“If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit. ...” (Matt. 15:13-14)

“Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:13-14)

What does Jesus mean by the plant being pulled up by the roots?

This statement by Jesus follows after the disciples commented to Jesus:
“Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” (Matt. 15:12)
“This” is referring to Jesus’ previous statement, when responding to the Pharisees’ questioning Jesus about washing their hands.

What does the symbolism mean? The plant that the Supreme Being did not plant symbolizes the Pharisees. They were not "planted" by God because they were appointed to their posts by men. They were holding ecclesiastical positions that were given to them by councils among the temple institution. In other words, they were elected to their positions.

They were not empowered by the Supreme Being - and thus they have no real authority.

This lack of real authority is being compared to being pulled up by the roots because they have no real foundation. Their foundation is faulty - it is based upon a hierarchical institution that is organized around giving power to those in the leadership positions. Thus this organization - and other ecclesiastical sects among the different religious philosophies - is not representing the Supreme Being.

Why did Jesus call them 'blind guides'?

Jesus is telling his students not to be concerned about the opinions of the Pharisees. They have no real authority. They might have some authority with respect to the physical world - given to them by others focused upon their own power - but this is not permanent power or authority. This is temporary.

Even the most powerful kings and emperors all died, and their power was taken away. At their deathbed, they no longer were able to control anything because others were already taking their power away. Once they passed from the physical body - that power was gone.

This means that power and authorities given by the physical world are not permanent. For this reason, Jesus is dismissing the Pharisees and teachers, because they are blind to the permanent authority of the spiritual realm.

Is Jesus saying they are physically blind? No. He is saying they are spiritually blind. They are not able to see the Supreme Being's existence all around them. They are not able to see how the physical world has been arranged by the Supreme Being. And because of this, they would be considered blind.

One's spiritual vision becomes blinded by desires for fame, wealth, sensual pleasure and respect.

Did 'blind guides' form the sectarian churches?

After Jesus passed away, Paul - a Roman who had persecuted some of Jesus' disciples - began recruiting followers despite breaking from the core teachings of Jesus and Jesus' disciples. Paul actually fought against the disciples of Jesus, and debated James and Peter in public.

Despite never hearing directly from Jesus, Paul thought that he could better represent Jesus' teachings than Jesus' own disciples. And what he taught about Jesus contradicted many of Jesus' direct teachings.

Paul's philosophy was designed to attract followers. He thought that Jesus' teachings should be tailored to the general public, and as such, Paul changed Jesus' teachings. This is called Pauline philosophy.

Many sectarian churches have arisen on the basis of Pauline philosophy. Even though this philosophy departed from Jesus' teachings in many respects, Paul said that he represented Jesus because he had a "vision" of Jesus as he was walking one day.

Thus we find that many who have followed the Pauline philosophy of Jesus' teachings have since also had their own "visions." For example, we find Constantine had his own "vision" of a cross, and Joseph Smith had visions, presumed to be God and Jesus.

These and so many other visions - including many of Mother Mary - have thus created the foundations of so many diverting sectarian philosophies about Jesus, often created by those claiming to have some of these visions.

The result is there are so many who have created their own philosophies, loosely based on Jesus, but departing from his real teachings. Many of these sought their positions of authority in order to gain power and prestige over others, just as many of the Pharisees and chief priests of Jesus' time.

Ironically and sadly, many 'blind guides' ended up seizing on Jesus' life and taking over his narrative to mislead millions of people around the world in the name of Christianity.

Yes, Jesus is speaking generally of those who pretend to represent God but only represent institutions organized with an agenda of power and authority: A desire to have many followers and take advantage of those followers.

And it is for this reason that these 'blind guides' are focused upon the various rituals and regulations made up by men that do not reflect God’s will and intentions:
"'They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.' You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions." (Mark 7:8-9)
Those who think they can organize and control people through the use of organized institutions with many rules do so because they have no faith in God's control over the situation. They think the situation is not in control and they need to organize things.

This is what took place in the Fourth Century by Constantine as he organized the beginning of the Roman Catholic with the First Council of Nicaea. Utilizing Pauline philosophy, Constantine organized the church so he could exert more control over Europe and the Middle East.

This objective to exert control and power continued throughout the Roman Catholic church through the centuries and splintered off with the various sects. These sectarian institutions are trying to create authority from men: They have no real authority. And because of this, the supposed authority they have will be temporary - just as the authority of the Pharisees was temporary.

Jesus' authority is permanent. Jesus' authority comes from the Supreme Being, and this is why his powerful teachings continue to this day: Because they have real authority.