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by Wayne Blank
Even with the unaided eye, many thousands of stars, four or five of the planets, and at least one distant galaxy (M31, the Andromeda Galaxy) are all visible, as is the central band of our own "Milky Way" galaxy (it's actually God's of course) that arches from horizon to horizon as the nights and seasons progress. The most modest of instruments, if only just a pair of 7x50 binoculars, opens up an incredible window to the universe, and a telescope, from a little 3 inch refractor (a telescope that has a convex lens that produces an image that is viewed through the eyepiece) to a 6 or 8 inch reflector (a telescope with a concave mirror that produces an image that is magnified by the eyepiece) or a "light bucket" reflector with a mirror of 16 inches diameter or greater (professional observatories of course have telescopes immensely larger) opens up far more to see.
Millions of stars, star clusters, galaxies, and gaseous and planetary nebula can be seen, and the moon seems much more of a real place through a telescope, or even just binoculars - one can actually watch the sunrise or sunset line crossing the mountains and craters of the moon as the phases change (the best time to view the moon is not at full moon when the direct "high noon" lighting washes out much of the surface detail). The Internet has now also made astronomy even more accessable, although no computer screen can ever match seeing the sights of heaven live, with just your own two eyes, if you have some very dark place where you can do so safely.
Astronomers know that there is really no such thing as total darkness. It may seem dark when one first goes out from a lighted room, but after 15 or 20 minutes "dark adaption," in which the pupils of the eyes open to their maximum, allows one to see quite well. It's the same natural process by which people often run into things when first entering a darkened movie theater before the movie starts, but after a few minutes they can see well enough to not be running into things or each other.
People who honestly study and appreciate the Bible also know that there is no such thing as total spiritual darkness because the Word of God serves as "dark adaption" in a world that is still pretty much in the dark when it comes to understanding the Gospel. God's people may also still bump into things and each other, but they (at least should) do so far less than those whose eyes are closed even when they're open.
"For Thou wilt light my candle: The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness." (Psalm 18:28 KJV)
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