“Plain Sight” is a complicated notion. Something can be put right in our line of sight but we can still resist perceiving it. And there are multiple voices who work to drown out the clear revelation of the Lord and give us alternative “truths” that are more palatable to our pride.
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”Romans 1:19-20
“The heavens declare the glory of God. And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world.”Psalm 19:1-4
Because of our bent to chase after our sinful desires, God gives us over to darkened hearts. The perfect combination would be the revelation in nature combined with the word of God. As the sacraments testify only if they are alongside God’s revelation through scripture, so is the revelation through his Creation have a dulled if not invisible message to the sin-sick soul without God’s Word to make clear what is right in front of our eyes.
Discrediting the Word Replaces Hiding God’s Word
For Centuries of church history, wicked men, false shepherds, kept the Word of God (and the sacraments) from the flocks under their care. So they had the revelation of creation, but no Word to help them out, so they saw that clearly the world was created and that powers beyond the natural world exist, but without scripture, fell into superstitions and bowing to false idols.
Then the Reformation came, and the Word of God was in the hands of the general public. The new line of Pharisees in Rome, desperate to keep their power over these abused flocks, knew that they could not hold back the flood of printed Bibles moving among the populace, so they flooded the public with alternate knowledge.
Jesuit priests found institutions of “higher learning” and pushed public education that they could control. But the ideas fed to the public were poisonous, deist imaginations: God exists, but is far away and disengaged. The creator has entered relative retirement, having set natural laws in motion that now have taken over.
All can now be explained and taught with no reference to God.
“…because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.”Romans 1:21-22, 28
Successfully marketed godless “knowledge” seemed to make God a liar on nearly every page of his Word:
- Genesis opens with a solid firmament created to hold back an ocean above our heads.
- Numbers claims Korah and the other Israelite rebels went down alive into Sheol
- The Bible’s last chapter describes a city descending from heaven to settle on Earth and the described dimensions would be impossible to plant onto a globe.
Too Many Metaphors Shake Faith
Until I was disabused of the globular model of the Earth—with its atmosphere not really protected the sucking void of infinite space—more often than I’d previously realized, I glossed over passages of scripture with “Well, I guess that’s just a metaphor.”
If all the metaphors that God ever wanted to use from nature fit into one model, why in the world would he create a cosmos that opposes those metaphors almost point by point?
The assertions of “science” weren’t just slightly aberrant from the cosmology of God’s Word. Satan literally constructed a reality so unbiblical, I can’t believe I didn’t see it before!
The cosmos presented by “Enlightenment” thinkers contradicted Scripture in every way possible:
- “The earth is a ball, not a square.”
- “The sky is an infinite sucking void, not enclosed and protected.”
- “Under the Earth is a lake of fire, not the great deep (water).”
- “The earth is spinning, orbiting and hurtling, not fixed and immovable.”
- “Our world is small and one in a zillion, not a special creation.”
- “You were descended from beasts, not made in God’s image
Seems like I should have figured it out sooner. Most everyone I have found that now know that is aware we’ve been lied to found the evidence was in “plain sight”. But the heavens that pour forth speech are not so easy to see. You have to be intentional.
As we learned in 2020, you can go days never seeing the sky. And even if we do go outside, city lights obscure study of the stars, and we certainly don’t pay attention to the path of the sun. We are told from childhood to never look at it.
Just as the water and the blood testify (baptism and communion) and have their power when combined with God’s Word, also God’s handiwork in the heavens speaks deep into our soul. The witness of creation, when combined with the revelation of God’s word, Instructs our hearts. And finally you will realize:
- thunder rumbles and echoes with the perfect acoustics of amplification
- lightening lights up the dome above us
- the moon is transparent
- the sun doesn’t go below the horizon, it fades into the distance
When you realize all men are liars, and realize how little evidence there is to contradict God’s word, you finally actually accept what have been seeing all along.