Today is my favorite day of the week because it’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday!!! Today’s crazy verses come from the last book in the Bible, Revelation. Revelation is filled with all sorts of crazy, but today I pull out a huge dose of anti-science.
“I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.” – Revelation 6:12-14
Let me focus specifically on the sun and the moon in these three verses. Can the sun turn black? Not exactly, but it will appear black during a total solar eclipse, so as written, this could be a possibility. However, the crazy anti-science comes into play with the words on the moon. Can the moon appear blood red? Sure, during a total lunar eclipse or possibly when a full moon is rising or setting. For a lunar eclipse or the rising/setting of the sun, atmospheric effects due to Earth’s atmosphere cause this temporary change in observed color.
Treating the sun and the moon separately, both are possible. However, they are not possible at the same time. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon is in its full phase. A solar eclipse can only occur when the moon is in its new phase. The moon cannot be in a full and new phase at the same time. This is simple geometry, but geometry God gets wrong in the Bible. So much for an all-knowing god. Getting science correct on this issue is not difficult. Middle school and high school students can understand it, but not the god of the Bible.