The Light That Can't Be Put Out

In divine metaphysics, light is an important word. It is a powerful word. It stands for intelligence, wisdom, understanding, order, purity, love, the presence of God. It represents the spiritual, which has no opposite. As John says, metaphorically, "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." I John 1:5;

On this planet the sun appears to be source of light. To this physical sense, both light and darkness exist—even side by side. Take the dawn. As the sun, rises, shadows begin to form. The higher the sun, the stronger the light and the sharper the shadows: they take form and simulate, though in a distorted way, the shape of a tree, a house, or a person.

Mary Baker Eddy says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "We are sometimes led to believe that darkness is as real as light; but Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal sense of the absence of light, at the coming of which darkness losesthe appearance of reality." Science and Health, p. 215; This same mortal sense gives identity to hate—a mortal sense of the absence of love; to sickness—a mortal sense of the absence of health; to death—a mortal sense of the absence of life. It does so by seeming to attach the false sense—disagreeableness, sickness, or death—to a person. But true light is spiritual and cannot be absent. Love, health, and life are spiritual attributes belonging to God—always present and always evidenced by spiritual man and the spiritual universe.

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You Can Trust God
October 19, 1974

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