My brother and I were discussing the fact that God is light and what that means. First, here’s some verses backing that up:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. (John 1:1-9 NIV84)
The true light to every man was coming into the world. That light is Jesus.
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter. (Isaiah 5:20 NIV84)
Good is light. God is good. So, God is light. Using the same philosophy you can find that evil is darkness.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19 NIV84)
Again you see ‘light is good and darkness is evil.’
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV84)
If someone walking with Jesus will never be in darkness, He (Jesus) must be the opposite of darkness: light.
Okay, so by now you’re probably wondering what I am getting at. Well, God’s being light tells us an important thing about Him and evil. Evil cannot overcome Him. It’s impossible. Let me explain.
What is darkness? The absence of light. So if God is light and evil is darkness, evil is the absence of God. Now, without light there can be no darkness, for darkness is the absence of light. There cannot be an absence of a presence that does not exist. If brown were nonexistent, I could not say that a painting had no brown, for brown does not exist, and therefore cannot be absent. James cannot be absent from a room unless he exists, and therefore can be present in the room. Without God, there is no absence of Him, there is no evil. Satan cannot get rid of God, because satan is evil. And without God there can be no evil.
There does not have to be an absence of light for there to be light. If everything, and I mean everything, were brown, there would be no absence of brown. There does not have to be evil for there to be God. God can overcome evil. In fact, He already has.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV84)