What I have been learning is that sometimes we get so focused on one thing that we see as true that we become blind or unwilling to accept something else that is true because it doesn’t look like it fits or complements our preferred perspective on what is true.
The power of the above illustration to me is that it shows us how two things that seem impossible to be true can be true at the same time once the whole truth is known. In this case this object can look like a square and a circle at the same time. But the reality is that the object is neither a square nor a circle, but a cylinder. What you see depends on how you look at it (or in the illustration’s case whether you look at the cylinder or at one of its reflections).
For instance God is depicted in the Bible as being wrathful (Psalms 7:11, NIV, God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day) and gracious (Psalms 86:15, NIV, But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness). Both are true. How can that possibly be? They are both true because the truth is God is love.
A person that does not care about what is unloving, evil, hateful, or destructive cannot possibly be loving. In the same way a person that is not moved to compassion, mercy, and grace when he sees pain and suffering cannot be loving either. The truth is that because God is love, God must be angry when He sees unloving, uncaring, and evil behavior. The truth is because God is love He desires to be gracious, merciful, and compassionate towards those who experience unloving, uncaring, and evil behavior.
What else could you use this for? I have a feeling there are a lot of ways this might be helpful. What do you think?