WRIGHT WAY: Is seeing always believing?
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Looking up into a starry night, one cannot help but wonder how many of those stars have already died and their light, traveling millions of light years to earth, are their only remaining existence.

Strange as it may sound, much of what we see are really illusions, tricks of light and matters of perception. For example, we have all seen how tiny droplets of water in the air have separated sunlight into its basic colors so that this diffracted light produces a rainbow.

Not only is the rainbow an illusion but so is its location in the sky. Its position depends on where you are and the position of the sun. In fact, two people can be looking at a rainbow and not even see the exact same colors!

Look at everything around you. Everything appears to be a particular color when the truth is, they are not. We do not live in a world of colored objects. Color does not exist in any of those objects. It is an illusion. The color of things is actually in the light that shines upon them. Light is the only source of color and without light not even the faintest color exist.

A red apple, for example, is red only because it reflects rays from the red end of the spectrum and absorbs rays from the blue end. Since the surface of an object reflects some colors and absorbs all the others, what we perceive is only the reflected colors.

Have you ever wondered why the sun seems to change colors from dusk to dawn — turning from a reddish color to yellow to orange? Actually, the sun is not changing colors. This too, is an illusion. Not all the light is reaching you, causing what appears to be a change in color. It is where you are standing and the dust particles in the air that makes the difference.

Illusions, illusions, illusions. As you can see, there is more to many things than meets the eye. Do you believe outward appearances can be misleading? If what we see cannot always be trusted as the whole truth, how can we be sure of anything?

At John 17:17 Jesus said to his Father in heaven, “Your word is truth.” I am of the opinion that the Creator of all things knows more about the truth than any human ever has or ever will know.

Since God knows that our minds can be influenced to believe what is untrue, He has provided His Word, the Bible, to help us see clearly the more important things.

For example, if you research many holidays viewed as holy days you will discover they are not exactly what they seem.

According to the World Book Encyclopedia, it was in the 4th century A.D. when Dec. 25 was chosen to be Christmas by Liberius, a bishop of Rome, “Because the people already observed it as the feast of Saturn, celebrating the birthday of the sun,” in reality a pagan festival.

The Bible address such matters of compromise at 2 Corinthians 6:14-17: “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?... Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.” — New Living Translation.

What about the view that humans are capable of ruling themselves successfully without God? This too, is an illusion. The constant wars, millions dying of starvation and poverty, social and economic injustices, the environmental crisis as well as greedy commerce scandals prove humans cannot govern themselves independently of God. It is an illusion.

As Jeremiah 10:23 says, “It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” — New King James Version.

If humans could successfully direct themselves without any assistance from God there would be no need for the Almighty to do what He is described as doing at Daniel 2:44.

That the Kingdom of God is no illusion is clearly seen from the fulfillment of many Bible prophecies, such as Matthew 24:3-14, Luke 21:7-31 and 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

By studying God’s Word, we can see more truth than all the philosophies and ideologies of educated men who have yet to discover why we are here and where we are going. As Psalm 119:105 says of God, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

It is surprising how much of what we see are illusions, tricks of light or a matter of perception. While most people are running around in circles, worrying about the anxieties of life, others are focusing on something greater — something far more real.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” — New International Version.

Make no mistake about it, everything is not as it appears. With good reason, Psalm 43:3 asks God, “Send out thy light and thy truth: let them guide me.”

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