“In Him was Life; and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shined in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:4-5
“And God said, “Let there be Light,” and there was Light. God saw that the Light was good, and he separated the Light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:3-4
“For with You is the Fountain of Life: In Your Light we shall see Light.” Psalm 36:9
The Bible is suffused with light and with references to light. At the beginning of time God creates light, pronounces it “good” and separates it from the darkness. Yet, oddly enough, cosmologists tell us that the composition of the universe is more than 75% dark matter and dark energy.
Dark matter cannot be directly observed or measured but is posited because of its gravitational effect on light and the matter that can be seen. If God dwells in “unapproachable light” (I Tim. 6:16), is then Satan’s domain in the dark that composes the other 3/4 of the universe? If the light He created is good, then does that mean that the dark is bad? I wonder about unanswerable questions like that, and am doubly puzzled due to my inadequate grasp of the physics and math involved.
John 1:1 describes Jesus as “the Word” (logos), and Jesus says of himself: “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12). The logos is the organizing principle of the universe. Are light and the logos essentially the same? It all causes me to wonder about the themes of light verses the dark in scripture, especially that which runs thru John’s Gospel and letters? Are “light” and “dark” something more than just metaphors?
“. . .Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:19-21)
Light is mysterious. The greatest controversy of modern physics has to do with the properties of light. Does it manifest itself in waves or particles? Apparently, sometimes it appears one way and sometimes another.
I’ve read some very thought-provoking claims recently about DNA, gravity, the sun, and the properties of light. There is something called the phantom DNA effect. It is a phenomena discovered by a Russian scientist Sergey Leikin back in the 1980s. His research demonstrated that after a strand of DNA was removed from a test tube its imprint remained—apparently due to some type of gravitational force. It has not been well publicized, or well received by other scientists because its mind-blowing ramification is that the universe is one giant incubator of life. His claims are very controversial and the scientific community thinks of it as fringe science. Another odd doctrine posited by astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle and biologist Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe is that life was brought to the earth thru DNA in the solar wind. In other words that dust ejected from the sun is chock full of DNA.
These are claims from The Synchronicity Key by David Wilcock. His book is full of outrageous claims and incoherent data. It’s the stuff of the “ancient astronaut theorists” so popular on the H2 History Channel. But amidst the junk science I suspect there may be some truly important truths ignored by the mainstream. I am certainly not able to address the physics or microbiology inherent in these claims but they are fascinating and they cause one to ponder all the mysterious references to light in scripture.
Some months back, Johnny, a friend in one of my home churches, made a statement that has replayed in my thoughts a hundred times over. He said we are all like candles being progressively lit that gradually reveal a vision of Jesus. None of us behold him with complete clarity but each of us has a vision that illuminates some of the picture. To me that fits in nicely with each of us being a part of His body. We each have our spiritual gift and our role to play in the body. We each lend a bit of light to a fuller vision of Jesus. While He is truly “the Light of the world” some of why we need each other is to flesh that archetypal vision out for each other.
And, of late, I’ve come to view my small candle shining in the Lord’s body as having something to do with communicating the sense of wonder and the curiosity I’ve always carried with me. So anyway, I guess that’s the point of this blog.