Perception may not be everything, but impressions create an expanded version of the way something seems, making it seem real, making it seem true. A wrong impression, even with no basis in fact, grows to take on a life and spirit of its own. Try finding the end of that rope!
It’s the same with the human perception of God. We perceive Him on a level we can relate to, that we comprehend mentally. For example, the Bible contains accounts of numerous divine visitations, instances when the Lord or an angel or angels appeared to men and women. Those at the center of the experience usually could not fully grasp it.
That’s because the human experience demands explanation. So how do you explain the Lord’s appearing to you? When man in his humanity interprets the divine, the explanation and perception are likely something inferior.
Similarly, people judge others according to what they personally would do under the same circumstances or what they think they know about the facts in the situation, even taking liberty to change or add to those facts. It’s their perception.
And they judge spiritual matters, even God, in the same way—on their level, within their experience, limited by mindset and lifestyle, filtered by the mind; they interpret by their intellect despite being limited factually about the heart of the matter or heart issues involved.
Since mankind is like this, the Lord says to us abstain from every form of evil, even the appearance of evil. While it is true that God knows the heart and a relationship with Him is totally a heart matter, on the outside, among those around you, the human condition trusts in and takes its queue from appearances rather than true heart issues involved.
Abstain from every form of evil – even the appearance of evil.
Matthew 28:1-7 | Ezekiel 40:1-4 | Verses@Once