Are all men born in darkness, spiritually blind, unable to see, perceive, comprehend or discern that which is spiritual?
Jesus testifies, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3).
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:20-21).
The Kingdom of God is spiritual, requiring spiritual eyes to see it.
God is a Spirit who must be worshipped in Spirit and truth.
One cannot see God in Christ without spiritual eyes.
One must first be born of the Spirit to see and understand that which is spiritual because the natural, carnal man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14).
To be born of the Spirit is to be regenerated, quickened, made alive in Christ, made a new creation, the workmanship of God.
Until Christ miraculously opened the eyes of the blind man (John 9), he could not see the light, though the light shone brightly.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not (John 1:5).
In like manner, until Christ first opens our spiritually blind eyes, we remain in darkness, unable to see the Light and truth of Christ.
All Elect, true disciples of Christ, are given spiritual eyes to see, as well as spiritual ears to hear and hearts to believe eternal truth.
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear (Matt. 13:16).
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven (Matt. 16:15-17).
The spiritual gifts of sight and hearing are from the Lord.
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them (Proverbs 20:12).
If you are among the many professing Christians who teach carnal men are able to see, hear and receive spiritual truth BEFORE regeneration by the Spirit, you teach fiction.
And If you are among the many professing Christians who believe carnal men are able to see, hear and receive spiritual truth BEFORE regeneration by the Spirit, you believe fiction.
Faith is the fruit and effect of regeneration, not the cause.
First comes sight; then comes faith.