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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” has been the response for as long as I can remember when someone disagrees with what is “beautiful”. Art, music, poetry, or architecture, all of them have had their critics and fans. It is therefore at least fair to question if this is true? Is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder? I would say no. It cannot be. There must be things that are truly beautiful and those that are truly hideous. How do we determine what is counted as “beauty”? It must have 3 things.
1. It must be true
2. It must be good
3. It must be beautiful
Then who defines what is beautiful? In short, God does. God is the only one who sees absolute truth thus He is not affected by sin or passions. When we are seeing through the lens of faith in Christ, then we can see what is beautiful because we may be able to perceive it how God does. We don’t see something exactly as God does, because no one can, but we don’t have to understand something 100% to know it is true.
This is why art that is vulgar or beautiful is what it is. That which is beautiful will remind us of God. That which is vulgar will detract from God and remind us of that which we are to be aligned against.