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THE LIGHTENED MIND
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.
F. W. Boreham in his book, Arrows of Desire,* interprets a French proverb: "At night, all cats are grey .... In a poor light, chalk looks pretty much the same as cheese; wine as water; brass as gold; a weed as a flower, a mongrel as a champion .... In the grey dawn or the gathering dusk or the falling twilight, foes and friends closely resemble each other. Many a battle has been won, as Gideon won his struggle with the Midianites, by throwing the enemy into confusion in the darkness and turning every man's hand against his brother .... A toddler sees no difference between mushrooms and toadstools, between the pretty but noxious berries of the deadly nightshade and the appetizing fruits in his own garden . . . . A baby, unenlightened on such matters, would as soon play with a snake as with a skipping-rope."
Dedication to the truth presupposes a high degree of mind enlightenment and alertness. In the realm of the Christian faith, the issues are final. To remain in mental and spiritual darkness concerning what is truth is folly.
The Word of God has a lot to say about light and darkness. Jesus is the Light of the World. Satan is called the prince of darkness. His followers are said to walk in darkness. Isaiah pictured the whole world lying in gross darkness (see Isa. 60: 1, 2). With the coming of Christ the people who sat in darkness saw a great light.
Jesus must be our ultimate point of reference, our fixed Center. Every traveler on land, sea, or in the air knows how important it is to have some landmark or star to indicate where he is. We cannot afford to be blind on what is truth, the way we ought to go. We are always to be open to the light.
We are to develop a mind that can perceive and sense the difference between right and wrong, between the true and the false; a mind that makes it impossible to tolerate the ugly, the cheap, the seductive, and the sinful. By the Holy Spirit we possess a spiritual mind with spiritual insight.
* F. W. Boreham, Arrows of Desire [London: The Epworth Press, 1951], pp. 9, 10.
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