Friday, February 1, 2008

When The Light Flickers Out




WHEN THE LIGHT FLICKERS OUT
There's so much darkness in this world. Darkness, because men refuse to see the true light of the world. They prefer the bogus lights that dazzled their eyes to sensual pleasures and the pursuit of the so called happiness in this world. Jesus Christ warned men about this counterfeit light when He said, "If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness." (Matthew 6:23b)

Jesus further adds, "This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Every one who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God." (John 3:19-21)

People who lives in darkness hate people who has the light. They call them "holier than thou." Why? Because men love darkness and they shun the light lest their evil deeds will be so exposed.

It is really sad to note that many people say they believe in God, but they maintain their own home grown philosophies in life to explain their bizarre behaviors. They say they know that there is a God and stop there. Why? Because they want to enjoy life to the fullest. God is seen as a killjoy out to sabotage man's pursuit of happiness and pleasures in life. They want to have their cake and eat it too.

To stifle the heavy feeling of guilt in their hearts, they will do good deeds to offset the sinful deeds they have done. They believe that their good karma will offset the evil deeds that they had done. But could they?

Many think that God is the perfect accountant that will weigh the good deeds of men as against their evil deeds. Whatever balance there will be, will determine where a person goes in the afterlife. But that is farthest from the truth. If man can really save himself through his own good deeds, why then did the Father have to send His only begotten Son to suffer an excruciating death on the cross just to save mankind?
He could have given men prescriptions on how to save themselves.

And who or what is the light of the world? Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." (John 8:12) Let us turn to Jesus Christ, the true light of the world, before our own light flickers out and we plunged into total darkness.


Posted by Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Spiritual/Inspirational

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