There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.(1 Corinthians 15:40-41) KJV
Synonymy has primary and secondary roles. The primary is to make it seem as if the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy is impossible. In which case, if the Bible is the inerrant word of an omnipotent God, it’s a fraud.
The secondary role is to provide the wiggle room needed to explain why the cosmos is something other than what we can observe with our own eyes. There are a couple of posts which provide more background if you’re catching up.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.(2 Thessalonians 2:11-12) KJV
As ridiculous as it may sound the sun/star synonymy is part of the strong delusion. Popular science (SciPop) wants you to believe that the sun is a star and that the stars are suns. However, that’s not what the Bible tells us. According to the featured passage, the sun has one glory and the stars have another. These aren’t idle words, this has profound significance.
- There’s only one sun, it looks like a giant ball of fusing plasma that has the power to roast you alive.
- Stars are minute specks of light that you can barely see in the night sky.
- The sun and the stars are obviously not the same.
When it comes right down to it we have to start with what can we see? We’re not talking about what we can watch on TV in the Star Trek universe. What can we actually see? The stars are minute specks.
Empirical Observation: Minute Specks
- In the heliocentric paradigm you have to imagine (theoretical)
- that the Earth is moving (assumption and circular reasoning),
- that stars are distant suns (induction), and
- that galaxies are distant clusters of stars, which are suns (reductive induction).
- In the Geocentrospheric paradigm you don’t imagine anything (empirical)
- the Earth isn’t moving,
- stars are minute specks,
- galaxies are clusters of minute specks.
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