Sunday, May 4, 2008

Heaven's Glasses

How often do we examine how we look at the world? Os Guinness aptly puts it this way, "we think with our worldview, but not about it." We must examine how we look at the world and not just go on looking at it that way without any understanding as to if our most basic assumptions about life are in line with reality.

Often people speak of how different people look at the world through different sets of glasses. Usually such people are trying to argue that every different set of glasses or view point is equally valid or equally biased. While all lenses can contain bias to that way of viewing the world, not all can be equally valid. Moreover, the existence of a bias does not always need to carry a negative connotation. If something is true and a person is biased toward that truth than that is a good position to be in and not a negative one. We must examine the lenses we use, clean them off, or even change prescriptions and get new glasses if our glasses are fogging up our view of the world. Our glasses need to be the clearest way of seeing the world so that we don’t stumble through it and miss all that could be seen by failing to alter our lenses to adequately correspond with reality.

Contrary to popular belief, there is a worldview that is the best prescription lenses anyone can ever see through. C.S. Lewis famously wrote, "I believe in God like I believe in the sun, not because I can see it, but because of it all things are seen." The Christian worldview, as put forth in the Bible, is the way of seeing all things clearly. Granted, while we live on this earth we shall only know in part and see in part, but the only way we can truly see as clearly as possible is through the worldview that is Christ Jesus. Jesus claimed of himself to be the way, the truth, and the life. Therefore, it is by Him that we see all things clearly. By belief and surrender to Christ we can have our minds transformed thus gaining new glasses to see the world as it was meant to be seen.

Many posit that they must see to believe, but in truth believing is seeing. This certainly does not mean that we should be living in blind faith. There is a plethora of evidence for belief in Christ Jesus, but until that belief is solidified in our hearts and minds we cannot fully see as we were created to see. There is a whole new world to discover if only we will gain the worldview of heaven through Christ Jesus. How better to see the world, but through the eyes of He who created it?

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