How Much Should You Know About The Power Of Darkness?

" If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness." Matthew 6:23 (K.J.V.)
" If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness." Matthew 6:23 (K.J.V.)

Darkness is all around us. It surrounds us metaphorically and literally. Because the darkness is so dark, it is intriguing and so it is not surprising that many try to find out the secrets of the darkness. Some try to find these secrets so that they can become one with the darkness, while others seek out these secrets so that they can fight darkness. But how much information about what goes on in the darkness is really needed? How much knowledge of the darkness is too much knowledge?



There are many parts of the darkness that I am aware of now and I was not aware of a few years ago. I never sought out information on it but it was introduced to me by other Christians.

I am not speaking about knowledge of hell. That was spoken of by Jesus Christ in the Bible and neither am I speaking of the information the Bible gives on demons, sorcery, necromancy and witchcraft. All of the Bible states that these are against God and that they are not and never will be a part of His kingdom.


I am speaking about the information about such things as the occult outside of the Bible. The disturbing details about the evil that dwells within the darkness. Admittedly, when I first heard it, it fascinated me and I felt a slight thrill of danger at the mad chaos that wicked was working. I heard about the Illuminati and about the Freemasons. I heard about Hellywood and about aliens. Everywhere I turned it would seem that people were prepared to tell me about all that they knew about these things and about the people who practiced these things. I still hear them today. These details seem to fascinate and intrigue people so much that it causes them to become obsessed with trying to find out if it is true. There are many who are introduced to these details who slowly but surely become obsessed with trying to find out what is true and what is not. Who are shocked at the depravity of man and yet not shocked enough to stay away. Somehow, when people hear about a wicked deed or an evil plot, it seems that it causes them to want to hear about other wicked deeds and evil plots and so their for the rest of their lives they search every dark place, under every rock in order to see the squirming wreck of sin that resides there instead of looking up and preparing for the coming of the Lord.



Ear Gate And Eye Gate - A Lesson From John Bunyan.

When I read John Bunyan's 'Holy War,' I read about Ear Gate and Eye Gate. These were the two main gates that were the entrance into the city known as Mansoul just as our ears and eyes are ways to our soul. Much of the information that we receive comes from our eyes and our ears. What we open our ears to can either strengthen or weaken our borders and what we open our eyes to can either strengthen or weaken our borders.

John Bunyan also mentioned these senses in The Pilgrim's Progress. Christian, when he realizes that the words of this world can plant seeds of doubt into his heart, blocks his ears and runs forward toward the Wicket Gate and the Celestial City crying, "Life! Life! Eternal Life!"

Seeking Details Of Darkness Can Take Away From Seeking The Kingdom Of God.


Paul the Apostle, in his epistle to the Ephesians, wrote:

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret." Ephesians 5:11-12 (K.J.V.)

It is easy to convince yourself that by finding out about the evil deeds that go on beneath the blanket of darkness you will become better equipped to fight those acts. But when you search for these details, the details that dwell in the darkness, it is like a man who leans over a deep pit, trying to see the end of it, with just a rope tied to his waist that may or may not prevent him from falling in. If the rope is not secured properly, and he leans in too much, he will fall into the deep pit.

Suppose the rope is secured properly? Well, where there are deep and dark places, there are rats aren't they? And don't rats gnaw at things? Things like rope? If they gnaw at the rope, then the rope gives away and down the man goes into the pit.

It is easy to think that you are in control of what you are doing and sometimes the amount of information you find, the many details that others do not know act like an elixir of sorts. You begin to feel giddy with your new found knowledge and you continue to educate yourself on these matters, convincing yourself that the information that you learn will help Christians everywhere. It will help them to know what they are up against ( you think) and it will encourage them to witness more. That, my friend, is simply one thing. Ego. Everything that the Christian needs is in the Bible. All that we are up against is in there, all encouragement we need is in there, the truth of the power of the light is in there and the promise of the victory is there as well. For Jesus Christ is written of in the Bible and He is the First and the Last. There is nothing hid from Him and He is on the throne.


And what about the instruction of Jesus Christ who is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords and the Judge of all the earth?

"But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness..." Matthew 6:33 (K.J.V.)

If someone is constantly seeking to find out the truth of the connections of all of the things in the darkness of the powers and capabilities of those who walk in that way, if someone is constantly trying to find the knowledge of their knowledge and to know what they know, then when will they find the time to know God? When will they find the time to find the Kingdom of God and His righteousness? Will they not know more about the details of he darkness than they do about the details of the light?




How Much Should I Know? Should I Turn A Blind Eye?

Admittedly, we live in the world and the world is filled with darkness. It is everywhere and very hard to avoid. Undoubtedly, there will be some details of the darkness that we will be exposed to. Still, when we hear it, or see it, we should be careful not to seek it out after the fact. Instead, we should go to the word of God and take comfort there. What man when faced with the bitter, cold stormy night, does not hurry home and shut the door behind him and warm himself by the fire? Or which man goes out into the night without a lamp to light his path and to guide him away from the precipice?


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

WOW, Northwind, this is excellent and chilling at the same time!!! Yes, there is nothing that surprises or shocks our Lord. He is the light, and light and darkness cannot occupy the same space. We must be careful of what we invite into our minds because it will come in for sure, that darkness. Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

This is a very interesting hub, but I am going to have to come back and comment a little bit later. The video is interesting, and not finished yet.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi Faith Reaper,

Thanks for reading and voting up. Keeping our eyes upon Jesus Christ is the sure way of walking on the straight and narrow without stumbling and even if we stumble, He will still be in sight.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi Michele,

Thank you for reading. The video is a representation of the book called The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. It is considered to be a Christian Literary Classic. The book itself is one that I recommend to all who want to know Christ because it portrays a Christian's life and what it entails in an allegorical way. I am humbled that you would take the time to watch the video and that you always take the time to read carefully.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You have certainly painted a great picture on this hub of the depths of darkness and it's pull. Also have shown us that light is what keeps it from consuming us. Love your thoughts on this one!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

We must be careful not to investigate too carefully or these things might get a grip on us. Many people have succumbed to them. If we do not want it inside us, we should never put it in front of us. I agree with what you said in the article. Everything we need to know is in the Bible.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Thank you for letting me take my time. It was very good. It is true, sometimes it is hard to take the small path, we can be fooled or mislead by others. Lied to, or our problems are too hard. Sometimes we are covered in darkness and cannot see the light. Thank you very much for this hub. One thing I truly love about you, is that you teach me a lot.

One more thing I would like to mention in Pilgrims Promise the book in his hand is the bible.

Voted up!


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rjbatty 4 years ago from Irvine

To paraphrase Carl Jung: Be careful about staring too long into the darkness for it too is staring into you.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi teaches12345,

Thanks for reading. Staying in the light will keep the darkness from consuming us. That is why we must be careful about how intrigued the darkness makes us.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

I like what you said, 'If we do not want it inside us, we should never put it in front of us.' That is true of a lot of things but I think this is the most important of all.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Michele, I recently listened to a sermon. In it, the preacher was talking about how easy it is to make a wrong turn and be so sure that you are headed in the right direction (literally). He said that it is just like that on the road to hell but just as in real life there are signs that show us where we are going, the Bible has signs that show us which way is the wrong way and which way is the right way.

Yes! That book that Christian was holding was the Bible. I smiled when I first read that line in Bunyan's book because as the old hymn says, 'The Bible stands!'

Thanks so much for the up vote :)


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi rjbatty,

Thanks for that quote. I agree with it. We should look to the light so that we may see the Light and be comforted.


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Caleb DRC 4 years ago

Very good advice, North Wind.

I liked the rat analogy. I'm not much of an expert on rats, but don't they do their gnawing silently and at night when Christians are asleep( not focused on God's Word), then one wakes up and discovers the rope broke.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

That is exactly how I pictured it happening, Caleb DRC. It is uncanny that we got the same picture in our mind. If we fall asleep, the rats will get to chewing. We must keep watch and be vigilant.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

North Wind WOW very intersting. I am so so grateful that the LIGHT puts out the Dark, AMEN. Stay in the light indeed. How one can mess around with dark is chilling. May God help them. North wind keep going I am sure you will Phil 4:17 Thank you for writng such powerful hubs. I pray many are led to your pages my freind in Christ Jesus. Hugs to you your sista.

.Eyes fixed on Jesus, Amen! All Glory to our King of Kings.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi skye2day :)

You are not the only grateful one. Sometimes the darkness can creep up on you. I have seen it happen. Many people are used to the dark and do not even realize that they are there in it.

Thank you for writing your hubs as well, skye2day. I pray the same prayer - that the words written about Him by His followers will glorify His name and convict through the power of the Holy Spirit. That the sweet Balm of Gilead will melt the hearts of stone and reach deeper than the stain has gone.

All glory to the Lord Almighty, the Maker of heave and Earth - King of Kings and Lord of Lords, indeed.


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ginjill ashberry 22 months ago

Well said. I happen to experience what you mentioned first hand. Through reading, watching movies and music. I was led to know in my heart the effect of my denial of reality and search for thrills but I would still do so, because the thrills of darkness took away the knowledge of my misery.

Even so, He who is faithful always leads me back.

Just as food sustains the body, my spirit was deprived, hungry and desperately needy. There was no rest, no peace of mind. Years of insomnia, anxiety and depression.

Now I would have my daily bread : food and the word of God to live by.

And yes, John Bunyan's book is one of the books I keep going back to read.


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North Wind 22 months ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi ginjill asberry,

God is faithful and just.

I am glad that He led you back to Him.


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Romeos Quill 18 months ago from Lincolnshire, England

A useful foray into this topic North Winds and pleased to make your acquaintance on HP through your writings.

The first passage that leapt out was the one you have graciously quoted; viz:-

King James Bible

"... And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.... " ( Ephesians 5:11 ).

Another verse that springs to mind is in the Gospel according to John:-

King James Bible

"...And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not...." ( John 1:5 ).

Like a black hole it does seem to hold a fascination for many, attracting with an almost magnetic force, taking more than it gives.

Remember reading ' A pilgrim's Progress ' and ' Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners ' by preacher John Bunyan of Bedford many years ago; fascinating and insightful for those doing the walk of life.

Look forward to reading more of your work in due course.

Have a great weekend and thank you;

R.Q.


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Romeos Quill 18 months ago from Lincolnshire, England

P.S. I only quoted Ephesians 5:11, whereas you have quoted Ephesians 5:11, 12, just to clarify in case folk may think a verse was missed on purpose.

I will add verse twelve here:-

King James Bible

"... For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret..."( Ephesians Chapter 5, Verse 12 ).

Cheers;

R.Q.

R.Q.


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Romeos Quill 18 months ago from Lincolnshire, England

P.P.S. ' North Wind ', not ' North Winds '; hate getting people's name wrong. Think I need a bigger keypad or smaller fingers :)

God bless us all;

R.Q.


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North Wind 18 months ago from The World (for now) Author

Thank you for reading, Romeos Quill,

I enjoyed reading your poem very much. I am very glad that Faith Reaper shared! The darkness is very much like a black hole and I would like to stay as far away from it as I can. Verse 12 of Ephesians 5 seals it, I think. Even speaking of those things are a shame.

Thanks again.


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rjbatty 18 months ago from Irvine

Carl Jung warned about looking too long into the darkness. He said something to the effect that while you are looking into the darkness, it is also looking into you.

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