To Die For – Beauty (Open Forum) – Gospel in Life

To Die For – Beauty (Open Forum)

Tim Keller |  October 25, 1998

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  • Art and Beauty
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Open Forums are specifically designed for skeptics or those wrestling with the claims of Christianity. Each Open Forum included a brief concert by guest artists followed by a talk and open mic Q&A with Timothy Keller. This audio recording includes the talk only.

1. Too Much Importance

Genesis 29 tells us about two sisters, Leah and Rachel. Leah wasn’t as pretty as Rachel, which led to her feeling unloved and rejected. This story reminds us that it’s wrong to think someone’s worth is based on how they look. Society’s focus on beauty is a problem we need to address.

2. Misleading Importance

People often believe that if someone is good looking, they must be a good person. This is not true, and it can lead to wrong judgments about people. Take Columbo, for example. He’s not what you’d call handsome, but he’s really smart. Still, people keep getting confused by looks.

3. Dangerous Importance

Our culture’s obsession with beauty can harm people, especially young women, by setting impossible standards. But as Christians, we see beauty differently. It reminds us of our imperfections and of our desire for heaven. It also encourages us to value what’s inside more than what’s on the outside. Believing in Jesus can help us understand God’s love and our true worth, freeing us from the pressure of trying to meet beauty standards.



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