In the Presence of God

“Evil can not live with You. The arrogant shall not stand in Your sight. You hate all workers of iniquity.” — Psalms of Israel 5:6-8

For many within the Religion of Light, the twenty-third of the Psalms is their favourite among the hundreds within the Hebrew-Aramaic Scriptures. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (vs 1) If we take a look at the last part of the sixth verse of this Psalm, we read, “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever”.

In connection with the twenty-seventh Psalm, we read, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the delight of the Lord, and to be in charge of his temple.” (vs 4)

Further, we read in the twenty-fourth Psalm, “Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not sworn by his soul falsely, nor taken an oath deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from God our Saviour.” (vss 3-5)

Within the Religion of Light, it is our belief that a man or woman can come to God in his or her current state, but as he or she grows in the knowledge of the Light and Truth, their old habits, false beliefs and their misunderstandings begin to disappear.

Learning the truth of the Faith provided through the Divine Messengers requires both knowledge and faith. The two go hand in hand. Humanity is asked to have faith in those things which it can not see or physically touch, however, at the same time, adherents of the Religion of Light are asked to take up studious practices when reading and contemplating our Scriptures. This, coupled with sincere prayer, leads to divine knowledge.

After gaining accurate and adequate knowledge of the Pillars of the Faith, a person’s life begins to change for the better, and one finds him/herself dwelling in the very Presence of God. Without proper knowledge and steadfast faith, one can not “ascend into the mountain of the Lord.”


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