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December 8, 2012

Religion column: We are in the season of light

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Light is the very first thing that God created from the “formless void” of the heavens and the earth. The author of Genesis does not specify the sun as the source of this light. The sun and the stars were not created until the fourth day. This discrepancy may be the misunderstanding of the author’s primitive mind. But science tells us that deep in space, there are over 400 million photons of non-visible light per cubic meter!

The Bhagavad Gita, holy book of Hinduism, also contains many references to Divine Light, including this: “I see Thee, hard to look at . . . With the glory of flaming fire and sun, immeasurable. I see Thee, whose face is flaming fire, burning this whole universe with Thy radiance.”

Zoroastrianism was founded in Persia sometime between 1500 and 600 B.C. Zoroastrians believe in a single god: Ahura Mazda, the “Spirit of Light and Good.” The religious rituals of Zoroastrianism are performed before sacred fires, which represent God. The wise men who followed the light of a bright star to find the child Jesus, are widely believed to have been Zoroastrian priests and astronomers.

The child Jesus grew up to be Jesus the Christ, who said to his followers: “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.” (Luke 11:34)

Jesus also said: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-17)

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