Finding Truth, Goodness and Beauty
I recently attended a Christian conference for creatives, and the theme of the conference was truth, goodness and beauty. At first, I wondered what each particular virtue had to do with the other. Surely they were independent virtues that have to be learned, not taught?
Yet over the course of the past few days, I have begun to realise that truth is not relative, and goodness can only be found in the places of beauty that we often do not venture into. Indeed, beauty, in all its goodness, is found in the Truth.
For me, I often get lost in the details; and it is good to be reminded once in a while of something greater than ourselves that we can aspire to.
“He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed”.
- Isaiah 53:2-5
Amazingly, in this passage, we see the paradox of beauty, yet the goodness of God’s truth in human form. We see the everlasting divinity wrapped up in humanity, yet in all His goodness, He was condemned, for our sake. Yet somehow, we are made whole, and by his scars, we are healed.
That’s something worth seeking in the midst of life’s journey.