17th February 2020

The Light of the Eye

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.”
Ephesians 1:17-18 (NIVUK)

For the past 150 years it has been known that the eye processes light to generate an image of the external world using two light sensors (rods and cones) situated in a layer of the retina. After this length of time it seemed inconceivable that there could be an unrecognised class of photoreceptor within the eye. However, recently a third type of light receptor in the eye has been discovered that regulates our 24 hour body clocks and synchronises our internal biological rhythms with the external world with its day/night cycle. Jetlag occurs when these two cycles are out of sync. This third sensor can still operate when people are visually blind and time spent outdoors can still maintain synchronisation of the internal biological clock with the solar day.

In the above scriptures the apostle Paul reveals that humans, figuratively speaking have a spiritual eye, “the eye of the heart,” through which the heart, the seat of both the intellect and emotions, can receive the light of Jesus Christ and his gospel and through which our physical and spiritual lives can be synchronised.

Evidence suggests that humanity has a natural inclination to search for spiritual light. For example a publication that accompanied a recent exhibition at the prestigious British Museum in London entitled “Living with gods: places and worlds beyond” states that, “There is no known human society without beliefs in invisible spiritual powers. While the nature of these beliefs and the rituals that accompany them are diverse and vary according to environmental and cultural background, what underlies them is a natural inclination for transcendent worlds and beings.”

Commenting on today’s secular society Doctors Edwards and Warren (1) acknowledge that the atrophy of traditional parish churches currently seems unremitting but also claim that interest in religion has increased sharply and is the fastest growing A-level subject in all of humanities, social sciences, and arts. They contend that it’s not true that young people are becoming more secular – interest in faith, belief and spirituality is on the increase. They conclude that God isn’t dead. People are just looking for him in a different way. How to play our part in enlightening a society that is looking for God in a different way is a major conundrum facing today’s Christian community.

Father, we pray that you will open our minds to see how to enlighten today’s society to Jesus Christ and his gospel.

Study by Eddie March

(1) People just looking for God in a different way: Drs K Edwards and M Warren Sheffield University: Sheffield Telegraph, Thursday May 10 2018

About the Author:
Eddie Marsh attends Grace Communion International in Sheffield.

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