The dark side

The dark side

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son. – Colossians 1:13

Act 26:18 Open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.

George Lucas created the concept of the Force as a major component of Star Wars (1977). According to Lucas, the concept of the Force hopefully would “awaken a certain kind of spirituality” in young audiences, suggesting a belief in God without endorsing any specific religion. He developed the Force as a nondenominational religious concept premised on the existence of God and distinct ideas of good and evil.

The Force of Star Wars actually has nothing to do with the Father God as revealed in the Scriptures.

The Force of Star Wars is an impersonal supernatural reality analogous to the Hindu deity Brahman. Rather than a personal god, Brahman is an impersonal spiritual force. Brahman, present in all living things. The Force of Star Wars also mirrors the dualism of ancient Zoroastrianism. In Zoroastrianism the divine force is a duality of two supreme opposing powers: one good and the other evil.

Obi-Wan Kenobi describes the Force as “an energy field created by all living things.”

“But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression…the dark side of the Force are they, easily they flow… If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you, it will…” (Yoda).

2 Corinthians 11:14 Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

REFLECT & PRAY

Sometimes our greatest strength can be our greatest weakness. If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Father I know too well how great the darkness is. Indeed I have been seduced by darkness and walked in it for many years. Thank You for freeing me from the domain of darkness, and the dark one himself. Enable me to walk in the light as You always intended.

INSIGHT

The God of the Bible is a person. The Father is all righteous, holy, perfect, good and loving. He is the sole creator of all that exists. All that He created was good. Evil is not part of His creation. He has no evil or dark side.

Genesis 1:31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Where then did evil come from? Evil is not in addition; it is a subtraction. Evil is the byproduct of the loss of goodness.

Evil emerges as a result of conscious acts of rebellion against the Father, His authority and will. Creatures that rebel, lose their goodness and innocence. They cease to be good in the ultimate sense of the term. In place of light, there is darkness. In place of good, there is evil. Among humans, the Scriptures refer to this as sin.

The allure of greater power, control, and enlightenment, to become more like the Father Himself, is highly seductive.

Even the enemy himself was created good and blameless. He was the highest and most beautiful of all of the Father’s created beings. But his greatness and splendor became the source of his downfall.

Ezekiel 28:15-17

 15 “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you.”

 17 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.”

Isaiah 14:13-14

 13 For you said to yourself, “I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above the stars of God. I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north.”

 14 “I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.”

All of the Father’s sentient creations were creatures of light and existed in the domain of light. The fall of Satan and Adam and Eve changed all that. They became residents of the domain of darkness.

Satan, the highest of all created beings, was corrupted by the enchantment and faux scintillation of power. The enemy’s corruption and failure became the source of all evil. Eve was seduced by the desire for greater enlightenment. She was deceived by the lie that she would become like God if she disobeyed the Father’s command.

The Lord Jesus Christ came to reverse this. He has delivered the children of the King from the domain of darkness, that is, from the realm of Satan and the powers of evil. Any child of the King, is a child of the light. As such, we are no longer doomed to walk in darkness.

John 8:12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light of life.”

Colossians 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.

When individuals practice playing a musical instrument or participating in a sport, the goal is to improve one’s performance. The same is true of sin. It is one thing to sin; it is another thing to practice sin.

1 John 3:8 The one who practices sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed: to destroy the works of the devil.

It is time to give up our dark practices and walk as children of the light.

Ephesians 5:8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!

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