Random Quote of the Day:

Evil is like a shadow – it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it. -Shakti Gawain, teacher and author (1948- )

I thought this was interesting to think about from a couple different angles.  Anybody have a comment as to whether this is true or not? 

Another quote, to encourage honest response: 

He who dares not offend cannot be honest. -Thomas Paine, philosopher and writer (1737-1809)

Edited to add:

I liked this quote when I first read it, but decided to look up the source.  She has written some very New Age-y looking books, mostly about creative visualization, so of course, I thought a little harder about the quote. 

Some of my questions would be: 

IS evil simply the absence of good, or does it have substance of its own?

DO we ever have to actively resist evil, physically or emotionally, or is it only a matter of allowing good to shine?



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  1. homefire – got the chance to meet Jesse over new year’s eve – played some uker with him.  against him, actually – for a short period of time.  was quite delighted with his personality and charisma.. reminds me an awful lot of my own younger brother 🙂

  2. fwren says:

    Yeah, evil needs LIGHT, alright, but doesn’t evil have to accept light to be altered?  Shining as bright as can be, light won’t make a dent unless evil turns around, turns toward and receives said lightBut as light persists in shining, surely there is eventually some piercing of the armor, cracks of light getting through?  
    As for shadows, light indeed makes them go away, if it is shining from straight above.  :sunny:
    As for the second quote ~ afraid its true ~ does that mean we need to use our backbone?  :lookaround:   😉

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is an interesting quote …….. Lots of thoughts but not much time…….will probably be rambling…….
    ….. Bright Light –  depending on the angle and brightness of the light the shadow will go away completely or will be differing sizes (from very large to very small) and will be very well defined………… Shadows will only go away when light source is very large, very bright, overhead and/or all around……
    ……..Dim Light  –  here again depending on the angle and brightness of the light the shadow will be differing sizes but will be very ill-defined, murky, fuzzy, … you get the picture…. and with dim light the shadow will not go away entirely ………………..unless the light goes out entirely………..not a good thing in any case…….
    …… so I guess to sum up my thoughts would be this – Evil is personified by darkness or the absence of light – In my opinion shadows would tend to make me think of Dim Light. 
    If we are to walk in the Bright Light we must stay in the center of the LIGHT  from above and not get too close to the edges.
    Lots of threads here to pursue…. may have to write more later!!
    SPIRITUAL DARKNESS would be the absence of the LIGHT from ABOVE!!!
    Gods Blessings!!

  4. Darkness is the absence of light. You can’t make something dark unless you take away light. We don’t have “dark switches.” In the spiritual realm, darkness might be a choice, but darkness is driven away by light. Just think about revival movements and prayer warriors and stories of martyrs and missionaries. Their light drove away darkness.

  5. The comparison of evil to shadows sounds pretty good at first glance, but falls a little short.  I think that evil does have substance of its own and in Matt 6:22 Jesus speaks of the light of the body being darkness.  That nixes the conclusion that evil is simply an absence of light.  We are also instructed to abstain from all appearance of evil  in 1Thes 5:22.  Actively resisting evil will involve the whole armour of God in Eph 6 and we must remember that we are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places.  I think that is substance, just not what we generally think of as substance.
    The exciting news to me is that God can use evil for good and that is where I like the comparison of evil to a shadow.  As God shines His light on anything that Satan intends for evil,  the shadow diminishes and God can use (not turn it into) that  for good.   

  6. ElizabethDNB says:

    I think it is both.  Darkness most certainly is the absence of light, just as despair is the absence of hope etc.  But we also do have to actively resist evil, not just shine the light.  We need to do both, at the same time.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I really need to correct something I wrote above.
    I wrote, ” SPIRITUAL DARKNESS would be the absence of the LIGHT from ABOVE“. 
    There is never an absence of the LIGHT from ABOVE
    There could be an absence of the LIGHT in our lives but if so it is because of our failure to remain in the LIGHT and not any failure of Gods LIGHT.  Gods LIGHT is always on!! Sometimes for various reasons we do not see the LIGHT, or choose not to look, or simply remove ourselves from the LIGHT as much as possible, and this can bring on spiritual darkness in our lives, however if we will turn our lives toward God, and seek HIM daily,  we will find out that the LIGHT is still burning brightly. It is still calling us to come closer to HIM so that we may enjoy the Blessings of HIS divine presence.

    Gods Blessings!!

  8. istakhan says:

    I’m familiar with the “evil is the absence of good” perspective.  I don’t buy it, though it is a natural extension of the analogy we use to portray goodness as light.  Here’s the difference as I see it:  Being good or bad involves one’s will.  Stick a bright light next to me, and I can not only either stare at it, look away, move closer to it, or move to another room.  If I choose to move away (to cling to the darkness), then it indeed has substance.

  9. homefire says:

    WOW!  Thanks for all the discussion.  This has been interesting to read.  And like so many things in the spiritual realm, it’s not an easy answer.  Lots of great thoughts!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I agree with RebornLovingHim. In fact, I was going to say the same thing. 🙂

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