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From Darkness to Light

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Is Darkness Real or is it just an empty space devoid of Truth and Light which is filled with delusion and deception? Or is it’s Reality dependent upon what is in the Darkness and the amount Truth or Light  that is present within that being or object which directly depends on its Source? Can the Darkness of our soul be likened to a space that is devoid of physical beings/ objects/ Truth or Light which is merely a shadow, a false mirage, a false image of God? If darkness is ‘Real’ while also being a ‘space’ that is devoid of Light, then ‘space’ must be a creation of God that has Light within it. This would mean that darkness, wherever and whatever it is in Space must have the potential to reveal Light as it depends on Truth/Light to even exist in Reality ? And if our perception of Darkness is not in fact ‘Real’ then why do we become afraid of it?

How can we rise above the evil inclinations of our soul to become vessels of Truth and shine Light upon Light?

How can we break free from the slavery to our addictions of greed, envy, lust, sloth, vengeance, and from the oppression and corruption caused by our ego? 

How can we overcome our sorrows and fears to persevere in our difficult paths towards Peace?

Here are some links to self- reflection exercises which involves deep refection into our own darkness through asking our self questions-  aimed at helping us to meditate on our self, our darkness, our past human experience and gaining wisdom from our own thoughts, emotions, speech and action- and then applying this wisdom from what we may have perceived to have been a negative experience- to our present and future time in this world in order to rise above the darkness and transform into Light. 

Some Scripture Quotes on Darkness and Light

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:1-4

 

God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1: 16-18

 

As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. Genesis 15:12

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. Exodus 10:21- 22

No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived. Exodus 10:23

On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. Exodus 19:16

The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. Exodus 20:21

 

These are the commandments the Lord proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me. Deuteronomy 5:22

 

 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, Revelation 6:12

 

He sent darkness and made the land dark— for had they not rebelled against his words? Psalm 105:28

 


Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like people without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead. Isaiah 59:10

 

But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. Proverbs 4:19

 

Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways. Proverbs 2:11-15

 

He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in. Proverbs 7:8-9

“Immediately after the distress of those days, “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ Mathew 24:29

That night—may thick darkness seize it; may it not be included among the days of the year nor be entered in any of the months. Job 3:6

“What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside? Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings? Job 38:19-20

 

Give glory to the Lord your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble on the darkening hills. You hope for light, but he will turn it to utter darkness and change it to deep gloom. Jeremiah 13:16

You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl. Psalm 104:20

 

Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Psalm 97:2

Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud; 1Kings 8:12

 

 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. John 3:20

 

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. Psalm 91:6

 

a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come. Joel 2:2

 

Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness. Isaiah 8:22

 

That day—may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine on it. May gloom and utter darkness claim it once more; may a cloud settle over it; may blackness overwhelm it. That night—may thick darkness seize it; may it not be included among the days of the year nor be entered in any of the months. May that night be barren; may no shout of joy be heard in it. May those who curse days curse that day, those who are ready to rouse Leviathan. May its morning stars become dark; may it wait for daylight in vain and not see the first rays of dawn, Job: 3:4-9

 

 

In the dark, thieves break into houses, but by day they shut themselves in; they want nothing to do with the light. Job 24:16

 

Mortals put an end to the darkness; they search out the farthest recesses for ore in the blackest darkness. Job 28:3

 

Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face. Job 23:17

 

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Psalm 112:4

 

He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness his canopy around him—the dark rain clouds of the sky. 2 Samuel 22:10-12

 

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5:20

 

In that day they will roar over it like the roaring of the sea. And if one looks at the land, there is only darkness and distress; even the sun will be darkened by clouds. Isaiah 5:30

 

All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger. Ecclesiastes 5:17

 

Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Psalm 97:2

 

That day will be a day of wrath— a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness— Zephaniah 1:15

 

He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. 2 Samuel 22:10

 

He made darkness his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky. 2 Samuel 22:12

 

The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony. Revelation 16:10

 

Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.” Luke 22:53

 

“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, Job 38:8-9

 

And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. Jude 1:6

 

These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 2 Peter 2:17

 

But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Mathew 8:12

 

“Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Mathew 22:13

 

If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. Proverbs 20:20

 

“There are those who rebel against the light, who do not know its ways or stay in its paths. When daylight is gone, the murderer rises up, kills the poor and needy, and in the night steals forth like a thief. The eye of the adulterer watches for dusk; he thinks, ‘No eye will see me,’ and he keeps his face concealed. In the dark, thieves break into houses, but by day they shut themselves in; they want nothing to do with the light. For all of them, midnight is their morning; they make friends with the terrors of darkness. Job 24:13-18

 

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

 

I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:3

 

I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things. Isaiah 45:7

 

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Psalm 112:4

 

Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Micah 7:8

 

he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6

 

I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’I, the Lord, speak the truth; I declare what is right. Isaiah 45:19

 

 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 18:28

 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

 

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46

 

 a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come. Joel 2:2

 

You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 18:28

 

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

 

 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Mathew 10:27

 

 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Mathew 5:16

 

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:7-12

 

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

 

to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1:79

 

I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone. Jeremiah 4:23

 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

 

when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, Job 38:9

 

Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?” Isaiah 29:15

 

He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. 1 Samuel 2:9

 

While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:5

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 1 John 2:9

Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them. John 12:35-37

Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Luke 11:34-35

 

the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Mathew 4:16

 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

 

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

 

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Revelation 21:23

 

I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness. Ecclesiastes 2:13

 

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. John 3:19

 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

 

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130

 

Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them. John 12: 36-37

 

Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains, Psalm 107:10

 

But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Mathew 6:23

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8


The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23

Praise be to God, Who created the heavens and the earth, and made the darkness and the light. Yet those who disbelieve ascribe equals to their Lord. Quran 6:1

 

God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The allegory of His light is that of a pillar on which is a lamp. The lamp is within a glass. The glass is like a brilliant planet, fueled by a blessed tree, an olive tree, neither eastern nor western. Its oil would almost illuminate, even if no fire has touched it. Light upon Light. God guides to His light whomever He wills. God thus cites the parables for the people. God is cognizant of everything. In houses which God has permitted to be raised, and His name is celebrated therein. He is glorified therein, morning and evening. By men who neither trading nor commerce distracts them from God’s remembrance, and from performing the prayers, and from giving alms. They fear a Day when hearts and sights are overturned. God will reward them according to the best of what they did, and He will increase them from His bounty. God provides for whomever He wills without reckoning. As for those who disbelieve, their works are like a mirage in a desert. The thirsty assumes it is to be water. Until, when he has reached it, he finds it to be nothing, but there he finds God, Who settles his account in full. God is swift in reckoning. Or like utter darkness in a vast ocean, covered by waves, above which are waves, above which is fog. Darkness upon darkness. If he brings out his hand, he will hardly see it. He to whom God has not granted a light has no light. Quran 24:35-40

 

Their likeness is that of a person who kindled a fire; when it illuminated all around him, God took away their light, and left them in darkness, unable to see. Deaf, dumb, blind. They will not return. Or like a cloudburst from the sky, in which is darkness, and thunder, and lightning. They press their fingers into their ears from the thunderbolts, in fear of death. But God surrounds the disbelievers. The lightning almost snatches their sight away. Whenever it illuminates for them, they walk in it; but when it grows dark over them, they stand still. Had God willed, He could have taken away their hearing and their sight. God is capable of everything. Quran 2:17-20

 

Alif, Lam, Ra. A Scripture that We revealed to you, that you may bring humanity from darkness to light—with the permission of their Lord—to the path of the Almighty, the Praiseworthy. Quran 14:1

 

We have revealed the Torah, wherein is guidance and light. The submissive prophets ruled the Jews according to it, so did the rabbis and the scholars, as they were required to protect God’s Book, and were witnesses to it. So do not fear people, but fear Me. And do not sell My revelations for a cheap price. Those who do not rule according to what God revealed are the unbelievers. Quran 5:44

 

In their footsteps, We sent Jesus son of Mary, fulfilling the Torah that preceded him; and We gave him the Gospel, wherein is guidance and light, and confirming the Torah that preceded him, and guidance and counsel for the righteous. Quran 5:46

 

God is the Lord of those who believe; He brings them out of darkness and into light. As for those who disbelieve, their lords are the evil ones; they bring them out of light and into darkness—these are the inmates of the Fire, in which they will abide forever.  Have you not considered him who argued with Abraham about his Lord, because God had given him sovereignty? Abraham said, “My Lord is He who gives life and causes death.” He said, “I give life and cause death.” Abraham said, “God brings the sun from the East, so bring it from the West,” so the blasphemer was confounded. God does not guide the wrongdoing people. Or like him who passed by a town collapsed on its foundations. He said, “How can God revive this after its demise?” Thereupon God caused him to die for a hundred years, and then resurrected him. He said, “For how long have you tarried?” He said, “I have tarried for a day, or part of a day.” He said, “No. You have tarried for a hundred years. Now look at your food and your drink—it has not spoiled—and look at your donkey. We will make you a wonder for mankind. And look at the bones, how We arrange them, and then clothe them with flesh.” So when it became clear to him, he said, “I know that God has power over all things.” And when Abraham said, “My Lord, show me how You give life to the dead.” He said, “Have you not believed?” He said, “Yes, but to put my heart at ease.” He said, “Take four birds, and incline them to yourself, then place a part on each hill, then call to them; and they will come rushing to you. And know that God is Powerful and Wise.” Quran 2:257-260

It is He who made the sun radiant, and the moon a light, and determined phases for it—that you may know the number of years and the calculation. God did not create all this except with truth. He details the revelations for a people who know. In the alternation of night and day, and in what God created in the heavens and the earth, are signs for people who are aware. Quran 10:5-6

When Joseph said to his father, “O my father, I saw eleven planets, and the sun, and the moon; I saw them bowing down to me.” Quran 12:4

On the Day when some faces will be whitened, and some faces will be blackened. As for those whose faces are blackened: “Did you disbelieve after your belief?” Then taste the punishment for having disbelieved. But as for those whose faces are whitened: they are in God’s mercy, remaining in it forever. These are the revelations of God. We recite them to you in truth. God desires no injustice for mankind. Quran 3: 106-108

 

. Say, “I take refuge with the Lord of Daybreak. From the evil of what He created. And from the evil of the darkness as it gathers. And from the evil of those who practice sorcery. And from the evil of an envious when he envies.” Quran 113

 

Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind. The King of mankind. The God of mankind. From the evil of the sneaky whisperer. Who whispers into the hearts of people. From among jinn and among people.” Quran 114