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Interesting correlation between God and light in major world religions...

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  • Interesting correlation between God and light in major world religions...

    Hello all,

    I have come across some observations which depict an interesting correlation between God and light in the major world religions....

    In Hinduism, the Vedas and Hindu scriptures considers the Shivalinga as representing a cosmic pillar of light. The Dharmic monotheistic sect the Prajapita Brahmakumaris consider God to be a point of light. The Upanishads and enlightened masters have also described Brahman to be self-luminous.

    In Islam, Allah has 100 name's, and one of them is Alnoor ( the Light).

    “God is light,” says Jesus Christ (1 John 1:5), in the Bible in Christianity.

    In Judaism, Psalm 76:4 says of God, “You are radiant with light.”

    So this correlation between God and light, is a common denominator in these four major world religions.

    Imo, the fire worship in Zoroastrianism may be illustrating this correlation between God (Ahura Mazda ) and light as well, light being emitted by the fire.

    I would say this may provide more proof that the major world religions are identical in their core, with only superficial differences on the outside creating cause for extremism and conflict. If you find any further proofs or evidences in this regard, please do share it here.

    Thanking in advance.


  • #2
    I wouldn't make that much of a leap. Light seems to be a universal artistic symbol of transcendence--and this is only natural given that sunlight showers us from above (the heavens), and without it we would be in darkness, unguided, etc. It seems like such a fitting analog for the divine. Sunlight is universally-experienced. I would be surprised if it didn't show up in the poetic and religious languages of history.


    • #3
      I would say this metaphor is pre-religious in that it’s a common symbol that arises when thinking of the divine. Light is a common metaphor for truth because its presence literally reveals the environment. If you consider the correlation or at least the strong association between truth and reality - the convertibility of the transcendentals - then it’s easy to see (boom boom) why terminology pertaining to the Sun or light sources is often applied to the Godhead.

      Another common symbol to consider would be the divine as fountain or spring.