The Escape from Darkness

And whosoever withdraws himself from the remembrance of the Universally Merciful One, We assign for a devil who becomes his comrade. And lo! they surely turn them from the Path, and yet they deem that they are rightly guided;

At length, when such a one returns, he says: O would that between me and you there were the distance of the East and the West; an evil comrade!

When you have done wrong, it will avail you nothing, that Day, that you shall be partners in the doom!

What! can you then make the spiritually deaf to hear or guide the blind in spirit and him who is in manifest error?

- Quran, The Final Testament, chapter Az-Zukhruf, The Luxury, 43:36-40

Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but He sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."

- The New Testament, John 8:42-47

To tempt Jesus again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."

Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'

- The New Testament, Matthew 4: 8-10

God said to the Satan, "This is a law that is inviolable: you have no power over my bondsmen; except such as who put themselves in the wrong and follow you."

- The Quran, Al-Hijr, Rock City, 15:42

The escape from darkness involves two stages: First, the recognition that darkness cannot hide. This step usually entails fear. Second, the recognition that there is nothing you want to hide even if you could. This step brings escape from fear. When you have become willing to hide nothing, you will not only be willing to enter into communion but will also understand peace and joy.

Holiness can never be really hidden in darkness, but you can deceive yourself about it. Darkness is lack of light as sin is lack of love. It has no unique properties of its own.

... by perceiving light, darkness already disappears.

- A Course in Miracles, chapter 1


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