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You and I were born into that darkness. Many people don’t believe that. In fact in a Barna poll 74% of Americans said that people were born neither good nor bad (Forward in Christ, Dec. 2002, p. 28). That illustrates how thick the darkness is. We don’t realize how lost and helpless we naturally are, even though God’s Word plainly says, “Surely I have been a sinner from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5 NIV).
K. Edward "Ed" Skidmore
Einstein said the reason he could construct the theory of relativity was because there is one thing in the world that is unchangeable. That one thing is the speed of light. Light travels at a rate of 100 and 86 thousand miles per second --- seven times around the world at the tick of a clock.
The average lightning bolt contains a voltage of 100 million watts and the energy of four kilowatt hours. In other words, one flash of lightning would keep any house lit for 35 years, and could lift a huge Ocean Liner about 6 feet into the air.
“God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” I John 1:5
A couple years ago, I took a tour of a cave near Raystown. The guide taught us an interesting fact about this. A person who lives in total darkness for just a few months will become irrevocably blind. Darkness not only hinders sight, it causes blindness.
NO ONE IS EXEMPT FROM SIN
Of course, many of us think we are exempt from this darkness, that it always belongs somewhere else and never enters into our lives. You often hear it on the news when something bad has happened, like a murder: the TV reporter interviews a resident, who says "Well, I never thought it could happen in our neighborhood." But it did and does. It can be a murder, a terrorist plot, a pedophile ring, somebody on a charge of tax evasion, benefit cheats, drug dealers, child abusers, family adultery, greed, lies, stealing, resentment, pain, suffering, and eventually death--it goes on in all our streets and in all our homes because darkness has entered into our world and into our hearts also.
You and I were born into that darkness. Many people don't believe that. In fact, in a Barna poll, 74% of people interviewed said that people were born neither good nor bad (Forward in Christ, Dec. 2002, p. 28). That illustrates how thick the darkness is. We don't realize how lost and helpless we naturally are, even though God's word plainly says, "Surely I have been a sinner from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me" (Psalm 51:5 NIV).
Electricity is a physical phenomenon that illustration the indwelling of God’s power in the Christian’s life. The world remained in darkness until this physical phenomenon was discovered about 1900. This analogy is true of the Christian message that Christ lives within.