- Religion and Philosophy
Darkness And Light - Two Sides Of The Same Coin?
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:3-5 (K.J.V.)
Darkness and light are always placed together even though they are opposite. Some see darkness and light as two sides of the same coin. They believe that though they are different, like heads and tails on a coin, they are still two parts of one whole, like heads and tails on a coin. This suggests that darkness and light balance each other, that they have the same power and that one does not have dominion over the other. But is this true?
Getting Used To The Dark by Vance Havner
The audio of the video above may be a bit distorted but please give it a chance, it is a valuable teaching.
Darkness is often associated with fear. Perhaps this is because evil things can happen in the dark and no one can witness it. What you cannot see, you cannot be sure of right? Darkness also is associated with the state of ignorance because, again, not being able to see all that is around you means that you cannot know about all that is around you. It is also known to be a good hiding place and so secrets are often associated with darkness as well. It is a known fact that when a place is in darkness, it is cooler than when it is light.
Some people hate the dark but others love it. Mankind, on a whole, has gotten used to the dark. And though the light is something that is needed, people tend to feel more relaxed in the dark.
Light, when it is present, shows everything. Nothing is hidden in the light. This is what makes light and dark so completely opposite. One can say that light brings clarity or one can say that light brings truth. Sometimes light can be glaring and hurt our eyes. It is bright and it glows and it brings warmth. It is actually proven that when in the presence of light, dark colors can cause one to be hotter than usual, this is because dark colors attract heat. It would appear that light seems to burn up darkness in any shape or form when it is present. Light causes actual darkness to flee when it shows itself. Darkness cannot exist when light is present.
What about shadows?
Don't shadows occur when a room is filled with light?
Shadows occur when light is blocked by an image - whether it be a person, animal or thing - the shadow that occurs is behind the image, in effect, "hiding" from the light. Light, therefore, may appear to exist with darkness but they are never in the exact same place at the same time.
Two Sides Of The Same Coin?
Are darkness and light at odds with each other or are they simply contrasts that must exist with each other in order to exist?
I believe that they are at odds with each other and I also believe that they are not equal to each other either. The Bible says, in the book of John that darkness does not comprehend light (John 1:5) therefore if darkness cannot comprehend light then they cannot be related at all can they?
"And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth..." 1 John 1:4-6 (K.J.V.)
God is called light in the Book of 1John. If God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all then that means that light is good and darkness is evil. Good and evil are two opposites just like light and darkness. But I do not believe that they are two sides of the same coin. Can good exist without evil? I believe so. Though some may argue that good shows what evil is, it is quite possible that goodness can bear fruit and indeed will bear better fruit without evil present.
Also, if evil and good and darkness and light were two sides of the same coin then one would have to argue that God is both light and darkness and evil and good. God - the great and Almighty God, the one and only true and living Father, the Creator of Heaven and Earth - is not evil and is not darkness therefore this argument does not hold water.
Yet some do argue that evil and good, and I suppose darkness and light are relative and can be varied from one person to another.
The Book of Isaiah (Chapter 5:20) says concerning this:
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
Darkness Vs Light - Which Will Win?
Darkness and Light do fight with each other but it is proven that darkness is weaker than light because at the hint of a suggestion of light, darkness flees. This is why it is obvious that Light is stronger than darkness and will prevail. When Light, the true Light of the world does face down darkness, there will be nowhere for darkness to run save for the place where light sends it.
Indeed, the Light is preparing the world so that there will be nothing and no one left for it to hide behind.
"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." Revelation 19: 20
"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." Revelation 20: 10 (K.J.V.)