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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
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About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Tuesday, May 09, 2006
A matter of perspective...


Here is a picture of a famous U.S. President - only someting is wrong. We look at it and in one dismissive glance we determine not only who the president is (Lincoln) - but also we are certain we know what is wrong with the picture (it is upside down).

Unless someone insisted that there was more there, we would likely never bother to check - convinced as we are in our own competency - surely, we have identified the who (Lincoln) and the what (is upside down) to our own satisfaction - and considering ourselves to be "wise enough to see the obvious" - we close the matter in our own understanding.

Yet I invite you to copy this image into paint brush (or whatever) and turn it upside down. Having been given this instruction, you may suspect now that there is more to this simple picture than meets the eye, and let me tell you, if you turn it upside down you will see what I am talking about.

I can think of no better illustration to demonstrate why otherwise Godly people disagree so quickly on matters of doctrine. We, as humans, have the unfortunate habit of being sure of ourselves when we ought not to be. We take for granted things that we ought not to take for granted - and the end result is that we miss something that someone else hasn't - only we presume that we see all - and it is that arrogance that divides otherwise godly people.
posted by Daniel @ 4:19 PM  
4 Comments:
  • At 5:45 PM, May 09, 2006, Blogger Even So... said…

    I was meditating on similar points this morning, as I have been writing posts on modern day "shibboleths", those items of doctrine that so easily divide. So much heat and so little light.

    When we were lost the God of this world blinded our eyes (2 Corinthians 4:4).

    Even when we have been saved, we still see through a glass darkly (1 Corinthians 13:12).

    We should be changed as we behold the Light (2 Corinthians 3:18).

    However, even some as Christians think they are always awake and yet they are asleep, they think they are walking in the Light, yet they close their eyes to the Truth, they want to rest, they think, and they aren't diligent to keep their eyes open (Ephesians 5:13-14).

     
  • At 12:24 PM, May 10, 2006, Blogger candyinsierras said…

    very very odd picture.

     
  • At 12:33 PM, May 10, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    very very odd picture.

    Innit? Creepy almost.

     
  • At 1:46 PM, May 10, 2006, Blogger ThirstyDavid said…

    I can see what's wrong without flipping it. Does that mean I have superior discernment?

    I think you're implying that we might not know everything we think we know.

     
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