Christmas Enlightenment!

The birth of the Son of God in this world is a great event in the history of humanity. Apostle John states: “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” (John 1:9)

Plight of humanity: First, Satan has blinded the eyes of humans, so that they do not perceive and receive the gospel. Second, the world is an intellectual, moral, and spiritual darkness. People grope searching for reality. Third, there are fools, they reject that God exists or disregard God’s laws. Without light from God, humanity will perish.

Intellectual darkness: People do not know the truth. The world is filled with lies as the Father of Lies, Satan has propagated lies. The truth of God is revealed in His creation. They do not have the discernment to perceive invisible attributes: God’s power and divine nature. Sadly, they exchange the truth for a lie. This ignorance of truth is no excuse, for they will perish. (Romans 1:20-25) The truth is hidden by using false religions, culture, traditions, myths, legends…etc.

Moral darkness: People do not have the discernment to understand the Holiness of God. Hence, they do not know justice or righteousness. Hence, their choices are wrong and futile. Even their righteous acts are like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) There are millions who cannot say the difference between left and right i.e., right and wrong, like the people of the city of Nineveh. (Jonah 4:11) Sadly, many call evil as good and good as evil. (Isaiah 5:20) others believe in nihilism, that everything will become zero or naught or nothing.

Spiritual darkness: Humans are spiritually dead, as descendants of Adam and Eve. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, their relationship with God was detached. Their spiritual faculty to connect with God was dead. Though created in the image of God, sin marred them. That legacy passes on to all individual humans born in this world. Lord Jesus Christ came to dispel this darkness and reconcile humans with God. The gospel ministry of reconciliation is the hope of humanity. (II Corinthians 5:18)

Am I enlightened by the gospel?