Rainbow of Truth

Rainbow of Truth

Time for a science lesson today. If you’re one of those people (I’m raising my hand) whose mind spins at the mention of math or science, bear with me. This is Linda, the language and creative arts person, who’s discovered something wonderful in the world of science!

If an object reflects no light, it appears black. If an object reflects all light, it appears white. But there is a spectrum of colors within white light.

To see one color, the red of a Red Delicious apple, for instance, all light is absorbed into the apple except for one part of the spectrum. The red part of the spectrum reflects light from the apple’s surface. But Granny Smith apples are green. In their case, all light is absorbed into the apple except for the green portion of the spectrum.

Do people argue over which fruit is the true apple? Of course not! It’s the essence of the apple—its flavor, its texture, its general shape—that makes it identifiable.

So, instead of apples, let’s look at Truth. God has given man the capability to see Truth. But pure, all-encompassing Truth is blinding to humans still under the influence of original sin. We can, however, see reflections within the spectrum of Truth. One sees a “green” Truth while another sees a “red” Truth. Both are correct, but incomplete.
Just as apples can reflect red or green or yellow, so Truth will reflect various “colors” to humanity. But that surface reflection is not the essence of Truth.

Most religions grasp the portion of Truth that reflects morality, the knowledge of good and evil. Too often, Christian denominations argue over those surface reflections of faith: how a church runs its worship service, if they sprinkle or immerse, if they serve Communion every week, every month, or every quarter.

But the essence of Truth is God Himself. Three in One. The essence of Truth is a Savior who walked the earth, sacrificed His life, paid the price for our sins, and rose from the dead.

A prism breaks light into the components of the visible spectrum. We can see all the colors at once. But the full spectrum of Truth is too glorious for us to behold right now.

Someday, our earthbound eyes will be able to see through God’s prism of Truth. No need for debate. We will have eyes to see every color in the rainbow of Truth. What a glorious day that will be!

About Linda Sammaritan

For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher and crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” Newly retired, Linda keeps the freezer packed with homemade take-out meals for her full- time working husband when she travels to visit children, grandchildren, siblings, and Mom. Read more about her faith and writings at www.lindasammaritan.com.

Speak Your Mind