In heraldry and art, especially in Pagan symbols, the moon has for a long time been associated with a woman's monthly cycle, a superstition which contributed to Priestess Phobia.
On a Christian Crescent Cross, the whiteness of the moon represents virginity, and in particular, the Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Mary is often pictured with a white crescent under her feet. An example is shown beneath the image of the Mexican painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe, although the colours have darkened substantially since it was painted in the 16th century.
This image relates to the reference in the Book of Rev. 12:1, where the woman is described as
"clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars"
The stars refer to the twelve tribes of Israel and the woman in Rev. 12 corresponds to Israel. Whilst it is recognised that Jesus was born of Mary, it is also recognised that Jesus, the son of David from the tribe of Judah, was born of Israel. In the same chapter, verse 5, we read that the woman
"gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne."
These paintings are representations of Mary's Assumption into heaven.
For the Diocese of Trenton (www.dioceseoftrenton.org/) in central New Jersey, USA, the patronal feast is 15th August, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Consequently, a white crescent moon appears on the Moline Cross of the diocese' emblem.
For non-Bible students, the above may not be familiar, and let's face it, many people don't care anyway. But there's something else about the moon that even hard-core evolutionists may be interested in. Not only is the moon critical to life on earth, but it just so happens to be the right size, and the right distance from us.
You've probably seen the joke about three scientists and you don't have to be a scientist to notice in a solar eclipse, when the moon happens to be positioned between us and the sun, it gets quite dark. But have you ever considered why this should be so? After all, the sun is gigantic in relation to the moon. So why does our tiny moon block out the sun? Why do the moon and the sun look almost exactly the same size?
The answer is that although the sun is about 400 times as wide as the moon, it is also 400 times further away; hence they appear to us to be the same size. This is a unique situation among our solar system's eight planets and 166 known moons. Earth is also the only planet to harbour life.
And there's more.
Not only do these numbers match up, but the size and positioning of the moon is just right for life on earth as we know it. As the earth spins on its axis, it has a natural tendency to wobble because the side that happens to face the sun is being pulled in that direction by the sun's gravity. The moon's gravity also affects the earth (as we see in the ocean's tides). The moon's density, size and distance are just enough for its gravity gently dampen the wobble created by the sun's gravity. In other words, the moon prevents rotational instabilities which would otherwise cause dramatic changes in our climate, and that would not be conducive to life on earth.
Pure coincidence? Well, that's not such a loony question and is worthy of an answer.
Is there any scientist reading this who could calculate the probability of such a perfect chain of events ever happening, that ultimately lead to perfect conditions for life on earth?
Did God also choose the moon size to align so neatly during an eclipse, so that astronomers would notice and ask questions about such things?
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