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Through a Glass Darkly

We see through a glass darkly.  But if we are careful and diligent, we can see what needs to be seen for God’s purposes in us.  We need to understand how to perceive truth if we are to be of help to those we minister to.

The colors we see reflected in a diamond depend on the color of the light shined on it, and on the angle by which it is held.  Knowing this, we realize that white light will reveal more than, say, red light, and we need to rotate the diamond to make certain we are seeing every color that can be seen from our vantage point.

And we need to take our vantage point into account.

It is said that the skill of the artist lies in the seeing, not in the doing.  Any moron can snap a photo, but a skilled photographer will perceive the emotion of a scene, and will change his vantage point and composition to get a better view, and the picture will then have power to move people.  A painter of portraits and landscapes can have the best technique in the world, but if his soul does not know what to paint, or why, his paintings will also have no power to move people.

We need to know the vantage point that God would have us occupy.  If we are not there, we need to get there, and soon.

The model of the solar system in medieval times was that of the earth at the center of the universe, with the sun revolving around it.  Many variations of this were proposed to unify observations with metaphysical beliefs, but since all could plainly see the sun moving, few ever doubted this general view, until Copernicus resolved the motion of the wandering stars.  He worked out, using mathematics, that the motions of the wandering stars were in fact a simple circle, if you take into account that our vantage point was moving in a similar manner.

Copernicus was not the first to propose this view, but his had the greatest impact in culture, which suits the purposes of this narrative.

The religions of the earth in old testament times depended upon this and other flawed views of the universe.  The five wandering stars were deemed to be gods, since they seemed to have a mind of their own and walked to and fro wherever they desired.  They made this error because they falsely assumed that the earth was the center of the universe.

The modern church does the same thing, as do those among us who have fallen.  They forgot that the church revolves around God, because they don’t know who they are in Christ.  Because they occupy the wrong vantage point, their ministry has no power to move people.

Luke 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

They can’t move people because they have distorted vision.  They don’t know what to paint or why.  They see through a glass darkly (as we do), but their mistake is that they pridefully refuse to change their vantage point to get a better view, thinking that the universe needs to rotate around them, and also thinking that by their stubbornness they are saved.  Stubbornness, pride, and stiffnecked obstinancy were all anathema to God, and He broke the Jews, delivering them into captivity to Babylon, because they displayed these traits and would not repent, but strengthened themselves in their folly, hardening their hearts against Him.  Also did God break Job (unto repentance) by the power of Satan for the same reason.  So in like manner will God break those among us who follow in that wise, delivering them into the captivity of seducing spirits.

The church is not the center of the universe.  It revolves around God.  If they would humble themselves (according to 2Chron 7:14), display their weakness so that God’s strength might manifest in them, then would the True Power to move people be granted unto them.  The only power worth having is the power to move people toward the LORD.  This power cannot be sought for by the proud, but unto the humble heart it may be given.

Ezekiel 21:26 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high.

But instead of humbling themselves, and contritely asking God to dwell in their house to the end of pursuing the kingdom of God first, they proudly (and unconsciously) pursue more power from unscriptural sources they think they can control (such as demonism and witchcraft, as self-centered imprecatory prayer).

Once they bring control into the picture, then the universe begins to unscripturally move around them.  They metaphorically set up the sun god in the holy of holies, declare themselves to be the center of the universe, and boast of their power to move people.  They get their power from the sun god, which is Baal and Satan.

Thus saith the LORD: repent or be broken.