|Reality versus perspective|
| Nothing happens by chance. When we speak of chances, we speak from our perspective. As far as we know, we have a 70% chance of rain tomorrow. Chances are true figuratively, not literally.
Literally it will either rain, or it wonít. We live in a world of cause and effect, not chance. If the weather forecaster had full knowledge of all factors affecting the weather, he would tell us to expect rain, and it would rain. Every forecast would be 100% certain. We only speak of probabilities to describe a limited knowledge.
Probability is a science, but as with every science it studies patterns for predicting events with a limited certainty. Probability accurately describes a limited perspective.
Speaking from perspective we describe pieces of reality that are real and true but not complete. They are parts of a big picture.
There are many gods but only one true God. There are many laws but only one law. There are many perspectives but they all fit into one big picture.
To describe my perspective, I can say that I ran from God in order to become god of my life. I can say that I had nothing to do with him. I can say that he wasnít there.
Looking at the big picture though, I see that God was always there and was just as much in charge then as he is now. The big picture gives me a broader perspective.
Where I live I see chaos. I see trouble, heartache, and senseless futility. Yet, at any moment the Lord can reach down and lift me up into his heaven, and from there he can show me the big picture. From that distance I can see that everything is working toward his purposes. Everything, good and evil, fits into his plans. Even amid the chaos that I saw, everything was under control. Philippians 4:7 *
Speaking from a limited perspective seems less accurate, but itís not. I accurately describe what I see. My perspective of reality is as real as the reality itself.
While God has access at all times to the big picture he also sees the things I see. He understands how I feel about them. He knows my thoughts.
I see a sunrise in the morning. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. God made the sun stand still in the sky one day. Galileo insisted that his theory did not contradict the Scriptures. Every scientist I know of speaks of sunrises and sunsets.
|* "The peace of God, which surpasses understanding . . ."|