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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.

Aim 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.

32:5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation." (Deuteronomy 32:4-5 KJV)

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.

They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion [see Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ], which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. 125:2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

125:3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.

125:4 Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts. 125:5 As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel." (Psalm 125:1-5 KJV)

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.

2:9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. 2:10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: 2:12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; 2:13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 2:14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; 2:15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths" (Proverbs 2:1-15 KJV)

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.

40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 40:4 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: 40:5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it." (Isaiah 40:1-4 KJV)

Fact Finder: How do people get "out of line" with God's Truth?
See Is Your Religion Your Religion?

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