Sacrographic Friday – Two Kingdom Confusion

When I came across the painting above I had to chuckle at the notion that Kingdom of Darkness prevails. Sadly, there seems to be a lot Christians who operate as if this painting were an accurate reflection of the conflict.

(Please note that the graphic to the left is in high resolution so be sure to click on it to get a closer view.)

In the scriptures we are taught that there are two kingdoms that are presently in conflict – the Kingdom of Darkness and the Kingdom of Christ.  Unfortunately, at best, we often see this conflict as a cosmic, “dualistic” battle between good and evil – like we see in Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter or Dante’s Inferno.  At worst, we view the Kingdom of Christ as puny in comparison to the Kingdom of Darkness, which we imagine as the preeminent imposing power on the earth, while satan, along with his demonic cronies, is seen as the supreme ruler of our present age.  Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. Continue reading