In his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, neurologist Oliver Sacks tells about
Virgil, a man who had been blind from early childhood. When he was 50, Virgil underwent
surgery and was given the gift of sight. But as he and Dr. Sacks found out, having the
physical capacity for sight is not the same as seeing.
Virgil's first experiences with sight were confusing. He was able to make out colors
and movements, but arranging them into a coherent picture was more difficult. Over time he
learned to identify various objects, but his habits--his behaviors--were still those of a
blind man. Dr. Sacks asserts, "One must die as a blind person to be born again as a
seeing person. It is the interim, the limbo . . . that is so terrible."
To truly see Jesus and his truth means more than observing what he did or said, it
means a change of identity.
Terry Seufferlein Norman, Oklahoma.
Nineteenth century Scottish preacher Horatius Bonar asked 253 Christian friends at what
ages they were converted. Here's what he discovered:
Under 20 years of age - 138
Between 20 and 30 - 85
Between 30 and 40 - 22
Between 40 and 50 - 4
Between 50 and 60 - 3
Between 60 and 70 - 1
Over 70 - 0