Purity in the Eye of the Beholder
August 3, 2010 § 1 Comment
“To the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the wicked you show yourself hostile.”
– II Samuel 22:27 (NLT) –
It is attributed to the Greek Philosopher, Plato, the idea of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. The concept is that what we see is largely based on what our reality is.
“Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may.”
– Plato, Symposium
Have you ever heard someone make a comment in disagreement (or agreement) and follow it with a “That is how I was raised” or “I wasn’t raised that way” as if to give reason for their opinion? Have you ever done this?
What is happening here is that the person making the comment is telling us that this is all they know on the subject and since that is how they were raised, it must be the truth.
We cannot describe what an apple looks or taste like if we have never seen or eaten an apple. We can only offer what we know as our reality.
To some, God is hostile and angry. To others, He is kind, merciful, generous and sovereign. A person’s view of God is based on what they know of Him. “To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile” tells us more about ourselves than it tells us about God.
If we are to know the truth about God, we must get our information directly from the source, God’s word. Then our reality shifts and we see God clearly as we pursue purity.