Friday, January 31, 2014

If we had X-ray vision what would sin look like?

When satan was created, He was the most beautiful angel. Ezekiel 28:12 says

Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord GOD: “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty."

Inside or out, satan was not only beautiful, but he was the very seal of perfection. But it didn't last. Though he was created perfect, one day, unrighteousness was found in him.

You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you." (Ezekiel 28:15)

Sin is initially beautiful but the more a person becomes trapped in it, the less beautiful it is and the more they are eternally destroyed.

The woman may be beautiful, and the sin so enticing, Proverbs 5:3 says
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey and her speech is smoother than oil.

But the end of it all is is hell.

in the end she’s as bitter as wormwood and as sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps head straight for Sheol. (Proverbs 5:4-5)

But sin at first looks great, else no one would engage in it. Remember Superman's X-Ray vision? Wikipedia defines X-ray vision as

"Although called X-ray vision, this power has little to do with the actual effect of X-rays. Instead, it is usually presented as the ability to selectively see through certain objects as though they are invisible, translucent or not present, in order to see objects or surfaces beyond or deep to the affected object or material."

THIS is what sin looks like. Here is the Old Man. Once so beautiful and shining, it is what satan's soul looks like. Eve thought the fruit looked good and a delight to the eyes, (Genesis 3:6) but shortly after all it had brought was pain and bondage (Genesis 3:16). If we had X-ray vision and could see beyond the enticing surface, this is what we would see:

"Sin", collage on handmade paste paper, by EPrata
O, would that sin looked like this to our eyes, then we would not be so attracted to it! And sadly, horrifically, it is what us inside us. This ugliness is what Jesus sees when He looks at a non-believer. Lovingly, He still died for us.

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

However, being that sin is so gross and deadly, it makes the triumph of Jesus all the more glorious.  Where satan is all-darkness that fools us into thinking it is light, Jesus never had one blot, one lie, one corrupt thought, one serpent slither. Not once, not ever. He IS the Light!

God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)

If we had X-ray vision looking at Jesus, our eyes would see only glory upon glory, shining like the sun. He is a prism of Light, reflecting throughout all the universe and into the eternity we will share with Him! When He looks upon a believer He sees that same righteousness-

For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Don't be fooled by the initially enticing beauty of sin. It is gross, destructive, horrible. Put on your X-ray vision to see beyond its surface lie. Run from it toward Jesus who set us free from its bondage, and gave us the Spirit's vision to see through its enticing spoils. Satan's offerings are nothing. Jesus is our all in all.

5 comments:

  1. "...Don't be fooled by the initially enticing beauty of sin. It is gross, destructive, horrible..."

    As a retired postal letter carrier (walking route), I have come across many sights. One day while going about my routine, I came across a beautiful turquoise colored egg that had fallen out of it's nest. As I picked it up to admire it's beauty, ants began to crawl out all over my hand. Though on the outside, it was very beautiful, on the inside, it was empty, ugly, and full of ants. Quickly, my mind went to Matthew 23:27, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean (NIV).

    Mario

    ReplyDelete
  2. Do you wear a headdress, Elizabeth?

    "Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonours his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head - it is just as though her head were shaved. If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or shaved off, she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head"
    -- I Corinthians 11:3-10

    If you do not, can you please answer as to why you do not?

    You will likely ignore this comment, or try to argue that this comment is invalid. But I believe it is a very valid point... since you routinely talk about sin on your blog with authority. You claim that people who are Christians who are not following the Word are sinners.

    And, since the Word of God proclaims that a woman should cover their head while they pray, I'm wondering where you stand on the subject.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous,

      "1 Corinthians 11:3-16 addresses the issue of women and head coverings. The context of the entire passage of 1 Corinthians 11:3-16 is submission to the God-given order and "chain of command." A "covering" on a woman's head is used as an illustration of the order, headship, and the authority of God."

      Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/head-coverings.html#ixzz2s7N44F17

      The key part of the verse is verse 10: SYMBOL
      Another key part is verse 11: HAIR

      Here are some resources that may help someone in understanding the context and meaning of the verse. The first one is about the concept of Christian liberty, the rest are about the head covering issue

      http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-liberty.html

      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/1844/the-subordination-and-equality-of-women

      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/1845/the-role-of-the-godly-woman

      http://carm.org/head-coverings-male-female

      http://carm.org/questions/other-questions/does-1-corinthians-114-5-mean-woman-should-never-ever-cut-her-hair

      Delete
  3. Elizabeth,

    Thank you for the readings you provided. The first link, to a website that you refer to often. I'd like to highlight one particular passage from that first link:

    "In today's culture, we no longer view a woman's wearing of a head covering as a sign of submission. In most modern societies, scarves and hats are fashion accessories. A woman has the choice to wear a head covering if she views it as a sign of her submission to the authority of her husband. However, it is a personal choice and not something that should be used to judge spirituality."

    So, essentially, what the answer is saying is that headdress is a personal choice and not something that should be used to judge spirituality, due to the fact that it is not prevalent in today's culture. Understanding, that God is concerned with a women's submission to the order, headship, and authority of God.

    Could you not argue then, the submission of women to the order, as spoken of in the Bible, is discussing a belief held in the culture of that time?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous asked, "Could you not argue then, the submission of women to the order, as spoken of in the Bible, is discussing a belief held in the culture of that time? "

      Sure, one can argue anything about the bible. Many argue that Christ didn't rise, or that David was a homosexual or that homosexuality isn't a sin or that divorce is OK...lots of people argue lots of things, when they take one verse or one phrase out of context.

      What do you think? Should women *not* submit because today's culture has "changed"?

      Delete

The Idlers at the Gate

‎This celebrated sixty-ninth psalm has been called the missionary’s psalm. It speaks of the miseries of one far from home and kindred, of o...