I Can See Clearly Now by Miz Pink

Remember the film The Sixth Sense with Bruce Willis? I liked that film, and I still like it even though I know the twist ending already and thus the entire film…which is a setup for that twist…becomes all pointless on multiple viewings. I still get the creeps when the little boy says “I can see dead people.”

He saw two worlds. He lived in the one we all see, but he could also see something the rest of us couldn’t.

Imagine being aware of two entirely different worlds and trying to express to family, friends…or worse yet, strangers who don’t even know you…that you’re not insane about that second world being there.

This is the struggle I face in trying to talk to people about my faith. I don’t make a point of doing it but it tends to happen. For some reason people find out I’m a devout Christian and it blows there mind because I don’t have the traditional politics of a Christian. I’m liberal and I believe in the Bible. That don’t compute for a lot of folks.

I don’t mind answering questions about my faith or even my struggles between political and religious stands in my life but it becomes painful when people who don’t really believe in a spiritual world start quizzing me. It’s happening more and more for some reason. I’m not sure if they are just curious or if some of them are trying to do an intervention with me and try to “slap me into reality” by picking apart my faith and trying to get me to discard it because this is the 21st century after all.

What I mind is that people won’t accept that there is a second world…a spiritual one…that is as real as our physical one. Wait! That’s not right. What I mind is that they won’t consider the existence of a second world.

Instead, I get semi blank looks like “how could you believe in an invisibile world and an unseen god?” My intelligence is questioned. Silently. But questioned all the same.

If scientists theorize about pocket universes and alternate realities and divergent timelines and parallel universes they are pushing the envelope and trying to see the universe in a larger way. If sci-fi writers write about those things they are being creative and complex.

But if a religious/faithful/spiritual person talks about it or writes about it…well, we’re nuts. Were blind to reality.

I know the big difference is that I as a Christian believe whole heartedly in this other world without a shred of physical or scientific evidence. But still can’t you grant me that it is possible? Too many people who question my beliefs in discussion boards or chat rooms or real life tell me it is just loony for me to even consider such things.

Yet if some learned person considers it but couches it in science well that’s okay.

I don’t like that.

When I received Christ it wasn’t pushed on me and it wasn’t indocrination and it wasn’t because I was told to believe it. It was a breakthrough. A dam breaking between my worldly self and the spiritual world so that I could embrace my spirit and embrace God and embrace Jesus and embrace salvation.

I can’t explain what that feels like. I can’t explain why that allows me to be aware of another world and believe in it even though I can’t even see it.

But becoming born again allowed me to see clearly. I am sorry that some of you pestering me can’t see what I see. I’m sorry that I can’t adequately explain it without seeming like a loon.

I don’t see dead people.

But I see a whole other life. I wish all of you could too. I hope some of you who don’t will one day.

If and when you do, I won’t say “I told you so” but I will say, “See?”


4 Responses to “I Can See Clearly Now by Miz Pink”

  1. August 24, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Hey… This guy give a really simple, but logical explanation for the unseen world… the icon for “all is not what it seems” will get you the option to download or open an Mp3 file. I Loved it.

  2. August 25, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Miz Pink: “Imagine being aware of two entirely different worlds and trying to express to family, friends…or worse yet, strangers who don’t even know you…that you’re not insane about that second world being there.”

    Imagine how you would feel if you were indeed “aware of two entirely different worlds,” and even the faithful look at you askance.

    I’ve been straddling two worlds most of my life, and criticism, disbelief, and ridicule have come from believers and nonbelievers alike.

    But that’s okay, I understand their quandary. Even posting on this blog, I withhold so as not to appear offensive.

    Not to say that you, or others, would be offended, but I tread lightly.

    We, as disciples of Jesus, and students of the Christ, have not taken our charge as gravely as we should. We were charged thusly: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

    I don’t believe that this charge was for the twelve disciples/apostles alone, but for those of us who say that we are students of the Christ.

    At another time Jesus sent forth seventy at once, two by two; he sent them because he perceived that there were too few laborers to reap the harvest of souls in their midst. Again, he charged this seventy to heal the sick, and to proclaim that the Kingdom of God had come nigh.

    I don’t mean this as a rebuke for myself or anyone who are students of Jesus. I’m just saying that we Christians should not expect to fill our nets to breaking, if we don’t demonstrate the Christianity that we profess, not with faith alone, but with works as well.

    Jesus attracted the multitudes, not because he was a great teacher, which he was, but because he could back up his words with works.

    “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
    Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

    Until we can consistently “work the works of God,” the nonbeliever, and the unbeliever, will say to us, “Show us your faith, by your works.”


  3. August 27, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I have a touch of arrogance, so the biggest problem I have with non-believers is when they question my intelligence. That used to make me so mad I had to debate them for hours. I’ve gotten that under control, but it still irks me.

  4. 4 Deacon Blue
    August 27, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Yeah, Big Man, that’s one of my sore points, too. Fortunately, in some recent discussions folks on the other side of the fence actually like me enough to not question my GENERAL intelligence…just my wisdom for sticking to that faith thing.

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