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Wednesday, August 29 2012
"Geometry" may be defined as "the mathematics of points and lines and curves and surfaces" (The WordWeb Dictionary by Princeton University).
The illustration shows a perfectly-round circle - all 3 images show a perfectly-round circle. The reason that the circle appears "circular," then distorted, and then not at all, is that the angle of view was changed by the computer program that created the circle. You can do the same thing, no computer required, just by looking directly at the opening of a cup or glass, and then slowing turning the cup or glass to the left or right until it is at a right angle to your view - thereby making the circle into a line.
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 (the same reason that people who "interpret" the Bible will get a different apparent view than those who look directly at what was actually written; see also Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall).
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?
"As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways"
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 (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?) is not the way to righteousness. It's the way to miss out.
"32:4 He is the Rock [see also The First Rock Star], 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.
This Day In History, August 29
1350: During the Hundred Years war, a Spanish fleet of 40 warships was defeated by the English at the Battle of Winchelsea.
1475: The Truce of Picquigny was signed, under which Edward IV of England agreed to withdraw his invading army from France in return for gold and a yearly pension.
1526: The Battle of Mohacs in Hungary. Louis II of Hungary with an army of 24,000 was disastrously defeated by Suleiman I of Turkey (listen to our sermon The Ottoman Empire) with an army of 150,000. The king and nearly the entire Hungarian army were killed. Louis' defeat, which laid Hungary open to Ottoman/Turkish (the Ottomans were a ruling dynasty in Turkey) domination, was partly caused by the probably deliberate failure of John Zapolya to join Louis with his Transylvanian contingent. In 1687 Charles V of Lorraine routed the Turks on the same battlefield.
1756: Frederick II of Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany) invaded Saxony, beginning the Seven Years War.
1786: Shays' Rebellion, an uprising of Massachusetts farmers, began in response to high debt and taxes. It was named after Daniel Shays, a veteran of the New England rebellion against England a decade earlier.
1825: Brazilian independence was recognized by Portugal.
1831: English scientist Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction.
1842: The Treaty of Nanking was signed between the British and Chinese, ending the first Opium War. The treaty confirmed the ceding of Hong Kong island to Britain.
1885: The first motorcycle was patented, built by Gottlied Daimler in Germany.
1910: The Japan-Korea Treaty of 1910 (also known as the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty) began the era of Japanese dominion of Korea.
1949: The Soviet Union detonated their first atomic bomb. The news was made public on September 22 when the U.S., Britain and Canada announced that they all had detected it.
1960: Jordanian Prime Minister Hazza El-Majali and 10 others were assassinated in an explosion set off by a time-bomb.
1962: A U.S. U-2 spy plane photographed Soviet technicians installing a SAM (Surface to Air Missiles) launch pad in Cuba. An event prior to the Cuban missile crisis 6 weeks later.
1974: Canadian astronomer Dr. A. G. Willis was credited with the discovery of "the largest object in the universe," a cloud of energy stretching 105,582,528,000,000,000,000 miles from end to end. It is 1.8 billion light years away.
1982: The synthetic chemical element Meitnerium (Atomic Number 109) was first synthesized, at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany.
1991: The government of the Soviet Union suspended all political activity of the Soviet Communist Party that had ruled the country for over 70 years.
2003: Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, the Shia Muslim leader in Iraq, was assassinated by a bombing that also killed about 100 bystanders as they were leaving a mosque in Najaf.
2005: Hurricane Katrina devastated a wide area of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida, killing more than 1,800 people and causing over $80 billion in damage.