So Jesus hid the cure for their total blindness in parables. But the Gospel has the power ( when charged with the Holy Spirit as it almost always is) to save ANYONE.