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He is the Light; In Him is No Darkness June 2, 2013

Posted by regan222 in Religion, Science and Technology.
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1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

One of the vital and enduring images of God in the Bible is as the ultimate source of light in the universe.  Why does this image appeal to us?  What is the nature of light and why do we find it such a positive and powerful vision?

Science tells us that light is commonly held to be that portion of the electro-magnetic spectrum that is visible to the human eye.  The portion of the electro-magnetic spectrum that we can perceive is the gradient of electro-magnetic radiation types that extends from extremely low frequency radio waves to the ultra high frequency gamma radiation or cosmic rays at the other.  In other words, light is a form of energy.  It is not matter (although it may act like it on occasion as we will see.)  I qualify my definition with “that we can perceive” because, as the  only difference between the low end and high end is the number of pulses or waves in a given time unit, the spectrum is for all intents and purposes, infinite.  We can, however, only perceive a fraction of it, and without the aid of special instruments or detectors, only a tiny portion of that fraction.

We have established that light is energy.  Energy is then defined as the ability to do work.  Can light do work?  Any type of energy can be transformed into any other type.  Chemical energy (think gasoline) can be transformed into kinetic energy (think, car driving down the road.)  Light from the sun may be captured by a photovoltaic cell and transformed into electricity, or it may be captured by the chlorophyll in a plant and used to create chemical energy (sugar) for the plant to use or store.  Yes, light is very capable of doing work, almost ANY kind of work you can think of.  In much the same way, the Hand of God is at work in every aspect or our world and our lives.  He is not limited to one avenue or effect.  The power of God is adaptable to any and all situations.  He can be as big or small as He needs to be to accomplish His Will.

While God’s power is adaptable and has infinite application, it can never be defeated.

Job 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee

The Law of Conservation of Energy tells us that energy can neither be destroyed nor created for that matter.  Energy is without origin or ending.  Like energy, God has no beginning and no end.  He is from everlasting to everlasting.

Psalms 103:17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

This psalm tells us what to expect when dealing with God.  He is the alpha and omega.  He is without rival.  There is not struggle for position when we flip on a light switch.  The darkness is immediately banished and light shines forth.  Those who propose a duality or balance in the cosmos between God and the devil would do well to remember this.  There is no contest.  The devil acts because God allows him to.  In God’s presence, Lucifer immediately shrinks and retreats.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

God is compared to the light and is said to be the light of the world.  Light is the portion of energy that we can perceive without aid.  We can see the light using only our own eyes, unless we are handicapped in some way.  God’s entire purpose throughout the history of the world has been to make himself known to mankind, to establish a relationship that is unique and personal to each individual.  We do not need priests or shaman or anyone else to grant us access to God.  He is approachable to anyone and everyone.  We merely have to approach on His terms.

Hebrews 10:18 – 21 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

Any believer may approach the throne of God because, when God observes the believer, He sees the image of Christ in us and upon us.  We are justified in His perception by the sacrifice He paid for us.

Light is a comfort.  Our first steps into civilization involved banishing the darkness with light.  It has been our continual question.  Every child knows the peace and security that a tiny night light brings to a dark and shadow-filled room.  This is not learned behavior, it is wired into the very nature of us.  No matter that we often deny it, we fear and curse the dark and we long for the light.  Even so, the carnal man may curse and deny the existence of God.  Often he scoffs or mocks but in truth, the very vociferousness of the attack indicates the depth of the need in the heart.  The world is vehement in its denial of God because they know, down deep, that they are mislead by the darkness and will soon by spurned by the light.  To admit this would be to admit their lost condition.

Finally, as was pointed out at the beginning, light is energy that can sometimes take on the characteristics of matter.  Energy propagates or moves through any medium in the form of waves.  Waves have the properties of frequency, wavelength, and they may be reflected or refracted as they travel.  Matter, on the other hand, is exactly what we expect.  It is solid (or liquid or gas or plasma) material that obeys all the laws of physics.  Some things or compressible or malleable.  As a gas is compressed or expanded, its temperature changes.  Liquids conform to the shape of their containers.  Matter obeys its nature as does energy and matter, like energy, can never be created or destroyed.  HOWEVER…

Light is unique in that it posses a dual nature.  It behaves as energy as well as having some properties of matter.  Light may be reflected or refracted as it travels from its source.  Setting up a light source behind two narrow slits in a material that will not allow light to penetrate and looking at the resulting shadow and light patterns on a wall will demonstrate that light has the capacity for interference.  Any wave will set up areas of constructive and destructive interference when it encounters other waves along it’s path.  In short, light behaves exactly as we would expect waves to behave.  Light will also, however, demonstrate some very matter-like properties.  According to Einstein, if light were merely a wave then all points along the wave front would be affected equally if they were to pass through, say, a filter that absorbed part of the energy of the light (think sunglasses or tinted windows.)  However, the energy of a beam of white light (a mixture of all the different frequencies or colors of light) is affected differently when traveling through an absorbent medium.  Some frequencies or colors or light have a higher energy than others.  This can be shown using a digital camera and a series of filters.  By using one light source (the sun) to take a picture, and then retaking the same picture through darker and darker filters we would expect the image to gradually darken evenly across the entire spectrum.  This is not the case.  Some colors appear brighter than others in the filtered image because some particles (photons) of light strike the CCD (Charged Couple Device) surface harder than do others.  We can even predict what frequencies will have the most energy (be brighter) by multiplying Planck’s Constant by the frequency of the photon we have singled out.

Why did I just put you through a moderately difficult physics lesson on the dual nature of light?  While energy can not be created or destroyed, it IS possible to change it into other forms of energy and it is even possible to change energy into matter.  Particle accelerators create subatomic particles using the energy of collisions between positrons and electrons.  Eventually it could even be possible to capture those particles and put them together into atoms and molecules (still beyond our technology right now but theoretically very possible).  In that some way, the nature of God was transformed into matter.  He became flesh even as we are.  He became us in the person of Jesus Christ.  While some may deny that Christ is God, the Bible tells us otherwise.

John 1:1In the Beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word WAS God.

The word became flesh and dwelt among us.  This is most important because, as matter may be created from energy (God became flesh) it is also possible for matter to be converted into energy.  If we will allow it, the spirit or nature of Christ can indwell us and transform us into a new aspect of ourselves.

Ephesians 4:22 – 24 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

You can be made new by accepting the free gift of transformation that God offers.  Believe the Gospel.  Christ became as we are, he lived as none of us could and then was executed, not for any crime of his own, but for yours and mine.  Acknowledge your inability to satisfy the justice of God and accept instead, His mercy.  Believe.  It is an active choice of the will.  You get to choose.  Choose to depend on him as your advocate and not on your own righteousness.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags

The best we can do on our own is failure but by simply believing that Christ is who he said he was and that he has the power to change us, he makes it so.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

 

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1. nelda flanagan - June 22, 2013

Love the Light and the information you have brought to my attention. Keep up the
GOOD WORK!


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