Monday, April 14, 2014

Blood moon

If you're like me, you'll be looking skyward tonight, and hoping that the weather breaks enough for the moon to be visible. At 2:00 AM EST on April 16th, 2014 we will be treated to a total lunar eclipse. The moon will be tinted red, and will actually be the first in a series of four total lunar eclipses in the next 18 months (about 6 months between each). This is called a tetrad of eclipses.

While I'm looking forward to it, some are reacting in a way that sounds more like our cave dwelling ancestors than modern humans. Pastor John Hagee is actually claiming that this tetrad of eclipses signals the end of the world. That God is telling us that the end is coming, and so is he. That sounds like the words of a frightened caveman who was embraced by deep fear and confusion when they saw the moon turn red.

It should be no surprise that Hagee didn't do any homework. There have been nine sets of tetrads in the 21st century alone. Maybe I missed something, but I'm pretty sure that the world didn't end any of those times. Also, on average, there is at least one total lunar eclipse every single year. Yet the world is still here...

Yet another example of a religious fear merchant. He scares his followers with dire statements, and then sells a book to cash in on his empty claims. Will he admit fault when he's proven wrong? Probably not. He'll just stop saying that the verse he's citing was literal and claim that it is to be taken figuratively and just carry on like nothing ever happened. Such dishonesty, and no understanding of astronomy...

-Brain Hulk

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