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Darkness Doesn't Understand

The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

Attributed to: 
John (NIV)
Commentary: 

This quote from the opening chapter and verses in John reminds me of some of the prohibitionists.

They think just because they don't understand something, it should be illegal. Hm… sounds somewhat familiar.

Because they don't understand why people suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) report that cannabis, aka marijuana, helps them deal with PTSD, those suffering from it should not be allowed to use marijuana.

Because they don't understand the mind very well or the brain very well or spiritual issues very well, they think psychedelics should be outlawed.

Let's take a look at this logic. It really is from the depths of evil, just like the quote from John illustrates.

Let's presume, for a moment, that many prohibitionists believe in or worship God. Using their evil logic that because they don't understand something, it should be forbidden, what does this mean? There are two main answer I can think of.

  1. They are hypocrites. They don't understand God, but worship God anyway. Thus diametrically opposing the supposed logic that if you don't understand something you should forbid it.
  2. Perhaps they think they fully understand God: what God is, who God is, what motivates God, what God does and doesn't do, and any other issue one can think of with regard to God.

I don't know about you, but number 2 is a big claim! If they only believe in God because they know everything about God, wow, that's enormous! Give me their phone numbers so I can call them and ask them questions! :-) Even Jesus reportedly said that he didn't know things that God knows. [Mark 13:32]

Please pray for the people who use that broken logic, they are destroying their souls. They are in danger of wishing they had a millstone hung around their necks and being tossed in the sea, for tricking others in to using that mis-logic. [Luke 17:1-2, Mark 9:41-42]

Humanity wouldn't be out of caves, wouldn't have developed language, wouldn't have forged metals because it requires understanding why fire — a VERY dangerous phenomenon — works. Humanity would have starved to death because eating food would require us to have understanding of why it makes us feel energized.

Yes, for sure, if we depended on knowing 100% why a thing worked before we used it, then we would be no where! We would be in darkness, just like John said, "the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."