established. Bodies possessed of cohesion, necessarily have gravitation
; and hence a general identity as regards attraction of cohesion is
involved in the identity of gravitation. Light being dependent on
vibrations, as science has shown, and these vibrations a result of
molecular action, therefore, since precisely the same rate of
vibrations and identical characteristics belong to the light of the
stars, we have proof of the profoundest significance and of the most
precise character, as to the identity of all matter in its general
laws. Thus it is literally inscribed on nature that, creation is one, God is one, the universe one.
V. Light necessarily the work of the first day—the signal of creation begun. From
the recent resrdts of science we know that light is dependent not
merely on molecular vibrations, but on vibrations of a certain
requisite rate; and also that it is produced only by molecular
disturbance, action, or combination ; it is a result of chemical or
molecular change, and is no independent entity. Without mutual
molecular action there could be neither heat nor light. Matter in such
an inactive, forceless state, would be literally dark, cold, dead. But
let it then be endowed with intense attraction of different degrees or
conditions, and it would produce light as the first effect of the
mutual action begun.
command " Let light be," was therefore the summons to activity in
matter. The Spirit of God moved or brooded over the vast deep, an abyss
of universal night, and light, as the initial phenomenon of matter in
action, flashed instantly through space, at the fiat of Deity. Thus
science, in its latest developments, declares as distinctly as the
Bible, that " on the first day light was."
in its veriest universality, must have been the light created, as light
is one and the universe one ; and not light about the earth, a little
satellite to the sun.
VI. " The beginning" the actual beginning. In
the fact that light must have been the first phenomenon in creation
begun, and that the universe is one in history, we have all needed
evidence that Moses meant "in the beginning," where he so asserts.