Jesus as the light of the world is also more than a beacon of hope in the dark. It is the nature of darkness that it must yield to light. Jesus is the light of the world, and, as the Spirit’s work increases to a mighty river, the light that is Jesus Christ is extending in time and history to the entire world.
The following should not be taken as an exhaustive list of potential objections to Dr. McDurmon’s thesis. They provide him the opportunity to interact with opposing data and to illustrate how well his model can negotiate the challenges being presented.
If we posit that God’s Word is a faith for all of life, and the attendant faith involves application, then each situation we face may have difficult alternatives, but there will be a righteous one to choose.
There are many churchmen who wish that texts like this one would disappear. Like Matthew Arnold, they want a religion of sweetness and light, not a strong and militant faith.
This is the eighteenth—and final—article in our ongoing series covering the story of Christian physician Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore, whose extraordinary addiction medicine practice was destroyed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in September 2011. The film project inspired by this series—Hero In America—is in post-production and will soon see the light of day, covering aspects of the story only hinted at in this series. A companion book to the film, derived from the articles, is also planned.