At Aletheia Books

At Aletheia Books

Wednesday, 28 June 2017



“But, I nearly forgot, you must close your eyes
otherwise you won't see anything”

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Perspective is a strange thing. Depending on your point of view, you can look at the same object as me and observe something entirely different. To use a common example, I might look at a glass in which water reaches the halfway mark and feel that it is half empty; you might consider it half full. Our experiences, mindset, priorities, values and such, very much affect the outcome of how we allow ourselves to look at a situation, person, object, and even how we allow the truth of the Bible to influence or change us.

In one sense, you will never see things from God’s point of view, from the point of view of Bible Truth, until you close your eyes: that is, switch off your own natural perspective, and allow the light of the Word of God to change and direct you.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path”
Psalm 119:105, THE BIBLE

Timmy Trial’s perspective changed when he trusted in the Lord Jesus for salvation and let go entirely of his own ideas; his sense of other things changed too…

‘Timmy put on the pieces of the armour that Mr Weighty provided for him. At last he could see the armour of God that the others had talked about and that he had scorned; and he put on his armour as if it was the greatest honour in the world.
That weary walk through the darkness of Err was nothing like the wandering of the night before. They were not lost or full of fear or doubts: because they could always see the cross before them… They held their Bibles in their hands for light and only occasionally commented about the fact that they were no longer travelling in Mr Weighty’s wonderful Rescue Craft.
Timmy didn’t comment at all.
He walked with his eyes fixed on the cross…’  

As Christians, the centre of our vision, of our changed perspective, should always be the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. And so, it is to the cross that the children are first led when they return to Aletheia.

‘Redemption Square was deserted when at last they reached the top of the long hill of the city of Aletheia and stood near the cross. A few of the windows of the shops and houses clustered around the square twinkled with light but everyone was indoors and most people had already gone to bed. Harold led them to the cross and they climbed the steps to the top, to the very foot of the cross, and looked out over the whole land of Err.
“It’s the best view in the land,” said Harold. “Best because you can see the most, and also because you can feel the most. Here you can feel the right amount of compassion and anxiety and even righteous anger about Err, because you’re close to the cross.”…’       

‘For what you see and hear depends a good deal 
on where you are standing…’
The Magician’s Nephew, C. S. Lewis

How near I stand to the cross will determine my perspective on the world around me. I might have compassion for those who are lost, remembering how much was sacrificed for their salvation; or disgust for those fallen into sinful and evil snares, forgetful that I was once one of them. It will also affect my perspective on myself. There is no room for pride at the cross: I am simply a slave set free through the work of Redemption.

‘God forbid that I should boast except
in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…’
Galatians 6:14, THE BIBLE


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