How the Invention of the Light Bulb changed Religion

The Light Bulb

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The invention of the light bulb happened in 1879. Though Thomas Eddison invented the modern-day incandescent light bulb, he is not believed to be the first inventor. With the discovery of the Baghdad battery (which is dated around the time period 224 AD), it is now speculated that the ancient pyramid builders of Egypt, possibly used the aid of artificial light, to build many of their megalithic structures. If that is true, this would place the invention of the light bulb somewhere around 3150 BCE. Whatever the case maybe, it is a scientific fact that most everyday people lived without the aid of light in their homes, until sometime after 1879.

Another aspect to consider, with the invention of the light bulb, people making up most of rural America; finally were becoming more educated. For the first time, people could read at bedtime. Families began to trade their oral traditions for written stories. Not only were the rich families able to have bible studies by lamp light in the evenings, now impoverish people could do the same. When homes were finally lit up, people could see that there really was not a bogeyman lurking under their beds. For the first time in history, people could literally see their surrounding for themselves. Their belief systems began to change. The darkness no longer had a negative impact, on the way people believed or how they viewed events.

It is also easy to see how living in darkness, could breed strange and imaginative sources for evil entities such as the Bogeyman and Lucifer. Who primarily made people do bad things to other people, under the cover of nighttime. Even in Greek mythology, imaginative story tellers, conjured up an underworld, and gave it a monstrous God to rule over it named Hades. If that was not bad enough, in the latter years of Greek mythology, Grecian priests told stories of Hades' cap of invisibility, the Helm of Darkness, named so because of how it aided the figure wearing it, by making them completely invisible during the cover of night.

From the very first ideas of a dark, seedy, underworld, to the evolution of religious ideology- not being able to see in the dark, had a huge impacted on what people believed to be unseen as truth. Take for instance Hell, the realm of the devil; long believed to be an acrid atmosphere to dwell in. A place of existence saved for the soulless, damned, wicked and condemned to spend their eternity. Tales and poetry of Hell, such as Dante's Inferno were used by clergymen to their advantage. Hell was sold as a dark, firey-pit of torture. There was not a better time to be in the Bogeyman business, than the seedy avenues and dark corridors of the Dark and Middle ages. Which only fed into the idea and notion that darkness represented the time of day, when bad things happened. From Werewolves to Vampires, Ghosts or Goblins; these so-called villains, only came out at night. The very ideals of evil, were founded in darkness.

What many of us today do not realize is that, up unto the late eighteen hundreds, people did not go out at night. It really was that plain and simple. If they did go out at night, they never went out alone. Candlelight, whale oil lamps, fire lit torches or gas lit lanterns, were not powerful enough for people, to feel safe to stroll the streets, by themselves. People were simply too afraid of the dark. Thus the addition of electricity, and the advancement of that electricity being routed into street lanterns and into peoples homes; allowed folks to mingle together after darkness fell, and stroll the streets and corridors that were no longer off limits to them. People could see for themselves that there wasn't a Lilith figure; preying on husbands, or like the bogeyman, feeding on innocent children and returning them to their respectful beds, cold and dead. For the longest time, Jewish people turned to the Lilith story when a child died from crib death, for the obvious reasons. With the invention of the light bulb, stories like these no longer served a purpose, and finally, render useless.

Whatever could not be controlled by force, fear tactics were employed to steer people in one direction to the next. The invention of the light bulb, changed this a bit. I have often believed the Book of Revelation, was specifically used in the bible, as a tool for the church to use against the people. What better way is there to control people, but, through ignorance and fear? However, with the added aid of light, people could finally see to read, and thus gather certain knowledge for themselves. They no longer had to rely on other people to learn things. Now they could see things first hand. Ultimately, this new "technology" made it easier for people to gain an education. Finally the average person was becoming smarter.


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What do Christianity and the Occult have in common?


  • Christianity's religious rival without a doubt is the Occult. The Occult is a group of people who participate in mysterious practices and powers involving magic and spirits. The origins of both of these religions are over 2000 years old, and some even say that the Occults' origins can be traced back as far back as 8,000 thousand years ago, when the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism was first started in ancient Sumeria.
  • Zoroastrianism is believed to be the foundational roots of Judaism, Christianity, the Occult and Islamic religion. There is even the notion that Abraham, the father of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, was part of a Zoroastrian religious sect. Although that idea is speculative, what we do know about for sure, is Zoroastrianism was the world's first monotheistic faith. The religion of Zoroastrianism was founded by Zarathustra in Persia, which of course is now modern-day Iran.

"Zoroastrianism is the oldest of the revealed world-religions, and it has probably had more influence on mankind, directly and indirectly, than any other single faith." —Mary Boyce.


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IntimatEvolution 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Oh thanks!


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WesternHistory 5 years ago from California

Nice hub and a very interesting story.


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I went to your blog, and thought it was an amazing site. Keep up the great writing!


Sanjiv 6 years ago

The article was quite interesting. Keep it going...

I would like to draw your attention towards an article on “Inventions that revolutionised the world”. Every schoolchild knows that the scientific genius and inventor, Thomas Alva Edison invented the light bulb in 1879. Though the credit to make electric bulbs commercially viable goes to him, many believe that he did not invent the bulb and bought patents from those who did.

To read more interesting facts check http://www.sinapseblog.com/2010/11/inventions-that...


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Good, I'm glad. Thanks for commenting Lindsay about your experience. Cheers.


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lindsays5624 6 years ago

I used to be a straight technologist but reading this article has really opened up my mind to new horizons


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Hi! I'm so glad you liked it. I really thought long and hard about this topic before I started to write it. It is amazing how much truth there is to it. Cheers!


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ryokowaren 6 years ago from USA

Good article. Well written and very interesting.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

hmmm some interesting points. Those who built all the tunnels and that bath houses and all that underground plumbing had to have some sort of light to see what they were doing way down under the ground. As we know today by the coal mines that light is a very precious commodities when being down there in all those gasses that get stirred up from moving the earth. I would doubt that they would have used candle light or any oil type lamps for knowing that they might set off an explosion of some kind. Those bath houses and plumbing were done centuries before Jesus was ever thought of. How about the underground tunnels that the waring people used to gain surprise attacks on the people they were arring on, they had to have some kind of light to know where they were going and see how to get to the other end of the vast array of tunnels underground.

No I wouldn't just brush off IE's thoughts in this hub.

Oh and the comment about blinding by the light---well if you read the Bible it is said that God's light is blinding, but it be good and be the truth.

Great article and thoughts IE. I too read some of your hubs, when I get the chance and I also watch who posts comments to those of us who see things in a different light. They don't visit my hubs anymore...must be because my light blinds them! LOL


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no body 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

Really? You thought of me? You know I read everything you write, even when you upset me with what you write. What you write never makes me love you less but only makes me know how to pray for you. The idea of a lightbulb in ancient times. Everyone knows that some cultures were advanced in one way or another while the rest of the world would have seen the science as magic or worse devils. Makes one wonder what other things were chalked up to evil and were just science yet to be. I had a comment for your last article too but I couldn't hear my own thoughts for the evil chuckles in my head so I thought I better not write anything. It was good too, though.


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Well thanks Bob. I thought of you when I wrote it. I was looking for your opinion. I'm truly excited that you liked the article.


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no body 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

I thought it facinating thinking of the possibility that some had what we would refer to as a lightbulb. It would have certainly fed into folklore to have such energy radiating seemingly on its own. I can't go along with the Revelation account being a scare tactic, though I have to agree it is scary. It is much too involved and its historic accuracy in the part that is already fulfilled makes it hard for me to dismiss the rest as mere control tactics. But I loved the article and got a lot out of it. Luvya Julie.


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Really great points of view A M and Sou. I am so grateful that you took the time to write them. I'll have to think about what you all wrote. Because I found them very interesting. Have a great day.

Oh Sou, I was equate Zoroastrianism with the Occult. I was equating it to the " great-grandfather" of Christianity. Thanks


soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Hi! IntimatEvolution

Interesting viewpoint. Surely Light may have helped in removing lot of fears created using darkness.

But I tend to agree a little with the comment of A.M. Werner also. After all light can create problems too and seeing may not be always convey truth.

Also I do not know why you equate Zoroastrianism with Occult. It is still followed in Mumbai by many (I live in Mumbai). I do not find it at all in that light.


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

I have to admit I.E., your knowledge of church dogma is pretty darn good. I think pointing to Zorastrianism as the base of these other religions is only speculative. Mankind has this crazy idea that whatever gets written down first is the truth, so whatever is the oldest written recording of something makes it most original in their minds. It is however, still assumption. Many cultures existed on oral history and that does not make their truths any less worthy of recognition.

As far as light goes, we must remember that light can also be blinding, it can prevent us from seeing the truth also when offered by the wrong hands. Believe me, I am in no way defending the church or religion - but I am a man of faith, and that is one thing I often find apparently missing in most denunciations of belief in a Higher Power. Faith simply means believing what cannot be seen. You said, "For the first time in history, people could literally see things for themselves." The truth is, seeing doesn't always mean anything. Even in the courtroom, we often seen several eye-witnesses to an event that interpret and see it differently, even though they saw the same thing. I don't believe the church was ever right in using fear to guide people to Christ, but I don't think their misuse of Christianity makes it any less true. That would be like saying no one should use money because drug dealers use money. If someone chooses to use something wrong, it does not make the thing they are using bad or no good. I don't believe there is anything mysterious in the practices and powers of "real" Christianity. I believe "real" Christianity is very open, very powerful, and very peaceful - comforting and healing - and nothing else. Peace.


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Another great point indeed. Thanks Rob!


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Robwrite 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Fascinating. I'm always interested in the symbiotic relationship between the occult and Christianity. The Christians could never have survived without having an enemy to vilify and use as a rallying point. For the Christians to be the "good guys" they needed some "bad guys" to fight.

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