Now here’s finally scientific evidence showing that what you behold, you become.
In one way, that’s why many long-married couples do look somewhat alike.
In another way, that’s also why fans dress like their idols, mimic their behaviors, and continue to lose who they really are and become exact replicas of their idols. As the Psalmist said in Psalm 115:4-8:
“But their idols are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
noses, but cannot smell.
They have hands, but cannot feel,
feet, but cannot walk,
nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.”
The Scriptures tell us that when we behold idols, we become like them–dehumanized and lifeless. But when we behold Jesus, the archetype of the new humanity, we will become increasingly like Him (2 Cor 3:18) and more and more “truly human”. Beholding Jesus restores our humanity. Beholding anything else takes away our humanity.
In The Lord of the Rings, Gollum’s obsession with the Ring actually caused changes in his physical appearances, uglified him, and drove him to insanity.
What are you currently beholding in your life? Take a good look at the mirror and you’ll probably know.