Blood Moon: Should we separate scientific and spiritual interpretation?


Happy Passover. Also, happy Blood Moon lunar eclipse day! The first in a set of four consecutive total “blood moon” eclipses visible from the United States. Don’t worry, a blood moon eclipse is fairly normal from a scientific standpoint. View the story below from USA Today to see all the buzz about this particular set of events:

I am bringing this blood moon topic up in my blog in order to address an issue I see recurring throughout the media, science, and even religious or spiritual conversation. Often these topics are brought up this way:

“such and such pastor/spiritual leader/religious enthusiast said this..”

“but SCIENTISTS disagree saying this….”

Is this how we should come at these topics? I don’t think so. To me, science should explain phenomena. How often do blood moons occur? Can we predict them? What is the astronomical significance if there is any?

Science does not explain causation, purpose, or belief. Yes, there will be a blood moon tonight. Yes, it coincides with Passover. Scientists (and others) should not belittle any religious or spiritual significance to the interesting correlation between the two. Perhaps a scientist is atheist/agnostic/non-Judeo-Christian. His or her INTERPRETATION of these events would be thus:

“These events may be happening at the same time, but this is merely coincidence and means nothing”

OK, but a Jewish or Christian person might INTERPRET it this way:

“These correlating events have spiritual meaning to me. God allowed for this to happen as a reminder to us to look to Him in these times.”

My point is that scientific explanation does not need produce an interpretation that is purely void of God or spirituality. Who is the scientist to say there is no God, or that God didn’t know about this simply because we can explain astronomical phenomena? Explanation is not causation and does not eliminate the possibility of a being who understood or allowed these things to happen.

Interpretation of scientific events CAN have spiritual meaning to individuals. Scientists, can’t you allow for this type of thinking? Oh no, you can’t. That’s why I am a scientist who hides her opinions in an anonymous blog.

                    Psalms 19:1-2

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.


Romans 1:20


For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.




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About doctorstg2020

I am both a scientist and spiritual enthusiast. These two things do not need to be contradictory. I attempt to reconcile these two trains of thought, and also present my thoughts on following God without being a self-important judgmental jerk about it.

13 responses to “Blood Moon: Should we separate scientific and spiritual interpretation?”

  1. philstanfield says :

    Hello Sarah, thank you for following my blog. I look forward to following your blog. ‘What is truth?’… Great question! Best wishes, Phil Stanfield

  2. aurorawatcherak says :

    Thank you for your blog. Although I am not a scientist, I have cousins who are and they struggle to be open with their own spirituality in a profession that absolutely cannot tolerate belief in the spiritual. You are not alone!

  3. aurorawatcherak says :

    Reblogged this on aurorawatcherak and commented:
    Neil de Grasse Tyson of Cosmos has been saying in almost every episode that “as soon as you think God might be in one of the mysteries of the universe you stop inquiring.”

    Wow, what an intolerant and ignorant attitude from one of the most-pompous and arrogant television announcers I’ve ever seen.

  4. fictionfitz says :

    Reblogged this on Good Morning and commented:
    Excellent food for thought. Thank you Sarah.

  5. Carol Westphal says :

    Thanks for some clear thinking on an often much-muddied subject!

  6. Dena says :

    In which field of science do you work?

  7. Preston says :

    Really appreciated this esp. as a pastor who is amazed at how many in the Christian community latch on to John Hagee and those of his ilk that seek to find end-times meaning under every bush to make a buck$. Blessings to you.

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