God’s True Light
Did you ever wonder about light? From where does it come? Why is light so important to us? Why does life on our planet depend so heavily on light? What (or Who) is the light of the world? What does God have to do with light?
Let’s start with sunlight, the most obvious source of light for our world. During high school I took several science classes. That’s where I learned about sunlight and its importance for life here on earth. Science taught me the answers to many of my questions—even answers to a few of my spiritual questions.
The sun is the most important physical resource for light and power on our planet. Why? First, the sun is necessary for life. Most green plants require sunlight for growth and good health. Sunlight is the power source for a process called photosynthesis by which green plants transform water and carbon dioxide (plus other nutrients from the soil) into oxygen and sugar. Green plants cannot grow strong and productive without sunlight. These green plants provide food for most animals. Thus, sunlight is essential for almost all forms of life on our world.
Sunlight is the source of almost all light and power in our world today. Much of our power comes from fossil fuels, such as oil, coal, and natural gas. Science tells us fossil fuels were produced from the remains of ancient plants and animals. When these plants and animals were alive, they required sunlight for life and growth. When they died they were converted into fossil fuels.
Almost all hydroelectric power and water power is dependent on the sun. Energy is stored in water as gravity pulls it down streams and rivers. As the water flows downstream and passes through a power station, water wheel, or mill its energy is converted into electricity. But what happens when the water upstream is gone? There is no rushing water to convert into electricity.
The sun’s light is necessary to renew the water upstream. Sunlight evaporates water into tiny droplets, lifting them from downstream water sources, mostly from the ocean. These tiny water droplets condense into larger drops as the sun draws them higher into the sky. The larger drops fall as rain over most of the earth, including upstream water sources. The upstream water is restored. Hydroelectric power continues.
Wind power also is driven by the sun. Air rises because of heating caused by sunlight. The rotation of the earth adds motion to these currents of air. This becomes part of the weather cycle. Without sunlight there would be no wind and no weather. And, of course, without wind there is no wind power.
In short, the sun is the source of almost every major source of power in use today. The few exceptions to this are geothermal power and nuclear power.
Why is the sun so important? The earth lives because the sun shines. Without the benefits provided by the sun, the earth would become a cold, dark, dead ball in space. The sun is so important that early man considered the sun to be a god. But our sun is not a god. It is not eternal or infinite. Our sun is not all powerful. Compared with many other stars in our galaxy, our sun is rather small and cold.
My high-school science classes also taught me that our sun is not self-sufficient or self-sustaining. Sooner or later the sun will run out of fuel. Then our sun will burn out. Because our sun is not eternal, there must be a source of light and power beyond that of the sun. An eternal source of light created our sun.
That’s where God comes into the picture. What does God have to do with light? Everything! To find the true source of light we must look beyond the light of the sun. But we must look beyond the formation of light. We must look beyond the moment of the big bang. We must look to eternity, to the eternal creator of our sun—to the creator of light itself. We must look to God.
God Is Light
The Bible says, “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” (I John 1: 5, NAS) This truth is expressed beautifully in the church hymn Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise by Walter Chalmers Smith.
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
Thou reignest in glory; Thou dwellest in light;
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all praise we would render: O help us to see
’tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.
God is light. His light is so brilliant and overwhelming that we cannot even approach Him. The Bible says this in I Timothy 6: 15b-16 (NAS):
He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.
According to Psalm 104: 1-2 (NAS), God is covered with splendor, majesty, and light.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak,
Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
God is light. And He commands all of the properties of light. When God created the universe, His first command was “Let there be light.” These are the first spoken words in the Bible.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good. Genesis 1: 1-4 (NAS)
The Bible begins with the creation of the universe by God. What happened before creation? Science cannot tell us. The Bible does not reveal this to us. Are there other sources that delve into the mystery of what took place before the beginning of time?
Hebrew mysticism provides a thought-provoking tale. According to Hebrew mysticism, before the beginning of the universe God formed a special place for space and time. He needed to separate space and time from eternity and infinity. God also had to keep them within eternity and infinity. The Jewish mystics say God pulled Himself back from a portion of infinity and eternity through a divine “contraction.” The Hebrew word for this contraction is “tzimtzum.”
When first created, the tzimtzum was filled with darkness. God is light but if God pulls Himself back, an opportunity arises for the advance of darkness. God vanquished the tzimtzum darkness with His powerful words, “Let there be light.” Is this what happened? Yes and perhaps. Yes, God said those words. As for the tzimtzum, who knows? Tzimtzum is only interesting speculation. It does not have the authority of scripture.
Many religions marginalize the power of light. They believe there is an eternal struggle between darkness and light. Light and darkness will wrestle each other for all eternity. From time to time one of them will win. Then the other gains strength and overcomes the first one. The struggle continues forever. No clear winner will ever emerge.
Christianity does not believe this. Light has complete power over darkness. Darkness cannot remain where there is light. There is no struggle. There is no fight. Light comes. Darkness vanishes. The Bible says in the gospel of John 1:5, “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (NAS)
The word translated “comprehend” (κατέλαβεν) can also be translated by the words “overcome, understand, seize, win.” We can say “the darkness does not understand the light” or “the darkness cannot overcome the light” or “the darkness cannot seize the light” or “the darkness does not win over the light.” By now you probably get the idea. Darkness has no power over light.
The Bible says God is light. He is the only source of light for our universe. But not only is God Himself light, He also surrounds Himself with equally inapproachable light. This light is the glory of God.
Light Defines God’s Glory
The concept “the glory of God” is difficult for us to understand. Moses once asked to see God’s glory and was told the following in Exodus 33: 18-23
Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” And He [God] said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. . . .” But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” Then the LORD said, “Behold, . . . you shall stand there on the rock; and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”(NAS)
The Hebrew word for God’s glory is Kabowd which means “abundance, riches” or “honor, splendor, glory of external condition and circumstances, dignity.” Rabbis give a special name to this demonstration of God’s glory. They call it the Shekinah glory of God. An example of this glory is reported in II Chronicles 7: 1-3 which says,
Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the house. The priests could not enter into the house of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD’S house. All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the LORD upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the LORD, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”(NAS)
What does the word “Shekinah” mean? This word is not found in the Bible. Rabbis took this word from the Hebrew verb root which means “to settle, inhabit, or dwell.” Shekinah glory happens when God’s glory descends upon and remains in a place. Another example of God’s glory is told in Exodus 40: 34-35.
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. (NAS)
God is light. God dwells in unapproachable light. But God does not keep this to Himself. One day God’s people will dwell with God in the light. One day we will walk by the light of the glory of God. The Bible says in Revelation 21: 10-11, 23-26:
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. . . . And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. (NAS)
God is light. But God did not choose to keep His light to Himself. God gave His light to us as a precious gift. The Bible says in James 1: 17:
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” (NAS)
God knows our desperate need for light. We were made for light. This is a finding of the Bible and also of modern science.
Light Brings Life and Good Health
We need light. We see light all around us during the day. Although a few medical conditions cause bad reactions to sunlight, most of us enjoy being outside on a sunny day. The sunlight seems to open every pore of our skin to its goodness.
Our desire for sunlight is more than just a good feeling. Science is only beginning to discover the healthful properties of light. Physical light is necessary for physical and emotional health. Consider the following examples of our need for physical light.
Our Bodies Crave Physical Light
On January 22, 2008, the London Daily Mail printed a story relating the effects of forty-eight hours spent alone in a dark room.
You are in a small underground chamber, no bigger than a prison cell. The door is locked and the lights are switched out. It is not just dark; it’s pitch black. In these conditions, it would be impossible to see even the faintest hint of your hand were it inches from your eyes. And the silence is all-encompassing. The only noise you can hear is the sound of your own breathing . . . in and out, in and out. The sense of isolation is not just eerie, it’s as if you had been cast into the furthest reaches of space, or into the deepest subterranean cavern. Now imagine staying in these conditions for hours on end. With no way to tell whether it was night or day, would you pass the time asleep?
Six people volunteered to be “guinea pigs” for this experiment. The researchers watched them through night-vision cameras. A subject’s only contact with others came when a meal was brought to them.
The first few hours weren’t so bad. The subjects hummed and sang. They spent time alone with their thoughts. What was going on with their families? Did their loved ones know about the experiment? After a few hours they sat on their beds, staring into the darkness.
They fell asleep. When they woke up their disorientation increased. How long had they been asleep? Was it morning or night? Paranoia crept in. What if everyone forgot about them? They were part of a controlled experiment—how could anyone forget them? But what if it was a trick? The hours dragged on and on. Some started crying; others paced back and forth across their room like caged animals.
Their paranoia, thoughts, and feelings soon returned to normal at the end of the experiment. Not one of the test subjects wanted to do it again. One man commented, “It was the greatest endurance test of my life.”
The effects of total darkness tend to compound over time. In addition to psychological damage, prolonged time spent in total darkness can have serious physical effects. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed in their March 25, 2008, issue “the profound changes that light deprivation causes in the brain.”
Neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania kept rats in the dark for six weeks. They expected the animals would show depressive symptoms. They did not expect them to suffer brain damage. Apparently, the neurons that produce nor-epinephrine, dopamine and serotonin—brain chemicals linked to emotion, pleasure and cognition—began to die. The researchers watched as physical connectors also began to fail in some areas of the brain.
The bottom line? Prolonged exposure to total darkness can be hazardous to your health. This is true on a psychological and on a physical level.
The Smithsonian published an article on December 15, 2015, titled, The Dangers of Winter Darkness: Weak Bones, Depression and Heart Trouble, written by Brian Handwerk. In this article, the author compiles quite a list of the benefits of light—in this case, sunlight.
To begin, sunlight elicits the production of Vitamin D. This vitamin is crucial for bone health and a strong immune system. Insufficient amounts of Vitamin D can cause rickets and other ailments which produce skeletal deformities and dental problems. Vitamin D deficiency also has been associated with an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Handwerk also refers to an article in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. According to this article, exposing the skin to sunlight can increase the levels of nitric oxide in human skin and blood. This can help reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack and lower blood pressure. A preliminary work with laboratory mice indicates nitric oxide released by UV radiation may lower the risk for diabetes.
From this it’s obvious that sunlight is essential for maintaining good health. Thus it’s not surprising that our bodies crave physical light. Physical light—especially sunlight—is a key to good health. But our lives consist of more than just our physical bodies, psychological profiles, and emotional responses. We are more than mind and body. We also are soul and spirit.
To be a complete person we need a healthy soul and spirit. Is there a kind of light that brings good health to our metaphysical parts? When we learn about metaphysical light we discover that we need and long for this light, too.
Our Souls Yearn for Metaphysical Light
What is metaphysical light? First, what is “metaphysics?” The word was coined by Aristotle. It refers to things that are beyond the physical world. Science cannot prove or disprove the existence of these concepts. Many of these qualities cannot even be described, such as justice or beauty or truth. Nor can their existence be dismissed.
Take the metaphysical quality “love,” for example. Poets and lovers believe this is the most powerful force of all. Some theologians believe God’s most powerful quality is sacrificial love. But what is love? Science cannot measure it or even prove that it exists.
Atheists believe love is a trick our hormones play to get us to procreate. But love is much more expansive than that. Love includes, of course, the love between a man and a woman. But love is an important quality in other relationships. There is brotherly love, the love of parents for their children, love of country, love for your job—the list can go on and on.
Some kinds of love are focused not on ourselves but on the other person. Altruism is a kind of love that calls us to act for the good of others. An altruistic action often is self-sacrificing. The giver may harm himself as he helps the other person. Why? Why should anyone do acts of self-sacrificing love? Why does altruism exist? It makes no sense to atheists. Altruism has nothing to do with procreation or survival of the fittest. It’s a kind of love that goes beyond the physical world. But altruistic love results in saved lives and restored livelihoods. It is not easily dismissed.
Metaphysics is a very large group of loosely connected objects, qualities, feelings, beliefs, and so on. This realm stretches from feelings to abstract thought—from beauty to mythical monsters. Metaphysics also is the realm of good and evil. Goodness, truth, and love are described with reference to the light. Evil is clothed with darkness.
What, then, is metaphysical light? It’s a quality that describes metaphysical concepts, especially truth, goodness, and understanding. It is a substance we crave. History is filled with examples of people who sought metaphysical light, both Christians and non-Christians.
For example, in Book VII of Plato’s Republic, Socrates “show[s] in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened.” Socrates continues:
Behold! human beings living in a underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads. Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised way; and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.
These people are not enlightened. They cannot see the bright sunlight just beyond the door of the cave. They only see shadows. According to Socrates, “To them the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images.”
Suppose one of these prisoners is released and that
. . . he is reluctantly dragged up a steep and rugged ascent, and held fast until he’s forced into the presence of the sun himself, is he not likely to be pained and irritated? When he approaches the light his eyes will be dazzled, and he will not be able to see anything at all of what are now called realities.
As his eyes become accustomed to light he is able to see the truth concerning the objects of the world. He learns about the sun, moon, and stars. The people in the cave know nothing of these realities. He remembers with pity his fellows in the cave. They are still trapped there. Socrates summarizes their plight: “Better to be the poor servant of a poor master, and to endure anything, rather than think as they do and live after their manner.”
Socrates then interprets his allegory:
“The prison-house is the world of sight, the light of the fire is the sun, and you [may] interpret the journey upwards to be the ascent of the soul into the intellectual world . . . But, whether true or false, my opinion is that in the world of knowledge the idea of good appears last of all, and is seen only with an effort; and, when seen, is also inferred to be the universal author of all things beautiful and right, parent of light and of the lord of light in this visible world, and the immediate source of reason and truth in the intellectual; and that this is the power upon which he who would act rationally, either in public or private life must have his eye fixed.”
What is metaphysical light for Socrates (and Plato)? It is the intellectual world of reason and truth. Atheists would agree in part. Their search for reason they call the Enlightenment. Even atheists understand metaphysical light and darkness. But they say metaphysical light and darkness do not exist. If that is so, why do they tremble in fear at their idea of the abyss, that is, the nothing?
Socrates believed in metaphysical light. This light is the source of reason and truth. It is the light of the intellectual world. But, most importantly, the source of this light is “the universal author of all things beautiful and right, parent of light and of the lord of light in this visible world.”
God’s Light Shines in the Darkness
Many religions describe goodness in terms of the light. Darkness is a place reserved for evil. Christians believe that without Christ we are trapped in the darkness. Our souls long for the light. Jesus came to bring God’s light into the world. Apart from God there is no light.
Evil and violence dwell in the darkness. In Psalm 74: 20 the Bible says, “Consider the covenant; For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.”(NAS)
People who do evil also abide in the darkness. They choose darkness over light. Darkness hides their evil deeds. In the darkness there is no light; there is no truth. Jesus said,
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God. (John 3: 19-21, NAS)
However, when people live in darkness they lose their way. They cannot see where they are going. They truly are lost. According to Proverbs 4: 19, “The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.”(NAS)
The prophet Job describes the relationship between darkness and evil men. In Job 24: 13-16, the Bible says,
Others have been with those who rebel against the light;
They do not want to know its ways
Nor abide in its paths.
The murderer arises at dawn;
He kills the poor and the needy,
And at night he is as a thief.
The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight,
Saying, ‘No eye will see me.’
And he disguises his face.
In the dark they dig into houses,
They shut themselves up by day;
They do not know the light. (NAS)
The book of Isaiah explores the relationship between God’s goodness and the evil done by people. In Isaiah 55-58 the Lord lays out the acts of a righteous man and the blessings that follow. But then the Lord describes the wickedness of the people of Israel. They may practice their religion but their hearts are far from God. For example, according to Isaiah 59: 4, 7:
No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly.
They trust in confusion and speak lies;
They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity. . . .
Their feet run to evil, and they hasten to shed innocent blood;
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity,
Devastation and destruction are in their highways. (NAS)
The people do not understand why God fails to bless them. God answers in Isaiah 59: 1-2:
Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save;
Nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
And your sins have hidden His face from you
So that He does not hear. (NAS)
What is the result of all this? The people lose their way. They no longer look to God for guidance. They are confused and without hope. See Isaiah 59: 9-10
Therefore justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not overtake us;
We hope for light, but behold, darkness,
For brightness, but we walk in gloom.
We grope along the wall like blind men,
we grope like those who have no eyes;
We stumble at midday as in the twilight,
Among those who are vigorous we are like dead men. (NAS)
Our souls crave the metaphysical light of God. We long to be bathed in the goodness and truth of God’s light. We pray for God’s guidance. When will we see the light of God? Well, friends, I have good news. God’s light has come into the world in a special way. And it’s here to stay.
God’s Light Comes Into the World
Socrates’ quote above from Plato’s Republic absolutely agrees with the following quote from James 1: 17 in the Bible:
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (NAS)
We know how to find physical light. We even know how to produce it. But how do we find metaphysical light? Physical light can help prevent crime. How do we find the light that can totally overcome evil? What is the source of this light? The Bible says,
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread? Psalm 27: 1 (NAS)
Before the birth of Jesus Christ, people found the light of God through His word—the Old Testament. The Bible describes this in Psalm 119: 105, which says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (NAS) The Ten Commandments and the law provided guidance for their daily lives. In addition, they learned about God’s promises. As they obeyed and followed the words of the Old Testament, God promised to protect and bless them.
King David discovered the light of God’s word. He rejoiced to say in II Samuel 22: 29, “For You are my lamp, O LORD; And the LORD illumines my darkness.” (NAS)
But this was not enough. The world needed more of God’s light. Around 700 B.C. the prophet Isaiah proclaimed the coming of God’s light into the world.
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them. (Isaiah 9:2, NAS)
Isaiah proclaimed God’s Light will come as a child. He will establish a kingdom—the Kingdom of God. The Bible says in Isaiah 9: 6-7 (NAS)
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.(NAS)
A little more than one hundred years later the prophet Jeremiah told of a new covenant. The Bible says in Jeremiah 31: 31, 33-34:
“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, . . . declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. . . . for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the LORD, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (NAS)
These Old Testament prophets revealed more of God’s plan than ever before. In the days of Moses, God revealed His law—a light for their path. A few hundred years later God opened the doors of revelation a little wider. God’s light is coming to earth! Isaiah declared the coming of God into this world. Jeremiah declared that God would somehow plant the light of His Word in our hearts. We will be able to know God personally and intimately. How could God to this?
God will come as a baby. That baby will be God. The fullness of God is shown in the names given to the child. He will be the Wonderful Counselor—a title given to the Holy Spirit. The baby will be known as Mighty God and Eternal Father—names that refer to God the Father. This Prince of Peace, a name given to Jesus, will reign over God’s Kingdom forever.
This coming baby—this fullness of God—will write God’s law on our hearts. But the fulfillment of these prophecies is more wonderful than any person can imagine. God, Himself, comes and lives in our hearts. What a glorious promise!
God’s Light Can Transform Your Life
Regarding light, Jesus said to his disciples in John 8: 12, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (NAS) God’s light is available to us. The questions to ask are these: How can you and I come into the light? How can we escape the darkness?
Jesus Christ is the light of God. We come into the light when we receive Jesus Christ into our hearts, that is, we enter into a personal relationship with Him. When we receive Jesus Christ we are reborn and become children of God. The Bible says in John 1: 9-13,
There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He [Jesus] was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (NAS)
When we become Christians, we partake of this light. According to the Bible (Ephesians 5: 8-9), this light should change our lives:
For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light. For the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth. (NAS)
As Christians, we are to walk as children of light. The light of Christ should shine through us and give light to the whole world. Jesus said in Matthew 5: 14-16:
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (NAS)
God is life and light. He strongly desires to share His life and light with you. Why? Because God loves you! God wants you to accept His light and to become His child. According to I John 3: 1, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.” (NAS)
Why would you choose to walk in darkness?
What wrong with atheism? Their world is too small. They ignore the light of God. They deny its existence. Their world is dark and dead and empty.
Atheists deny the existence of all metaphysical things. They deny the existence of love, that metaphysical quality believed to be the most powerful force of all. Atheists also deny the existence of consciousness, morality, beauty, and a host of other metaphysical realities that we accept as a normal part of existence.
Atheists don’t talk about light or darkness. They talk about ignorance and superstition. They consider the idea of “metaphysical darkness” as one of those superstitions from which we must free ourselves. Education is their key for overcoming ignorance and superstition. But atheists are not totally free from this “superstition.” At times they refer to themselves as children of the enlightenment.
Like an ostrich, atheists bury their heads in the sand and pretend metaphysics does not exist. But is this the best response? Metaphysical qualities are part of the reality given to us by God. These qualities give meaning to our lives and fill us with satisfaction and joy. It is far more productive to accept the existence of the metaphysical and accept our hunger for metaphysical light.
The Bible reveals the presence of a spiritual light. Spiritual light is a requirement for moral and spiritual health. God offers to give you this light through Jesus Christ, the true light. How can you refuse? Why would you want to?
God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all!