(Audio Version at the bottom if you no like reading)
“I am a scientist and if I can’t back up a scientific fact with scripture, I question it’s validity” – Caroline Leaf
That quote just about sums it up. No matter what way you slice it, if you believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, you will have to travel down this path with me because the Bible teaches a flat earth.
My position is simple in life these days. My default position is this:
- God is true
- All men are liars
Now that we have that out of the way, here is the expanded list:
- The Word of God is true
- The Bible is the Word of God
- The Bible describes the earth as geo-centric, not heliocentric
- The Bible talks about the world as being an enemy of God
- If the world is against God, then all of the worldly institutions that are in the business of teaching are also against God.
- Public education is ‘in the world’ (and it has also infiltrated the church, of course, and all of its institutions). Funny side note: it’s very funny to me that people complained when the Lord’s prayer was removed from school. I was more shocked it was ever there!
- The Bible teaches of a ‘great deception’ that will come at the end of the world where the whole world, and the weak Christians, will be deceived by the anti-christ in some kind of fraudulent (yet spectacular) world-wide show of pseudo-spirituality that looks somewhat divine.
And so that pretty much sums it up. I have no basis in the Bible to believe anything that comes from these institutions, other than directly observable evidence.
I also have every good reason under the sun to disbelieve every foundational believe system they use to teach anything that in any wise contradicts the solid Word of God. Some examples of these systems that I would question by default would be:
- geologic time measurements
- anything related to a heliocentric model of the earth
This does not mean that I would never believe these things, but it does mean that my default position is 100% disbelief and I will start my journey from that position.
The dialogue about the globe earth would therefore go like this:
A: The earth is round
ME: But the Bible describes the earth predominantly as flat-like so therefore I believe it’s flat until proven otherwise.
A: But what about the pictures of the round earth? that’s first hand evidence for you.
ME: I didn’t take those pictures, nor do I trust the institutions who did. All men are liars. It may be part of a great deception. NASA makes a lot of money to produce photos like those.
A: But what about my friend who went to space himself?
ME: I didn’t go with him. I don’t know your friend well. And where does earth end and where does space begin? And who decided that?
A: But scientists all believe the earth is round.
ME: All of these scientists came out of the same schools which all teach the same things about the world – much like how many theology students will come out of theology school with a bunch of knowledge about the Bible. Just because you are taught something doesn’t mean that it’s true. All men are liars.
A: But you can just take a telescope and look!
ME: Yes, and I have. The moon appears to be round with craters indeed. But I don’t believe a man has parked a 1960’s Volkswagen Beetle dressed up as a space ship on it. All men are liars.
And so the dialogue goes.
The problem is that I don’t have a lot of time to go and do a bunch of science. This leaves me in a position where I have to believe what is right for the amount of knowledge that I have, while slowly picking away at my own research.
As for me, I will believe God at His Word and I will enjoy the earth that way – in a child-like simplicity. I will look at the cosmos the same way that Abraham did and rejoice greatly in the beauty of God’s handiwork.
As the stars turn around this incredible stage called our life – all designed by a loving God for our enjoyment in whatever short few seconds we have left here.
In this I rejoice greatly and have much peace.
The Audio Version of this Post
This video was sent to me as I have a strong interest in the topic of whether the earth is a ball or a flat surface.
As I journey towards truth, popular sources still tell me it’s a ball but all my senses tell me it’s immovable and flat…
The first thing that caught my attention was at 1:23 into the video the narrator said “His work was rewarded when NASA commended his work.”
When I reviewed the video again, the second thing I noticed was the incredible variation of curvatures. These three images, are three different screen shots from the very same video. Go look for yourself…
The top is clearly concave.
The middle, as flat as a pancake.
The bottom, “NASA convex”
Something is fishy here and methinks it’s the lenses.
My conclusion is that this craft was outfitted with a fish eye lens (from now on lightly dubbed ‘fishy lens’) and cannot be trusted as a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (“WYSIWYG”) video result.
It also reinforced the fact that unless one personally inspects the camera equipment being loaded onto a craft, and personally confirms the final product has not been tampered with, one cannot fully trust the video results other than for non curvature-proving purposes. I personally enjoy this video, but I cannot use it as any form of ‘proof of curvature’ – unless you believe the earth is a bouncy castle (that sounds really fun, by the way).
This video by Rob Skiba is another great one that shows amazingly weird effects that camera lenses have on the surface of the earth.
This also highlights the growing need for a ‘freedom approach’ to these projects where free software (publicly available source code, built by community) runs everything. Ubuntu with Snappy Ubuntu and ability to run on very small devices is one example I see fitting well here. As we get further and further buried under technology and information, the more we all need to take an active role in maintaining the freedom of said information.
Can we fully trust NASA to give us the untampered photos, videos, and live feeds that we need to make such important world view decisions?
Based on what I have seen so far, I would boldly say ‘No.”
It’s time for an increase in WYSIWYG community-built projects to find out for ourselves what our world looks like.