Through darkness …

“Through darkness one may come to the light.”
(from book “Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle Earth” by J. R. R. Tolkien.)

To be in this world …

“To be in this world is to be in the realm of fallen and accursed peoples; this is unavoidable in history because it is the battleground between good and evil. There are no sidelines in this battle, and the casualties are grim, but the victory of the Kingdom of God is inevitable and inescapable.”
– R. J. Rushdoony

The struggle we have …

“The struggle we have with a holy God is rooted in the conflict between God’s righteousness and our unrighteousness. He is just, and we are unjust. This tension creates fear, hostility, and anger within us toward God. The unjust person does not desire the company of a just judge. We become fugitives, fleeing from the presence of the One whose glory can blind us and whose justice can condemn us. We are at war with Him unless or until we are justified. Only the justified person can be comfortable in the presence of a holy God.”
– from p.180 of “The Holiness of God” by R. C. Sproul.