A mirror is designed to portray the reflection of an object or a person that is within view. Any form of glass that is not modified or distorted in any way will produce a complete reflection. This is of course if there is ample lighting which is refracted from the surface to create an exact image within the mirror. However, what if a mirror is shattered or if the image becomes foggy due to condensation in the atmosphere? It will mean that the original image of the object or person becomes distorted upon viewing. Basically, an external problem (i.e. mirror accidentally shattering) can cause a distortion of the view.
Spiritually speaking, the same concept can be applied to all of our lives as it relates to distortion and brokenness. In Genesis Chapter 1, we can see the account of God creating various species of animal, and forming the elements of the Earth that we see today. Throughout a period of 6 days, God created the skies, the oceans, the stars, and all living creatures which would inhabit the Earth. In addition to the various creations, humanity was a part of God’s plan. The first part of Genesis 1:26 says,
(ESV) “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
Verse 27 also says, (ESV) “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
From the very beginning, humanity was created and formed to be in the image of the almighty God. It is also important to notice that the word “us” is used because it denotes the existence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All were present from the beginning of time. So, this scripture affirms the fact that you and I were created in the image of God. We were fashioned to express and portray the image of holiness, righteousness, and the very essence of who God is. However, the original image became distorted because of sin.
The actual account of Adam & Eve deciding to sin took place in Genesis 3. Most who know this scriptural reference, know that Adam & Eve ate from the tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil (Genesis 3: 1-7) after God had given them instructions not to. In their disobedience, they not only suffered the consequences of being evicted from the Garden of Eden (verses 23-24), but the image of God in humanity became distorted. Notice what God says to Adam in verse 9:
(ESV) “But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
In verse 8, Adam & Eve hid from God’s presence because they were ashamed and obviously guilty of their disobedience. However, when God asked the question of Adam “Where are you?” it was in the context of God no longer recognizing His own image. It wasn’t that God did not know where Adam was in the physical sense, but because of the sin committed, the very image of God’s likeness was distorted and no longer recognizable.
The fact is that ever since Adam & Eve’s disobedience at the dawn of creation, humanity has suffered and portrayed the image of distortion. When you look at a mirror that has been shattered, the image of an object or a person is no longer recognizable. That is what took place when Adam & Eve rebelled. Even if we fast forward into today’s time, there are so many examples of distortion and broken images.
Satan was able to deceive Eve into believing the lie that she would not die if she ate of the fruit of the tree that God forbade. However, the lie was only partial because Adam & Eve indeed died, but it was a spiritual death and not physical. Our enemy satan is the master of deception but also distortion. He distorts the truth by changing it into various alternatives, which leads to the art of deception.
For example, over the past two months, the issue of homosexuality and the “transgender” lifestyle has surfaced more so than ever. Not only is it legal in the United States and 20 other countries for homosexuals to marry, but such a lifestyle has now become embraced. Even those who are publicly stating their “transformation” from the gender they were born as to identifying as another has become acceptable by many in society today. Bruce Jenner became the shining example of what distortion truly looks like.
Jenner became the champion for those who were and are “transgender” because he supposedly represents someone who spoke out with the objective to be embraced for his lifestyle. However, even in doing so, Jenner like others are showing what a life looks like when it is distorted. Many (even Christians) are afraid to speak out against such sins, but the damage that is caused to the individual and to our society becomes more evident as time goes forward.
Both homosexuality and identifying as a different gender are examples of distortion because it was never God’s original design. When you look back at Genesis 1:27, it says that “male and female he created them.” That is because from the very beginning, God had a plan in place and it was designed as He created it to be. However, when sin was introduced into the world, the brokenness and distortion was a product of the original sin.
Satan desires to distort and destroy anything that God creates. Going back to the issue of homosexuality and being “transgender”, these are two cases of massive distortion. The enemy knows that if he can get the majority to buy into such deception, then it will corrupt future generations. What occurs when you have two individuals of the same-sex who adopt and raise children? You end up with a broken view of the original family structure. Basically, the child or children involved, no longer have the balance of a mother and a father. There are certain traits that will be missing when there is a lack of balance. Satan knows this, which is why he promotes such a deviation from God’s original plan.
As a result, you have a degradation of the original family structure, which creates confusion and identity issues. Even as it relates to those who want to “change their gender“, there is a confusion that comes with it. Satan knows that when people choose to rebel against God and sin becomes acceptable, negative consequences are the result. When you look at Adam & Eve, they lost their original inheritance because of their rebellion.
Many today are losing their inheritance which is that of life everlasting and joy in abundance. The majority within our global society are now redefining various aspects of life which only God can define, which means that in humanity’s rebellion, God is not pleased. As a result, God leaves every nation that rejects His ruling to the decadence and societal devolution which causes hardship and turmoil.
However, with all of that being the reality, there is great news. Jesus Christ is the remedy and the only one who can mend the brokenness and distortion that sin causes. Although Adam & Eve’s sin caused the original distortion, Jesus Christ came so that you and I could live a life free from sin. The hysteria that sin causes can be altered when you and I come to Jesus Christ. Do you know Jesus as your Lord & Savior?
If not, then the original image of God cannot be made manifest as long as you are in rebellion against God. Jesus Christ bled and died for you so that the image of God could be reclaimed in your life. God wishes that every human come to the knowledge and experience of His great love. However, the choice is up to you to choose Christ. Allow God to mend the brokenness and straighten the distortion that is within your life. Only Jesus Christ can start the process to a road of recovery. Take an opportunity and accept the gift of eternal life.