March 30

Flat Earth isn’t Biblical

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

(Colossians 2:8) KJV

Any Biblically accurate model of Earth must have a spherical Earth is at the center of a spherical cosmos, and the cosmos is enclosed within a rigid sphere of layered crystal called the firmament.

God created gravity on the second day. This is consistent with the broad narrative of scripture and it’s consistent with God’s purpose in creating the universe. A spherical Earth formed around a created gravitational singularity which became the center of the physical universe. That means that a flat earth is impossible.

The continuity of scripture includes a repeating pattern of a mountain that fills the whole Earth. Eden is the summit of the mountain at the beginning of creation, Jerusalem is the summit of the mountain at the end of creation. In both cases this is part of a hydrological system which waters the Earth, which means that Eden and Jerusalem occupy the same absolute physical location. This gives another reason why flat earth is misguided:

  • IF the flat earth model is Biblical,
    • AND is consistent with the broad narrative of scripture,
  • THEN Jerusalem has to be at the center.

It isn’t.

A lot of people are convinced that the ancient Hebrews had a concept of the world that’s based on the left side of today’s featured image. As we’ve seen, the ancient Hebrews were a lot more sophisticated than that, given that they were able to give us an accurate description of a spherical Earth, the physical process by which it formed, a detailed model of its internal structure, and encode this as beautiful poetry.

Hydrological Cycle on the 3rd Day
The Biblical spherical hollow earth model in the present day.

Those who are determined to accept a flat earth as Biblical are using inductive reasoning, eisegesis, to impute a meaning onto the scripture. We’ve used deductive reasoning, exegesis. Let the record stand that there’s a way to account for all scriptural references to physical features of the Earth which is consistent with a Biblical spherical hollow earth model (SHEM).

Physical features of the spherical hollow earth model (SHEM)

For more detail, including the Hebrew words used and key scriptural references to their use, there is a .pdf file.

Here’s a current version of how the flat earth model incorporates the physical features of the earth mentioned in scripture.

It’s a load of dingo’s kidneys.

It’s a tradition of men that the ancient Hebrews believed this is what the Earth looked like. It’s not reality. The big problem for the flat earth model is that there’s not one single Bible passage which states that the Earth is flat. Every verse that flat earthers point to is one in which flat Earth has to be induced.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

(1 Corinthians 14:33) KJV

God can’t lie and the Holy Spirit can only lead you to the truth. Flat earth isn’t a conclusion that the Holy Spirit can guide you to because it’s not truth. Flat earth, if anything, is simply more confusion that is being introduced into the discussion just at a time when it may be shown that science doesn’t have a conflict with the Bible. The conflict can be easily shown to be SciPop, and that’s what we’re dealing with.

Conflict between the Bible and science is induced. Harmonization of science with the Bible is deduced. Flat earth isn’t Biblical. It’s being promoted by people who’ve realized that SciPop isn’t right, but they haven’t figured out how it’s wrong.

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