Lies, Lies, Lies

Some of the greatest lies you’ll ever believe are told by your eyes as you gaze into a mirror.  Lies fueled by your own doubt and a culture that worships a false standard of beauty and worth.  Beauty is formed in the eye of the beholder.  But your beholder is God.  He made you in His own image; He gave you that crown.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 45

I Did Not Persist in Enjoyment

I was astonished that although I now love you…I did not persist in enjoyment of my God.  Your beauty drew me to you, but soon I was dragged away from you by my own weight and in dismay I plunged again into the things of this world…As though I had sensed the fragrance of the fare but was not yet able to eat it.

– Augustine, on the enjoyment of God

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 14

God Is Infinite In So Many Ways

But God is a being infinitely lovely, because he hath infinite excellency and beauty.  To have infinite excellence and beauty, is the same thing as to have infinite loveliness.  He is a being of infinite greatness, majesty, and glory; and therefore he is infinitely honorable.  He is infinitely exalted above the greatest potentates of the earth and highest angels in heaven; and therefore he is infinitely more honorable than they.  His authority over us is infinite; and the ground of his right to our obedience is infinitely strong; for he is infinitely worthy to be obeyed himself, and we have an absolute, universal and infinite dependence on him.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 118

That Which Forever Will Entertain the Minds of the Saints

The glorious excellencies and beauty of God will be what will forever entertain the minds of the saints, and the love of God will be their everlasting feast.  The redeemed will indeed enjoy other things; they will enjoy the angels, and will enjoy one another; but that which they shall enjoy in the angels, or each other, or in any thing else whatsoever that will yield them delight and happiness, will be what shall be seen of God in them.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 41-42

God Makes No Appetite in Vain

An appetite  for these things exists in the human mind, and God makes no appetite in vain.  We can therefore pursue knowledge as such, and beauty as such, in the sure confidence that by so doing we are either advancing to the vision of God ourselves or indirectly helping others to do so.  Humility, no less than appetite, encourages us to concentrate simply on the knowledge or the beauty, not too much concerning ourselves with their ultimate relevance to the vision of God.

– C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, copyright 1949, 1976, page 56-57

Images of What We Really Desire

The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing.  These things – the beauty, the memory of our own past – are good images of what we we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers.  For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, the news from a country we have never yet visited.

– C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, copyright 1949, 1976, page 30-31

Our Unfulfillable Longing, A Proof for God

Doesn’t the unfulfillable longing evoked by beauty qualify as an innate desire?  We have a longing for joy, love and beauty that no amount or quality of food, sex, friendship or success can satisfy.  We want something that nothing in this world can fulfill.  Isn’t that at least a clue that this “something” that we want exists?  This unfulfillable longing, then qualifies as a deep innate human desire, and that makes it a major clue that God is there.

– Tim Keller, Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, copyright 2008, page 135