Be VERY Afraid of the Dark

Posted: August 26, 2011 by jperritt in Uncategorized
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Yesterday we considered darkness’ age-old foe, light, but today we will look more closely at darkness.  As mentioned yesterday, anyone can easily see that light is desirous over darkness.  Scripture affirms that light is good and darkness is bad, so it is only fitting for a director like Guillermo del Toro to exploit darkness.  If the point of a horror film is to scare its viewers, than any wise director would employ the use of darkness.  By the way, think of how dark most Hollywood horror films are….not a coincidence.

Numerous times in Scripture we are told to fear God.  We are also told that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but what does the Bible say about being afraid of the dark?  We established yesterday that darkness is a fearful thing.  The Psalmist even tells us that the Lord will protect us so we won’t “fear the terror of the night.”  (91:5)  So there is specific mention of the night/darkness as terrifying, but God is greater than that fear.  So the question before us is this, is there ever reason to be afraid of the dark?  I think the Bible answers in the affirmative.

Even though there aren’t many Scriptures speaking specifically to the fear of darkness, there are several verses that reference darkness with the implications of being fearful.  There are about 200 verses that include the word ‘dark’ or ‘darkness’ in Scripture.  Therefore, the Bible is not silent on this.  Darkness in Scripture is seen as something incomplete when we think back to creation (Gen. 1:2).  Darkness is seen as contrasting to good (Isaiah 5:20), as judgment (Amos 5:20), in reference to hell (Matthew 22:13), and what we were apart from Christ (1 Peter 2:9).

Therefore, one must not be a rocket scientist to see that darkness is bad and light is good.  So should anyone be afraid of the dark?  While everyone should fear God and him alone, I think Scripture is clear that we CAN be afraid of the dark.  If we see the dark as God’s wrath and judgment, it is a frightful thing.  However, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have been brought from darkness to light [Eph. 5:8], that is, from death to life.  Therefore, Christians can stand firm and feel safe in the midst of darkness, knowing we will enter the Father’s marvelous light.  On the contrary, if you are one that has not bowed the knee to Jesus Christ and has not been brought into his light, you should be very afraid of the dark.


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