Why God is Light and Love!

by Joshua Tilghman on June 14, 2012

In this blog post I would like to show you just why we can say that God is light and love. It sounds a little cliché, doesn’t it? But the fact that God is light and love becomes apparent when you dig beyond the literal interpretation of the Bible and discover one of the greatest spiritual treasures possible! When you do discover it, it’s like a great light that is suddenly flipped on somewhere in your thinking brain, and you suddenly realize that the literal representations presented in the Bible are only concrete foundations with which to begin a deeper journey, a journey that is so much more satisfying than any literal interpretation could be. I am not referring to a “secret” message or interpretation, although it is hidden. I am referring to an “inner” interpretation, one that brings true spiritual insight and transformation because it brings you closer to union with God.

In this blog post I want to bring our attention to a fascinating scripture of the Old Testament about Judah and show you its connection to both God and light. After dissecting it, you’ll see what I mean when I say the spiritual interpretation of the Biblical stories is so much more satisfying than any literal interpretation could be.

Get prepared for an awesome spiritual revelation!

Here is the scripture:

“All that were numbered in the camp of Judah were an hundred thousand and fourscore thousand and six thousand and four hundred, throughout their armies…” (Numbers 2:9)

The above wording is just a fancy way of saying the number 186, 400.

So what’s so special about that scripture, and, more importantly, that number? Did you notice anything particularly interesting about it? If you have any kind of physics background then you might have thought it is very close to the speed of light! Scientists of today calculate the exact number of the speed of light in a vacuum to be 186, 282 miles per second. I think the Biblical writer has it pretty close, don’t you?

Is this just coincidence? No, because within the same chapter we have another direct association of this number and scripture with light! After reading verses two and three of the same chapter in the Book of Numbers there can be little doubt that the Biblical writer was trying to tell us something very special. Those verses state:

“Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch. And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch…

In the camps around the tabernacle, Judah is always to face east towards the rising sun. Bingo! There’s our connection. Judah’s permanent place is towards the light.

So what’s so spiritually significant about this? In essence we could say that Judah is the tribe of light! Besides the Bible, there are many other ancient scriptures that equate God with love and light, and there is a connection between these two that sheds knowledge on both the spiritual and physical aspects of life.

Let’s look at a few other important Bible verses dealing with light and the sun.

“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings…” (Malachi 4:2)

Notice how the word “sun” and not “son” is used here. Mainstream Christianity has struggled with this verse for many centuries and many have assumed that there is a pagan influence here. But what these traditional Christians have failed to realize is that this verse should have nothing to do with “pagan” vs. “Christian.” The true meaning is so much more important and to reduce it to something as trivial as pagan influence is truly a shame.

This verse in Malachi continues pointing out the same thing that the Biblical writer of Numbers is trying to tell us: God is light and love!

1 John 1:5 states: “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light

Is this verse metaphorical or literal? It is funny how the traditional Christian mindset takes many scriptural passages that are meant to be metaphorical and translates them as literal, and then goes on to take many passages that are meant quite literally and translates them as metaphorical (I once did this). 1 John 1:5 should be taken quite literally.

So how could God be light? And how does Judah who camps around the east relate to all this?

What I am about to show you is perhaps one of the biggest “inner” revelations the Bible contains.

The photon, an elementary particle of light, is essentially a carrier for information. In a way you could say that God is information in motion, which gives rise to your existence. This gives us many clues to what the mystical God experience all about. Think about it: isn’t the goal of a spiritualist to achieve union with God?

Traditional Christianity with all its literal interpretations of the Bible places emphasis on being “saved” by a belief, whereas the original esoteric and mystical Christians at the time of Jesus placed their emphasis on “experiencing” god.

And isn’t this really what happened to Paul in his conversion experience on the road to Damascus in the Book of Acts? As I already discussed in the blog post entitled Putting Scripture in the Proper Prospective: Part One, Paul’s Christ was not an experience with a Jesus in flesh and blood, but with a bright light! Hint, hint! Does this give you a better idea of what the “inner” revelation of Jesus really represents? Is it really about a belief in the “blood” of Jesus, or did things get mixed up somewhere along the way? Couldn’t the real salvation experience be about what’s referred to as Christ consciousness?

Judah is the favored tribe in the Bible. Judah is the line from which Christ comes. We have already seen how Judah is associated with light. Now we need to talk a little about love since the Bible makes it clear that God is also love, which is really a way of saying God operates on certain frequency, of which you are an integral part!

Love is simply a vibration frequency which is harmonious with source consciousness itself. The opposite of love, such as fear and hate, is a vibration frequency which disconnects us from the source and serves to further establish our egos. The goal of a true spiritualist certainly isn’t the expansion of the ego!

The born again experience is really about being transformed into a new creature where you see the light of universal consciousness. Actually, it is about becoming ONE with God; our egos separate us from God by its own individual perspective.

Union with God is about union with the source or universal consciousness that permeates everything. Part of this is about aligning our consciousness to the vibration of love. That’s why it is important to become conscious of things you dwell on (meditation and mindfulness will help you realize that many of the things we dwell on are pointless).

In conclusion, put your “light” in proper order. Practice meditation, mindfulness, and dwell on good things. Become a vessel of light instead of a vessel of darkness, or ego.

As 1 John also states:

“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. If we say that we have fellowship (union) with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth…”

And also Philippians 4:8 states:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute…dwell on these things.”

I hope this blog post has helped you to see the importance of going beyond the literal interpretation of the Bible. Doing so unites humanity in a special way. Sticking with the literal interpretations divides humanity because it is a way for our individual egos to say, “I’m right and you’re wrong!” In other words, I know I am right because the Bible says so. You’re wrong because you don’t believe in the literal Bible.” This is quite shallow indeed! The Bible is too important as a spiritual roadmap to be interpreted in such a manner. Its grand spiritual revelations are just too important to be limited by our egos.

What do you think?



{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Rory August 5, 2012 at 6:07 am

Joshua, it’s a wonderful illustration you present here. I particularly like the paragraph about the photon being a carrier of information, and that God can therefore be viewed as “information in motion.” Very thought provoking.

The only minor quibble I have is in your translation of Numbers 2:4, “All that were numbered in the camp of Judah were an hundred thousand and fourscore thousand and six thousand and four hundred, throughout their armies…” You then go on to say, “The above wording is just a fancy way of saying the number 186, 400.”

I’m not sure where you get this wording from. I couldn’t replicate it anywhere, and the majority (if not all) of Bible translations I could gather (over at Biblos.com) give the general understanding to be, “and his army, even their numbered men, 74, 600.”

It would be wonderful if the Bible writer did get close to referencing the speed of light, but I’m not sure he does.


Joshua Tilghman August 5, 2012 at 9:20 am


Thanks for pointing this out to me. I had quoted the wrong scripture. It was Numbers 2:9, five verses later! Don’t know how I made that simple mistake. I have went back and corrected it in the post. If you open your Bible to that scripture, you will now see what I mean.

And thanks for your comment. I appreciate it. Going to check out your blog now.


Rory August 6, 2012 at 12:36 am

Kudos, Josh.

It was beyond me to go fishing around in the surrounding verses to see whether there had been a simple typo. Colour me slightly sheepish.


Michael Rizzio March 9, 2014 at 5:46 am


If you had added LIFE, I would have found your site years ago. Great post! I have looked at those verses in Numbers and even graphically arrayed the tribes relative to the tabernacle to create what appears to be a cross in the desert with the top (Judah) facing east toward the sun.

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God bless you!


Debbra April 14, 2016 at 7:12 pm

I hear and see it as you do. 😉 I have been on this deeper journey you speak of for a few years. And it is beyond justifiable words to say the least. I find your site very similar to
teachings of Bill Donahue and hidden meanings. I thank you for sharing the Good News.


Joshua Tilghman April 16, 2016 at 11:49 pm

Thank you, Debbra. Many blessings.


Michael February 9, 2017 at 8:01 am

Solve this word problem: “A day with The Lord is as a thousand years” (2Peter 3:8).
1000 years = 1 day / square root of (1-V 2 / C2). V solves to 186,282 mi/sec or the speed of light.
Einstein’s formula for Special Relativity appears in context in The Bible.


Joshua Tilghman February 24, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Michael, interesting!


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