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Blinded by Darkness

We Christians are famous for our analogies. Sometimes we’ll describe faith with a chair or peace with a river; sometimes we’ll liken impulses to a piano or the Church to a body. While analogies are fun, both to make and to ponder, the value we place in our analogies really amounts to their use in helping us understand our world and our God.

Now, to appreciate an analogy, one must first examine what is being analogized. A practical example for simple consideration, let’s think about light. Light is so familiar that it’s probably never (or nearly never) wondered of until it is encountered it in a curious way. You’ll notice light, of course, when it is aberrant (disco balls and light shows and fireworks) or when it is concentrated directly in your eyes (flashlights and careless drivers). We wonder about light, too, when we see a blind someone because we wonder how it is to be without vision.

An intriguing thing, blindness. It exists when one cannot perceive light. As long as there is no perception of light, there is no sight. But the presence or absence of sight has exactly zero effect on the absence or presence of the thing itself. A blind person cannot actually see you as you stand before him, but I can assure you that, indeed, you are before him. So, if the matter is not about the presence or absence of the thing, it must consider what light does. Well, what light does is reveal.

If one cannot see light, he cannot see the thing it illuminates. Hence, one cannot justify saying that God does not exist when he does not perceive that which reveals Him, that being Christ. It is through Christ that one sees both our world and our God.
Analogies make inconceivable truths strangely relatable because they cause us to think on something more completely. This particular comparison can be taken much farther. I would encourage you to explore it and find what you can see.

“I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself.” – C.S.Lewis 

As a student, Taylor Vollmer has realized the value of a dissenting opinion to understanding. Not claiming to be more or less qualified than any other, his studies shed light on things grossly depreciated.