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Why did God make the Sun and Moon appear to be the same size ?

  1. janesix profile image60
    janesixposted 4 years ago

    It looks pretty and makes nice, perfect eclipses.

    But what was God's purpose in doing this?

    1. A Troubled Man profile image60
      A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      lol The moon is constantly moving away from the Earth, hence at one time there were no eclipses and that will occur again in the future. Hilarious.

      1. janesix profile image60
        janesixposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I see you have gas again today, I'm sorry.

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      Motown2Chitownposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Perhaps He just likes symmetry.

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        No, I think He screwed up big time.

        At around 1/2 a billion years old He figured out that another Venus was in the making; a planet with way too much air and thus far too hot for His children. 

        So He smashed another planet into the earth, like a cue ball, at the right angle to make the moon and thus drag off much of the air.  (Sure wish I could see his cue stick!)

        Unfortunately, He messed up again and put it too close, so then redesigned the laws of gravity so that tidal forces would both slow the earth's spin (also made incorrectly) and move the moon further away.  We DO need at least some air, after all, just not what Venus calls an atmosphere. In the process He set it up so that 21st century people could look at that great bauble in the sky and wonder why it's just the right size (at this moment in time) to cover the sun.

        Unfortunately, He screwed the pooch again (He did that a lot in His creation); 21st century humanity understands enough of astrophysics to know it's just coincidence that the sizes of moon and sun match.  That it didn't a while back and won't in the future.

        He would have been better off to match those sizes a few hundred years ago, when the flat earthers still had control.  Then, the obvious conclusion would be that God did it for them but now...now we know better.  It's just gravity and the coincidence of when we were born.

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          Emile Rposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Is the world revolving around you, yet again, wilderness?

          Just kidding. None of that implies a screw up. It tells me a series of events could have been set in motion to arrive at a predetermined point, or it could all be a meaningless chain of events that randomly brought reality to this point, or there is a god who finds humor in screwing with our heads. There could also be a limitless number of reasons. Those three were simply the first to pop up.

          1. wilderness profile image96
            wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Naw - it should have been done right the first time, without playing pool with the solar system.  Obviously a screw up.

            The humor I hadn't considered, but it would have been a lot funnier if that giant symbol of eros suddenly appeared in the night sky one evening.  Can you imagine the effect as it suddenly appeared over NYC?  It'd make the blackout results look like a chastity ball. smile

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              Emile Rposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Well, they do like to say God is love, so that would play right into it.

    3. Paul Wingert profile image76
      Paul Wingertposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      How about put the coloring books away and pick up a book on astronomy and astrophysics and maybe that might help explain these things to you. Beware these science books use big words.

      1. A Troubled Man profile image60
        A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        lol

  2. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    The purpose of the moon is to intercept that inevitable, extremely large asteroid that is headed our way.

    1. janesix profile image60
      janesixposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That is only a coincidence:)

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      Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      haha

  3. janesix profile image60
    janesixposted 4 years ago

    The Sun's diameter is 400 times bigger than the Moon"s, AND it is also 400 times further away.

    What an amazing coincidence.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Timing is everything... Us USA folks are going to miss it, but the website will show us. smile

      http://www.space.com/20768-april-full-m … lipse.html

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      calculus-geometryposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That is a pretty cool coincidence, never really thought about it before!

      1. janesix profile image60
        janesixposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        It is super cool.

        I don't think it's a coincidence though.

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      Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That's awesome. smile

  4. Zelkiiro profile image83
    Zelkiiroposted 4 years ago

    Just give it a couple thousand years. Then the eclipse will make a halo!

    1. janesix profile image60
      janesixposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, yes, yes

      We just happen to be here right NOW when the sun and moon are where they are so perfectly.

      Coincidence of course.

      1. Tealparadise profile image88
        Tealparadiseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Well the moon controls and affects many things in our environment, such as tides of the ocean.  Same with the sun and seasons etc.  So I wouldn't call it coincidence, I would say that we are only able to survive within this range.

      2. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        It happens to be that right now, yes. 

        It wasn't that way when Adam was created, when Moses walked the earth or when Jesus was here, and it won't be that way when he returns. 

        Coincidence of course.

    2. jenb0128 profile image97
      jenb0128posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Actually, we often get halo eclipses already (there was one last May that was visible in Asia and parts of western North America). They're called annular eclipses, and they are quite beautiful. In my opinion, they're even prettier than a total eclipse. The eclipse coming up next month will also be an annular eclipse, though as has already been pointed out, it won't be visible anywhere around here.

      The reason we sometimes have total eclipses and sometimes annular eclipses is because the distance between the moon and the earth isn't always exactly the same.

  5. Tealparadise profile image88
    Tealparadiseposted 4 years ago

    Huh?  The appearance of the size of the moon varies daily.... doesn't it?  What?  Did I imagine that?

    I'm pretty sure I didn't.  Some days the moon looks quite large and others it seems smaller....

    Also the Earth's path around the sun is not a perfect circle, varying by millions of miles within a year if I remember correctly.  So, though I don't stare at the sun I am pretty sure its size varies as well.

    This topic is baffling me.

    1. jenb0128 profile image97
      jenb0128posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You are correct. The moon's orbit is not a perfect circle. It's more elliptical. This means it's sometimes closer than other times, which is why the sun and moon don't line up perfectly each time there's an eclipse. That's why some eclipses are annular and we see a halo or ring around the moon. Also, the moon's orbit is inclined, which varies things up a bit more (and is why we don't have an eclipse every month).

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    Emile Rposted 4 years ago

    Maybe it was done so that you could  have something to wonder in awe about.

    I'm not being flippant. Maybe the progression of history was designed so that, as we became more and more advanced, there would always be one more thing do sit back and say 'Hmm, why that?' about.

    Or, it could simply be that you are seeing wonder where none exists.

  7. tacticallight profile image59
    tacticallightposted 4 years ago

    Is this a serious question?

    Do you have any science background at all?

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      Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I love it when ppl join HP's, write a couple of articles, follow no one, are followed by no one, and still manage to find their way to the forums just in time to mock someone with differing beliefs. It took me a full day just to sign up, but then I don't have a huge science background either.

      1. JMcFarland profile image91
        JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I love it when other people find these posts and use ad-hominem attacks against the person that they're criticizing for criticizing another person's beliefs (which are not above criticism at all) instead of actually responding to the post at hand.

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          Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I love it when another hubber comes along to criticism someone for criticizing someone who...
          Hi JM!

          1. JMcFarland profile image91
            JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            always a pleasure, beth.

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              Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Did you want to comment on the subject or just critique my comments to other ppl?

              1. JMcFarland profile image91
                JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                I would love to comment on the actual subject.

                I feel no need to assume that god created the sun and the moon at all, and the human inclination to see patterns everywhere, even in randomness, is a fundamental aspect of the human mind that is beautiful and unique.

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                  Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  I had commented twice on the first page. Im glad you have joined the conversation.

              2. A Troubled Man profile image60
                A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                That would be a pleasant change.

      2. tacticallight profile image59
        tacticallightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Oh shit, I started a religion argument.  Not what I meant.  have you ever gone outside when the moon is closest to the earth?  It is F-in huge!
        http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&g … 4QTV6YCACw

        I am not questioning your religious beliefs, but rather your observational skills.

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          Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          LOL... no you didn't... it's the debate that never seems to end around here. You're good. smile

    2. janesix profile image60
      janesixposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Not really.

      However, I have intelligence and special powers called "observation" and "the ability to research and read".

      I also have direct knowlege of certain things from God himself.

      1. JMcFarland profile image91
        JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        can you prove that you have "direct knowledge and special revelation" from god himself?  Every time I've seen someone question you on this, you simply tell them that god does not do parlor tricks to be able to prove it to them.  It seems like a convenient excuse.

        1. janesix profile image60
          janesixposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Nope, can't prove a thing.

          Ask God if you want proof, he'll give you plenty.

          1. JMcFarland profile image91
            JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I did.  In the 20+ something years I was a christian and a missionary.  I asked him again as I started questioning whether or not he existed at all.  All he gave me was silence.

            1. janesix profile image60
              janesixposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              You aren't going to find God in a church.

              1. JMcFarland profile image91
                JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                I didn't spend 24 hours a day 7 days a week in a church.

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          Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Why does she have to give you proof?

          1. JMcFarland profile image91
            JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            because she is claiming to have direct, special revelation from god.  If that is true, then it should be demonstrable.  If she were not claiming to have this revelation, she would not be expected to provide evidence for it.

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              Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              So what? This isn't a court of law. This is a discussion about the sun and the moon. Why can't she share her personal experience without you questioning her honesty?

              1. JMcFarland profile image91
                JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                I didn't question her honesty, I asked her if she had any proof to back up her supernatural claims.  I don't know her (or you for that matter) from Adam.  You're strangers on the internet - and as strangers, I feel no compulsion to accept things that people say on "faith".  Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.  That's the way things work.  If you're claiming to communicate with god and receive special revelation from him, there should be evidence.  Without evidence, there is no reason to accept these things at face value.

                Think about it this way.  If I told you that I had a dog, you would probably believe me.  Why?  Because it's not abnormal to have a dog.  Many people do.  Therefore, little evidence may be required.  If you visited my home, however, and you saw no dog bowl, no water dish, no toys, no noise, no fur or anything else, you may start to question my claim.  If, however, I claimed to have a herd of fairies living in my garage, you're not likely to believe me.  Why?  Because it's a more unusual claim.  You would want some evidence that what I said was true before simply, blindly believing me - especially since I'm a complete stranger, and you know nothing about me aside from what I've told you.

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                  Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Ludicrous, she owes you nothing. When a person speaks on faith, that *is normal. You don't have to believe it for it to be a norm in society.

                  Think of it this way... you said you were saved at one point and you felt several of the ppl questioned whether or not you were actually saved. You seemed incensed about that... that ppl who didn't even know you would question your personal experiences... yet you do the same thing with this woman. I can't fathom that a woman can't speak of God without a total stranger coming up to her and saying "prove it." The gall it takes to come up with a demand like that is beyond me. Simple manners seem to disappear.

                  1. JMcFarland profile image91
                    JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    I didn't say she "owed" me anything.  She claimed supernatural experiences, and if you're going to make a claim like that, you should expect to be asked for evidence.  I don't understand how you seem incapable of fathoming that.  She certainly doesn't owe me evidence (or anything for that matter) but without it, you should not expect a complete stranger to believe your supernatural claims at all.  Are you so gullible that you just believe anything that anyone tells you - or do you only believe claims about god?

                2. janesix profile image60
                  janesixposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  What kind of "evidence" should I provide for you?

                  I only have to look around at how the universe is put together to see evidence of God.

                  If you want to find God, there are plenty of ways. I suggest meditation for starters.

                  1. JMcFarland profile image91
                    JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    I look at the universe, and I see no proof for god at all.  I don't understand how looking at the universe, the earth, a tree, the sky or anything else provides proof for god.  We live in a wonderful world - there's no need to attribute its beauty and its majesty to anything other than the universe itself.

                  2. A Troubled Man profile image60
                    A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Sorry, but there isn't a shred of evidence for your God having done anything. Of course, you have not provided anything to support your claim of looking around the universe and seeing how it's put together. What is you see that shows your God?

                    Scientists have been observing the universe a long time and have never found evidence for any gods, and in fact, see plenty of evidence showing the universe came about entirely on it's own, no gods required.

              2. A Troubled Man profile image60
                A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Simple, her claims about the sun and moon are based on ignorance and others are attempting to cure the ignorance by offering facts.

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                  Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Says you.

          2. A Troubled Man profile image60
            A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Simple, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

      2. A Troubled Man profile image60
        A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        lol It would appear God didn't graduate high school.

 
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