Does the moon create or reflect light?

Isaiah 13:10 - For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
Isaiah 30:26 - Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
Matthew 24:29 - Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Science tells us that the Moon does not produce light of its own, but merely reflects the light of the Sun. The bible however seems to indicate that the moon creates its own light. Is this proof that the Bible is not a scientific book?

IS 13:10 "...and the moon shall not cause her light to shine"
IS 30:26 "moreover the light of the moon..."
MT 24:29 "...and the moon shall not give her light"


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These types of "Contradictions" are exciting! Why? Because they extend further out than just the pages in the Bible. These get right down into the World's comfort zone, and messes it all up for them.

GENESIS 1:16 Also addresses the Moon and its light,
"And God made two great lights; the greather light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also."

This isn't a contradiction, because the light is coming from the Moon (reflected).

Suppose you were waiting on a bus, the Pensacola Bus. It's called the Pensacola Bus because it left from Pensacola, and is now heading to your location. Nobody would argue that calling it the Pensacola Bus is wrong. At the same time, Nobody would complain that it is unreasonable to call it the Pensacola Bus because it ultimately originated out of Jacksonville, and then went to Pensacola.

So is it wrong to attribute this light to the moon? No. No more than it is wrong to call a bus by it's most recent source.

Other topics to look into would be the "light" attributed to Followers of Jesus Christ. Passages which may shed some more light on that would be Matthew 5:16 which states,

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

This "light" ultimately comes from our Savior, Jesus Christ. But because we are a medium by which the light can reach the lost of the world, it is entirely reasonable to call it "our light".

No contradiction here.

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