Light of the Heavens and the Earth
God is the light of the heavens and the earth. The allegory of His light is that of a concave mirror behind a lamp that is placed inside a glass container. The glass container is like a bright, pearl-like star. The fuel thereof is supplied from a blessed oil producing tree, that is neither eastern, nor western. Its oil is almost self-radiating; needs no fire to ignite it. Light upon light. God guiles to His light whoever wills (to be guided). God thus cites the parables for the people. God is fully aware of all things.
The initial statement of this beautiful verse indicates that God is the source of all energy, all light. He is the only source of power in the universe...in other words, All-powerful. For many individuals
trying to submit to Him, that concept has become almost self evident. But for many it may need some explanation.
If we accept that God is All-powerful, then it follows that the only power in existence is God’s. So, strange as it may seem to us, anything that is done is done by God. This is exactly what verse 8:17 tells us:
It is not you who killed them; God is the One who killed them. It was not you who threw when you threw; God is the One who threw. But He thus gives the believers a chance to earn a lot of credit. God is Hearer, Omniscient. (8:17)
This concept certainly is not self evident from a worldly point of view. It appears to us that we are
doing lots of things. It seems to me that I am sitting at my table, looking out the window at the birds swarming around the bird seed I have put out, as I type this article on my computer. But even our worldly wisdom tells us that appearances are deceiving.
Einstein’s famous equation E=mc2 and what we know about nuclear fission open a new way of looking at things which makes sense to me. The following are my personal thoughts. They are in no way proven facts. It is easier to write them as if they were, but please do not accept them as such, even if they make sense to you. God willing we can all remain open to other interpretations.
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