Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Does The Bible Say The Earth Is Flat?

Does the Bible say the earth is flat? No. (Do we really have to cover this topic?) Scoffers twist the Bible into saying the earth is flat. Now a growing number of professing Christians are doing it, too.

Flat earthers use 1 Samuel 2:8 and Psalm 75:3 which mention the pillars of the earth, and how God has "set the world upon them." But this is poetic, meaning that God has created all things and established them.

Flat earthers use Job 28:24 and Psalm 48:10 which refer to the ends of the earth. But this is symbolic for a great distance or all people. Acts 13:47 says the Lord has commanded us to "bring [the message of] salvation "to the ends of the earth."

Flat earthers use Isaiah 11:12 and Revelation 7:1 which speak of the four corners of the earth. Still symbolism, referring to something happening in all directions: north, south, east, and west.

The Bible doesn't explicitly say the earth is flat or round, although it does allude to its spherical shape. Job 26:7 says that God hangs the earth on nothing, and Isaiah 40:22 says He sits above the circle of the earth. If you think the Bible says the earth is flat, you put that in the text. You did not pull that from the text. Flat earth cosmology is derived from paganism, not Christianity.

Whatever you believe about the shape of the earth, it doesn't have any bearing on your salvation. "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31). Nonetheless, the Bible says avoid irreverent, silly myths. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies, when we understand the text.

http://www.wwutt.com/2018/10/does-bible-say-earth-is-flat.html

3 comments:

  1. I think you covered this topic quite well Jesse, the only thing I would change is I would use KJV bible verses. You already know how I feel about that though. I am not a flat earther but I know one or two personally. One of which unfortunatly has departed from the faith. I say that because he used to be a christian but now refuses to serve a God that told Israel to wipe out those pagans dwelling in the land of Cannaan. I'm not quoting him exactly but you get the idea.

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  2. Hi Justin,

    What I find mind boggling is how there are actually flat earth societies.

    Also, your acquaintance who apostatized from the faith may find this article to be insightful, provided that he has not hardened his own heart to the point where he cannot be reasoned with:

    https://rationalchristiandiscernment.blogspot.com/2019/07/why-did-god-call-for-extermination-of.html

    I am telling you, Ron Rhodes is one heck of an excellent scholar. The body of literature that man has produced is without a doubt worth studying.

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  3. Knowing some flat earthers, THANK YOU for this summary.

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