God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
(John 4:24) ESV
The concept is old as time. The formless blob will remain formless until order, governing laws, or external coercion acts upon it. Likewise, a spirited chaotic object of passion will not last long interacting in an atmosphere of order. They are both important factors, but are ultimately lifeless without the other. The Shape must contain the essence. While some might consider legalism to be noble and dependable, mechanical finesse will only advance so far. Conversely, the presence of a deeply potent and immense passion will have no restraint in its own growth and potential dissolution. These symmetrical elements compose most of everything seen in life.
The concept of Truth is our basis of understanding reality. It perceives reality, in terms of physical and moral laws. It presents a clearly articulated order and organization of what is otherwise chaos. Truth remains so key, even if it is considered as being individually defined, as done by a relativistic mindset, that it must be established in everyone’s mind. Many, however, believe it vital that truth be balanced, and independent of perspective, or meticulous calculation. Indeed, truth had to be present as an ideological construct in order for later objects to follow. Even an evolutionary philosophy must admit to some sort of semi-consistent pattern of increase in the evolution of matter towards sophistication. Truth, on a simple level, presents patterns, sequence, logic, and symmetry. It makes sense out of what is senseless.
The heart of the matter. That internal light that shines even though the frame has been compromised. The heart of the athlete who endures beyond the physical limits his body resists him with. The essence is that internal part that brings life to the system. The car’s frame may be magnificent, but without the engine present and in functioning condition, the car will remain cold and spiritless. The energy source brings out the power of the entire operation. The corporation would be destitute without its employee’s. It is this internal core that claims the character and soul of a thing.
Interwoven and overlapping
“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him-a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
(Ecclesiastes 4:12) ESV
The integrated bond of these to elements is beautiful. The Skeleton gives shape and order to the mass of flesh; beyond shape, it gives rotation, and independent and simultaneous movement. The Blueprints of a construction project give details that present a 3-dimensional image on a 2-dimensional plane, leaving merely the well-directed labor and time to complete a large and elaborate structure. The brains and the brawn may be separated, but there must be a centralized organization to direct actions for a harmonious and efficient final result. But simple compliance and meeting the essential flaws of the other is not enough. An overlapping, blending ballet produces a superb product that leaves no ends untied, and no gaps unfilled.
The picture of this principle in different fields is clearly evident. The Fusion reaction must be contained in a nuclear reactor. The game of professional baseball relies on not only techniques, but tradition, skill, as well as the fan base. The purpose of education is to put it to use. The student, and the loan-agent, understands that an income producing career will be expected to pay off debts acquired by a loan-based education. History holds little intrigue without the unquestioning volume of the evidence presented through archeology. The form of civil government has cannot realistically expect to continue without a deeper philosophy ingrained in order to give the external form meaning, and a stable internal image to submit to. Finally, a person cannot expect to live without some concept of what is beyond the physically perceived world he finds himself in. The soul of a man brings hope, beauty, as well as the general spiritual concepts of mind, will, and emotion.
The Image Without Truth
The picture of the car with no frame is simply put, not the image of a car; this, more frighteningly, has the conclusion of no transportation either. The engine merely powers the external. The frame plays a vital part in bridging the mechanical assembly to the driver of the vehicle. A game of any kind, be it a board game, or a ball game, losses it’s core element: the rules. The game ceases to be a game without its rules. The kitchen would lose its primary purpose with a lack of food. The picture here is obvious. Truth must not be taken lightly. Patterns of any kind are important, but when frame all that surrounds the engine, the typical end-user of a vehicle will frown at best; he expects full upholstery, a dashboard, and simple operating instructions. The understanding of the science must not be required for the end-user.
The picture of a robot is an exquisite example of mechanical precision. It’s maneuvers are flawless, yet lifeless; its internal processor is limited by the operating instructions given to it by its manufacturer. Law is of no help where will-driven people do not live. The Sheriff would be out of work if the prospect of crime is guaranteed to never occur. If the Internet continued to broadcast, but all servers ceased hosting their domains, and websites, the Internet would be less then half of what it is today. All of the rare resources and labor necessary for a construction site would be pointless without a solid proposal for the intended structure in the first place.
The Image with
The picture of union is obviously the one seen in a multitude of situations at every stage of history. It is an iron-clad universally understood principle of reality. What has form must have a purpose. A measure of mass must be contained in one way or another. The picture of the man without a soul is merely fictional. We portray this idea in a twisted, demented horror genre of film and fictional literature, but it remains a concept of fantasy. The concept reaches back to our fore-forbearance in the limited perception of God. A God of Truth that has no mercy is a god of tyranny. What can be seen by the picture of God in Jewish Christian Scripture however, is one of truth and mercy, extending grace without comprising His law in His dearly loved son Jesus. The incarnation of Jesus takes on this concept of form and essence with a tour de force. Jesus, being the one true God, came to Earth, and took on the form of man. He remained both God and man, restraining the divine characteristics in a show of brilliant humility when none was required of Him. The balancing act of His divine nature with the delicate flesh of humanity can certainly be applauded.
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
(Hos 6:6) ESV
Weather endoskeleton, or exoskeleton, the frame of flesh is an unquestioned norm. The central processing unit of a computer is simply that which composes a working system. The question of software for the computer hardware is additionally, just reality; hardware must receive its instructions by code written into its immediate firmware memory, and further by the hard drive operating system dimension. The Spirit is the internal core that controls the man. It is not seen as it exists only to frame the content. But Truth ultimately only fulfills its genuine purpose it given the driving force of passion by the Spirit. The frame of life may seem beautiful in its external form, but if it’s deeper cogs and gears could be uncovered, what would be revealed?