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What's Your Angle?
The illustration below is that of a perfectly-round circle - all 3 images. The reason that the circle appears so distorted, and then not at all, is that the angle of view was changed by the program that created the circle.
When viewed straight on, perfectly in line, the circle appears to be what it truly is - a circle. But when the view becomes "out of line," half-way off center, the circle loses its shape, in the eyes of the beholder (while remaining a circle to those who are not out of line), and becomes warped. When viewed from an angle that is completely "out of line," the circle actually disappears (but not to those who are not out of line!) and (ironically) appears to become a line, that although seemingly straight, is actually hiding what is truly there. The false "line" only appears when the viewer is totally out of line.
If the circle was a giant hoop in the sky, and you were required to fly an airplane through it, which approach would you want to take to get you safely through?
What if that circle of passage was your salvation?
"Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain"
The English word "crooked" may be defined as "having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned." In matters of Christianity, a crooked approach to the Word of God is not the way to righteousness. It's the way to miss out.
"32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
In this world today, as it has been since "the fall of man," righteousness is a matter of "turning aside from crooked ways."
"125:1 A Song of degrees.
Those who are "in line" with God can actually hear and see His Word.
"2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
The "good news" (gospel literally means good news) is that "the crooked shall be made straight," by the LORD in due time, when "the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."
"40:1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. 40:2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD hand double for all her sins.
Fact Finder: How do people get "out of line" with God's Truth?