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Rides in the Dark

Oct. 28, 2012

Imagine this amusement ride. You’re coasting along in dim light. Suddenly, a grinning fake alligator pops out of a barrel. Everyone screams. Then they laugh. It may sound silly, but in the 1920s it was a popular and exciting attraction.

It was the beginning of an amusement park tradition: rides in the dark. Over the years, many versions of these rides have appeared. Some are scary. Others are funny. Some move slowly. Others are swift-moving roller coasters.

Space Mountain is a roller coaster at Disney’s Magic Kingdom parks. It is one of the most famous enclosed rides. The darkness makes the coaster feel faster than it really is. Projected lights zoom around in all directions, creating the illusion of speed. Rocket ship and asteroid noises add to the effect. In reality, the ride’s top speed is 29 miles per hour. That’s pretty sluggish compared to the world’s fastest roller coasters, which top 100 miles per hour.

Some rides in the dark allow passengers to interact with their surroundings. At Silver Dollar City near Branson, Missouri, the Flooded Mine ride is an arcade-style shootout. Boats float through a dark tunnel. Using fake guns, riders take aim at targets and compete for points. An alien-themed ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, features toy laser guns and space bugs that shoot back.

Participating in a make-believe battle in the dark can be fun. But the Bible teaches we’re also engaged in a real battle with the forces of spiritual darkness.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12, NIV).

Satan is our enemy. He wants people to stay in sin and spiritual darkness. But Jesus invites us to come into the light of His truth. Jesus longs to cleanse us from sin so we can live with Him forever.

Jesus has already defeated the powers of darkness. Ask Jesus to come into your heart, forgive your sins and be your best Friend.

— By Christina Quick

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