As the rings found inside a large tree that start from the outer parameter and progress inward toward the heart of the tree, so likewise in the Bible are God's truths layered like the rings in a tree—starting at the verses and progressing inward toward the heart and mind of God. Applying this parallelism, Christendom's progress in understanding God's truths would be analogous to having only removed the bark.
"I believe the hour has come when God is initiating another major recovery [of truth]. This time it is not just a truth, but the restoration of something so imperative that it will give the ultimate perspective to all truth. Is it possible the Church is unable to fully appreciate or interpret the truth she has, simply because her perspective is wrong?"
- DeVern F. Fromke
The true journey consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes. —Proust