As many of you know, Brenda and I (along with other relatives) recently traveled to Crossville, TN to witness the total solar eclipse. It was a breathtaking event that will long be remembered. Attending this event brings to mind common misconceptions surrounding solar eclipses. Some of these are revealed in the 4-question trivia quiz below.
1) It is more dangerous to look at the sun during a solar eclipse than at other times.
- False. It is ALWAYS dangerous to look at the sun without appropriate eye protection. During an eclipse, however, people are tempted to look in order glimpse the moon crossing the sun’s disk.
2) Accidentally glimpsing at the sun for an instant during eclipse causes permanent eye damage.
- False. Although it is dangerous to stare at the sun for more than a second or two, accidental glimpses pose little or no danger to the eyes.
3) Pets should be kept inside during eclipses to avoid being permanently blinded.
- False. Most animals instinctively avoid looking at the sun during eclipses and at all other times. (Many humans can learn from them.)
4) Eclipses signal the imminent return of Jesus Christ.
- False. Solar eclipses typically occur 2-3 times annually somewhere on earth. This has been happening since creation. If solar eclipses signal the return of Jesus, He would have come back LONG ago!
Although it is helpful to distinguish between truth and error as relates to eclipses, it is CRITICAL to discriminate between fact and fiction concerning God’s word. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15)
Jesus, always Jesus!