Several years ago, I went to a new eye doctor at a place called Southeast Eye Specialists. The waiting and office areas were aesthetically impressive, and the exam rooms were full of shiny gadgets, some of which I had never seen before. Therefore, I was so excited to be left alone in an exam room while I waited for the doctor to see me…alone…with all those shiny things!
With no one around to monitor me, I did what any child in an adult male body would do…I started playing with the equipment. But while flipping levers and turning dials, a deep, philosophical thought crossed my mind (which would imply that I was not thinking when I was playing with things I couldn’t afford to break):
“With all the different prescriptions for glasses, and all the different lenses one could look through, how could anyone say for sure that what we see when we look at things is exactly the way it really is? Just look at all of those dials!”
It’s All Relative?
Some would say my thought, or ones like it, is the reason for believing that everything is “relative.” People say, “There’s no such thing as right and wrong,” or, “Perception is reality.” They argue that what we think we see may not be what is actually there.
But I would argue the following: What is actually there is there, whether we see it for what it is, or not.
Just like the chart on the wall with the jumbled letters that start large, then get smaller as they go down, we can call a particular letter an “e,” an “a,” or a “c,” but it is still an “e” if on the chart it IS an “e.”
The only way we can know for sure if we are seeing things correctly is to go to a Doctor of Optometry and let him evaluate our sight.
- He is qualified to turn the knobs and do the tests.
- He knows what letters are really on the wall.
- He knows the truth.
Only a fool would go into optometrist’s exam room and argue with him over the “rightness” or “wrongness” of his letter chart!
Reality, Despite Perception
I wonder if God was thinking about people who argue over the eye chart when He wrote the following verse:
For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. – Acts 28:27 NIV
All of us are born with faulty eyes, which, indeed, makes it difficult to determine right from wrong, but God knows exactly what is on the wall. His Word is the corrective lens through which we can better see what is really real.
Without corrected vision, perception is not reality; it’s a lie.