I recently got a very thought-provoking fortune from a fortune cookie: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”
This “proverb” has more truth to it than may first meet the eye. More on that in a minute.
Then I got a quote from the Daily Prayer Thought of The Sisters of Charity Health: “Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love.” St. Pope John Paul II.
These days we are surrounded by darkness, confusion, hatred, sin, crime, disobedience, etc. It can be hard to know where to turn for relief, for comfort, for safety, for the truth.
As both of these thoughts point out, the answer lies in “light”. But, what is light? Where do we find light, how can we have light in our lives?
“John wrote, ‘God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.’ (1 Jn. 1:5.)
“I would like to speak about God’s realm of light in contrast to the dark realm of Satan. Those who follow Satan will be cast into outer darkness, ‘where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.’ (D&C 133:73.) How terrible to live in such a place of darkness and cold. It is entirely different from what we usually think of as ‘burning in hell.’ That burning is the lasting regret one feels who has chosen the darkness of Satan in preference to the light of Christ.
“Through modern revelation we have been taught that ‘the glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.’ Such light and truth forsake the evil one. (See D&C 93:36–37.)
“We have been advised that if our eye be single to the glory of God, our whole body shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in us, for a body which is filled with God’s light will be able to comprehend all things. (See D&C 88:67.)” Theodore M. Burton (read or hear his full speech at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1981/04/light-and-truth?lang=eng).
The light that overcomes all things is God. He is the Person Who knows all, has all power, and wants to share all that He is with His children, you and me. Our Father in Heaven invites everyone to seek after the good, to ask what is true, and to talk with Him anytime, anyplace with any questions, thoughts, or feelings we have.
He tells us that He will tell us what we want to know. He will guide and direct us, He will give us the answers.
What is our part in this process? We ask Him in faith, believing (sometimes simply desiring to believe) that He will give us the answer. Heavenly Father has promised that we can know the truth of all things, “
3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truthof it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
6 And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is.
7 And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever.” Moroni 10:3-7.
Turning to others who do not have the truth, who may seek to lead you astray, who are lost themselves and do not know the truth, or who may actually seek to deceive will never help you find the truth. Just because they say it over and over and over and over does NOT make it so. It may start to sound plausible, start to make some semblance of sense, sound familiar because you’ve heard it so much, but that does not make it correct!
Truth will always be truth and you don’t have to be talked into it, shamed or punished into it. And at any point in your life you can begin the process to find out the truth for yourself. Simply ask your Father in Heaven. Then listen for His answer. He will share it with you. I have done so oftentimes in my own life.
So I know this to be true. And His light drives out all darkness.