Most people will not listen to the warnings until some proof of them are visually seen by them, and even then, if it is not affecting them personally, they will still not heed them.
I am beginning to understand a little better 2 Corinthians 4:4, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” And how it relates to “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44)
In some way, shape or form, Satan can, for lack of a better terminology, cast a spell upon the people of this planet whom the Almighty has not chosen, they are unable to see the truth of Jesus Christ. Think of it perhaps as a veil over their cognizant abilities, over their deductive reasoning skills, they are deceived and do not even know it, they are unaware that they are blinded by our adversary. But I believe I am not able to understand the entire picture, as it were, for the Scriptures are also quite clear when speaking of these individuals, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
How can one be blinded by Satan, and still recognize those invisible things, how can one who has been blinded not have an excuse on his day of accounting? We could refer back to Matthew 22:14, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Not all, not most, not everyone is called, so perhaps those that have been blinded still have no excuse, they are perhaps those spoken of in Romans 9:22, “What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.”
To state that no one ever born will be able to stand before the Almighty and offer any viable excuse for not accepting the grace offered to them through Jesus Christ for the salvation of their souls, and at the same time say they have been blinded, that many are called, that few find the narrow gate, and that no one comes to the Savior unless God calls him is, to say the least, not logical in our minds. How can one express the free will of choice towards the desire to be saved from their sins if they are not called, yet still have no excuse?
Here is the answer, I do not know, and I do not believe anyone else has or perhaps ever will.
There are prerequisites to being saved by His grace, and the very first one is that the person must be called by God, the verse in Matthew 22:14 makes this quite clear. The second would be that God chooses them. If the Sovereign Lord of all creation performs these two tasks, that man will be saved, no matter how much blinding Satan may attempt to place upon him, and so, the inverse must be true, if God does not call and chose this person, they will remain blinded, yet still have no excuse on that day.
No excuse means a willful rejection of what has been seen and recognized as truth, blind men cannot do that. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18) These have heard the word of truth.
“But the natural 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) These have no ability to understand that truth.
Again, I state the obvious, those who deny the truth must first recognize it as truth.
The father of lies could not lie against the truth unless he recognized it for what it is. “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.” (Matt. 13:19) They heard, the invisible things are clearly seen, none are able to offer an excuse, yet none are saved unless the Lord choses them.
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33) There are things that we can contemplate about the Most High that have only one answer, faith, and that is how the just live. Sometimes the only answer is, “I don’t know, thy will be done.”