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BIBLE FACTS COLUMN: Enlightenment

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“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Worship life (sometimes called faith, or religion) is the foundation of the most essential philosophies of a person's life (worldview). Every kind of worshipper believes he has seen the light.

The prevailing religion of secular humanism presumes science can answer all of mankind’s deepest questions, despite the countless errors, wrong conclusions, and plain old politics that has plagued its professed quest for truth.

The written Word of God offers light in the sphere of spiritual things where the powers of human observation, reflection, and experimentation fall short.

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place.” (II Peter 1:19)

The Bible speaks of itself as God's Testimonies. God sees a world we do not and sees things exactly as they really are. He sees eternity itself and everything today in light of where it is going to end up. God is not deceived by this world's facades and lies.

He has also written a Book in which He gives personal testimony of the true nature of all things.

He testifies of mankind, of sin, of future events, of Himself, and of the only way sinners can be made right with Him. This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. Faith in this Saviour who died on the cross to pay for our sins and rose again to give eternal life brings one to God, to true worship, and into the light.

When two separate worship orders both profess to offer light and yet they differ fundamentally, one of them must be wrong. The humanism of today and the Christianity of the Bible cannot be made to harmonize. The way the issues of life are portrayed in the world at large do not fit with the view found in the Scriptures.

In either case unseen things are portrayed by comparison to things we are familiar with in this present world. Jesus taught by parables and explained the things of His kingdom by comparisons with seeds being planted, crops harvested, weather, and other familiar things. The Proverbs also work by a rhyme of thought.

The world today also teaches its ideas by comparisons, but like in the old Sesame Street song, "One of these things is not like the other." An example of this is the attack commonly made on those who disagree as being "like Hitler" without any basis for such a comparison.

Solomon suggested an illustration of this unlikeness of ideas.

“The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.” (Proverbs 26:7)

Ian Kurylyk is pastor at Summerside Fundamental Baptist Church.

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