Interesting photo

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  1. Winman

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    Here is an interesting photo a friend sent me. I didn't know where to post it, but this seems as good a place as any.

    What do you see?

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    Looks like a solar eclipse partially hidden by clouds. How is this theology?
     
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    Did God foreknow of this solar eclipse, or predetermine it?

    There, now it fits in the theology section. :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Nice find. Always interesting to find pics that makes us think of something else.
     
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    I thought it was interesting because we all associate horns with the devil, and the scriptures call him "the prince of the power of the air" in Eph 2:2. This photo looks like the devil concealing himself behind the clouds. It is also very interesting that this photo shows a church in the foreground.
     
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    Or is this a sign according to Matt 16:2-3? :praying:
     
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    I saw this and I thought of when Jesus told satan to get behind Him.
     
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    I didn't know the devil had horns. Where do we get that info?

    Cool pic. Just don't see anything biblical or theological in it.
     
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    I don't know, most of us have seen drawings of the devil with his horns, hoofs, pointed tail, and pitchfork. I do not know where that originated.

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    There is an issue worth discussing here. Is it not true that our perceptions are colored by our influences? Why can two people read the same scripture and come away with completely differing interpretations?

    It is like this photo, if you have been conditioned to believe the devil has horns, that is what you will see. If you have not been conditioned that the devil has horns, the thought will never occur to you.

    How does this apply to scripture and how different groups interpret the scriptures differently?
     
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    Could this be where we associate horns with satan?

    Rev. 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.


    I know it says ten horns, and not two, that we associate satan with. Just a thought.....
     
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    I thought horns at first and right away realized the solar eclipses..but you know, that horns topic is actually very interesting. Other than the illustration of the dragon pointed out by previous poster, where do people get the socially accepted picture of what the devil looks like. I can't think of anywhere in scripture where it describes what the devil looks like?
     
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    The idea of the devil having horns, hoofs, ect started as a spoof against him b/c it was believed it insulted him for his supposed self love & beauty
     
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    That's exactly what I thought. It looked like the devil getting ready to peek over the clouds.
     
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    lol....it's the start of the split rapture!
     
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    Winman--—I ran cross something today (when I was looking through some old notes for a sermon) that adds to your question about where the devil’s grotesque goat-like appearance (ie horns & hoofs, ect) came from, while it was a spoof against his supposed self-love—some believe that the god pan was the origin of the spoof. But this seems to be debated. (sorry, wish I had more info but all I had beside the notes for references was see: Jeffrey Burton Russell, & I got 3 different books by him so I wouldn’t know here to begin to look, & RC Sproul CD’s which has 3 different cd’s with well over an hour of listening time). If I find anything else later I’ll let you know---have a good one.
     
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    Thanks Gabriel!

    The reason I posted this photo is because I immediately realized when my friend sent me this photo WHY he sent it to me. He realized I would immediately perceive the eclipse to look like the two horns of the devil. That my friend thought this about me struck me.

    When I was in High School I had a close friend who was an excellent artist. He loved to draw these grotesque and deformed creatures that had horns, claws, and reptilian features. He used to show them to me. While I did not enjoy his subject material, it was clear he was a very skilled artist.

    I remember one day I asked him why he would always draw "evil" creatures. He asked me why I thought they were evil. I answered because they had horns and claws and were deformed like demons or the devil. He then asked me why does that make them evil, did they have to be evil because they were ugly?

    Now, that really struck me, because I realized my friend made a good point. He had pointed out to me that I held a prejudice. Because I had been taught by others that ugly creatures must be evil, I had accepted this sterotype without questioning it. I realized that an ugly creature might be good, and a beautiful creature might be evil.

    And don't we all do this? Isn't the evil monster in a movie usually shown as some hideous and ugly looking creature?

    The point I am trying to make is that we often hold bias or prejudice without just reason. We accept what we are told without giving thought to it.

    I never did like my friend's drawings, but he did teach me a valuable lesson about myself that I have never forgotten.
     
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    I suppose seeing it as the devil is from our carnality and upbringing but when we grow in grace and knowledge and learn from scripture we are well aware that this picture is not satan, for we know his ministers are transformed as ministers of righteousness as Satan is according to 2 Corinthians 11:14 transformed into an angel of light. He comes at us as a deceiver and liar.
     
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    Very true my brother--Very true!! :thumbsup:
     
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    Excellent point and thought provoking. Thanks.
     

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