The local Methodist church, the one with the marquee-style sign that I’ve mentioned here before, put up its latest saying this week, and it’s one that I’m puzzling over:
YOU ONLY SEE
WHAT YOU KNOW
Now, this is clearly trying to turn around the “doubters’” statement that “I only know what I see.” But... well, it doesn’t really make sense this way, does it? I mean, if something I never knew before suddenly stares me in the face, I’m certainly going to see it; this obviously can’t be taken literally. And when I try to come up with a figurative meaning, I get a little lost there too.
I did find one explanation that I can make sense of. It’s a bit of a stretch, but once you get there it does sort of fit in with what “belief” is asking one to do: If you only see what you know, then in order to see God, you have to first know God. OK, I guess that makes sense, in this context. It’s sort of a message that if you come to our church we’ll convince you that God is real, and then, believing that, “knowing” that, you’ll “see” Him. It’s a metaphor.
And OK, as a metaphor it works — and it reinforces why I can’t accept any of that: I have neither need nor desire to be convinced of the existence of something I can’t observe and for which there’s no reasonable evidence. Taken out of the world of metaphor, the same can be said of Elvis sightings: that you only see Elvis if you know he’s there. The King and The Lord are one in that regard, at least.
If someone has a different idea about what the sign is meant to be saying, hit the “Post a comment” link, below.
While we’re here, there’s a must-have for all you Firefox users: the Bible Fox add-on theme. I love the fishes, but I’m not sure about some of the other icons. A dove for “reload”? The cross for “stop”? Hm. And what are the scrolls about?