That same Gospel Doctrine instructor from decades ago wanted his class to fully understand and appreciate Matthew 24:12:
"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."
To help, this conscientious teacher brought a candle in as a visual aid.
Repeatedly, he would light the candle and then blow it out while his class concentrated intently on the cooling wax, pondering what the Jesus meant to convey through that symbol.
But Jesus didn't use that symbol. The passage doesn't mention "wax" at all.
The verb "to wax" is simply an archaic equivalent of the modern English verb "to grow." (The ordinary German equivalent verb is "wachsen.")
Its origin is absolutely unconnected with the noun "wax"; the fact that the two words look and sound the same is pure coincidence. When the moon "waxes and wanes," its illuminated surface simply grows larger in the sky and then, later, grows smaller. Nothing is being "waxed."
Sacred texts are deeply important. They deserve careful reading.
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