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אור

Light

By: David Deschesne,

Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal, January 31, 2010

After the Heavens and the Earth, light was the third thing that God created.1

The Hebrew word for light is אור,’owr, which means luminary, light, happiness, bright, clear and every sense of the word illuminate.2 It also agrees with the Greek φως, phos, which means anything that is bright, gives of light or luminescence. 3

After God created light, He saw that it was good. In this context good could be an adjective describing the light, or a metaphor describing all the things that God sees as good are light, or illuminated by light. Conversely, since light is “good” the darkness is “evil” or “bad.”

As long as one is in the darkness of a room, he cannot see if anything is dirty, or out of place. As soon as light is shined in that room, anything that is wrong or out of place is immediately identified. It is this attributed of light that is used when describing God’s Word to show us those things in this world that are bad and what we must do to correct them.

“[Light] is used in may was in Scripture. Sometimes it refers to man’s intellect, as in Isaiah 50:11. Sometimes it refers to the Word of God, as in Psalm 119:105. Sometimes it refers to false doctrines, as in Matthew 6:23. It is also a type of the Christian who walks with God, as in Ephesians 5:8. It refers also to the testimony of the Christian who walks with God, as in Ephesians 5:8. It refers also to the testimony of the Christian, as in Matthew 5:16. It is a figure of the state of the believer after he leaves Satan’s kingdom of darkness, and is brought into God’s Kingdom (Acts 26:18). It refers to the walk of the believer who lives above reproach and has a godly testimony before his neighbors, as in Romans 13:12. Christ Jesus Himself is the light of the world, as He affirms in John 8:12 (a). In some strange way the entrance of Christ into the life and heart enables the mind to become intelligent and intellectual. Only where Christ Jesus is loved and His Word is preached do we find minds active for the blessing of others, and alert in inventing that which will be a blessing to mankind. The blessings which we enjoy in civilization, such as electronics, transportation, communication, refrigeration, manufacturing, agriculture, chemistry, physics and institutions of learning are all products of protestant countries where Christ Jesus is permitted to rule and reign in the heart of people, and the Word of God is read, preached and taught publicly, and without hindrance (See also John 1:4)”4

Light, from the sun specifically, is the reason all life is able to exist on Earth. If it weren’t for light, plants would not grow to provide a food source for man or the animals. Plants would also be unable to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. God the eternal Creator had to create light before any other form of life energy could have been developed and cultured.

God’s eternal nature is also embodied in the fundamental physics of light.

Light is an electromagnetic wave, like a radio wave, but also has characteristics of solid particles. This wave/particle feature of light is embodied in what we call “photons” - which are packets of energy we perceive with our eyes as light - that behave as particles, but are also electromagnetic waves.

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity has shown that everything is moving at the speed of light within the three dimensional space we occupy, as well as the fourth dimension of time. He was able to show mathematically that as a particle moves faster, time slows down. At the speed of light, time stops. On the surface of a photon, for example, that was emitted by a star formed at the beginning of our Universe, the time is the same today, billions of years later, as it was when that photon was emitted.

God, through His Son, Yeshua (Jesus) makes the claim that he is the “light of the world.”5  He is both the light separating the good from the evil (darkness), but is also the eternal, timeless entity that experiences everything that ever has happened, is happening, or will happen all at the same time - exactly as a photon of light does.

This intrinsic, eternal nature of God is what is meant when He declares to be the “Alpha and the Omega,” the “beginning and the ending, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”6

Richard Feynman, one of the greatest theoretical physicists since Einstein, showed with the processes of Quantum Mechanics, how light photons are able to travel an infinite number of paths simultaneously to their destination and do so until one is chosen via observation. Indeed, photons are able to be “omnipresent” just as God is.

Another part of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is that since all things are moving at the speed of light, between the spatial and time dimensions, as an object slows down in space, it speeds up in time. A perfectly motionless object that is not moving in any direction, but is perfectly still, is said to be moving forward in time at light speed, hence there is no time. This theoretical object would not be subject to gravity to allow it to fall in one direction or another, so it would have to have no mass.

Since God exists in the mass-less spiritual realm, and our souls will too, once we die, time ceases to exist because all of those spiritual energies will be disconnected from the effects of motion, space, time and gravity. Light will still be, as well as darkness. It is up to each and every person to make a conscious choice of where they would like to spend their eternity: with the eternal Light of God, or not.

We are mere flesh and blood, mortal beings subject to darkness and evil. We are unable to attain a state of Divine Grace on our own. Christ was given to us to lead the way back home by Faith, trusting in His Word and following Him back to the eternal Light that is the first source and center of all life and physical existence of the entire universe.

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Notes

1. Genesis 1:3

2. Strong’s Hebrew #216

3. Strong’s Greek #5457

4. Dictionary of Bible Types, Walter Wilson, ©1999 Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.

5. John 8:12

6. Revelation 1:8