What is "The Darkness?"

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 TLB

As I began writing for my kids one of the lessons I really wanted to impart was that there is an enemy seeking to undermine all that is good and right in the world. At the time I used the term allegorically to vaguely describe the forces of evil. In 2009 when I started writing, I had no idea we would be facing the the oppressive threat of disease and civil unrest in 2020. But what is "The Darkness" really? Where does all of the chaos come from?

While it's easy to look at the world and imaging "The Darkness" as some vague all encompassing external force. However, Christians believe Satan, is personal. 1 Peter is very clear in pointing out that Satan is looking for someone to destroy. Satan’s purpose is to take down individuals who express the light of God’s truth.

The book of Job is the ultimate example of Satan picking out an individual to destroy. Satan uses his power over the earth to destroy everything Job loves. He leverages fire from the heavens and mighty winds destroy to wreak havoc through Job’s life. However, Satan does not always leverage power on this scale to wreak havoc on our world. He also uses little influences to drive individuals towards the darkness.