I only see white and gold. One internet source says that I am in the majority: 76% to 24%. Which means that the majority of us are. . .
Even though our perceptions scream that we are right.
And even though many other people agree with us.
It is funny when it is only an optical illusion about a dress.
But what about when it is a spiritual illusion?
What about when the majority of the people around us are being fooled into thinking that marital infidelity is more fun than marital bliss? The consequence of that is weighty: a generation of children growing up in single family homes, emotionally maladjusted.
What about the Australian woman I met on the island of Palawan last year, who was so evangelistically vegetarian that I heard about it before I had even known her 10 minutes? She was appalled by the deaths of animals in slaughter houses, condemned to die in order that people might, well, eat. But when I brought up the horrific reality of abortion, she brushed off the slaughter of innocent babies as an unfortunate necessity.
That woman is suffering from a terrible spiritual illusion.
What about those who honor the sins that God calls an abomination? Masterminding movies that treat it as funny or hip. Promoting those who do such things to roles as talk show hosts.
God calls it an abomination. Man calls it cool.
But the biggest spiritual illusion of all is the one that is driving many people right down a wide path leading straight to destruction. The vast majority of us here on earth are on that path. It is the illusion that we can save ourselves. Or worse, that we don't even need saving. That there is no such thing as sin. That there is no such thing as hell. That, in fact, there is no such thing as God. Or if there is, we certainly can't know Who or What He is.
I think that this latest web-based viral opinion poll proves that the vast majority of people can indeed be dead wrong.
The dress is clearly blue. All we needed was proof.
Someone snooped around and located the source of the dress.
When we go there--to the creator of the dress--we see the dress in the light of reality. We know the truth and the truth sets us free from the optical illusion.
So also, when we go back to the Creator of this world, we get truth.
Sanctify them through Thy Truth. Thy Word is truth. (John 17:17)
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me. (John 14:6)
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)
Are you putting your faith in spiritual illusions? You can be set free. Get to know truth. Don't just stick with majority opinion. The majority can be wrong. The internet proved it last week.
Do some snooping around. Go to the Source. Find truth. And when you find truth, you will find Jesus Christ holding out His hands to you: He is the way, the truth, and the life.
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Tim and Laura
Timothy and Laura Berrey are missionaries with Gospel Fellowship Association. They share a passion for missions which has taken them to several countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. They currently minister in the Philippines.
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