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Metaphor: The Indivisibility of Visible and Invisible

By on June 6, 2009

We live in an intricate web of relationships that comprises the visible and the invisible, and so we need words that at one and the same time designate what is immediate to us via our senses and also immediate to us by faith. Ours is the world of dirt and stone, roads and houses, lilies and leopards, Saturn and San Diego, cradles and coffins, and simultaeously the world of sin and forgiveness, patience and persistence, holiness and evil, faith, hope, and love, of which the greatest is love. These are not two worlds that co-exist; the two worlds are the same world. The two aspects are indivisible. Metaphor is language that in a single word conveys the indivisibility of visible and invisible, of seen and unseen, of heaven and earth.

Eugene Peterson, The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways that Jesus is the Way. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2007) pp. 24-25.

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