Saturday, July 23, 2005

Does Sin Keep Us From Seeing the Glory of God?

A line from this article, gave me pause to think and pray "Lord touch my eyes that I might see!"

From A Restored Harmony in Creation:

"An example is given in the Eastern Christian understanding of the Transfiguration. In the Christian East, Christ is understood to have continuously radiated the glory of God but, because of human sin, people saw only a man. At the Transfiguration, however, it was the sight of Peter, James and John that was transfigured. The icons show the light radiating from Christ and touching the eyes of Peter, James and John, who thus see Christ as he truly is, with the whole of creation reflecting his glory."


  1. Interesting idea--one that is somewhat touched on by St. Theresa in Interior Castle. Thanks for the message

  2. Well...

    "Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God."

    It follows that insofar as we are not clean, or pure, of heart, we won't be able to see God.

    I think Christopher West uses this point to argue, specifically, that our lack of sexual purity causes us to be blind to the images of God that are other human persons, seeing them instead as objects.

  3. What I really mean to say is, the Beatitudes seem to indicate that it's not just *any* sin, but specifically the sin of *impurity* (of heart), that prevents us from seeing the glory of God.