John 3:18,19 "He that believe that on Him is not condemned, but he that believe not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than than light, because their deeds were evil."
Did Jesus say all the things the Gospels record? Personally I believe He did. Is this Jesus recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John really who He tells us He is? Personally I believe He is. And these being true then defines what the condemnation spoken of in these two verses are. And also defines what darkness is.
We are given freedom to accept or reject what Jesus said, and who Jesus claimed to be when He walked upon earth in flesh. Personally I could never practice or profess a religion in which I had to believe 'God has no son'. Nor could I personally practice or profess a religion which did not believe this Jesus was Christ. And gave His flesh over to death upon a cross, to be sacrifice for sin, and make atonement for sin, when He died there.
He is more than a historical person that lived and died upon earth. More than just a prophet. A choice among the religions of the world. We either accept who He was, and is, and all He said, or we must believe He was a liar. And those who followed Him and gave their witness of Him as well.
The spirit of anti-christ has never been at work such as it is now. Personally I am not nearly as concerned about the public displays of the ten commandments in public places, as I am about silencing any mention of Jesus Christ. This is the condemnation Jesus Christ speaks in these verses. He is the light spoken of as well in these verses.
And the darkness spoken of here, is the rejection of what Jesus said, about Himself. And this earth loves the darkness, and rejects the light Christ Jesus brought. A choice. One that each is free to make. A condemnation brought upon each as they reject. God wants each one to come to Him through His Son, who is now highly exalted. God is not willing that any should perish, and wants all to repent. It should be clear in these verses what light is, as well as what darkness is. As an individual person, or, as a society, we just need to decide which we love.
Very will said.
"And this earth loves the darkness,"
I wonder, we are told this straight up in scripture, so why are so many Believers so amazed when the world fights back?
Another excellent 'to the point' blog from you - I always look forward to your 'wisdom' blogs.
Soooo good to see you, Billy! And to read a billyb blog
Good to hear and read you again, Billy. You have given me something to think about re: light and darkness in the Bible. - Fig