Men Loved Darkness rather than Light, that is Condemnation, Jn 3: 19
Ever since, Satan and his demons consistently engage in perilous
warfare with God using man as his tool. He is diabolic, that is, he
pretends as angle of light while he is not, 2 Cor 11:14. He falsely
assures life while he cannot but lead to death. He inflicts evil,
accuses and slanders the faithful, Zech 3: 1-2, Jd 9. He opposes God
and His people. He is enemy of peace, goodwill, righteousness, mercy,
love, compassion, morality and concord. He is prince of evil, hatred,
dissension and disunity. He is the great adversary, liar and
murderer. He does not stand for truth because no truth in him, Jn 8:
44. He identifies people's weakness and exploits it. He tempted Eve
and succeeded and brought shame, pain, suffering, sickness, death,
decay, and judgment upon mankind. He brought enmity between man and
God. Thus powerful, he claimed ownership of the whole world, Jn 12:
31, Mt 4: 9. He tempted Jesus when He was hungry after 40 days'
fasting but failed. He used Peter to dissuade Jesus from passion and
Jesus rebuked him. Satan entered into Judas' heart to betray Jesus.
He tried to sift Peter like wheat, Lk 22:31. He filled Ananias' heart
with deceit. He tries to remove Word or God from people's heart, Mt
13:19. He is ferocious and like roaring lion devours faithful, 1 Pe
5: 8. He flees away upon resisting, Jas 4: 7. He brought loss and
afflictions upon Job. He often appears before God, gives account of
his activities and challenges God, Job 1:6. He disguises as angel of
light, 2 Cor 11:14.
One who creates, persists and live in rivalry, schism, dissension,
immorality, etc, who is unrighteous, who does not love brother and
who opposes sons of God is devil, 1 Jn 3:10. Jesus meant the same
when he called the Jews the sons of devil, Jn 8:44. After expriy of
time granted, God will subdue and cast Satan and his followers into
eternal fire, Mt 25:41.
Having described the qualities of both angels of God and of devils it
is easy to identify who belong to whom. For, "Tree is known by its
fruits. Good tree bears good fruits and bad tree bears bad fruits. We
cannot gather grapes from thorn-bush or figs from thistles" Mt 7:16-
19. Those who are attracted to and by truth are the ever-glowing
witnesses of truth. Truth does not engage in propaganda to gather
people to its side. Many whose only cherished goal is to destroy by
hook or by crook truth and it's defenders are caught up in falsity.
Despite convincing truth, certain people are determined to their own
perdition to pursue pervasive course and persist in dishonesty to
defeat truth. This is the pitiable plight of moral bankrupts.
Aversion to admit and repent the mistakes, inability to acknowledge
other's goodness, jealousy, ignorance, pride, love of flattery, lust
for authority, deceitful intent, immorality, wickedness, arrogance,
slander, rebellion, etc are dangerous characteristics of Satan. Are
these not rampant in the Church these days?
Truth will be at stake in a society devoid of moral compass and when
deception and selfish vendetta rule the roost of social fabric and
when people of nefarious qualities occupy rank and file. They deny
the truth, distance themselves from light and choose Satan's ways.
What is truth? God is truth and light is God so light is truth.
Pilate asked this question but he did not show patience to seek
reply. Egocentric people deliberately opt to live in darkness and
resist truth for fear of their hidden intentions being exposed. But
truth will resurrect one day when their position will be at risk.
That is the groaning of a decadent society.
Malayalam Pathram dt. Dec. 6, 2000 reported one incident that took
place before 35 years. That sensational news rocked every nook and
corner of Kerala. Mariakutty, a woman was murdered on June 15, 1966
at the wayside of a village called Madatharuvi. Within days police
indicted Fr. Benedict Onamkulam, a Roman Catholic priest as culprit.
Quilon session's court tried him. People passionately read and
discussed the daily proceedings as appeared in the news. The accused
priest was dumb-found throughout the proceedings. Overwhelming
witnesses and evidences went against him. He had no defense. Learned
judge Kunjuramn Vaidiar declared on the basis of evidences adduced
having satisfied beyond reasonable doubts that Fr. Benedict was
guilty of murder, convicted and awarded "death by hanging" sentence.
He appealed to High Court hiring the most famous and highest paid
advocate Charry from Delhi. The High Court found him innocent and
acquitted him. Though the court exonerated him the public never did.
They alleged that influence and money purchased the new verdict only
to shield a priest and to uphold credence of the church. Truly, I too
held that view. Respecting social sentiments, Fr. Benedict withdrew
from active duties, lived despised, discarded and dejected like a
social refuse that made him a wreck. Entertainment industry
capitalized and immortalized the episode into a movie. After so long,
another side of the story unfolded in Dec 2000. Two young men visited
the ailing Fr. Benedict, explained true incident, implored mercy and
absolution. They confessed that their family is torn with tragedies,
mishaps, pestilences and loss because of the curse their father
brought upon them by falsely inflecting Fr. Benedict. They said they
would return to their home only after Fr. Benedict absolved their
father's sin. Now the society is convinced about the innocence of the
priest and he stands truly vindicated and exonerated in the eye of
contd... Part 3
Fr. John. K.K