Word of God is the light

The word of God is the light and life of mankind.

 

263. The word of God is the light and life of mankind: JUDAISM: Deuteronomy 8:3 “And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.” Deuteronomy 32:46 “And He said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 32:47 “For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.” Proverbs 4:20 “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.” Proverbs 4:21 “Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.” Proverbs 4:22 “For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” Proverbs 6:23 “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:”

“ALL praise be to God Who hath, through the power of Truth, sent down this Book unto His servant, that it may serve as a shining light for all mankind…”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 39)

“The Word of God is the cause of spiritual life. It is a quickening spirit,”

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 119)

CHRISTIANITY: John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” The word of God is the true source of life to the world of man, by it man learns of God and man learns of the things one must do to foster our spiritual life. Without the word we would know nothing of our spirits, or our existence. John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” Luke 4:4 “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” 2 Timothy 1:10 “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:” This tells us that life was brought to man through the gospel or through the word of God which means the word of God is one of the main causes of spiritual life to mankind, because if we hear the word and believe the word we live our life by the word thus obtaining spiritual life. JUDAISM: Psalms 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” The word of God is not only the source of life to mankind; the word of God is also the supreme source of light and understanding in the existence of man. Psalms 119:130 “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” CHRISTIANITY: John 1:4 “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” 2 Peter 1:19 “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,” “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God: the Same was in the beginning with God: all things were made by Him, and without Him was nothing made: that which was made by Him is life, and the life was the light of men, and the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not. And that the soul of man, though it bears witness to the light, yet itself is not that light; but the Word of God, being God, is that true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” (Confessions of St Augustine, Book 7) Philippians 2:15 “Ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life;

“In the spiritual realm of intelligence and idealism there must be a center of illumination, and that center is the everlasting, ever-shining Sun, the Word of God. Its lights are the lights of reality which have shone upon humanity, illumining the realm of thought and morals, conferring the bounties of the divine world upon man. These lights are the cause of the education of souls and the source of the enlightenment of hearts, sending forth in effulgent radiance the message of the glad-tidings of the Kingdom of God. In brief, the moral and ethical world and the world of spiritual regeneration are dependent for their progressive being upon that heavenly center of illumination. It gives forth the light of religion and bestows the life of the spirit, imbues humanity with archetypal virtues and confers eternal splendors.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, p. 10)

“Set right, O Lord, such disorders as people stir up, and cause Thy Word to shine resplendent throughout the earth.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 26)

“These verses, clear and conclusive, are a token of the mercy of thy Lord and a source of guidance for all mankind. They are a light unto those who believe in them and a fire of afflictive torment for those who turn away and reject them.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 161)

124. “Whosoever turns away from My Message, (the word) verily for him is a life narrowed down.” (spiritually diminished)

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah  20)

48. “In the past We granted a Light and a Message for those who would do right.” “Those who fear their Lord in their most secret thoughts, and who hold the Hour (of Judgment) in awe.” “And this is a blessed Message (of light and spiritual life) which We have sent down.”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah  21)

“Let every nation follow what they used to worship, and now we are waiting for our Lord.’ Then the Almighty will come to them in a shape other than the one which they saw the first time, and He will say, ‘I am your Lord,’ and they will say, ‘You are not our Lord.”’ They will be blind to the new manifestation of God, Allah will send them. They have eyes to see, but don’t see the true light of Allah when it dawns, and fail to hear the truth of His words, but, instead, hold onto the literal words of their holy books, failing to see the new light of the spirit of God in the words of the new manifestation, and the new book.

(Hadith, Bukhari Vol 9, Book 93, # 532)

9. “The teacher of evil destroys the lore, he by his teaching destroys the design of life, he prevents the possession of Good Thought from being prized. These words of my spirit I wail unto you, O Mazda, and to the Right.”

(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 32)

2. “We are praisers of good thoughts, of good words, and of good actions, of those now and those hereafter, of those being done; and of those completed.” 3. “Therefore, would we choose, O Ahura Mazda! and thou, O Righteousness the beauteous! that we should think, and speak, and do those thoughts, and words, and deeds, among actual good thoughts, and words, and actions, which are the best for both the worlds;” 9. “Yea those words and sayings, O Ahura Mazda! we would proclaim as Righteousness, and as of the better mind (?); and we would make Thee the one who both supports (us in our proclamation) of them, and who throws still further light upon them (as they are),” 10. “And by reason of Thy Righteous Order, Thy Good Mind, and Thy Sovereign Power, and through the instrumentality of our praises of Thee, O Ahura Mazda! and for the purpose of still further praises, by Thy spoken words, and for (still further) spoken words, through Thy Yasna, and for (still further) Yasnas (would we thus proclaim them, and make Thee the bestower of our light).”

(The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 35)

4. “And that Savitri verse which the teacher teaches, that is it (the life) and whomsoever he teaches, he protects his vital breaths.” (protects his spiritual life)

(Hindu, Upanishads vol. 2, Brihadaranyaka-Upanishad Part 3)

1. “SPEAK forth……words, the words which light proceeded.”

(Hindu, Vedas, Rig Veda – Book  7)

“The Law be your light, The Law be your refuge! Do not look for any other refuge!”

((The Eightfold Path), Buddha, the Word (The Eightfold Path))

2. “Even if the faithful can recite only a few of the scriptures, if they act accordingly, having given up passion, hate, and folly, being possessed of true knowledge and serenity of mind, craving nothing in this world or the next, they are living the holy life.”

(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards))

“Do not slumber and sleep, and forget not what your lord commanded you.” “Those who listen to the speech of the Life Will be greatly increased, Will be enriched (enlightened) and will not lack.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 88, Instruction of Adam)