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Has the Truth Been Photoshopped?

_DSC3665-Edit [1]There is a word in the world today that has become synonymous with deception, illusion, and fantasy, the word is “photoshopped.”

The Urban Dictionary


1 photoshopped

1: Used to describe something that is fake. Can be a person, thing or act.
2: An image that has literally been drawn or edited with the program Adobe Photoshop

It is not unusual to hear someone ask about a picture, “Has that been photoshopped? Good photographers and illustrators know how to trick the mind into believing something that is not true, and do it in such a way that we are left feeling satisfied that we have perceived something correctly and that our veraciousness has not been assaulted.

The whole idea of marketing is built on nothing less than “perception;” after all, if we believe something to be true doesn’t that make it true? Well, that is certainly the truth in today’s world! But, truth and perception are incongruent, they cannot be used together, unless, of course, we have been deceived. If you say something is white, and I say it is black, we may both be wrong or one of us right and the other wrong, but we cannot both be right.

I saw a picture the other day of an actor in some movie and I looked at his picture which was set up in what is called in photographic parlance a, short lighting scheme, which resulted in this person having strong facial contours with dramatic effects emphasizing highlights and deep shadows, and I wondered if he really looked like that in-person.

Light is everything in photography; there has never been a photograph where “light” has not been the key factor. Light used in the right way can reveal truth; used in a different or wrong way can deceive and trick.

I had some time on my hands the other day so I wanted to do a self-portrait. I’m 65 years old so I have a few wrinkles and look a little weathered and I wondered what the light would do for me. I wanted to manipulate the appearance to project a tough but gentle look of one who has a history of overcoming a life filled with hard times. I set the stage and set the light, and took the picture; actually I took about twenty pictures till I got one that was close to what I wanted. After looking at the file I knew it needed something more; it needed to be “photoshopped.” I thinned the face and burnt in the wrinkles to make them stand out; I cropped the forehead and chin slightly and tilted the head a little to the right. Then I brightened the catchlights in the eyes and dodged the whiskers to lighten them, and last of all I ditched the color. After finishing the picture I stood back and examined it. I asked myself, “Is this who I am?” The answer to that question is “NO,” this is not who I am; it is all perception; the truth had been “photoshopped” out of the picture and the imposture remained.

Why am I saying all of this? What is my point? My point is that not only is the light everything in photography, it is everything in Christianity. We have been deceived and we have only a perceived idea of truth today, a truth that has been photoshopped. The Light has been manipulated to make it appear to be something it is not.

“Today not only in philosophy but in politics, government, and individual morality, our generation sees solutions in terms of synthesis and not absolutes. When this happens, truth, as people have always thought of truth, has died.” ~ Francis Schaeffer

Someone who understands Adobe Photoshop can many times pick out the tale-tale signs of a fake, and if you look closely at the picture above the signs are there; that picture is not who I am; it is a trick, a scam, a deception, it is a fraud perpetrated to try and control how you understand a thing, how you feel, and to elicit a certain kind of reaction.

Am I alone in this deceit? NO! the whole world is in on the scam, mostly unconscientiously, but it is true nonetheless. Why do you dress the way you do? Why do you wear that certain kind of perfume? Why do you drive an expensive car when a cheaper one would accomplish the goal of transportation? Why do we do most of the things we do? Aren’t we trying to get a certain kind of reaction. Because we do this in our life as a seemingly natural thing we conclude that we can do it with our approach to The Word of God. It is natural to want to force pure truth to conform to our perception of the truth.

There are many amateurs who use Photoshop with the results that their work looks, well, “photoshopped;” but there are others whose talent is nearly imperceptible and their deception hid under layers of, what they call, non-destructive adjustments. But, those same people will readily tell you that that is not exactly true. Every time and adjustment is made to the file there is damage done, maybe less than that of the amateur, but still some damage is done. Of course the longer one has used such methods the more proficient they become, and then they become teachers of the less skilled. After many years truth becomes only a relative term. Truth becomes perceived truth, generational truth, cultural truth, but not THE truth. Perceived truth is only another word for a lie, said in such a way as to not impinge upon a fragile modern day conscience.

Take two thousand years of truth, with the effects of photoshopping showing up from the very beginning, and project it into the twenty-first century and what do you think it would look like? The effect would be that truth would have become the exact opposite of what it originally meant. We know that is the case because we have the original negative and we can look at it and see the difference; and it is nowhere close. The truth has become a lie, just as Christ predicted it would. It is easy to see and it is easy to solve, if we will just believe the author of the original picture, that it does not represent His view point. This picture of me is a lie, it is not me, and how do I know, because I was there when it happened; the person behind the picture say so.

Some people will look at my picture and say it looks like me; my own sister said she could see my father in the picture, if only I would smile a little. Don’t you see? That is the power of deception; there is a similarity, enough to make the deception work. No one would believe the trick if I put up a picture of someone else. The whole idea of the ruse is to fly under the radar of detection.

Two thousand years of minor manipulations have finally presented us with a Christ who ends up being more like the Devil than the Son of God. How can that be? Photoshop my friend; the truth has been photoshopped by none other than the one who is the adversary of the Truth, and we have been deceived.

The only way to know if the picture of me really represents who I am is to really know me personally. Anyone who knows me will see that I have fabricated an illusion to force people to view me in a certain way, or they will think I have fallen ill.

If we are to discover the truth about Christ we must decide to know the truth and to accept the true testimony of the Man Himself. The problem is that we have been trained for many, many, years to look straight past what Christ says and let our eyes and ears land on the photoshopped version of truth, and discount Christ’s truthful words for a man or a commentary explaining what Christ meant. Scripture repeatedly declares, over a hundred times, that the things that are written, were written, so we would know the truth.

Matthew 9:6-8 – But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

Psalm 43:3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!

Matthew 22:16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.

John 8:31-32 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 17:8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. (Jesus speaking)

Psalm 15:1-2 O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;

2 Corinthians 4:4  In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Nothing photoshopped, no man, no commentary, only the original, unadulterated words of Truth. Believe them.

Steve Blackwell