Each Saturday we draw on the insights of Christian leaders and thinkers from the past.
This month, we spend time with Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929). Sundar was born a Sikh in northern India. He was baptized a Christian at age 16, then lived with missionary zeal for his own people, travelling widely and facing great suffering within India, Afghanistan and Nepal, bearing the title “Sadhu” (holy man).
Scripture Reading: John 8:12-36
Sin is to cast aside the will of God and to live according to one’s own will, deserting that which is true and lawful in order to satisfy one’s own desires, thinking thus to obtain happiness. Yet in so doing one does not obtain real happiness or enjoy true pleasure. Sin has no individuality, so that no one can say of it that someone created it. It is simply the name of a state or condition. There is only one Creator and He is good, and a good Creator could not have created a bad thing, for to do so would be against His very nature. And apart from the one Creator there is no other who could have created sin. Satan can only spoil that which has already been created, but he has not the power of creating anything. So sin is not a part of creation, nor has it independent existence such that it could be created. It is simply a delusive and destructive state of being.
For instance, light is something which has real existence, but darkness has not; it is only a state, the absence of light. Thus sin or evil is not a self-existent thing, but simply the absence or nonexistence of good. This dark state of evil is most terrible, for because of it many miss the right course, and making shipwreck on the rocks of Satan fall into the darkness of hell and are lost. For this reason I who am the Light of the world became manifest in the flesh, so that those who put their trust in Me should not perish, for I rescue them from the power of darkness and bring them safe to that desired and heavenly haven, where there is neither name nor sign of darkness (Rev. 21:23; 22:5).
What does it mean for me to walk in the light of Jesus today? How will his light change me?
— Sadhu Sundar Singh, in At the Master’s Feet
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