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All ye who are weak and squeamish… all ye who are already teetering on the edge of that great chasm of despair…all ye who cannot bear to see truth in all its gory frightening detail…be warned! Herein lies your very own darkest nightmare! Enter ye not without strength, fortitude and courage…!

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Greetings, fellow travelers in time and space! I established in my last post the sense that even if God doesn’t have a “dark side” to his nature, it certainly seems like he has. Just look at the trouble and suffering we see all around us. Look at all the wars and commotion in the Bible. And why, in Heaven’s name, does God admit in Scripture to even causing some of the suffering directly? It’s enough to provide an excuse for millions to ignore God or pretend God doesn’t exist, and for many more to turn away from the faith or be weakened. Surely an all-powerful, all-loving God would stop us from suffering, wouldn’t he?

This human tendency to blame God for everything which isn’t according to our own plans and schemes is starkly conveyed in the Bible book of Job. For those who don’t know, Job was a good man, and also very prosperous. Satan accused God of spoiling Job. Surely if Job’s life was tougher, he reasoned, Job would turn against God. Job, claimed Satan, was “only in it for the money”. God then allowed Satan to give Job a very bad time in many tangible ways. Job seemed to be totally unaware of Satan’s involvement in his afflictions and even of Satan’s existence. He put the blame for his dire circumstances squarely on God, and felt like God had turned on him and viciously attacked him without a good reason.

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Here I must declare that I’m not one of those who thinks that anytime something goes wrong it’s the devil causing the problem. Neither does the devil make us do wrong. There are many reasons why we suffer: I’ve written about some of them in my series “Why Do We Suffer”, and I’m convinced that most of our problems are not direct attacks from the truly “dark side” of the spirit world.

What I’ve never personally heard in any preaching or teaching on the story of Job is this question, or any answer to it: Why did God draw Satan’s attention to Job in the first place? Couldn’t God have just kept Satan’s attention away from Job? Or then, once Satan’s sick and dastardly ire was aroused, couldn’t God have just told Satan exactly where he could go, i.e. the Lake of Fire? But instead, God called Satan’s attention to Job-virtually inviting him to pick on the poor guy, and then gave Satan the go-ahead to seriously afflict Job and his entire family, to see what Job’s reaction would be.

I hate to say this, but we could probably spot many similar situations in the Bible. And such questions apply to our own lives and times, don’t they? They’re the same questions, essentially, as I outlined in the first paragraph.

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But this is dark stuff indeed! This is where many or most Christian ministers fear to tread, as do most believers. This, dear reader, is one of those matters we all refuse to even consider for a moment, because it’s just too horrible. It’s like Luke having to face Darth Vader while being trained by Yoda, or Rey having to face the truth about her parents and herself while being trained by Luke. Yes, we’re back to the Star Wars analogy!

How can we even imagine that a God who we are told is both “Love” and “Light” would allow or even encourage the most evil creature in the universe to put any of us to the test! It seems almost like we as humans are the subject of some enormous game, or in a freak show, or that we’re entertainment for our cosmic spiritual masters!

Ah, but before you believers give up on me and dismiss me as a snake in the grass, and accuse me of pouring discouragement upon you, I will here clearly state that I’m certain that “God is Love” and that “God is Light”. There is an ultimate resolution-an ultimate and entirely good “balance” to all things. Here we are considering the great paradox-the problem and the question all humans at one time or another wrestle with: God loves his world and his creation, yet also allows the dark side of our existence to take its course.

There is a way through (but not around) the dark side of our universe, and there will be a time when Light and light alone will prevail. There is an answer to our problems, and no, God is not both light and darkness. However, I’m sorry to say that the resolution will not be discussed today! Come back for part three!

 

 

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DOES GOD HAVE A DARK SIDE?

I’ve been hearing a lot about “The Force” lately. I’m speaking, of course, of the “Star Wars” variety. There are even one or two politicians attempting to capitalize on its popularity by invoking the Force in their speeches…

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These politicians clearly think that if they give the impression of being a fan of the movies they’ll get some extra votes. Hey, I’m a fan myself, but my advice is to look past a politician’s sugary coat of pop-culture and attempt to sense real intentions: we need to get the Force back into balance…

George Lucas’ Force is an imaginary energy field created by all living things. It surrounds and penetrates everyone and everything, and binds the galaxy together. But the Force can get seriously out of balance: you’ll remember, for example, that Anakin was “chosen” to bring balance to the force.

The Force bears some resemblance to a number of real-world religions and philosophies, and perhaps serves to surreptitiously advertise them. But what about the Judeo-Christian God, does he seek to “balance” the light and the dark sides of nature in our galaxy? Does he strive for syncretism-for equality between good and evil?

We could easily think-if we were among those who paint a picture of God by “thinking” God’s characteristics into existence-that God has a dark side to his nature as well as a light side. Looking around, we see animals eating each other, we see tornadoes destroying towns, we see suffering and death among humans, and we see war and murder without end. In the Bible we find examples of God using the devil and his minions to achieve his ends, and allowing him some slack. We think that if God were really all good he would just destroy evil, fix all the problems of humanity, make the sun shine every day, and give us all a million dollars to spend. Since he doesn’t do all that, people reason, if he’s there at all he either tolerates evil or he’s so pernicious and conniving that he’s half evil himself.

However, the God of the Bible is an altogether different being to what we “think” he must be or should be like, and it’s very clear that to him evil and good are two utterly separate things:

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

The Bible does not speak of any “balance” of light and darkness, but rather that what it identifies as darkness will be dealt with, at the proper time. One of the parables of Jesus which illustrates this is sometimes called “the parable of the wheat and tares” (Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43). In this parable we’re told a story of a farmer who has a field of wheat, into which an enemy has sown some weeds. The farmer tells his workers not to pull up the weeds yet, in case some wheat is accidentally pulled up with them: the separation of wheat from the weeds is to be left until harvest-time.

Jesus went on to explain how the parable relates to us. He said the harvest is the end of the age, the weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the wheat stands for the sons of the kingdom:

“The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace…Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (verses 41-43).

It’s very clear to anyone who really wants to know, that there is no “yin-yang” type dualism in the Bible. God allows and even uses evil, for now, but a different time is coming. The true and future “balance” of nature and the spiritual universe is the absence of all things and all people currently in opposition to the God of Light, through whom all things exist.

There is a way for you to be among the “wheat” that Jesus spoke of, and not the weeds. Read my post on the gospel of Jesus Christ:

https://nickyfisher.com/2013/08/13/what-is-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ-2/

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