Anyone who does not see darkness in the world is blind. Think of the darkness in the world.
Conflict and wars all over the world, with the nation’s military spread thin throughout the regions. And the more there is military confrontation, we find more anger and resentment continuing the cycle of violence.
Throughout the land there is great immorality. Some places are famous for sex tourism where prostitution and human degradation are rampant. The breakdown of traditional, natural sexual relations are turned aside in favor of alternative lifestyles.
The economy is struggling. The gap between rich and poor is immense, almost insurmountable. Taxes are crippling the common man.
There is corruption among the political leaders. They persecute those who are standing up for the truth of God. They demand loyalty to themselves above the religion. They attempt to seize control over all aspects of freedom. They use the power of the state to force their will on the people.
Even in religion itself, there are divisions and breaks. Factions all claiming to speak for God contradict each other causing a great deal of confusion among the faithful. And this leads to all kinds of chaos and anger and hatred.
There is darkness in this world.
Of course, this world to which I am referring is the world of Jesus in the 1st Century.
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