Originally Posted by Acemanhattan
“In dark ages people are best guided by religion, as in a pitch-black night a blind man is the best guide; he knows the roads and paths better than a man who can see. When daylight comes, however, it is foolish to use blind, old men as guides.”
― Heinrich Heine
Are you still a theist, Ace?
It doesn't sound like a theistic perspective being expressed in this quote.
Wurmbrand claimed Heine was a Satan fancier in his book on Marx.
Heine also wrote:
I called the devil and he came,
His face with wonder I must scan;
He is not ugly, he is not lame.
He is a delightful, charming man.
From Matthew 11:
As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[b] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
“What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind
? 8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. 9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
Wiersbe explains Matthew 11:
John the Baptist was perplexed and perhaps discouraged. He had served God faithfully and yet was in prison. His work was ended, and he was not sure Jesus was ministering in the right way. When you find yourself in a similar situation do what John did: tell it to Jesus and wait for His word (vv.4-6; Isa. 35:4-6). Isaiah 50:10 is a great promise to claim in times of disappointment.
John's disciples did not hear Jesus praise their leader. John was not a compromiser (a reed) or a celebrity; he was God's greatest prophet. John was in prison because of a cruel king and a crowd that was childish (vv. 16-19) instead of childlike (v. 25).
Leave the work to the Lord (vv.20-24) and wait for Him to fulfill His perfect plan. You may think you have failed, but God will see to it that your work is blessed. In fact, John won people to Jesus long after he was dead and buried (John 10:40-42). Surrender to Christ's loving yoke and you will experience his perfect rest (vv. 25-30).
Note Isaiah 50 v.10 (NIV):
10 Who among you fears the LORD
and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,
who has no light,
trust in the name of the LORD
and rely on their God.