The Flat Earth Controversy
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THE QUEST FOR TRUTH BEGINS
As I said in my opening statements, I am on a quest for truth here. Simple as that. And I don't care where it leads me either. I just want to know. But as I have been on this quest, not just on this topic but in a wide range of topics, I have had people constantly trying to warn me about "losing credibility." So, I think it is now time to address this issue head on. Words mean things folks:
Thus, according to Webster, credibility has less to do with truth than it does belief. Please note that people constantly reject truth in favor of belief. It happens all the time! But when belief trumps truth, we have a big problem.
Those who seek truth, question their beliefs!
So, which do you care more about? Credibility or truth? I care about truth. If you do to, then by all means, continue to read and test all things. But don't bother warning me about my credibility. I'd rather be known as someone who genuinely desires to know truth rather than striving to remain popular with the masses who are more concerned about credibility.
Now, when "testing everything" I am not going to look to deceiving institutions and manipulated imagery. Rather, I will seek guidance from the Holy Spirit as I search the Scriptures. When it comes to the shape and nature of the earth, moon, stars, planets and universe, that's where I'm going to look for answers. Who better to ask than the Creator of everything, right?
Others honestly claim to be doing the same, but I am going to suggest, that is not entirely true. Take the website GotQuestions.org and how they handled this flat vs globe issue for example at http://www.gotquestions.org/flat-earth-Bible.html. It is clear to me that they are applying preconceived notions to the Scriptures in order to form their answers to the question being posed.
Wait. Wait. Wait. What? Where does the Bible ever say that the four corners represent the cardinal directions? It's a nice, and reasonable conclusion only if you start with the preconceived notion that the earth is round. Where did we get that notion? Governments, their military, NASA and monkey man science. And yes, the terminology is similar to language concerning the rising and setting of the sun and moon, but how do we "in fact" know that what the governments, their military, NASA and monkey men have told us concerning the sun and moon is indeed fact? What if the Scriptures simply mean what they say and say what they mean at face value? The site continues...
Again, this interpretation stems from a preconceived notion that NASA sponsored "science" is correct and the Word of God is to be bent and understood in that direction. As we will soon see, the Bible repeatedly states that the earth/world is stable, firm and not moving, set on a foundation of pillars. It says what it says. If we are to believe that the authors of Scripture wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of the Creator, should we not simply believe what it says instead of trying to make it all "poetic" in order to justify preconceived ideas?
By the way, I agree that the Psalms are poetic in nature and many are in fact songs to be sung. However, if you are going to claim we need to view them exclusively in that way, then dear Christian, please stop using Psalm 22 as a Messianic prophecy to be taken and thus have been fulfilled literally. The Psalms are not the only place we see descriptions of the earth as firm, unmoving and set on a foundation of some sort. So, rather than trying to dismiss the Psalmist's understanding of the earth as merely poetic, why not take these writings as lyrical confirmation of what has been said by others not writing in the "poetic genre?" Were not all of the Scriptures inspired by the same Holy Spirit?
The site continues...
Does Job 26 really indicate that a sphere is suspended over nothing? Why can't another shape be suspended? Why does it have to be indicating a sphere, when there is nothing whatsoever in that text even remotely stating anything about a ball/sphere? And Isaiah 40:21-22 is an even worse example to use for a globe floating in a vast, ever expanding universe. We'll get to that one shortly. Meanwhile, GotQuestions.org concludes with:
This presupposes that the Flat Earth model can't account for the same thing, which is demonstrably false if you actually take the time to study what those who adhere to that idea really believe.
I've only been on this path for a little over a week now. It's not something that I can even remotely consider myself "highly educated" on, so I am by no means claiming to be an expert here, but I have to say, I can see many, many holes in the usual defense of the globe model - especially when looking into the Scriptures, without preconceived notions while doing so. Seriously. If you just come to the text with no prior bias and read it with child-like openness, trusting in its truths, you simply cannot come out believing they are describing a globe. No way. I hope to prove this in the remaining sections of this essay. In the meantime, this is how GotQuestions concludes their "answer"...
This is almost comical to me. Essentially, the last sentence is saying, "Yes, the Scriptures do seem to present a flat earth, but if we 'correctly interpret and understand' them through the lens of the government, the military, NASA and monkey man science, we can assure you the Bible doesn't really mean what it is saying to you in the plain, easy to understand, clearly written text of Scripture."
The explanation given for the Luke passage obviously shows someone who has scaled the mountain of ignorance and not taken the time to investigate what the Flat Earthers actually believe (see Globalist Argument #4). I think many who believe in the globe have the mistaken notion that Flat Earthers are talking about essentially a piece of paper with continents drawn on it and an over-head light bulb shining straight down as the sun. This is not the case. They actually have a reasonably plausible model for how you can still have night and day, without requiring the earth to be a sphere:
Keep the above image in mind as we dive into Genesis 1 later in this blog.
As a 3D modeler myself, I know you can create a landscape and then insert what is called a "point light" that would act just like the animation above. A point light has a 360 spread that can be controlled and limited through attenuation settings so that it does not light everything around it from one end of the landscape to the other. You can make it only illuminate a limited area, leaving the areas outside of the light spread in the dark.
I can't really blame GotQuestions.org for their answers though, because I would have given the same answers myself two weeks ago. It's cognitive dissonance we're dealing with here.
We have been literally programmed by the "globalists" to think of the earth as a sphere. It should therefore not surprise us that this would be the way we think of our world, even when viewing the Scriptures. It remains the way I think of it today. However, I was challenged to "test" my belief. Well, I was taught to "test all things" by the Scriptures. This is where things suddenly became difficult for me. Why? Because when I removed my own cognitive dissonance, I quickly realized the Bible does not support my current view of the earth. At least not without me actively putting my own preconceived ideas onto the Scriptures it doesn't.
When taking this challenge - like many other similar challenges I've taken in my life - I try to erase what I have been taught to believe and just let the Scriptures speak for themselves. All of us have that whiteboard in our heads, filled up with the notes we've taken from the teachings we have received, the commentaries we've read, etc.. This results in a bias within us, which can cause us to try and make the Scriptures say what we want them to say in order to justify our preconceived notions. But in any true study of the Bible, you cannot do that. We must let the Holy Spirit inspired words of Bible form our belief, not allowing ourselves to force our belief onto the Bible, in an effort to make the text say what it does not say. Sadly, I've seen way too many doctrines within the Christian faith built on doing the latter. People come up with some idea, then they twist and distort the Scriptures to fit that idea. I didn't want to be guilty of doing that with this issue.
The simple fact of the matter is, I want the earth to be a globe. It's what I've thought to be true for 46 years. The idea that it might not be therefore sounds utterly ridiculous! Yet as it has already been said, "Condemnation before investigation is the height of ignorance." Therefore, let us begin our investigation without preconceived notions, thus enabling ourselves to embark on a genuine, unbiased quest for truth concerning this issue. In order to do so, let us all do our best to toss the image of a globe out of our minds. Pretend from this point on that you have never seen nor heard anything concerning our earth being in the shape of a spherical ball. We know nothing about the shape of our Earth except what we can see, hear, taste, touch and smell. Now pretend you are approaching the Bible with fresh eyes and no preconceived ideas regarding the subject at hand. OK? Let's begin at the beginning and see what happens.
COMING UP NEXT: Part 4 - The Bible and the Still Flat Earth
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