This continues my analysis of scriptures directly related to “the light of Christ”. I did Alma 28 already.
Moroni 7:18-19 is perhaps the most critical text to understanding the Standard LDS conception of the Light of Christ as our conscience. To begin in medias res, as it were, it says:
And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged. Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ.
So we should use the light of Christ to search diligently out the good, so we may utilize it, we will be a â€œchild of Christâ€ (I would add we are guaranteed certainty of this, whether or not we ever find good in our lives of diligent searching.) This scripture is set up so as to point to the preceding text, which has clearly informed us what the light is by which we may judge what is good, this light of Christ that has been given to every man.
So what is stated preceding this which shows the light by which we should Judge?
For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge;
So it is the Spirit of Christ which is given to us, to know which way to Judge.
[sarcasm] Oh yeah, now itâ€™s crystal clear. [/sarcasm]
The light of Christ is the spirit of Christ or at least is given by the Spirit of Christ, it is the way (algorithm or merely just informative model?) we can know good from evil?
What is â€œthe Sprit of Christâ€? Is there some sort of Guide to the usages of the word spirit in the scriptures? Does looking at the Greek help or am I obfuscating this more by doing such?