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What is light? and how does it expose the deeds of darkness?

John 3:20-21 NKJV

For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Here the deeds that are clearly seen are the deeds of the one who is coming to the light.

Note to self: ἀληθινόν has been translated as "true" yet the meaning in the days of Jesus meant "to be genuinely unconcealed"[1]

Matt 5:16 NKJV

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

The result of Light is that good works may be seen.

2 Corinthians 4:6 NKJV

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Here Defined as: The knowledge of the glory of God.

Psalm 119:130 NKJV

The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple."

The result of Light is that it gives understanding to the simple.

Acts 19:18 NKJV

And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds.

John 1:4 NKJV

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

Here light is connected to Life.

Luke 11:34 Clearly Explained Version

The life for your body is in your focus. When your focus is clear, unfolded, and on one agenda also all the body of you is full of life. However when your focus is toilsome with many agendas the body of you is dying.

I replaced out some analogies hoping to get a feel of the complete picture with Luke 11:34

Ephesians 5:11-13 NKJV

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

Here Defined as: Whatever makes manifest.

Hebrews 11:31 NKJV

By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.

I don't think it means snitching because Rahab the harlot did not snitch. And she was considered a woman of faith. But I do not know for sure.

Sources: [1] http://books.google.com/books?id=Gm1qJaJja1UC&pg=PA130&lpg=PA130&dq=%E1%BC%80%CE%BB%CE%B7%CE%B8%CE%B9%CE%BD%CF%8C%CE%BD+meaning&source=bl&ots=320epww5XX&sig=Mb0EwqcMJtnRq6wxhcWcWK7WVB8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QNBHU8juFsSV2QW4-4CgBA&ved=0CFYQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=%E1%BC%80%CE%BB%CE%B7%CE%B8%CE%B9%CE%BD%CF%8C%CE%BD%20meaning&f=false

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What is light to whom? Different denominations understand it differently and esoteric based denominations understand light very different from orthodox Christianity. Once you define the scope, this will be an awesome question. –  The Freemason Mar 31 at 13:03
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Just FYI, if you're a Douglas Adams fan, the word "dark" is in the KJV 42 times and the word "darkness" is in the KJV 142 times (whole word search). –  The Freemason Mar 31 at 13:11
    
This could be a good question, but it is currently causing some confusion. What does Catholicism have to do with this? You appear to have just slapped on any old denomination to appease the comment. If this is not the case could you please explain why a Catholic view is requested or why it matters? In the mean time this seems to be more about postulating a view that asking about one and I don't see the connection between your speculations and Catholicism. Let's clean up all that so it's clear what is being asked of whom before we open this... –  Caleb May 2 at 9:17
    
@Caleb I ask the Body of Christ. He knows the answer, you want him to be denominational. To me his is one. –  Only he is good. May 2 at 11:24
    
Re "This is not a denominational question because this is not defined as included in anyone's doctrine as a meaning." We don't handle those sort of questions here. The kinds we do handle are noted here: What makes a good focused question? –  Caleb May 2 at 11:29

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In both of the passages you quote, 'light' is being used metaphorically. It doesn't of course mean literal light.

From context it is highly likely that the metaphors being used here are for 'that which exposes' - in other words, the light makes visible to all that which was previously secret. There are plenty of biblical passages that equate God and Jesus with light (e.g. John 14:6), so it is reasonable to assume that these passages talk about God himself making secret things known.

Light is also used as a metaphor for good, while darkness represent evil. These two metaphors are mixed to some extent in the passages you quote.

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Words like "them" are generally implied after verbs in Greek as a necessary object in English. It would be odd to read "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose" without the "them." What is the "them" referring to? The works. –  david brainerd Apr 1 at 5:46
    
My difficulty is on whom the exposing of dark deeds is to occur on. I find example of deeds of the self to be exposed. Yet IF the focus defines the deeds of darkness to be exposed of another person. Exactly how this occurs to me is unknown. For example Gossip, Snitching, being a Busybody, and News. I know that I am to reveal darkness that you do to you, then bring a friend, then tell the church (Matthew 18:15-17). So the question is asked for the other perspectives for explanation to the boundaries of exposing the deeds of darkness to others. I do not feel that this answer fulfills that need. –  Only he is good. Apr 18 at 13:34

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