Men Loved Darkness rather than Light, that is Condemnation, Jn 3: 19
- Men Loved Darkness rather than Light, that is Condemnation, Jn 3: 19
"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the
world, men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were
evil," John 3:19.
We need hardly emphasis how essential is light for sustenance and
growth of life. Light is agent of heat and energy, which is basis of
existence and center of all activities. Life exists because light
exists. Nothing else is more adorable, attractive, conducive or
pleasant than light to human mind. We need light to enjoy the awe and
wonder of creation, heart rendering and endless horizon, splendor of
colors, flowers, evergreen mountains, streams and pasturelands,
ineffable and inexorable beauty of nature that fascinates and
captivates everyone's imagination and intellect. All living beings
are glad and agile at daybreak. God designed the day for creative
activities and the night for resting from the labors of the day.
Worth of light becomes evident only in the absence of light. Certain
people are afraid to sleep without light! All living beings,
especially human, have inseparably intimate relationship with light.
Light is a reality and darkness is simply the absence of light and
hence unreal and yet, man is afraid and hates it. Man's ineffable
affinity towards light made him consider it superior and worshiped
Sun, Moon, and stars as gods. Man from primordial times learned to
distinguish light from darkness and to relate it to his own qualities
and survival. Man attributed that were life, good, beneficial,
positive, etc to light and death, evil, destruction, etc to darkness.
He deified light and compared it to God and darkness to Satan as
Man also conceived and taught though differently in many ways that
light and darkness are in constant struggle from the beginning with
is Dualism, a dominant philosophy in ancient Near East. Dead Sea
Scrolls extensively deal with struggle between good and evil called
Jihad or holy wars between Sons of light and Sons of darkness which
belief was dearly held by pre-Christian Qumran society. Zoroastrian
literatures, Arabian Nights tales, etc are replete with resplendent
similar narratives. Muslims considered the Crusades in the 13th
century as Jihad.
Judeo-Christians believed that God created light. Light was seen as
embodiment of God-creativity and darkness, opposite of light as
embodiment of Satan-destruction. In the chronology of creation, light
is second only to heaven and earth, which attests man's unequivocal
recognition of light as basic element for survival and growth. Light
symbolizes life, prosperity, moral good,
God's saving power, glory and hope that mankind has in God and also
God Himself. Ps 27:1, Is 10:17. He gives vision and revelation, Ps19:
9, Is 51:4.
Apostle John says that light is life. "With thee is the fountain of
life, in thy light we shall see light" Psalm 36:9. The Redeemer is
the light of the nations, Is 42: 6, 49: 6. Our Redeemer said, "I am
the light of the world" Jn 8:12. Jesus Christ is Uncreated, Sun of
righteousness who gives light of life to all creations. One who
follows Him transforms as light that shines so that others could see.
Jesus said, "You are the light of the world," Mt 5:14. The follower
does not self-illuminate but receives radiance from Jesus Christ, the
self-illuminating light. Life of faith relies on the divine light.
Light emits heat and even so the faithful ought to shine as lights in
a world of perversions, by good words and deeds. "You may become
blameless and harmless children of God without fault in the midst of
a crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as lights in
the world," Phil 2: 15. St. Peter further expounds that a faithful is
the one called out of darkness to his marvelous light to proclaim
praises of Him, 1Pe 2: 10.
The great travesty is that not being conscious of the calling many
still live in darkness. Satan is the Lord of darkness. Satan, also
called devil, demon, etc are angles who lost their first estate due
to pride and revolt against God, Jd 6, 2 Pe 2:4. Their fall was
spontaneous, Is 14:12-13. Apocryphal versions say that Archangel
Michael expelled them from heaven because they refused to adore man.
Beauty and brightness lifted up his heart against God which iniquity
caused fall, Ezk 28:17. They are malicious spirits awaiting judgment.
Satan is thus self-evolved state of being. Satan and his allies being
unable to repent are condemned for eternal damnation.
contd. Part 2
Fr. John K.K