THERE IS A DISTINCTION BETWEEN appearance and reality, between what seems to be real and what really is real. In the realm of everyday physical objects, for example, we regularly make assumptions about things that, upon closer inspection, are shown to be less certain. For example, we might describe a billiard ball as having a certain color or a smooth texture, but if we look through a microscope at the ball, we would see irregularities in the surface and variations in color. The ball, as we initially perceived it, does not match the new information we obtained after we've taken a closer look. Wisdom bears in mind the distinction between seeming and reality, and thereby avoids quick judgments.
How we choose to see often says more about us than it does the thing we're looking at. To those without faith in its words, the Scriptures appear as the product of a human hand, devoid of any special sanctity, and fully explainable using a set of "natural" assumptions. But to those whose eyes are "uncovered," the words of Scripture are full of glorious wonders about the unseen world. The veil is pulled back and we are given a glimpse of reality and truth.