Darkness and Light

Neil Girrard

Jesus said, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”

This is a statement of one of Jesus’ purposes in coming as the exact and perfect expression of the nature of the Father – to bring light into the world and to bring His true followers out of the darkness of this world. Those who remain in darkness are fighting against the will and purpose of God – no matter how many religious credentials they have and no matter how many “Christian” religious rites and traditions they participate in.

Darkness and religion (even in the name of Christ and God) go together as easily as darkness and philosophy or darkness and science. None of these are mutually exclusive of one another. Darkness is practiced anywhere light is avoided. Jesus is the light – but this light is not confined to the facts of “the gospel” (as it is often “preached”) nor is that light contained primarily within the buildings men most often call “churches.” The Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of goodness, truth, life, beauty and light that touches us all at every one of the moments of decision we all face everyday. The tug within our hearts to do that which is right and good and true (though not sufficient in themselves to win us eternal salvation) is the wooing of the Spirit of God and Christ. Thus it still remains true that pure and undefiled religion in the eyes of God is to take care of the orphans and widows and the least of Christ’s brothers in their troubles and to keep oneself clean from the contaminations (darkness) of this world.

What are these contaminants of darkness?

The purpose of Christ remains – He came so that those who follow Him would not remain in darkness.

Let he who has ears hear.

John 12:46
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