The Light that Cannot Be Extinguished

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His tiny face sucked in that first draught of bitter, chilled air into his lungs, and the babe entered into the life of a dark world with one purpose for his existence–to bear the injustice and to shine as the one true Light in a very, very dark world.

 

 

(Liz Lemon Swindle, “Be It Unto Me”)

Atheist John Gray makes an interesting observation on the evil and suffering we experience: “In comparison with the Genesis myth, the modern myth in which humanity is marching to a better future is mere superstition. As the Genesis story teaches, knowledge cannot save us from ourselves. If we know more than before, it means only that we have greater scope to enact our fantasies. …The message of Genesis is that in the most vital areas of human life there can be no progress, only an unending struggle with our own nature.”

But, that is not true.
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The power of darkness cannot overcome the Light of the World who has come to release us from the dominion of the soul’s midnight.  There is no darkness in His Light.

“You surely realize that even in the presence of color
Sight will see nothing, and the colors will remain unseen,
Unless one further thing joins them…”

What thing do you mean?”

“The thing you call light.”

-PLATO , The Republic

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“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord shines over you.
For look, darkness covers the earth,
and total darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will shine over you,
and His glory will appear over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your radiance. …
Your sun will no longer set,
and your moon will not fade;
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and the days of your sorrow will be over.
Then all your people will be righteous;
they will possess the land forever;
they are the branch I planted,
the work of My hands,
so that I may be glorified.”
(Is. 60:1-3, 20-21)

Darkness Without Light

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Exactly, why are we here?

We live in a world of frenetic bustle attempting to achieve relentless goals, but, for a moment, these snapshots of conflict give pause and remind us of our humanity and the soul wounds of war.  Every story matters. I believe each life has been given a certain number of days, and that each life has meaning and purpose. Without purpose, destiny is meaningless. I wonder if the struggle to find meaning in the darkness of injustice doesn’t show more clearly the need for light in the world. C. S. Lewis said, “If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”  Our hearts beg for illumination in the darkness.

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Darkness without light leaves no room for hope.
  Jesus, however speaks boldly, saying,
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  The Holy Scriptures say this of Christ, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  Only the flooding light of the Son of God can drown the darkness. He is the Sun of Righteousness dawning over the night of the soul.  If the claims of Jesus are not true, then we have no hope.  But, God actually offers a bigger and better hope.  God has not only offered light shining in the darkness, but He has prepared an eternal home, a new earth, where there will be no more angry blackness and bleeding soul wounds.

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. …And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”  (Revelation 21:23, 22:5).

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