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Monday, September 28, 2015

Sheer Lunacy

There was a lot of excitement about the supermoon eclipse on Sunday night. Unfortunately, clouds drew a curtain over the sky where we live and we could see nothing.

A supermoon occurs when a new or full moon is at its closest to the Earth. On Sunday a supermoon was combined with a lunar eclipse. There have only been only five supermoon eclipses since 1900 (in 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982). There will not be another until 2033.
Sunday's supermoon eclipse lasted one hour and eleven minutes. The earth, sun, and moon were in alignment with the earth directly between the two. So the moon fell completely in the shadow of the earth. The moon did not look completely dark but had a coppery red color from the light of the sun reflected by the earth. (I hope my understanding of this is not out of alignment.)

One of the things that impressed me about the event was its predictability. Man was able to calculate the exact moment the eclipse would begin in different parts of the world, how long it would last, and when it would end. The reason man could accurately predict the eclipse was not due to his own cleverness but the precision of the orbits of the planets. Each one moves in a set pattern at a consistent speed that never varies.  If there was even a slight variation just once a year, there would soon be collisions in the skies and disruption of the universe. In a word, mayhem.
Just this one law of nature should be enough to make any thinking person admit someone is in control of the universe. Just as a space ship cannot make itself and fly to its destination without someone at the controls, so the universe could not make itself or operate with such precision without Someone at the controls. God made all things, set them in order, and maintains His creation. To imagine otherwise is sheer lunacy.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the world displays His handiwork." 

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