by James Merritt

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Fresh from the Garden (1 of 3)
Series: 3-D Christmas
James Merritt
Genesis 3:1-15


1. I like to go to the movies, as most of you do, though I don't go to very many. There are certain movies that need to be seen in what is known as 3-D. Everest is one of those movies. Watching the tragic story of the people who died trying to climb that mountain, in 3-D, was literally just like being there. I remember even getting cold sitting in my seat thinking how real it was. That is the 3-D experience.

2. The entire concept of 3-D viewing is very interesting. As you know, we human beings generally come equipped with two eyes and one head. Unlike horses, our eyes are located side-by-side in the very front of our heads and thanks to this proximity each eye takes a view of the same area from a slightly different angle. Each eye picks up visual information that the other doesn't.

3. As each eye captures its own view, the two separate images are sent on to the brain for processing. When those two images arrive simultaneously in the back of the brain, they are united into one picture and the end result is what you are seeing is a 3 dimensional stereo picture.

4. The English word "stereo" actually comes from the Greek word, "stereos" which means, "firm" or "solid." In other words, with stereovision you see an object the way it should be seen – in 3 spacial dimensions (width, height, and depth). It is this added perception of the depth dimension that makes 3-D viewing and stereovision so very special.

5. Today, we are beginning a series that we are calling, "3-D Christmas." I am absolutely convinced that the vast majority of this world doesn't really see Christmas in its full dimension and doesn't really fully understand what the Christmas story is all about. Let me explain.

6. When we think about Christmas we generally think about two questions: When? and What? In other words, we begin to think about when Christmas is an ...

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