- Religion and Philosophy
The Light in the Darkness
"1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day." Genesis 1:1-5
Light is usually used in the sense of goodness and warmth. Darkness is cold and barren. These common interpretations are used in poetry and literature. Is the Bible not literature? In most cases it IS literature, and like all great literature was written by people. Yet, these people were special. They were just the scribes for the ultimate author, the author of the Universe and everything, God. Let's stop for a second and just reflect on that, author of the Universe and everything. When people think of God, they think what He does for us and Earth, but His creation is far more complex. So what is Light and what is Dark? Is it Day and Night, like suggested in Genesis or is it more than we can comprehend?
When people die, the suggestion is they go into The Light. Is The Light Heaven? Is it God's love? Is Darkness evil? Is Darkness just the absence of light? Is Darkness just void, as in it does not truly exist? After all, the void was there when God created Earth, at least that was the best way the authors of the Bible could explain it for our comprehension. Are we afraid of the Dark or the Unknown?
Light is seen as knowledge. The Light has turned on. The light bulb clicks on above the cartoon's head. So is Darkness just ignorance or the absence of knowledge?
Now here is a thought to ponder, when people go into The Light are they retaining all information? Is the Light everything? Is God Light? After all when do those nasty thoughts appear? For me, they usually come really late at night when all is dark and really quiet. It is where my thoughts wander. When I think about them in the day, they do not sound as bad at night.
Will I answer this question for you? No, because the answer is already there about.
"And God saw that the light was good." The Light is Good. The Light is not God. The Light is not knowledge. The Light is not any of these things. It is simply good. All of the other things stem from light, God's Light. God is not Light, but Light is God for God is good. God is love which in turn makes Light love.
God is Hope.