THE STORY OF BEGINNINGS. Each of the world’s monotheistic religious
traditions shares the concept of light. In the beginning: light. Light born of darkness.
Light called forth. Light being lit. Light bursting forth. Light drawing us toward it.
Light within us. Light not fully understood.
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 darkness.
~ from the Judeo-Christian tradition, Genesis 1:1-2, The Torah
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His
Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in
Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive,
neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though
fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to
His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things.
~ from the Islamic tradition, Surah 24. An-Nur (Light), 35, The Koran, (Yusuf Ali Translation)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him
all things were made, without him nothing was made that had been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the
darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
~ from the Christian tradition, John 1:1-5, The Bible (New International Version)