Light

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

— 1 John 1:5.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
— John 3:19

Where would the good news be if John said, “God is light, but you cannot see his light; you cannot tell, you have no notion, what light is; what God means by light, is not what you mean by light; what God calls light may be horrible darkness to you, for you are of another nature from him!” Where would be the good news of that? It is true, the light of God may be so bright that we see nothing; but that is not darkness, it is infinite hope of light. It is true also that to the wicked, “the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light;” but is that because the conscience of the wicked man judges of good and evil oppositely to the conscience of the good man? When he says, “Evil, be thou my good,” he means by evil what God means by evil, and by good he means pleasure.  He cannot make the meanings change places. To say that what our deepest conscience calls darkness may be light to God, is blasphemy; to say light in God and light in man are of differing kinds, is to speak against the spirit of light. God means us to be jubilant in the fact that he is light—that he is what his children, made in his image, mean when they say light; that what in him is dark to them, is dark by excellent glory, by too much cause of jubilation; that, however dark it may be to their eyes, it is light even as they mean it, light for their eyes and souls and hearts to take in the moment they are enough of eyes, enough of souls, enough of hearts, to receive it in its very being.