As I begin writing this article, I see a patch of cobalt blue streaking across my beige carpet. But I'm not planning to attack it with cleaning solution. I know what I see is produced by a stained-glass window through which the morning sun is casting its rays. When the blue streak does go away, as it will when the earth changes its position, the carpet will be untouched. It will be as if the streak had never been.
Because we know better, every day we are able to walk past any number of illusions such as this without giving them a second thought. We might ask ourselves, If I were to understand more of the laws that actually govern the universe, how many more things that I now accept as fact would be proved to be illusion? If we understood the true nature of reality, would sin, disease, death, limitation, accident, natural disaster, be exposed as illusion, incapable of affecting us or anyone else?
That takes a stretch of the imagination, you might say. But perhaps this is because we have not yet universally accepted the premise that Christ Jesus presented: the kingdom of heaven is right at hand; God's kingdom is come.