Those who are born from above are in the realm of the supernatural and those who are in darkness are in the realm of the demonic. One side is under the rule of God and the other is under the authority of Satan. Those who are of the spirit are of God and will live eternally, but those who are not His are condemned already; the Die is cast and there is no turning back. John chapter 3. Yet, there is more and we most likely are presently in that place.
America is now in an era of human history that is completely submerged in darkness from which it most likely will not emerge. I suppose we can say that we have entered ‘the dark side.’ We who are spiritual, in the Spirit, know well enough that John wrote concerning Jesus entering human history and not being well–received and not understood by most people. Recalling His 12th birthday which would have been his Bar Mitzvah, His ‘coming of age’ we are able to understand the leaders in the Temple in Jerusalem were sort of ‘spell-bound’ by Jesus’ wisdom. His parents discovered HIm talking to the hierarchy of Jewish life where He had entered darkness that was unable to comprehend what was taking place and who He was.
There is much confusion all around you and me, we who are born-again; the Followers of Jesus Christ. The confusion of which I speak sort of describes those who are lost, those who are without Jesus Christ in their lives, those who are the darkness seen in Scripture. These are evil and live in perpetual sin; they are in the world of the demonic. They are related to the demons that were occupying the man Jesus rescued from many demons, “The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this?—even the winds and the sea obey Him!” When He had come to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met Him as they came out of the tombs. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. Suddenly they shouted, “What do You have to do with us, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” Now a long way off from them, a large herd of pigs was feeding. “If You drive us out,” the demons begged Him, “send us into the herd of pigs.” “Go!” Then the men who tended them fled. They went into the city and reported everything—especially what had happened to those who were demon-possessed. At that, the whole town went out to meet Jesus. When they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their region.” Matthew 8:27-34 NET2.
This takes us to another place of reality all together. Most people around us function in more than one environment every day and readily do so in order to survive in the darkness they occupy. They live by many rules, many codes of ethics as they move from one place to another whereas those of us who are ‘in Christ’ function by one set of rules; the Word of God. This is the REASON we are both misunderstood and hated as we live under the dominance of Creator God, Yahweh, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our values of absolutes are not accepted as true because those in darkness cannot live with one set of values determining who they are and what they are doing at any given time.
Everyone knows, at least in America, that we are no longer “One Nation Under God” because the Word of God no longer is valid in the Halls of Congress because there are many sets of values that determine what is to take place. For instance, the values of Democrats are different from the values of the Republicans; neither has a set of absolute values determining what to do. The Supreme Court should have but one set of values and guiding principles, but this is not so. And the White House follows yet other values depending upon who is in the Oval Office.
You and I who are Followers of Jesus Christ, the Christ of the Bible and NOT the christ of a particular denomination, are under the dominion of His infallible, inerrant and inspired Word. His absolute values are our guide in everything we say and do for our actions, determined by Him are about Him alone.
Look at what Peter has written, “Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, equip yourselves also with the same resolve—because the one who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin— in order to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires, but for God’s will. For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the pagans choose to do: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry. So they are surprised that you don’t plunge with them into the same flood of wild living—and they slander you. They will give an account to the One who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead, so that although they might be judged by men in the fleshly realm, they might live by God in the spiritual realm.” 1 Peter 4:1-6 HCSB. Simply stated, Believers are looked down upon and despised because of our living faith in Jesus Christ.
One of the best examples of there being many sets of rules of play in the world of darkness is sports and there are many venues where sporting events are carried on. There is football, baseball, basketball, track and field, soccer, rugby and the list goes on. That which is most important is the athletes themselves and they are protected at all costs by the promoters. Whatever the athlete chooses to do is okay for these people are the reason sporting events take place and the purpose of what they do is to please their audiences and each is protected and shielded by those who promote what they are doing. And that world is a very dark, dark place even though the lights that shine upon them are very bright.
America today has been submerged into a darkness that is difficult to describe, but easy to discern, to know, to identify because this darkness has no absolute values guiding what is taking place. “Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21 HCSB.
However, you and I walking in the world guided by and dominated by the Holy Spirit is described differently, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26.
Indeed, there are two distinct environments surrounding us; one of darkness and another of light. One is of God and the other is of Satan. Being of God, some are what might be called the Supernaturals, but those of Satan are among the demonic, the Demons. Of which are you?
Jesus is Lord.