Is the Light of Christ
the Same in Everyone?
Q. Is the Light of Christ the same intensity in everyone coming into the world? (John 1:9)
This is a very difficult question to answer as neither the Bible nor the revelations tell us. What we do know is that the degree of Spirit we enjoy is in proportion to our personal obedience to the commandments. Thus if we disobey, the Light withdraws into our subconscience, a portion thereof remaining in our conscience to give us space for repentance. If we refuse to repent after the space allotted by Yahweh, then is progressively withdraws into our subconscience, there to nudge, nag or torment us in our dreams.
That we are given a degree of Light at birth that reflects our faithfulness in the first estate or pre-existence is not an unreasonable supposition. We have always taught that the flesh we receive in mortality (genetically through our parents), both its limitations and strengths, is the result of grace and judgement -- judgement for acts in the pre-mortal world, and grace (the undeserved loving kindness of God our Father) to help us along in mortality.
How do we receive the Light of Christ? It is inherited through the flesh of our parents. According to revelations we have received, the Light of Christ was placed in matter at the Creation. Each child inherits a portion of this Light in the sperm and egg of its father and mother, respectively. It is this Light which has sustained the Creation from the beginning, and which keeps all living things alive.
Whether or not the Light of Christ changes in time is open to debate. I suspect it is present in proportion to the corruption or purity of the physical seed. We believe that there are two aspects of this Light -- a spiritual (what we bring with us from the spirit world) and a physical (what we inherit from our parents). But this is a complex subject.
Suffice to say that the Light probably varies in intensity between individuals. We may not know the full answer until we are in heaven.
This page was created on 8 April 1998
Last updated on 8 April 1998
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