Sunday, April 8, 2012

Color Theory #4 - White - Is it a Color? Facts, Physics and Faith.

Let's review a bit:
Color does not exist without light.
Light contains all color, 
literally a rainbow spectrum.

Fact: the definition of light from

#1 - something that makes things visible or 
affords illumination: All colors depend on light.

#2  - Physics (if you're interested - otherwise skip this part!)
electromagnetic radiation to which the organs of sight
react, ranging in wavelength from about 400 to 700 nm
and propagated at a speed of 186,282 mi./sec (299,972km/sec), 
considered variously as a wave, corpuscular,or quantum phenomenon.

a similar form of radiant energy that does not affect the retina, 
as ultraviolet or infrared rays.

Genesis 1:3-4
  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  
God saw that the light was good, 
and he separated the light from the darkness.
The Validity of Jesus’ Testimony ] 
The light shines in the darkness
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 
I am the light of the world
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, 
but will have the light of life.”

The light shines in the darkness, 
but the darkness has not understood it.

Walking in the Light ] 

This is the message we have heard from him 
and declare to you: God is light
in him there is no darkness at all.

Fact: the definition of white from

White: of the color of pure snow, of the margins of this page, etc.;
reflecting nearly all the rays of sunlight or a similar light.

OKAY, did you get that?
All colors depend on light.
White reflects nearly all the rays of light.


“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. 

“Though your sins are like scarlet, 
they shall be as white as snow; 
though they are red as crimson, 
they shall be like wool.

Always be clothed in white

and always anoint your head with oil.

His clothes became dazzling white

whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.

Fact: definition of reflect from

 Reflect: to cast back (light, heat, soundetc.) from a surface.

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; 

then we shall see face to face. 
Now I know in part;
 then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

If you have read this far, 
you are beginning 
to get to the interesting part!

What is the opposite of white?
Easy. Black. 

Fact: definition of black from

lacking hue and brightness; absorbing light 
without reflecting any of the rays composing it.
characterized by absence of light; 
enveloped in darkness: black night.

Fact: definition of absorb from

 #1 to suck up or drink in (a liquid); 
soak up: A sponge absorbs water.
#2 to swallow up the identity or individuality of; incorporate:
The empire absorbed many small nations.

Physics: white reflects almost all color,
and black absorbs all color. 

Try this: On a hot summer day,
place your hand on the hood of a white car.
Now place your hand on the hood of a black car.
Feel the difference?

This is where things begin to get
sort of backwards 
and possibly confusing:
(a paradox)

Physics: This fabulous magenta sofa is not really magenta.

It is actually every color in the spectrum BUT magenta.
Magenta is what is reflected, not absorbed. 
It consequently appears to be magenta...

Wild to think about, huh?
Now keep that train of thought...

Faith: The Bible is full of seemingly paradoxical concepts.

Fact: definition of Paradox from
a statement or proposition that seems 
self-contradictory orabsurd but in reality 
expresses a possible truth.

For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for me will save it.

Matthew 5:5
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; 
on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, 
a holy nation, a people belonging to God, 
that you may declare the praises of him 
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

To integrate all these thoughts,
Jesus, light of the world, is dressed in white robes, 
took nothing from us but our sins.
He gave everything so we could live in heaven with 
our creator God, who cannot be in the presence 
of darkness or sin. 

The prince of darkness absorbs all light.
He reflects or gives nothing back.
He cannot know light or color.

Simple Physics: darkness and light cannot
exist in the same place at the same time.

Do you love it as much as I do when science 
confirms what the Word tells us?

This resurrection day remembrance
is written in awe of and with thanksgiving 
to the one who gave His all for us.
We receive His gift of light and life
and look forward to the day when
we will behold His face!


outjunking said...

I love the example of the magenta sofa, trying to explain to the family not so much! You have done a lovey heart felt post today. I love the example of the prince of darkness cannot know light or color because dark and light cannot exist in the same place. This statement is very eye opening and true.
Dress for church and heading out to the church I grew up in, baptized at, and then married in.
Have a wonderful Easter,

lynn said...

i was totally getting the color theory...until the magenta sofa! thought provoking post, revi:) hope your easter was great!

Holly @ Bella Nest said...

Hi, Revi, thank you so much for sharing this awesome and TRUE post! What a blessing it was to read!! I'm so thankful for His light that shines in you!

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

Love the biblical references to light. Thanks for sharing your color theory with us.