New View “Through a Glass Darkly”

A well-known phrase from the Holy Bible is used on various occasions in Western society by authors and speakers attempting to express the assumably inherent limited perceptual ability of human beings. The phrase is: “…through a glass, darkly,” taken from the larger context of 1 Corinthians 13:12 (venerable King James Version) which says: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” The sentence is actually a small portion of the Apostle Paul’s discussion on the larger topic of selfless-love, and it is typically interpreted to mean that humans are imperfect beings in an imperfect world who, if worthy, may be transformed to become perfect beings and admitted to a perfect “looking glass” world after bodily death. 

Other translations use different English wording ranging from: “…in a mirror dimly” (New American Standard version), to: “…through a dim window obscurely” (the mid-1800s Darby Translation). Scholars debate the accuracy of translations into English from the original Greek and also debate the effect of the evolution of the quality of physical mirrors on their understanding of mirror symbolism. Darby’s “dim window” not only manages to dodge the unenlightening debate; it provides a more accurate metaphor in terms of what Noetitek™ has revealed about the dimensions of Omniverse (see our post: “Multidimensionality and ‘Turbulence Theory’”). The Darby sentence says: “For we see now through a dim window obscurely, but then face to face; now I know partially, but then I shall know according as I also have been known.” 

Why does PluribusOne™ Consulting conclude that Darby’s translation is significantly more accurate, at least regarding this passage? Because, as the manifestation process operates through the nine dimensions of Omniverse, an image formed “above” is projected flawlessly into form “below,” whereas any kind of mirror reverses an image. In further support of the “dim window,” we know that clairvoyant visions do not show scenes reversed. Such visions, while uncommon, also have the perfect quality of a photograph or moving picture, which defies the assertion that clarity necessitates dying. This, in turn, supports our NoetiTaoist™ understanding that: the perfect self is part of us now. Addressing this hidden perfection via Oneness, Jesus of Nazareth said: “…I am in the Father, and the Father is in me” (John 14:11), furthermore: “…you in me, and I in you” (John 14:20). 

Paul’s message was about selfless-love, which is the kind of love known to those who recognize the underlying Oneness of Life. As humans we tend to see ourselves as “parts,” or “a-part,” although it is not human inability caused by a creational defect or “original sin” that makes it difficult to perceive more accurately; it is cultural conditioning reinforced by countless well-meaning teachers who have known not what they teach.

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6 Responses to “New View “Through a Glass Darkly””

  1. Stark Raven Says:

    My understanding is that the various things Jesus spoke of as being available or possible for people were reserved for those who believed in him. Does your Noetitaoism disagree with that?

  2. PluribusOne™ Says:

    No, we do not disagree. However, Jesus of Nazareth did not ask his followers to worship him, encourage them to see him as their God-King-Warrior, direct them to establish a religion with houses of worship, or engage in war in his name. He was not that kind of Messiah; instead, he repeatedly referred to himself as the Son of Man and cautioned them to not even call him, “good” (in the extreme/absolute sense of the word). Yet he did implore them to believe him, as opposed to perceiving him as a liar or trickster.

    Jesus appealed to those who had heard his words and witnessed his works: those who had the awakened “eyes and ears” to receive and believe the unsettling Truth that he had separated from untruth and offered to them—an empowering Truth that flew in the face of tradition/doctrines and controlling hierarchies. Those who did “see and hear” referred to him as their rabbi/teacher and many displayed similar abilities as a result. And those who did not see or hear were neither brow-beaten, nor despised, nor condemned. He knew that there was a season for everything, including ignorance and doubt.

    NoetiTaoism™ holds the deepest respect for the teachings of Jesus Christ, light of the world.

  3. Stark Raven Says:

    In your view, what is the source of such culture and its perception clouding conditioning? In other words, you say cultural conditioning makes it difficult to perceive more accurately but what do you think is the source of THAT?

  4. PluribusOne™ Says:

    The material realm is a place of contrasts. The first perceived contrasts of a newborn child are comfort and discomfort, pleasure and pain. Comfort and pleasure are easily accepted and valued. Discomfort and pain are disliked, upsetting, even traumatic—the clarifying value of “negative experience” is not readily apparent or accepted.

    From the dawn of humanity the warmth of the campfire was preferred over the coldness of the cave. Companionship was preferred over aloneness. The impulse remains to gather together and then protect the group through defensive actions and then—as a result of anticipating “evil”—preventive aggression that commits evil (the reverse of “live”). All such behaviors multiplied, became ritualized and mythologized, and rules were eventually codified, all of which constitutes the bedrock of “culture”—cultural values and related mores.

    At the root of it all is fear related to the protection and preservation of the temporal body. Therefore, it is the embracing of the illusion of separateness along with the potential for impairment and death of the most readily perceived self that creates “the glass, darkly” mode of perception. Faith erases fear, opens the metaphysical eyes and ears, and allows a higher illusion-dispelling power to flow. That is an abbreviated explanation of how I see it.

  5. Stark Raven Says:

    Do you think it actually possible for a person to not fear death? I see the fear of death as pretty much universal among my patients for example. For myself, I can’t picture my being faced with imminent death and not feeling afraid. At the same time, I also feel I’m a faithful person, in that I believe in a supreme being but the idea of faith erasing fear is hard to accept as possible or likely.

  6. PluribusOne™ Says:

    I have not felt real fear—fright is, of course a useful alarm system—since my youth.

    While I have had many close encounters with life-threatening situations, it was not until I faced the likelihood of imminent death that I learned for certain that I have no fear of dying (not that I am in any hurry to make my exit). As I was being loaded into the back of the EMT truck, I had no pressing thought of the desire to live or the prospect of death. My thoughts were entirely focused on being relieved of intense pain.

    As the ambulance rocketed down the highway, I could see a wake of cars fanning out behind us, and the focus of my thoughts—strange even to me now—was not on the better-than-even chance that I was about to die, but on the fact that the race to save my life was placing others in harm’s way, especially the un-seat-belted male paramedic (Stephen) who was keeping me conscious and the brave young woman driver (Melissa).

    Even during the operation, which began before I was anesthetized, there was no fear. I see that near-death experience as acid-test confirmation that I do have the faith I thought I had. Of course, I am forever grateful to all the people who contributed to keeping me on the planet to continue this work in fulfillment of my purpose.

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