The rare total eclipse of the sun came and went this week, with some occasional outlandish claims by Christians about hidden meanings.
Everyone was talking about Monday’s total eclipse of the sun this week.
But just so you know, not all Christians believe everything some Christians say about events like this. I tried my best to avoid Christian websites that might have spent too much focus on looking for meanings and hidden messages that might or might not actually exist.
But even when you do your best to avoid something, you still find mentions of things that just make you shake your head.
…the sun will be perfectly blotted out, by the ruler of the night, plunging all of America in its path into virtual total darkness.
No, the sun wasn’t blotted out by the “ruler of the night.” It was blocked from view by a naturally-occurring phenomenon.
As a metaphor, I suppose you could choose to look at it that way if you really, really need to see some sort of figurative battle of spiritual warfare.
But if we’re going to try to use something like this as a fear tactic, we have to ask if the “ruler of the night” is so powerful to block out the sun to begin with, why he’s only able to do it for a matter of a couple of minutes?
If, this dramatic feat is something that happens twice in a whopping 99 years, the ruler of night doesn’t seem all that powerful, does he?
But the activist then uses the metaphor as a reminder that we must “fight the darkness” so that light would prevail.
In a total eclipse, the only way to “fight the darkness,” I would think, would be to either blow up the moon so that the sun couldn’t be blocked even for those few minutes, or simply move out of the path of totality for the day.
Yeah, that’d do it.
Then there was the conclusion by an author published on Fox News that suggested there was a little too much “coincidence” associated with this particular eclipse.
The writer said he did a bit of calculating and determined the sun was about 400 times bigger than the moon and that the moon was about 400 times closer to the earth than the sun was. That had to mean something, he concluded.
The obvious problem with this if you think about it is that the two figures would have to be roughly the same for the moon to be able to completely cover the sun: if they weren’t the moon would only have appeared as a little dark spot over the sun.
CBS This Morning explained it very well that morning:
But again, it has the potential to happen anywhere in the universe — and we can’t know for certain that it doesn’t happen somewhere else — where the celestial bodies happen to align just right.
To me, though, if God really wanted to prove He existed through an eclipse, wouldn’t He do something even more dramatic, by making the eclipse seen by more than just that swath across the continental United States? After all, what are the people who aren’t in the path of totality supposed to think?
Why did God leave them out?
While I believe God did create the heavens, I just don’t happen to require that every single thing that happens requires some elaborate spiritual conspiracy theory.
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.