Is Seeing Believing?

Posted from “WORDS OF FAITH” – ACTS, Part 1, Lesson 6 – Gospel Folio Press

Before you exasperate your mental powers searching for the base of the middle prong, we’ll tell you that the middle prong doesn’t belong there. This optical illusion says it does. The eye can be fooled.

We live in a world that puts great credence on sight. In fact, it’s one of the strongest arguments we can think of when trying to convince someone of the truthfulness of our story. “I saw it myself,” we say. That is expected to be the end of dispute. But is it possible that, sometimes, what we think we see is not reality?

Here’s another boggler. Are the vertical lines straight and parallel, or are they bent?

The lines are straight and parallel. Your eyes tell you they are bowed because of the illusion of the hatched pattern.

These drawings show that the popular saying, “Seeing is believing,” isn’t always true.

Now examine this staircase.

Are you beginning to feel dizzy? Then, before you fall over, read the next few lines.

The term, optical illusion, means that what we see isn’t always what we get. We can’t always depend on our opinion to correctly measure things. In trying to evaluate God and His working in creation, we may be just as wrong as our evaluation of these three optical illusions.

The skeptic says, “Seeing is believing,” but the eye doesn’t always see things as they are. Man, unless God shows him, simply cannot accept matters which the Bible deals with — they just don’t make sense to him. On the other hand, those who put their trust in the Lord Jesus not only discover a new life and new joy and peace, they also find a source of wisdom for living.

So the old saying, “Seeing is believing,” doesn’t apply to spiritual truths. Instead: “Believing is seeing” (John 11:40).

If you want to comprehend the Bible and what God is doing in this world, then you must be willing to believe that He knows what He is talking about. If God had the wisdom to design and run the universe, surely He is the best one to direct my little life. The Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ shed His blood to cleanse us from all sin, and to open our eyes to Himself and His truth. Through believing in God we receive this cleansing and illuminating. It is only through Christ one can receive a clean heart and life.

Christ has declared, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Will you believe in Christ and receive this spiritual eyesight?

After all, believing is seeing.

Article taken from “WORDS OF FAITH” – ACTS, Part 1, Lesson 6 (pg 1 + 4) – published and permission granted by Gospel Folio Press, Port Colborne, Ontario – Canada

Author: Mike and Elfriede

For the past 15 years Michael Copple has studiously devoted his life to the Lord by preaching the Gospel and moderating Bible studies. He is a 1958 Eagle Scout, holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, and achieved the highest US Air Force enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant with over 26 years service, one year of which was with Forward Air Control duties in Vietnam. For three years he was the senior enlisted member of the US Air Force Academy Wings of Blue Parachute Team; he has performed over 2,000 parachute jumps and accumulated over 15 hours of freefall. During his parachuting years Mike experienced a mishap of being a “hung jumper” outside the aircraft, and serious parachute malfunctions like a deadly seesaw night jump entanglement with another jumper, and an 85 mph wind shear which almost took his life. This experience inspired and qualified him to author the novel Calling from the Sky. A former world-wide electronic service engineer for 16 years with a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, he and his wife Elfriede currently live in the Canadian Rockies surrounded by 6 National Parks. Besides studying God's Word, they both like to exercise, cross country ski, hike, garden, and walk their dog Kansas. Visit him at

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