I’m starting to realize that we must question everything. When Jesus was asked about the sign of His coming and the end of the world, the first thing that Jesus said, was “Take heed that no man deceive you,” Matthew 24:4. We need to realize that Satan is the great deceiver, the father of lies, and he wants to destroy us. We are warned in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
The word translated “sober” is the Greek word nēphō (G3525) and is defined in the Stong’s Concordance as “to abstain from wine (keep sober), that is, (figuratively) be discreet: – be sober, watch.” Interestingly to me, the word “devour” (katapinō-G2666) means “to drink down, that is, gulp entire (literally or figuratively): – devour, drown, swallow (up).” It’s also well known that in the Bible, wine is a symbol of doctrine; true or false (consider Mark 2:22 and Rev 14:8). So putting all this together, we get a warning to be careful not to become spiritually drunk through false doctrine because it leads to our destruction, i.e., we may drown in what we swallow.
That being said, have you heard some people are beginning to question the validity of the “scientific” community’s perception of our universe? That’s right, there are some people who’ve come to the conclusion that our world may not be a round earth but might be flat after all. “What?” you say. It’s true. “That’s ridiculous…but who really cares,” you say, “because it’s not a salvational issue.” At first glance, that seems right, and although, I agree we’re only saved through knowing Christ, I do think, however, that it can become salvational. Let me explain. Most Christian children go to public school where they are taught to believe certain things about our world. They are told these are facts, yet the Bible says other things about our world. Now our kids have to make a decision. Is the Bible true or is it merely a good book with quaint stories that can’t be taken literally? If they can’t trust the Bible about creation, can it be trusted for their salvation? Now it becomes a salvational issue because the seed of doubt has been planted in their minds, but “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” Romans 10:17.
Consider Martin Luther’s statement about public education. “I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, and engraving them on the hearts of youth. I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme. Every institution in which men and women are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God must be corrupt.” Luther says the role of true education is to explain the Holy Scriptures, and true science does this. Yet that is not how it works in today’s system of education. Does it seem odd to anyone that God’s people must go to scientists of the world to get a true understanding of the world we live in? Must the godly receive instruction from the ungodly?
Just from a common sense, stand-back-and-look-at-it, point of view, there are concerns about the current heliocentric model that jump right out at me. A big part of the mess in the Garden of Eden was Satan getting Eve to doubt God’s Word and insinuating that God was a liar. “Hath God said…?” Satan implied that God cannot be trusted and true knowledge is gained apart from God. That sounds so much like our “science” today. The Bible may be nice for spiritual ideas, but it can’t be trusted as truth in scientific matters. We may gain knowledge of our world apart from God, and in fact, there is no God. Consider the Big Bang and evolution. These are core tenets of today’s science, but they’re based on the hypothesis that there is no God, that everything happened by chance, that death is part of the natural order of things (not caused by sin), and that we are mere animals that evolved. Not created in the image of God but evolved from a monkey.
Think about the story of Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that he couldn’t remember, and he summoned all the wise men of the various sciences of that day to recall the dream for him and then interpret it. Of course, they couldn’t do it, and their sham science was exposed and they were to be executed. Then comes Daniel, a young, Hebrew captive of Babylon who asks for time to pray to God for the answer which God gives to him. And I love Daniel’s response to the king. “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And He changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him,” Daniel 2:20-22. This was a showdown of sorts between true knowledge which comes from God alone and false knowledge (man’s wisdom) which has paganism for it’s roots.
Don’t miss that it’s Babylon that we’re talking about and that it had it’s own system of science that was false. We’re living in the time of the end, when God’s people are called to come out of Babylon, a religious system which has it’s own system of science that is also false. “It is possible to believe in both evolution and the Catholic church’s teaching on creation, Pope Francis has said, as he cautioned against portraying God as a kind of magician who made the universe with a magic wand. “The big bang, which is today posited as the origin of the world, does not contradict the divine act of creation; rather, it requires it,” the pope said in an address to a meeting at the pontifical academy of sciences. “Evolution of nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation because evolution presupposes the creation of beings which evolve,” The Guardian, 10/29/2014. Is it really true that we can believe in both evolution and creation? Not without compromising the Word of God, and that is Satan’s plan. The Word of God states that our world was created in six literal days and that the creatures were created perfect, complete, and “after their kind,” Genesis 1:25. And even though false science (scientism) says it isn’t so, it is what we find when we look around us. With all the diversity of the animal kingdom, there should be an abundance of transitional creatures found in the fossil record, but there is none. As in zero. What we do find are complete animal species fully developed.
Connect the dots between Babylon…paganism…sun worship…false science. These were all entwined in Daniel’s day. Should we then be surprised that in our day Satan, who has tried to get the worship of the world through sun worship, has created a solar system in which everything revolves around the sun? And in so doing, he discredits the Bible’s validity and causes man to lightly regard it at best. He has changed the Sabbath from the 7th day to Sunday. He has changed God’s holy days to pagan holidays that honored the sun. The Catholic understanding of God as a trinity is merely a repackaging of the pagan sun god family of three, and he has said that God’s account of creation in the Bible is not true. It makes sense that Satan would set up a version of our creation that would put the sun at the center. This way, even the atheists, who don’t believe in God, still worship him because the science of today is a religion. It requires as much or more faith than we have to believe that everything was created from nothing, that all the exact requirements for life just happened, and that complete order came out of chaos. But the story of creation from the Bible tells us that we are special, made in the image of God, and that God specially made everything with us in mind. Satan hates that. So the heliocentric story is that we live on a mediocre planet, in a nothing-too-special solar system with a medium size star. We evolved by accident and don’t have a real purpose for our existence. It’s all just survival of the fittest, but here’s what God has to say about the science of this world:
“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called,” 1 Timothy 6:20.
Does the science of this world (the vain babblings of Babylon) oppose the Bible? Yes, it does. Then God calls that science “false.” True science will start with the Word of God as it’s basis.
“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours,” 1 Corinthians 3:18-21.
We all need to draw encouragement from this verse because if you even try to be open-minded enough to consider that the world may be different than what you’ve been taught, you will be called a fool. If you use the Bible as the basis from which you perform valid scientific experiments, you will be ridiculed, but take heart because the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God! Scientism tells us that they have the truth and we must understand the world around us from them, but God says His “word is truth,” John 17:17.
You may ask, why did Satan go about this grand deception about our creation? What’s the point? First, it’s part of a long list of deceptions aimed at our destruction. Anything that God has, Satan has a counterfeit for: True worship vs. false worship. One true God vs. trinity god. Faith vs. works. Sabbath vs. Sunday. Creation vs. evolution. Geocentric universe vs. heliocentric universe. Second, our destruction will be sure when Satan has undermined the authority of the Bible in our minds. That’s how Satan won in the Garden of Eden. Get us to disbelieve God’s Word and we’re without a compass. Lost. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them,” Isaiah 8:20. Again I ask, should the children of light receive instruction from the children of darkness?
So before even looking at what the Word of God says about our planet and universe, I wanted to present these thoughts so as to encourage you to be open to searching for the truth yourself. I don’t pretend to have all the answers or claim to understand everything, but most of us have been highly indoctrinated into certain world views that admit, even boast, to contradicting the Bible. The question you must ask yourself is “Am I okay with that?” And if not, are you willing to become like a little child and learn from your heavenly Father himself? What we’ve believed in the past isn’t important, but what God says is.
One last thing before we get going, here are some scriptures that will help us know how to study God’s Word:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16.
“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little,” Isaiah 28:10.
“…at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established,” Deuteronomy 19:15.
So in summary, all of God’s Word is inspired. It’s given by God and can be trusted as authoritative on the topics to which it speaks. We can’t use just one scripture to establish a concept but must consider all the Biblical evidence. All right, let’s start looking into what God has revealed to us.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” Genesis 1:1. So the very first sentence of the Bible clearly tells us that there IS a God who created heaven and earth. Our universe was intelligently designed, and if we study it at all, we will see that it is so. We don’t see chaos. We see order. We see symmetry and artistry. We see symbiotic relationships. We see laws that the universe obeys. We see mathematics and physics. Interestingly, the scientific world has identified five categories that all things in our physical world fall under: Time, Force, Energy, Space, and Matter. Did you know that these same five categories can be found in this first verse of the Bible? It’s true.
“In the beginning (Time) God (the Force) created (the Energy) the heaven (the Space) and the earth (the Matter).”
These basic categories were identified by modern science in the early 1800’s, but they were recorded in the Bible by Moses some 3,000 years before! Sometimes we’re slow to catch up. In fact, these words are a perfect example of “irreducible complexity” which is when a single system composed of several interacting parts ceases to function when any one of the parts is removed. God has distilled the entire creation process down to 7 simple words: Bereshith bara Elohiym eth shamayim wə’êt erets. This account of creation even becomes most probable using the scientific principle of “Occam’s Razor” which states that when considering competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. Who says the Bible isn’t scientific?
Genesis 1:2 tells us that when God created the earth on Day One, “the earth was without form, and void.” So at that point, it was just an empty canvas ready to be painted. On Day Three, the waters on the earth were gathered together to form seas and dry land appeared. We aren’t told if the earth is a round globe or a flat disk. The only thing that I found to be a hint of it’s shape in the Genesis account is in the phrase “the face of the waters.” Consider the face of a person (on a round head) versus the face of a quarter (on a flat disk). On a round globe, where is the face of the waters? Was the Spirit of God hovering over waters only on one side of a round globe? On a flat disk the face of the waters would be the upside, over all the waters. Interestingly, the Hebrew meanings for this word (which are numerous) include upside, straight, and edge. The truth is though, we don’t have a lot to go on, so we’re going to have to look elsewhere.
Isaiah 40:22 says, “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.” The word “circle” is the Hebrew word chûg (H2329) and according to the lexicon means a circle, circuit, compass; used of the arch or vault of the heavens (blueletterbible.org). At first glance, you might say “There it is! The earth is a circle!”, but a circle does not mean a three-dimensional ball. It just means a circle. For instance, a pizza is a relatively flat circle. Also, it’s worth noting that Isaiah knew the difference between a circle and a ball which he used in Isaiah 22:18. “He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country…” So Isaiah had the word “ball” to use if he had wanted to describe our earth as a round ball, but he didn’t, he chose circle. If we look a little closer, however, I don’t actually think this verse is even describing the shape of the earth at all but the firmament of heaven. Notice the vantage point given in the verse: the inhabitants are as grasshoppers. This gives the idea that God is looking down at us from far above. If we replace “circle” with “vault of the heavens” from the lexicon, we get “It is he that sitteth upon the vault of the heavens of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers.” That actually makes sense, and the rest of the verse says, “that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.”
It’s interesting to consider the idea of a flat earth having the heavens stretched out over it as a tent, a dome-like structure. That’s very effective imagery, and, for the majority of human history, that is the understanding that we’ve had of our world. Some would say “Yes, but we’re evolving. We’re becoming smarter, and we know more than our ancestors.” There was a time when I believed that way too, but now I see that we’re devolving. Adam was created in the image of God, perfect in wisdom and character. He was a giant in intellect, and we are grasshoppers in comparison. So according to Isaiah, there is a vault of the heavens described as a tent to dwell in that has been placed on top of our world, and God is pictured as sitting on top of it looking down at us.
This word chûg, is used three times in the Bible. Isaiah 40:22 is one. Let’s look at the other two.
“When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth,” Proverbs 8:27.
If we substitute our phrase again, we get, “When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set the vault of the heavens upon the face of the depth.” You almost see a picture of God setting an upside down bowl on top of a platter.
“Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven,” Job 22:14.
Now read it with the revision: “Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the vault of heaven,” Job 22:14. This is especially interesting when you consider Ezekiel 1:26, “And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.” So all three times the word chûg is used it is in the context of describing the heavens. I think it’s safe to come to the conclusion that Isaiah 40:22 was describing the arch of the firmament and not the shape of the earth. The Bible description given in these verses sounds like a flat earth with a vaulted firmament set upon it.
“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so,” Genesis 1:6-7.
“Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens,” Psalm 148:4.
We’ve seen that the firmament is considered an arch or vault. What else does the Bible say about it? “Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?” Job 37:18. Have you ever thought of the sky as strong? The word “spread out” is râqa‛ (H755) which means to pound the earth (as a sign of passion); by analogy to expand (by hammering); by implication to overlay (with thin sheets of metal): to beat, make broad, spread abroad (into plates), stamp, and stretch. This word is used in the Bible when talking about hammering gold into thin sheets to cut into wires that were woven into the tapestries in the tabernacle and when Eleazar beat the brazen censers into sheets for a covering on the altar. The verse then goes on to say that the sky is strong and like a molten looking glass. Molten is the word yâtsaq (H3332) which means to pour out (transitively or intransitively); by implication TO MELT OR CAST AS METAL; by extension TO PLACE FIRMLY, to STIFFEN or grow HARD. These words used to describe the firmament make it sound like it is in fact a hard covering.
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good,” Gen. 1:14-18.
In the past, when I believed in the solar system model, this never really made sense to me. Why did God begin creating the world, then on the fourth day create a solar system, and then go back to creating the world. Now with a Biblical understanding of creation, I see a process that makes sense. God created the earth and light on Day One; the firmament separating waters beneath it and waters above it on Day Two; the dry land and vegetation on Day Three; the sun, moon and stars in the firmament on Day Four; the fish and birds after their kind on Day Five; the land animals after their kind and humans on Day 6; and then He rested on Day Seven, the Sabbath.
According to the Bible, the sun, moon and stars are IN our firmament, not outside or above it. There are TWO great lights, the sun and moon, but modern astronomy will have you believe that our sun is just an average star with other stars being much larger than our sun, and the moon is nothing in comparison. Also did you notice that the Bible said God created two GREAT lights, and that is what we see. The sun and moon actually appear to be the same size to our eyes. They are TWO great lights, but we’re told by modern astronomy that actually the sun’s diameter is 400 times larger than the moon, and it’s mere coincidence that it happens to be the perfect distance away that the moon can just cover it in an eclipse. The Bible also says that the sun and moon are TWO great LIGHTS, not one light and one rock that reflects light. Consider these other verses:
“…and the moon shall not cause her light to shine,” Isaiah 13:9.
“…and the moon shall not give her light,” Ezekiel 32:7.
“…and the moon shall not give her light,” Matthew 24:29.
Did you also notice that something was missing in the creation account of the heavenly bodies? It only states that God made the sun, moon and stars in our firmament. It doesn’t mention other planets being created. In fact, planets are only mentioned one time in the Bible, and it’s in regards to pagan worship. “And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven,” 2 Kings 23:5. So the only thing the Bible ever says about planets is that pagans were burning incense to them, that doesn’t prove their existence. What scientism calls planets appear to be traveling stars.
“Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light,” Psalm 148:3.
Evidently the planets do not need to praise our God.
So if the sun and moon are in our firmament, then that would mean that they move in a circular pattern through the firmament to bring day and night. That is what we visually experience each day, but scientism says, “Don’t trust your senses, believe us. The sun is not moving. It’s the world that’s moving.” Well, maybe we shouldn’t always trust our senses, but we should trust the Word of God. What does it say?
“Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day,” Joshua 10:12-13.
“Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down,” Isaiah 38:8.
How do these events happen in a solar system? Our planet which is supposedly rotating at about 1,000 miles per hour stops rotating and holds still or even moves backwards? I know God can do anything, but it seems like there would be big complications with that. However, if the sun is an object that moves through our firmament, then causing it to hold in place for about a whole day or even to go backwards would, although still amazing, be possible without causing major issues for earth. Look at these verses:
“Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars,” Job 9:7.
God can command the sun, and it doesn’t rise. It doesn’t say He commands the earth to stop rotating so the sun doesn’t appear. The command is to the sun.
“The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose,” Eccl. 1:5.
The sun moves in a circuit.
“The sun and moon stood still in their habitation…” Habakkuk 3:11.
Again we have the sun and moon standing still (not the earth), and they have a habitation, and that habitation is our firmament.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork…In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,…His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof,” Psalm 19:1,4,6.
This word tabernacle which is for the sun is the Hebrew word ôhel (H168) which means a tent (as clearly conspicuous from a distance): – covering, (dwelling) (place), home, tabernacle, tent. Remember that Isaiah described our firmament as a tent, and this is the tent within which our sun and moon dwell.
Here are a couple of other things to consider:
Scientism says our earth is rotating at about 1,000 mph while moving around the sun at about 67,000 mph, yet the Bible says the earth doesn’t move.
“Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved,” 1 Chronicles 16:30.
“The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved,” Psalm 93:1.
“Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously,” Psalm 96:10.
Scientism says our earth is a ball, yet the Bible says the earth has pillars.
“…for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them,” 1 Samuel 2:8.
“Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble,” Job 9:6.
“The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah,” Psalm 75:3.
Are you starting to see a pattern? Everything the Bible says, scientism actually says the opposite. If you claim to believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that should raise a red flag.
The Bible says: Scientism says:
There is a God There is no God
Earth was created in 6 days Earth evolved over billions of years
The earth has pillars The earth is a ball
The earth stands still The earth rotates and revolves
The sun moves The sun is stationary in our solar system
The sun is in our firmament The sun is 93 million miles away outside our firmament
The sun is a great light There are much bigger stars than the sun
The moon is a great light The moon is a small rock that reflects
Animals created after kind Animals evolved from other species
In this little article, there’s no way to comprehensively discuss all the details that must be discussed to make an informed decision. Books have been written on it. Thoughtful, true scientific experiments have been performed that validate the Biblical explanation of our universe, but this will be your assignment to follow up on. This article was merely to bring the issue to your attention and share with you the stakes involved. Satan is the master deceiver and father of lies. His goal is our destruction which he accomplishes through “scientifically” destroying the credibility of God’s Word.
Here are a few resources that I’ve found interesting in my search for answers. They’re not listed because I support every viewpoint or have been able to verify every claim myself, but I did find them interesting and credible, and they got me thinking. Early on, I had assumed that anyone who believed in the flat Earth would have to be very uneducated and unscientific, but I have seen that that’s not the case. Can every question be answered against the flat Earth model? No, I doubt it, but every question can’t be answered on the ball Earth either. Either side is going to be based on certain assumptions, the bottom line is who are you going to put your faith in? As for me, I choose to believe the Word of God.
Flat Earth: The Biggest Lie of All, Part 1 of 2
Ball’s Out Physics, Episode 1
If you like to read books, here’s some you could look at:
Terra Firma: The Earth Not A Planet, Proved From Scripture, Reason, And Fact
Zetetic Astronomy: Earth Not A Globe