THE DARK SIDE OF GOD: AN INTRODUCTION

The following is an excerpt from a work of mine that was published in my primary writers’ group’s annual literary journal in 2008.

I finally selected a DVD–a dark comedy called Black Sheep.  The promo on the box reads: “There are over 40 million sheep in New Zealand…and they’re pissed off!”  I’ve seen half, and am quite amused, as expected.  People equate darkness with evil, among other things.  But God has a dark side, so they have no right to do so.  A Hindu passage reads, “Lord…lead me from darkness to light.”  In this case, darkness is ignorance, and light knowledge.  But a Bible verse reads: “…Moses left the people, and went into the darkness, where God was.”  If you want to see the dark side of God, just watch a nature documentary.  There’s a national park, in Canada, called Wood Buffalo.  There, wolves still thrive, along with bison, their prey.  Wolves eat the sick and the young.  But when none are available, they eat healthy adults.  They do this by surrounding a bison, as it crosses a stream.  They eat it alive, which is the only way.  Each wolf tears strips from the bison, until full.  Yes, God has a dark side.  And it is not to be loved or hated–only accepted and respected.

2 Responses to “THE DARK SIDE OF GOD: AN INTRODUCTION”


  1. 1 Abby April 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Interesting. I’d like to know more of your thoughts on this.

    Yes, light vs. dark is a common theme in the bible, but your post reminds me of other verses too like “be still and know that I am God” which implies being quiet and thoughtful, and maybe a little “hidden”. Similarly, I recall another verse about entering into your closet and closing the door to pray in secret.

    Those two verses have always conjured up dark images to me. Dark, but good.

    • 2 solosocial April 27, 2010 at 4:34 am

      I agree–and I am familiar with both of those passages. The second is one of my favorites, in the entire Bible–worth quoting:

      “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6 : 5, 6)

      This does indeed imply darkness–but also privacy. Alot of people feel most comfortable in group worship (church, mosque, temple, synagogue). And there is merit in such. But I believe private worship is more important. After all, we come to the Creator as individuals, not groups.


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