The beginning of the story starts with a question I have been asking myself over the years: “And what about God?”
I often wonder how God is seeing me, seeing us, seeing the world. I often cry out to Him, asking, “Why, God? Why is there so much pain and suffering everywhere on this beautiful planet? Why is there so much injustice, poverty and violence?”
Do you have the feeling, as I and many others do, that something ominous is about to happen and that we are only seeing the beginning of a momentous transformation? It seems with each day the world is spiralling down into greater chaos, deception and destruction. I know a lot of us choose to look at the positive and ignore the increasingly rapid deterioration of our civilization, but refusing to see that anything serious is happening, denying that we, as a human race, are in deep trouble is not going to change it, resolve it, or make it go away. No, in fact, denying is not seeing, and if we don’t see, we are blind and hopeless to change anything.
Because of my willingness to honestly acknowledge and recognize the darkness pervading our world, I have been more readily able to recognize this darkness is also within myself. I realized I can only change anything in the world or within myself when I am fully aware of what is truly happening.
I have heard many times people saying “The dark only exists when you believe in it. If you believe in the devil, in darkness, you are giving it power but if you focus on the light, the dark has no place to be.” I tried that belief on, wearing it for some time, but darkness was still here. This belief crippled my ability to discriminate evil from good. Is not believing in darkness preventing darkness from manifesting? Is the world such a paradise that there is no darkness to be seen anywhere? How can anyone believe this?
Lucifer is the father of lies, and he has been working out his best lies for centuries, in anticipation of the showdown that we are about to experience in these end time. Satan’s greatest deception is to convince us that he doesn’t exist. It is true evil is a manifestation of our own sinful inclinations but unfortunately, evil is far, far more than that.
Despite what a lot of people think, there really is a Devil. He really hates you, and he is doing everything in his power to destroy you trying to get you to stay away from the pure light of the Word. This is why the truth will always be hard to see, and hard to understand.
It is only through faith in our Lord and Savior and the direction of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God that we have any hope of escaping the deceptive work of Satan. He is a true artist at deception. No one and nothing is better at deceiving you, than Satan.
Just as everything that the Bible says about God is true, so is what the Bible says about Satan. And, Satan wishes to destroy and defile everything that is good and precious.
How hard it is to get our head around the idea of something or someone so evil, well it is for me anyway and even the most remote paradisiacal Pacific island has murder, thief, violence, greed, etc.
In my twenties I lived on Boraccai, a remote Philippines paradise island, for five months. I was living in a bamboo hut on the beach with no electricity, no running water or any modern amenities. Life was so gentle and simple, I felt surely I had found the garden of Eden. One morning I heard that a man had been murdered the previous night. There had been some drinking and a fight with knife broke out. I was deeply shaken to the core, as was most of the tiny population of the island. My innocent naivety that the world is a safe place was completely shattered. In that one moment I become aware of the pervading presence of the dark.
“The light” is such a broad, impersonal concept when it is not mentioned as an attribute of God. In fact, many of us embrace the concept of “the light” standing all by itself as a sovereign, impersonal, beneficial force that is replacing the Name of God. Few people know the dark is quite capable and is a master at parading and appearing as the “light”.
“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light. 15 It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 corinthians 11:13
There is the assumption prevalent in New-Age circles that the light needs the presence of the dark to exist. We are told that within the fabric of the universe there is built in an eternal polarity that makes the light of God not being able to exist without the darkness of Lucifer. This is a clever but absurd concept invented, of course, by the dark to deceive people into accepting Lucifer as a legitimate, purposeful and even beneficial force. The Chinese representation of Yin and Yang has elevated this fallen polarization of Light and dark into an absolute Divine attribute.
The great paradox is this: that Lucifer is, indeed, purposeful, not as an independent sovereign entity but as a force that God uses for His own plan.
Satan is allowed to exist by God for His Sovereign purpose and actually needs God’s approval and permission to continue to exist. On the other hand, God obviously exists outside of this fallen, polarized world and has no need whatsoever of anything or anybody outside of Himself. There is no darkness in the Kingdom of God, not even anything that remotely resemble darkness. And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5
If there is no darkness in the Kingdom of God, then surely this planet, which has been corrupted with darkness since the beginning of time, is not the Kingdom of God. Jesus confirmed that fact by saying: My kingdom is not of this world: John 18:36
Of course this doesn’t mean God is not present or removed from His creation but I wondered why God allows darkness to be here.
Please be patient with me as I attempt to offer my understanding based on the fruit of my life experiences and the teachings found in the bible.