It’s a miracle!

12 Jan

So a few weeks ago my girlfriend and I were walking to my apartment after parking my car. It was a cold and clear night and to our delight we found this upon looking up at the moon.

Yep, it was a really cool looking halo around the moon. It’s not the first time I’ve seen something like this, and I think one of my girlfriend’s friends made a comment about it being religious in nature.

Naturally, this peeved me to no end. Whenever there is a natural phenomenon that people can’t immediate explain there are some who will make the large, and completely unfounded, jump to a religious explanation. This is in itself a contradiction. “I can’t explain X, so therefore I can explain it we god!”

Before I tell you what actually causes these halos, lets look at the implications of calling this a miracle. Calling this a miracle from god asserts that

  1. There is a disembodied intelligence in the universe that magically exists from nothing and made everything out of nothing (for which there is no evidence)
  2. This disembodied intelligence who created all of existence decided to zoom in on our galaxy (us out of billions) , and then from our galaxy decided to zoom into our solar system (out of further billions), and then from our solar system decided to zoom in on earth, specifically Lynchburg Virginia. (can you sense how ridiculous this is becoming?)
  3. This disembodied intelligence who created all of existence then decided to create a little circle around the moon for unknown reasons as a way of communicating with us instead of doing so directly and making their presence irrefutable.

“Miracle” encompasses all of these absurd assumptions. It is vastly more complex than the simple and actual explanation of ice crystals in the atmosphere.

“A circular halo, often referred to as just a halo, is formed by the refraction of sunlight through cloud suspended ice crystals as opposed to raindrops or other liquid water suspended in the air.”

No crazy disembodied floating man needed, so think twice before leaping to conclusions. Remember, it is perfectly ok to say “I don’t know”!

5 Responses to “It’s a miracle!”

  1. isnessie January 13, 2010 at 1:07 am #

    Lol, you’re speaking Rationality, not Emotion. Religious people thrive off emotion, and any sign they can get that God thinks they’re special/ God exists, even if they have to make them up because they ‘feel it’. You totally made how ridiculous it is so clear though. And thanks for explaining the halo thing! I saw one when I was still in highschool, but it was more like rings of halo around the moon, different colours – red, green, blue, yellow – and I couldn’t find out what it was. Do you think it was the same thing?

  2. godlesspaladin January 13, 2010 at 2:49 am #

    Yeah probably. They most likely showed different colors because of how the light was refracting through the ice crystals like a prism. ^_^ (still pretty neat though)

  3. Charlie February 26, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    GP, yeah, I saw that too, it was gorgeous, very impressive! I, a Christian, did explain to a co-worker the natural phenomenon and that it was not a supernatural sign of portent. Oh, well, what can you do? Just keep patiently using our teachable moments, I guess.

    As always,


  4. zooey May 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Atheists are exactly the same as a super-religious, just the complete opposite side of the same coin. (I should know, I’ve been through all the stages: believe in a religion, question it, claim to NOT KNOW, then some bullshit in life goes on that makes you say “Well, fuck you god, I am fully convinced you don’t exist”, Then realizing that life is a miracle based in matter, we have personality, duality of existence and emotions, positive and negative, and witnessed literal miracle after miracle, then a final realization that we do not know what it is, but it is within us. We perceive life in the way we allow ourselves to, confining thought or expanding thought.) Ignorant in your strongly held belief, blinding you from any new knowledge by claiming to “know” something simply because you want to be contrary to something that pisses even me off, religion. Both sides, Science and religion, are fighting against each other to prove/disprove only one thing: God. Simply having scientific evidence of the natural material world does in no way give you “proof” that god does or does not exist. It gives you evidence and explanation of the particular thing, and nothing more.

    The moon halo, claimed to be “paranormal,” is just one of the beautiful natural pheonomena, just like a rainbow. Now rainbows have lots of symbolism, and other icons that go along with it like unicorns, leprachons, and so on. (Notice the word symbolism. Now anyone with a brain can know that symbolism exists, in movies, in the context of how people speak, there is symbolism everywhere.) What the girl probably meant was not that it was religious, but symbolic in nature. A common mistake of people who truly believe one religion. Just like a rainbow, symbolic.

  5. Davis May 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    @Zooey. In your comment, you seem to be putting words into other peoples mouths (both the spiritualists/religious and scientists/atheists), maybe that’s not what you meant to do, but that’s how it comes across to me at least. I also found it difficult to figure out exactly what you are trying to say. I also don’t get the rainbow-symbolism motif, even though you repeated it ten times. One sentence was extra confusing:

    Ignorant in your strongly held belief, blinding you from any new knowledge by claiming to “know” something simply because you want to be contrary to something that pisses even me off, religion.

    In this sentence, there is no clear subject. It seems like “paladin” might be the subject but I can only assume so as there is no way to be sure there actually is a subject. You go from ignorant in belief, to blinding from knowledge to claiming to know, to wanting to be contrary, to something that pisses “YOU” off, to religion. There is also no main verb. There are other clauses I think, which may have verbs, though they may be verbal nouns.

    No matter how much I reorder this, no matter how many words I insert into this sentence, it simply doesn’t make any sense. At least in my humble opinion.

    The only reason I am saying this, is that you used the line “any one who has a brain”. I believe, that if you use a line such as that, you ought to be really clear in what you are discussing, how you critique it and if you offer an alternative view or explanation, that it be comprehensible. At least in my humble opinion. (sorry for my bad spelling and grammar)

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