Without Darkness (There Is No Light)

Without darkness there’s no light
Without day there is no night
And without love
There’s nothing
At all

Without future there’s no past
Without sail there is no mast
And without love
There’s nothing
At all

‘Cause things are what we want them to be
Forced in from the things that we see
Words have, no morality, ha
I’m certain that
I’m certain that

Without silence there’s no noise
Without awkwardness no poise
And without peace
There’s no step
To take

‘Cause things are what we want them to be
Forced in from the things that we see
Words have, no morality
I’m certain that, you know,
I’m certain that

Without April there’s no May
Without rainbow there’s no rain
And without chains
No man can
Be free

Without darkness there’s no light
Without day there is no night
And without love
There’s nothing
At all all all all

And without love
There’s nothing

 

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23 thoughts on “Without Darkness (There Is No Light)

  1. There are some people in this world who have little hope of finding any sort of love. Intellectually impaired or psychologically damaged people are often in this boat, many from drug affected parents who rejected them even as babies. Their only hope is to understand that God loves them, but it’s hard for them to see the evidence!

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  2. Maybe it is my analytical brain but the verses make no sense. There is rain without rainbow, there are mast without sails.

    Without music there is no meaning to these verses. 🙂

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    • Yeah I gotta agree with you there. There is light without darkness etc

      But who ever said you need lyrics that make sense to have a good song.

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    • Yes, Dom. We could say “Without darkness there is only light,” etc. But we couldn’t name it, recognise it, appreciate it. I suppose it means “Without darkness there is no appreciation of light.”

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      • Hey Strewth,

        Maybe – have a read of the short story “Nightfall” by Isaac Asimov. You might be able to find an ebook on the interwebs somewhere.

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      • Interesting Isaac coined the term robotics. He also coined the term androids with “positronic brains” . Star trek gave credit to Isaac when they used it.

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  3. MAKING SENSE OF EVIL

    After the terrorist attacks in Paris reached New York where Gulliaume Bignon lives, the Paris-born former atheist spoke out on what his beloved France needs to consider in its predominate secularism.

    As a theologian currently pursuing his doctorate, he writes in Premier Christianity magazine, “The way I see it, there are only a couple of ways to think through this evil.

    “The only option for French atheists is to maintain that there isn’t really any such thing as evil.

    “When one denies the existence of God as a transcendent creator of the universe who ordains how humans ought to live their lives, one is left only with conflicting opinions about what individuals like and dislike.”

    Gulliaume explains that if there is no God then there is no objective truth about the good and the bad. To deny God is to deny objective good and, with it, objective evil.

    This perspective comes through strongly in the writings of popular French atheist philosopher André Comte-Sponville, according to Gulliaume.

    “In his book L’esprit de l’athéisme, he says: ‘good and evil do not exist in nature, and nothing exists outside of it’.

    “The French atheist contends that the only morality that exists is a human construction, and one must keep in mind that it is ‘illusory’. He concludes: ‘This is what I call relativism, or rather, its positive side: only reality is absolute, every judgment of value is relative.'”

    Few ordinary French atheists would be this clear-minded, Gulliaume argues, so he presses further.

    “In reality, to be a consistent atheist one must affirm that the Islamic terrorists in Paris didn’t do anything ‘wrong’, as such. They only acted out of line with our personal preferences, (and in line with theirs). If there’s no ultimate arbiter of right and wrong, that’s all we are left with.”

    To those who say this is crazy, and ‘Of course terrorist acts are evil’, Gulliaume responds, “I agree, which is why I think the reality of the evil we just witnessed makes atheism so implausible.”

    “We all sense there is something really, deeply, objectively evil about this,” he continues.

    That intuition can only be true if there is a transcendent God, a moral lawgiver, who gives good and evil a moral reality.”

    In that same book by André Comte-Sponville, Gulliaume notes that André rejects belief in God because ‘people are too evil’, which logically would mean people who do evil are not worthy of creation by a divine being.

    “I leave it up to Comte-Sponville to harmonise those two beliefs,” says Gulliaume, “but for now, let’s just note that denying the existence of God, and with it the objectivity of evil, isn’t attractive.”

    Some may ask, ‘If God exists and is perfectly good, why didn’t God prevent this evil?’

    Guilliaume’s response is that “on the Christian view, God isn’t just passively letting history unfold – He is in providential control of all that happens, both the good and the bad. While my sweet Paris is grieving, the Bible states that God ‘works all things according to the counsel of His will’ (Ephesians 1:11).

    “This means… that the biblical God, if He exists, must have righteous and just purposes behind even the evil we witness. That is both an entirely challenging and entirely hopeful thought! Of course what these purposes are we rarely get to know, but the positive side is that one can trust that God is good even when it hurts, and one can truly ‘#PrayForParis’, knowing that God is in control and can in fact bring justice in response to our deepest longings.”

    “Hearts are heavy, and thinking objectively is difficult when it hurts. But ultimately, as the French face this seemingly purposeless evil, one side must deny that it’s evil, and the other must deny that it’s purposeless.

    “As a former-atheist-turned-Christian-theologian there’s no hiding which option I favour. I’m hoping that my fellow French would, as I did years ago, find life in Christ, repenting of their sins and placing their trust in Jesus. ”

    CHALLENGE the Good News Paper—Feb. 2016

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    • That adds up to the two beliefs which are often at the base of different Christian denominations. God is in control,AND we have free will. The percentage of free will and predestination in our lives is seen in different proportions by different sects.

      Scripture is clear that God determines who will be saved (Romans 8:29; 1 Peter 1:2). Ephesians 1:4 tells us that God chose them “before the creation of the world.”

      Considered over a single life time this seems heartless, but makes sense. Considered over a series of lifetimes, it allows us to continue on the journey home, shows the need for further lessons, and demonstrates the patience and love God has for the prodigal.

      No longer do we need to struggle with percentages of predestination and free will. It becomes an individual matter.

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      • Reincarnation does not remove sin.

        “In Heb. 9:27, it says, “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” This verse alone shows that reincarnation is not true. Also, reincarnation negates the necessity of the Cross because reincarnation teaches you can have different lives in which to try to “get it right.” Not so in Christianity. According to the Bible, God gives us one chance to escape the clutches of sin and damnation.

        God has given us the Law which states that we are not to lie, to cheat, or steal. But, we all have. Therefore, we are all under the judgment of God, and He will execute His judgment upon sinners on the Day of Judgment. If reincarnation is true, then there is no Day of Judgment, no need of a sacrifice, no need to trust in Christ.” …….. CARM

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      • “Without darkness there’s no light
        Without day there is no night”
        The song in this case values both conditions, but other verses don’t allow this. The Germans and French had differing values too, as you point out, Bubba..

        I am reminded that last month I quoted a holocaust denier, and when I realised his stance I dismissed his whole argument. But because someone gets much wrong it doesn’t follow that he gets everything wrong, and I should have rechecked. Here is the Wikipedia reference to the Haavara Agreement of 1933, if anyone is still interested-
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haavara_Agreement

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  4. GREEN PRINCE TURNS FROM TERROR

    Mosab Hassan Yousef did the unthinkable, and put himself in danger, when he turned away from the life he was destined for and converted from Islam to Christianity.

    “I’m not afraid of (Palestinian Muslims),” Mosab told The Daily Telegraph, “especially as I know that I’m doing the right thing, and I don’t see them as my enemies.

    “If they want to kill me, let them do it. I’m not going to stop anyone. It’s going to be my freedom. My soul’s going to be free of my body, not flesh anymore.”

    Mosab says the decision to go public with his beliefs stems from his disgust at the brutality of the terrorist group he was once associated with.

    “Hamas, they are using civilians’ lives, they are using children, they are using the suffering of people every day to achieve their goals. And this is what I hate. There is only one way to Paradise – the way of Jesus who sacrificed Himself on the cross for all of our sins,” he says.

    Before converting to Christianity and seeking asylum in the USA, Mosab worked as a spy for the Israeli Shin Bet with the code name Green Prince: green for the colour of the Islamist Hamas flag, and prince as the offspring of ‘Hamas royalty’.

    So, as he writes in his book Son of Hamas, “At the age of twenty-two, I became the Shin Bet’s only Hamas insider who could infiltrate Hamas’s military and political wings, as well as other Palestinian factions.”

    With this intel Mosab foiled planned assassinations of prominent Israeli leaders as well as many suicide bomber attacks.

    It was also during this time that he met a British missionary in Jerusalem who gave him an English-Arabic copy of the New Testament and invited him to attend a Bible study session at their hotel.

    Curious about the God of the Bible, Mosab says, “I found that I was really drawn to the grace, love and humility that Jesus talked about.”

    He began secretly studying the Bible and was particularly struck by Jesus’ encouragement to “love your enemies”.

    “I converted to Christianity because I was convinced by Jesus Christ as a character, as a personality,” Mosab told the Wall Street Journal.

    “I loved Him, His wisdom, His love, His unconditional love. I didn’t leave [the Islamic] religion to put myself in another box of religion. At the same time it’s a beautiful thing to see my God exist in my life and see the change in my life. I see that when He does exist in [the hearts of] other Middle Easterners there will be a change.”

    Following Jesus was a painful decision to make as it caused much suffering to his family and left him ostracised from them.

    “I absolutely know that in anybody’s eyes I was a traitor,” Mosab says. “To my family, to my nation, to my God. I crossed all the red lines in my society. I didn’t leave one that I didn’t cross.”

    Yet this changes nothing. Mosab has devoted himself to Jesus and the cause of drawing attention to how the Palestinian leadership is “misleading” and exploiting its people.

    “Palestinians look really ugly in front of everybody in the world and they are very, very good people … they are misled, and their picture is very dark because of this leadership. They need some help, they need people to stop lying to them, and lying to the world.”

    Although the threat of death remains Mosab boldly adds,

    “I’m not afraid . . . . Palestinians have reason to kill me. Some Israelis may want to kill me. My goal is not to defeat my enemy. It is to win over my enemy.”

    CHALLENGE the Good News Paper—Feb. 2016

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  5. REINCARNATION AND THE CHALLENGE OF JESUS
    by Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.

    Can we live multiple lives? Do our actions in this life affect what we come back as in the next life?

    Defeating Death, Not Repeating Life

    Jesus offered eternal life to all who would accept Him on His terms. As John goes on to say, “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12-13).

    Jesus showed his forgiving love even on his own blood-stained cross. A thief on the cross next to Jesus confessed his sin and asked Jesus to remember him. Jesus responded, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Only a contrite faith in Jesus was required for paradise, not lifetime after lifetime of working off bad karma and building up good karma so that one could be released from this “wheel of suffering,” as the Eastern writings put it.

    Jesus defeated sin and death through His death on the cross and His miraculous and historical resurrection from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Nothing less could secure our deliverance from the graveyard of our “transgressions and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).

    God’s plan for rescuing erring mortals has nothing to do with their own efforts—in this life or from lifetime to lifetime. On the contrary, Jesus affirmed: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). That, indeed, is good news—for this life and for eternity

    http://www.academia.edu/8957343/Reincarnation_and_the_Challenge_of_Jesus

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  6. ENTROPY is the making of DARKNESS.
    Given a trillion trillion trillion trillion years all will be dark
    Even time will be dark

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