Do you love looking at rainbows? When faced with the rare opportunity to see one hovering above in the distance, are you one of those people who stops for a few moments and admires the rainbow's beauty?
At one point or another, we've all wondered, "How is that possible? How do rainbows appear in the sky? What actually causes a rainbow?"
Perfectly bow-shaped, this multi-colored wonder of nature, no doubt, is a sight to behold. It's a beautiful phenomenon of nature.
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Scientifically speaking, rainbows appear in the sky as a result of the sun's rays being reflected and refracted by water particles in the air, such as rain drops or mist.
The sun's light, or "white light" is actually made up of wavelenghts of different colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. These different colors, however, become visible to us only after the sun's light has been reflected and refracted by the falling rain drops.
The white light enters the water particle, bounces (or reflects) on the back of the water particle, and is then refracted (or deflected) into the different colors we can all see.
After a rainfall, while there is still plenty of moisure in the air, this process continues. While water droplets continue to fall to the earth, the rainbow, nevertheless, remains visible as the sun's rays continue to interact with the newly coming water droplets.
Rainbows, however, aren't just marvelous wonders of the natural world. As you know, rainbows have been used as symbols through the ages, by humans. They've come to represent many things. Hollywood, for example, has made use of rainbows in movies such as The Wizard of Oz.
Countless songs have been written and performed with rainbows as the central theme. Rainbows are generally seen as a positive phenomenon; something you'd want to be associated with.
Most recently, the LGBT community has taken over (or hijacked) the rainbow as a means to represent the diversity the LGBT community claims to represent. The rainbow, in this case, has been used since the 70's as a symbol of pride for that particular social movement.
The LGBT community is proud to represent lesbianism, homosexuality (gay), bi-sexuality, and transgenderism. All throughout the world, rainbow flags are waived during parades, ceremonies, and other such social events. The rainbow is a symbol of pride, unity, and diversity in the realm of sexuality.
The rainbow, for this particular movement, is a celebratory symbol of open, uninhibited, and proud sexual variance; which is something that not all of society is ready, willing, or obligated to embrace.
This brings us to God's explanation for the rainbow. As the bible explains in the book of Genesis, after Adam and Eve brought sin into the world through the disobedience of God's word, humanity grew increasingly wicked. Murder, envy, strife, sexual immorality, and all other manifestations of human corruption greatly grieved and angered God. Through sinful disobedience, humanity had corrupted God's wonderful creation. Death, disease, and famine exist because of man's disobedience.
"The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, 'I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth- " (Genesis 6:5-7)
From this, the bible explains how God intended to wipe out humanity by means of a catastrophic, worldwide flood. However, having found one righteous man worthy of his mercy, God chose to spare the life of Noah and his family.
"God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, 'I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.'" (Genesis 6:12-14)
Chapters 7 and 8 of Genesis tell of the devastation caused by the flood.
"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month - on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth for forty days and forth nights." (Genesis 7:11-12)
Not only did it rain for forty days and forty nights, but the "springs of the deep burst forth". In other words, from deep within the oceans' vast floors, water gushed forth, raising the ocean levels so high even the tops of mountains were covered. Rains pouring down. Oceans gushing forth. It was catastrophic, in deed.
"The water rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet" (Genesis 7:20)
Needless to say, everything was destroyed. All of humanity was wiped out, with the exception of Noah and his family. Creatures all over the earth perished as well, except those which Noah had secured in the ark.
You may be wondering, "What does this have to do with rainbows?"
God had, in essence, wiped the slate clean. When it became safe for Noah and his family to leave the ark and set foot on dry ground, grateul and humbled, Noah built an altar to the Lord and sacrificed burnt offerings.
"The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma in his heart: 'Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.'" (Genesis 8:21)
Okay, so where's the rainbow?
At this time, God made a covenant with Noah, the earth, and all living creatures.
"And God said, 'This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy al life." (Genesis 9:12-15)
There you have it my friend. The biblical explanation for the existence of rainbows: a covenant between God and the world. The next time you see a beautiful rainbow hovering above you in the sky, stop and think for a moment. God is sending you a message. You may just have a different perspective now.
Peace be with you. = )