<<absence of light>>

Physical darkness is a lack of light. In fact, light dispels the darkness and shines brighter in the darkness (Jn 1:5). Spiritual darkness is described as a living in rebellion and apart from the light of God's love in Christ; it is being unconnected to God through Jesus.

Satan has blinded the darkened minds of the unbelievers so they don't understand the gospel message (2 Cor 4:4; Eph 4:17,18). They walk in darkness not knowing where they are going until their eyes are opened to the light and freedom in God, being turned from the darkness of sin and from the power of Satan to God (Jn 12:35; Act 26:18). Jesus as

Darkness can't remain where the light of God's truth shines

the light of the world conquers all spiritual darkness and oppression (which is a hallmark of Satan), setting free of darkness (characterised as Satan's evil ways) all who come to Him (Jn 8:12, 12:46; 1 Thes 5:4; Heb 2:14,15; 1 Jn 3:8).

Sinful man tries to walk and even hide in darkness, yet God sees through darkness (Ps 139:11,12; Prov 2:13-15, 4:19; Jn 3:19,20; 1 Jn 1:6). Before we were born-again we were stumbling along in spiritual darkness, not acknowledging the truth but now we are in the light we must ensure there is no darkness of sin lurking within whereby the devil can legitimately gain a foothold (Eph 4:27, 5:8,11; 1 Jn 2:11). As Christians we are to get rid of all the habits of darkness (the ways of the carnal old life) and walk in the radiant light of Christ for “What fellowship can light have with darkness?” (Rom 13:12,13; 2 Cor 6:14; Eph 4: 22-24). As believers our struggle is against the powers of darkness in the world, yet with Jesus we are victorious (Eph 6:10-12).

The Bible speaks of believers as "For once you were darkness...[but you have been] rescued from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God...Live as children of the light" (Eph 5:8,11; Col 1:13).

Live in the light with Jesus

The works of darkness are to be cast off and replaced with the armour of light for we are now beacons of the spiritual light of Christ (Rom 13:12,13).

Even when we don’t know which way to go and ‘we’re figuratively in the dark’ trust in the Lord, the Light of the World (Isa 50:10).

The eternal fate of the lost is also termed outer darkness, a condition of great sorrow and loss accompanied by "weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Mt 8:12, 22:13, 25:30,41; Jud 1:13). This description of hell indicates it is a place of immense sorrow, indescribable spiritual agony, unspeakable suffering and unending pain. This is the eternal destiny of all who reject Christ (Jn 3:18,36). There is no third option. By choice we either turn to Jesus for salvation or are doomed to hell and all the horrors it encompasses.

See also: blindness, eternal damnation, hide/hidden, light, put off/put on, stumble/stumbling block.