December 16, 2017

Jon Henry: Already Compromised: Moon Edition

Note from CM: Earlier this week I found this brilliant satirical piece by Jon Henry that exposes the kind of thinking that gets Christians in trouble with regard to Bible interpretation.

Is it “biblical” to believe that the moon emits its own light? Read the following, and come to your own conclusion.

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ALREADY COMPROMISED: Moon Edition
by Jon Henry

Bible believers must defend the truth that the moon emanates its own light. Contrary to the revelation of the Bible, modern science wants people to believe that the moon does not have the ability to generate light. Instead, they want us to believe that the moon merely reflects the light of the sun.

Not only is it ridiculous to believe that a rock could reflect the light of a sun millions of miles away, but it’s also unbiblical!

It is important to note the teaching that is consistent across the whole of the Bible.

  1. Evidence from the Creation Account. The creation account of Genesis 1:16-18 clearly indicates that the moon is a light all of its own. Verse 16 calls the moon the “lesser” of “the two great lights.” The verb “to light” (lehāʼîr) in verse 17 literally means that the moon itself gives light – there is no way out of this meaning! While its light is less than that of the sun (until Isaiah 30:26 is fulfilled!), the moon is a “light” in its own right, independent of the sun.
  1. Teaching throughout the Old Testament. According to Job 31:26, the moon has its own splendor. The moon can be darkened independently of the sun (Ecclesiastes 12:2; Isaiah 24:23; Ezekiel 32:7; Joel 2:10; Joel 3:15). Note that the light of the moon is “its light” (Isaiah 13:10; Ezekiel 32:7), not “the light of the sun, which the moon reflects.” One day, the Lord promises to eradicate night time by making the moon shine as brightly as the sun currently does (Isaiah 30:26). At some time subsequent to this, the Lord will altogether eradicate the need for the moon to shine its light (Isaiah 60:19-20; cf. Revelation 21:23).
  1. Jesus Taught That the Moon Gave Its Own Light. Jesus obviously believed that the light of the moon is “its light” (Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24). This truth is driven home by the original Greek, because “its light” is a translation of the Greek words phengos autēs, literally, “The light of it/her.” The word autēs is in the feminine case, and cannot modify the word for sun, which is a masculine word (ho hēlios). Rather, it modifies the word for moon, which is also a feminine case (hē selēnē). This clearly points to the reality that the light of the moon is literally “its own light.” Jesus could not have been more clear in his belief that the sun has one source of light that will be darkened one day, and that the moon has its own source of light that will be extinguished.

In spite of Jesus’ beliefs, “science” has taught us from a young age that the moon does not radiate light. Thus, we are forced to choose between Jesus and modern science – who will you choose to believe?

  1. Paul Also Defended a Luminescent Moon. This truth is repeated explicitly by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:41, “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon.” The term “glory” refers to brightness or radiance. “Another” means just what it says – it isn’t the same!That is, the sun and the moon have their own source of brightness. Paul makes the moon’s ability to shine a crucial part of his teaching on the resurrection of believers’ glorified bodies. Thus, implying that the moon doesn’t give off its own light is a direct blow against the doctrine of individual resurrection and glorification.

Why do so many today deny the biblical doctrine of resurrection? It started way back when people began to deny “little” truths, such as the Bible’s teaching regarding the light of the moon.

ConclusionNowhere does the Bible even hint at the idea that the moon’s light is derived from the sun. Modern science has its own brand of “orthodoxy,” and anyone who doesn’t believe the “discoveries” of modern science is considered a heretic in the eyes of science. However, we have seen that the Bible offers us a different worldview (and moon-view!):

  • Every Old Testament author who mentions the moon is clear that it has its own light.
  • Paul ties it directly to the doctrines of resurrection and glorification.
  • Jesus himself couldn’t have been clearer in the defense of a luminescent moon.

When faced with a choice between the “truth” of science and the truth of the one who created the moon to begin with, Christians must side with the Creator!

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APPENDIX: THE TESTIMONY OF HISTORY

To adapt some wise words: “And of course, the reason the Church greats of the past (whether Luther, Calvin, Gill, or whomever) never thought of this because they did not discover how ancient Near Eastern cultures were thinking! This has now been discovered by an elite few who can now tell us for the first time” what the Bible means when it talks about the light of the moon (adapted from Ham, Already Compromised, 186).

Outside of the Bible, you will find that no sane theologian, philosopher, or sage was bold enough to repeat the lie of a reflective moon prior to our godless age.

Martin Luther is clear:

When the sun rises, it eclipses and pales the moon. Moon and stars lose their brightness, yes, they are no longer seen while it is day, so brilliant is the light of the sun beside theirs. I suppose that moon and stars would be glad to shine, but the light of the sun is too bright and strong. The same thing is true of Christ. The prophets are the stars and the moon, but Christ is the sun. Wherever Christ appears, speaks, and shines, His words have a validity that invalidates and stifles all others and renders them of no account, even though the moon and the stars also glitter and glisten beautifully. (Martin Luther, vol. 23, Luther’s Works, Vol. 23 : Sermons on the Gospel of St. John: Chapters 6-8, ed. Jaroslav Pelikan, et. al. [Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1999], Jn 7:44.)

But it was not just the fathers of the sola scriptura reformation who stood with us on the truth of a self-illuminating moon. The great minds among the ancients, both Greek and Hebrew testify that the moon gives off its own unique light (and warmth!).

Plutarch, in his Morals (3.10.2) says:

The moon gently warming makes the body moist; but the sun by his violent beams dries rather, and draws all moisture from them … Now the moon’s rays are weaker; for, as Ion says, “They do not ripen well the clustered grapes.” [Plutarch, vol. 3, Plutarch’s Morals, ed. Goodwin (Medford, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1874], 285.)

The Rabbis speak:

Can there be confusion between the light of the moon and the light of the sun? But has it not been taught on Tannaite authority: Rabbi says, “The rising column of the moon is not similar to that of the sun. The light column of the moon rises straight, like a stick, but that of the sun [which is the dawn] radiates in all directions.” (Jacob Neusner, vol. 5a, The Babylonian Talmud: A Translation and Commentary [Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2011], 100.)

Why do modern schools, colleges, seminaries, television shows, and even some creation scientists teach a doctrine contrary to the Reformation, and not known to the great minds of the Greek Philosophers and Jewish Rabbis? By forsaking God’s clear word, they sacrificed the wisdom of the ages and set the stage for evolution, heliocentrism, a moving earth, and all other innovations. In turn, God has given their reprobate minds over to all manner of depravity.

Is this what you want to be a part of?

Comments

  1. Wow. He’d better be careful. We know this is satire, but it is so skillfully done it may end up circulating the internet as a straight piece.
    Great teaching tool, though. I’m going to have my daughters read it so we can talk about the logical fallacies involved.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says:

      And start a Christian Culture War movement FOR REAL.

      That’s how the “Angels of Mons” and “Well to Hell” made the jump from fiction to FACT.

      And also how the Rosicrucians started.

  2. My 13 year-old sniggered all the way through it. Thanks for letting me connect with a teen.

  3. Randy Thompson says:

    Very, very clever. Thank you!

  4. Rick Ro. says:

    Satire is tough to pull off. This is indeed well done!

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says:

      Now watch some preacher quote it as Scriptural(TM) and start another Christian Culture War over it FOR REAL.

      • Rick Ro. says:

        Here’s a little known parable in the Bible, I think it’s somewhere in Matthew, maybe Mark…not sure…

        ——————————————————————

        “And the man came to Jesus and asked, ‘What must I do to attain eternal life?’

        And Jesus told the man, ‘If you want to be perfect, you must get rid of this silly notion that the moon’s light is a reflection of the sun, and must believe that the moon emits its own light. Then come, follow me.’

        When the man heard this, he went away sad, because he believed in the scientific evidence that suggested the moon’s light was a reflection of the sun.”

  5. Zing!

  6. David Cornwell says:

    Be careful what you are saying here, because this may end up casting doubt on your salvation. How can one possibly stray away from this fundamental doctrine? You will be doubting the very theory of Biblical inerrancy n which all the doctrines necessary to salvation and life are taught. We must not say that the writer got it wrong while God dictated to him those verses (unless he got sleepy, fell asleep and just made up the rest.).

  7. Klasie Kraalogies says:

    This is GOOD!

  8. I realize trolling is common in comment sections, but when did blog posts themselves start picking up the habit?

  9. Matt Purdum says:

    Throughout history, most Christians either did not have Bibles or didn’t have the literacy to read them. Bibliolotry is a huge sin in America today.

  10. Donegal Misfortune says:

    Oh, my. You really got us in a bind now.

  11. humanslug says:

    I’m not sure whether I should laugh or cry.
    While the satire here is brilliantly done, it almost makes me sad because I know quite a few Christians who would read this and then actually adopt a more “biblical” belief regarding the independent luminescence of the moon. At the very least, they would go ask their pastor about it.
    And if they finally figured out that it was poking fun at ultra-fundy Bible worship … well, let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be in the room.
    What really bugs me is that I know that for many of these people I’m talking about, their loyalty toward a certain way of viewing and interpreting scripture stems from a genuine love of and loyalty toward God. It’s just that they’ve been taught all their lives that anything other than strictly literal interpretations of Scripture that is perfectly, factually accurate in every aspect and detail as worldly and heretical and a slight against God Himself.

  12. Joseph (the original) says:

    what a clever piece of ‘biblical’ commentary. how many will be seeing clearer now by the light of the moon?

    well done… 🙂

  13. That Other Jean says:

    Ouch! That’s WAAAAAY too good. I know people who would take that absolutely seriously, literalists that they are.

  14. “…and even some creation scientists…”

    Oh, c’mon! Be nice. 😉

  15. Thanks for the good, hearty chuckle this afternoon. Blessings.

  16. A commenter on Rachel Held Evans’ post about myths says this:

    “So when in grade three Sunday school we read the story of Adam and Eve, it confused me. I raised my hand and asked “What about Neanderthals?” The teacher gave me the gimlet eye and said, “You can believe in the Bible or you can believe in Neanderthals. You can’t believe in both.” OK, I thought. I believe in Neanderthals, so I guess I don’t believe in the Bible. By the time I was 16, I was more or less an atheist.”

  17. Richard Hershberger says:

    Ah, but the moon *does* emit its own light. Just not in the visible spectrum. Perhaps the Prophets’ eyes were sensitive over a wider band of frequencies, just as the patriarchs were longer lived than we.

  18. I can’t tell if the sites linked to by “heliocentrism” and “moving earth” are jokes or not. I suspect not (and cringe).

  19. I see the bad moon arising.
    I see trouble on the way.
    I see earthquakes and lightnin’.
    I see bad times today.

  20. You can’t trust what your eyes see? I think there are already enough people who think that’s what the bible teaches. There’s simply a lack of consistency; we want to validate observations which defend our beliefs and still reject the observations of others which contradict what we believe. Reality becomes internal – the testimony of the inner-light of the enlightenment.

  21. dumb ox says:

    “And I’m blinded by the neon
    Don’t try and change my tune
    I thought I heard a saxophone
    I’m drunk on the moon”
    – Tom Waits

  22. I love a good satire and so does Jesus.

  23. This is SO good. You sure you haven’t been offered a position in MAD magazine? At least in the old days when it was dynamite? This blog was a wonderful expose of the faulty reason and exegesis of the Ken Hams and others like him. And yet, somehow I know it’s going to appear somewhere as the “truth.”

    “How do you know the moon doesn’t emit its own light? Were you there?”

  24. Mike the Geologist says:

    When the moon hits your eye
    Like a big pizza pie
    That’s amore’
    When your down by the sea
    And an eel bites your knee
    That’s a moray

  25. Great piece…made me giggle!

    Sadly, I know many well intentioned believers who would take this and run with it as “Biblical truth” if it was preached from a pulpit!

    Would love to hear my son in law give this one to his youth group to have them do some critical thinking but he would likely lose his job for doing so.

  26. dumb ox says:

    Every time I mention a beautiful sun “rise” or moon “rise”, I am not intending to defend heliocentrism. Perhaps “sunrise” is a colloquialism from an age when the sun was literally thought to rise. Perhaps its just a figure of speech which is easier than trying to find a more Keplerian way of describing the moment the earth rotates toward the sun until its visible light appears over the horizon. Language is very symbolic in how it communicates and describes reality. In a similar way, religion is also very symbolic. That’s another topic.

    • dumb ox says:

      Technically, is it even scientifically correct to say the wind is “blowing”?

  27. dumb ox says:

    “On certain nights
    When the angles are right
    And the moon is a slender crescent

    Its circle shows
    In a ghostly glow
    Of earthly luminescence

    Earthshine
    A beacon in the night
    I can raise my eyes to
    Earthshine
    Earthshine
    A jewel out of reach
    Form a dream to rise to
    Earthshine ”

    – Neil Peart

  28. I am shocked that this satire links the light of the moon argument to the resurrection and thus the gospel. Doing this implies that there are teachers who link secondary doctrines to the gospel in their zealous search for heretics. I demand this piece be taken down, or I will be starting an internet petition.

    • Marcus Johnson says:

      I’m shocked that there are people out there who assume that acceptance of the gospel inherently means acceptance of the scientific validity of the Bible. I’m supposed to be working a full-time job right now, but meh, let’s get that petition signed!

  29. Obviously the moon must have grown dark at some point since the biblical witness. Perhaps this occurred on Good Friday when, we are told, the sky turned to darkness. Or perhaps the moon has been covered with blood, and we are living in the End Times.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says:

      Obviously the moon must have grown dark at some point since the biblical witness.

      Probably when Adam & Eve ate the Forbidden Fruit. That’s credited with a lot of things.

  30. So. Good.

    This kind of satire only comes up every little while. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Headless Unicorn Guy says:

    Is it “biblical” to believe that the moon emits its own light?

    If I can get to Canterlot and get an audience, I’ll be sure to ask Princess Luna.

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