Maintaining Altitude

Arid regions unproductive for centuries have become fertile. Miracle? No, perspective. Looking down from an altitude where the true picture comes into view, the educated eye determines from the contours of the land where subterranean lakes may be tapped.

If we would survey the real universe and real man from the ideal vantage point, we could hardly succeed while stumbling along in ruts of discouragement. Traversing little hills of hope only to fall into sinkholes of corruption or valleys of frustration or disease can indeed be wearisome and futile. Yet this unlovely view of the world is too often presented to us via television, newspapers, and other mass media. Only by mentally rising above the rough terrain, out of the mirage of the physical senses into spiritual altitudes of thought, can we gain some appreciation of creation as it really is—spiritual and perfect.

A mortal, struggling in a hostile world only to be cut down by disease, famine, violence, inevitably returning to dust, is not man, created in the spiritual image of his Maker. This false view of man has been deepened by millennia of earth-perception—of preoccupation with that material view of man depicted by the Adam and Eve allegory.

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September 25, 1976

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