The Darkness of the Natural Mind
John 1:5
And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

A good many years ago, in Washington, there were two Congressioners who met once every week to talk about the immortality of the soul; but they despised the Bible. They found no comfort. Their time expired, and they went home. Years passed along. They both visited Washington at the same time, and happened to meet at the president's levee. They saw each other at a great distance across the room. They pressed their way through the crowd until they came to each other, and, after years of absence, the first thing that one said to the other was: "John, any light?" "No light." Then this one accosted the other, and said: "Henry, any light?" "No light." They said nothing more; they parted to meet at the judgment. Oh, are there any who have swung off from this grand old gospel of Jesus Christ, thinking to find rest for their soul? Have you found comfort, peace, joy, heaven? From a score of souls there comes up to me the cry to-night, "No light! no light!"

(T. de Witt Talmage.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

WEB: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn't overcome it.

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