Christianity Today had a recent(not very good in my opinion) article called A Holy Longing, about beauty. The ordinary dictionary definition of beauty is “The quality that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is associated with such properties as harmony of form or color, excellence of artistry, truthfulness, and originality.”

Truthfulness. Beauty is associated with truth? Of course there’s Keats’ famous quote “Beauty is truth, truth beauty”, but I was under the impression that in our modern world this had been pretty generally disavowed, and I myself never quite agreed with it. But reading this definition, it struck me as(forgive the pun) quite beautiful. Beauty is truthfulness. The truthfulness of the Gospel, God’s truthfulness to us, His promises, how the Bible is inherently and necessarily truthful because it’s the Word of God and God, by his nature, cannot lie.  God doesn’t summarily endow or declare that his Words or promises(i.e. the Bible) are true. Rather they simply are true, are made true, by who He is. And that is a beautiful thing.