The Identity of the Two Kinds of Light

The two kinds of light, the metaphysical and the moral, are but one light. But they seem to be two. Because the one enlightens the soul inwardly so that it can see itself and whatever pertains to it, and is called metaphysical to distinguish it from physical light, which illumines the eyes of the body outwardly. The other enlightens the soul outwardly by means of language and speech, and is called moral to distinguish it from the metaphysical light, which enlightens inwardly, and from the physical light, which illumines outwardly. Yet it is not merely for the purpose of distinguishing it that it is called moral, but it is also because full and complete moral faith is demanded of the soul that listens to speech in order to impart the enlightenment. If the soul, when listening to the speech of God, disbelieves in the truth thereof, or entertains doubts as to the truth thereof, it is justly deprived of the divine enlightenment, and moral darkness overcomes it. The two terms, to-wit, metaphysical light and moral light, signify merely two different modes of enlightenment of the soul, and not two different lights. Two different lights are signified by the terms physical light and metaphysical light. For physical light can neither see nor discern itself, and is metaphysical darkness. Metaphysical light, on the contrary, possesses perfect self-knowledge that excludes all ignorance. Physical light was made in time, when God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light. Metaphysical light, on the other hand, was not made, having always existed and being in fact God. Metaphysical light is the Spirit of God that is everywhere present and fills all things and transports the souls of men out of the metaphysical darkness of ignorance into the minimum light of self-knowledge and of consciousness and instills in them the yearning for knowledge and elimination of ignorance. This inner enlightenment and illumination of souls is promoted and completed by the external enlightenment that is effected by the speech and word of God, to whom souls owe unhesitating belief and faith and prompt submission and obedience. When they disbelieve or disobey, they are separated from the light and fall into moral darkness, being deprived of the blessings of life, and experience the agonies and sorrows of death. Tri­luminal science, therefore, regards the two lights, to-wit, metaphysical and moral light, as one eternal light, which enlightens and illumines the souls of men both inwardly and outwardly, and leads and guides them to the good end of deification if they obey it and follow it with implicit faith. Souls that fail to obey and to submit to it miss the good end to which they had been predestined, and experience all the evils that attend privation and failure. It does not, however, regard the two darknessess, to-wit, the metaphysical and the moral darkness, in the same way that it regards the two lights as one light. For metaphysical darkness is a quite different thing from moral darkness. The former, being complete ignorance, has no sub­stance whatever, that is, no subsistence in reality, or power and activity, and is merely a physical property of non-being and of the essence of matter. Moral darkness, on the contrary, has both a subsistence and an evil will opposed to the good will of God, and the power of doing evil deeds instead of good ones. Moral darkness is an evil spirit, having become evil as a result of disobedience and apostasy from God, who created it. That is why it has been called Satan and the Devil, from the fact that it speaks falsehood and traduces and slanders and insults the goodness of God. For these reasons this moral darkness is not identical with either the metaphysical darkness of ignorance nor the physical darkness of night, but has to be distinguished from both the former and the latter, in accordance with the essence and nature it possesses and the power and activity it exercises among men. This moral darkness opposes and reacts against moral light, against the word and law of God, and the God of light has this moral darkness as a natural enemy and foe in the work of creating men after the likeness and image of God. Since man is formed and moulded out of earth, or the dust of the ground, his soul out of the metaphysical darkness of ignorance passes into the minimum light of consciousness and of self-knowledge, and possesses a minimum knowledge together with a maximum ignorance, and a strong desire to know what he is ignorant of, for this very reason he was mispersuaded and led astray by moral darkness into the transgression of the divine law, and learned by experience what is good and what is evil for him. The calamities that befall a man as a result of his ignorance, become lessons to him that enlighten him to distinguish good from evil and evil from good, and to make good use of the freedom he possesses in respect of his will, thus enabling him to choose that which is good and to avoid that which is evil. God, being a lover of mankind, invites to repentance men that sin against Him as a result of the influence of moral darkness, and welcomes back those who repent and return to Him, and pardons them, and greatly favors and glorifies them in accordance with the natural philanthropy and goodness He possesses.

Triluminal science, then, knows also the existence of moral darkness and can see its evil activity of darkening the minds of men and misleading them away from the truth of God, and distinguishes it from the metaphysical darkness of ignorance as well as from the physical darkness of night, which symbolizes the evil nature of moral darkness, just as physical light symbolizes the good nature of metaphysical light. Triluminal science by means of the three lights sees all three corresponding and opposed darknesses, and also the fact that nearly all the evils rife amongst men have their source in the moral darkness in consequence of the natural ignorance of men and owing to their disbelief in the word of God. Moral darkness cunningly exploits the natural ignorance of men, promising them universal knowledge and omniscience, and by means of this false bait it succeeds in attracting them and catching and slaying them. The true light, which lighteth every man when he cometh into the world, transports the souls of men out of the metaphysical darkness of ignorance into the true knowledge of their existence, and of the existence of the world and of God, the cause of their existence. From this minimum knowledge mixed with a maximum ignorance moral darkness transports them into the presumption of thinking that they know what they know not at all. Souls that think they know what they are really ignorant of see darkness as light, and become incapable of true knowledge. As a result of such natural causes moral darkness prevailed among instead of moral light and formed moral night, the period filled with hardship and unhappiness of men, until the dawn of the Sun of righteousness, our Lord Jesus Christ, the cause of moral day, who saveth every man that believeth in Him from the power of moral darkness and the evils of moral night. God the lover of mankind sent His own Son to the world of men that was under the sway and dominion of Satan, in order to put an end to the work of the Devil and the world of sin and death, and at the same time to erect a new world, God-begotten, God-ruled, sinless and deathless, living the good life of God and continuing in existence for ever. The construction began upon a solid foundation and is going forward safely and surely until it is consummated and finished to the glory of the goodness of God, and to the eternal and everlasting reproach and shame of the Devil, who opposes it out of sheer envy and malice, as well as of all the impious and faithless and disobedient to the saving voice of God that cooperate with the Devil or work in harmony with him, notwithstanding that God wishes all to be saved and to attain to full knowledge of the truth. But not all can be saved, because they do not care to be saved though the only Savior, Christ, who died for the sins of all men and rose again from the dead, that He might raise up all the rest of men to life everlasting in connection with His own resurrection and in consequence thereof, provided they believe in the preaching of the Gospel, in the preaching of His death and resurrection and of His ascension into heaven. To Him, therefore, be the glory and the honor and the worship for ever and ever. To all His enemies, on the other hand, be the dishonor and disgrace and agony of their endless and just punishment.

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