Guest Post: D.T. Osborn “Losing Beauty in the 21st Century” Part II : What is True Beauty? -- True Beauty is Eternal

Guest Post: D.T. Osborn “Losing Beauty in the 21st Century” Part II : What is True Beauty? -- True Beauty is Eternal

Here special guest contributor D. T. Osborn of continues his “Losing Beauty in the 21st Century” series -- you can find part I here -- by explaining how true beauty is both permanent and eternal.


In the Bible Peter describes the beauty that God values as “imperishable” because true beauty is eternal -- and permanent -- in character. In this and other qualities, Godly beauty differs considerably from ordinary human definitions of beauty.  

For instance eternal, transcendent, Godly beauty can only be expressed from the spirit under divine guidance.

Further this true and enduring beauty of the spirit is encapsulated by the expressing honorable characteristics like courage, devotion, love, selflessness, purity of heart, and honesty.

To see this kind of beauty the “eye of the beholder” must pierce beneath the surface of the skin. It must be able to gaze upon the spirit and directly into the heart. Only divine empowerment and spiritual reflection can help us perceive this type of Godly beauty. This is what Christianity has being helping us do for more than 2,000 years -- and for this reason Christianity is just as important today as it always has been.

A well known attempt to express true and eternal beauty is Michelangelo’s the painting of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. This incredible masterpiece depicts the panorama of biblical history from the Creation to the Last Judgment.

Now there are many images in the huge painting that are not immediately pleasing to the eye. Demons as well as angels copiously populate the vast work. However eternal beauty dominates the work and
the glorious of the triumph of good over evil resonates so deeply within the viewer's soul that even the “demonic” aspects can be forgiven. And this is the true nature of God’s work -- even sinners can repent and accept the glory of the Almighty’s unconditional love.