Cinerama — a blending of the words cinema and panorama — first hit theatre screens in 1952. The process employed three interlocked cameras set at 48 degrees to each other in an arc with each camera photographing one third of the image. The resulting images were then projected by three similarly arranged projectors onto a 148 degree arced screen. The debut film was “This is Cinerama.” Here’s a link to its trailer.
As you can imagine, when movies filmed for Cinerama were cropped or compressed to be shown on smaller screens or television, much of the viewing experience and information was lost or distorted. Not many people have a viewing room with three projectors and a 148 degree arced screen!
When we set our selves to view God within the boundaries of our own self-determined frame, we fail miserably to really see Him.
The shocking truth is that God is in fact a very real, self-determining Entity! He needs no help from us to define or defend Him. He laughs when we try to put a frame around Him. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” God asks through Jeremiah (Jer. 23:24). In his prayer at the dedication of the temple Solomon acknowledged “But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!” (1 Kings 8:27).
“If you really want to meet Jesus,” Elder Don entreated us, “Throw away the box you made for him!”
God is infinitely bigger than a 148 degree arced screen! He is not limited to time, space, or human comprehension.
God cannot be framed!
To hear Elder Don’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Oct. 6 message.