Not as it Looks

Truth is not always as it looks on the surface

One-Way Mirror

A one-way mirror is an excellent analogy for the way we humans see this life and this Universe.  One can look “through” a one way mirror from one of two sides, and what one observes depends on the way the mirror is held.

If someone attempts to view the world from the reflective (shiny) side, all that can be seen is one’s own face.  Everything else is blocked out.  The world is confined to the immediately visible surroundings of the viewer.

If, however, one turns the mirror around and looks through it the other way, all of a sudden another world – the real world behind the mirror – becomes visible.

Similarly, we can view the world from man’s limited perspective, or from God’s much grander perspective.  If we view it from man’s limited perspective, all we see is our own reflection.  We see man, his nature, and his failures.  We cannot see anything beyond the boundaries of our immediate senses and surroundings, nor anything outside the limits of our physical existence.  For example, astronomers can see a grand Universe full of billions of stars through their telescopes.  But they also know that what they see accounts for only 10% of the total matter of the Universe.  Where is the rest?   What is it?  As long as we insist that there is nothing beyond our physical senses, we continue to look at our own faces in the one way mirror of life; we can never see past our own senses.

If, however, we turn the mirror around and look at things from God’s perspective, we can see that our Universe is but a shadow of something much more grand, much more exciting, and much more eternal.  We can understand, accept, and even explain what puzzles the best astronomers.  The invisible 90% becomes visible to us – even if it’s still somewhat blurred, shadowy, and incomprehensible.  Perhaps our vision is unclear simply because our finite minds cannot grasp infinity and eternity.  Or perhaps there are actual physical boundaries, fences, that our physical senses simply cannot cross.  For example, astronomers universally accept that the Universe started with a Big Bang.  But it is impossible for any telescope, any instrument, any human to somehow travel back in time to the The Big Bang and answer the question, “How?”  Oh, we may get close, but we’ll never get to the moment of conception, or more fundamentally we can never go back before The Big Bang and answer the question, “Why?”  However, if the problem is approached from God’s perspective, the answer becomes clear, for He graciously gives us the answer.

So what is “God’s perspective?  And who is this God anyway?  What does that mean in our lives today, tomorrow, and the future?  What does it mean about our death?”  We will attempt in this blog to explore such questions from a Judeo-Christian starting point.  If during that journey the question arises, “Why a Judeo-Christian perspective and not [fill in the blank]?” we will examine the various claims and seek the truth.

    For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.  Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (Romans 1:21-25)

Let us bravely turn that one way mirror around so we can see the entire world God created in front of us, not just the reflection of ourselves and our faces.

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