Thursday, March 5, 2009

REAL Reality

Our trouble is that we have established bad thought habits. We habitually think of the visible world as real and doubt the reality of any other. We do not deny the existence of the spiritual world but we doubt that it is real in the accepted meaning of the word.

The world of sense intrudes upon our attention day and night for the whole of our lifetime. It is clamorous, insistent and self-demonstrating. It does not appeal to our faith; it is here, assaulting our five senses, demanding to be accepted as real and final. But sin has so clouded the lenses of our hearts that we cannot see that other reality, the City of God, shining around us. The world of sense triumphs. The visible becomes the enemy of the invisible; the temporal, of the eternal. That is the curse inherited by every member of Adam’s tragic race.

At the root of the Christian life lies belief in the invisible. The object of the Christian’s faith is unseen reality.

Our uncorrected thinking, influenced by the blindness of our natural hearts and the intrusive ubiquity of visible things, tends to draw a contrast between the spiritual and the real; but actually no such contrast exists. The antithesis lies elsewhere: between the real and the imaginary, between the spiritual and the material, between the temporal and the eternal; but between the spiritual and the real, never. The spiritual is real.

A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God


Jamie said...


Good, good, good!


Makes me want to watch The Matrix again... :D

John Fincher said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Tozer. And I have Bino to thank for it! I just go to his reading list and pick something I haven't read yet. He's not been wrong yet! You da' man, Bino!

John Fincher said...

Speaking of The Matix, I believe it was Dan Stone (The Rest of the Gospel) that said that Heaven might be only 1" off the ground...

Jim Robbins said...

Great post, John. The Modern Era (or Modern Error, as I like to call it) did a number on our sense of mystery and spirit.
And...I can't believe you've read "The Rest of the Gospel!" I thought I was the only guy who had ever heard of it. Good stuff.

John Fincher said...

Thanks Jim. I call myself a "recovering Baptist" who deny ANY mystery.