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How Much Should You Know About The Power Of Darkness?
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?
- Darkness And Light - Two Sides Of The Same Coin?
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