Mike's Monday Message

 

Religion and the Solar Eclipse

Posted by Jeffrey Eglen on OA8er @ 8:05 AM

 

For many people the solar eclipse is one of nature's greatest spectacles. So, how do Christians view this rare, dark event?

 

The ancients saw an eclipse as being an omen of "dark days to come." Not to understand the science behind this phenomenon would make total darkness during the day a terrifying experience.

 

As a Christian who has read the creation story, I see light as a blessing. As one who has studied a little bit of science, I know the sun is the giver of life, as an energy source that powers Earth's photosynthetic food chains. I also know without the sun we would all freeze to death.

 

There are several biblical references to dark skies in both the old and new testaments. Who can forget the story of Jesus' crucifixion? Matthew's gospel tells us "darkness came over all the land." That darkness lasted 3 hours, so maybe total darkness for just 2 or 3 minutes will not be as scary.

 

So on this day when so many Americans are celebrating darkness, I am grateful for the light of Christ which shines on us and through so many of us.

 

May Palmetto be a welcoming light in a world that often seems so dark.

 

Shine on--

 

Mike

 

Matthew 5:14,16

 "You are the light of the world . . . let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds, and praise your Father in Heaven."

 

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