The Biblical Flat Earth: A Response To Got Questions


GotQuestions.org is a "volunteer ministry" which they claim include "Christian, Protestant, conservative, evangelical, fundamental, and non-denominational" people. They view themselves as a "para-church ministry, coming alongside the church to help people find answers to their spiritually related questions."

They have addressed the flat earth question in a article which I would like to respond to it here.

To the question of "Does the Bible teach that the earth is flat?" They answer:

"Many a skeptic claims that the Bible depicts a flat earth. Scriptural references such as Revelation 7:1 are cited, which speaks of “four angels standing at the four corners of the earth.” However, this passage makes reference to the cardinal directions as seen on a compass – i.e. north, south, east and west. Terminology to a similar effect is used today when we speak of the sun rising and setting each day, even though we know that it is, in fact, the earth which orbits around the sun."

My response:

The first thing I would like to point out is that a compass always points north. This works out perfectly within the flat earth. That would mean all points south of "due north" would take us to the ice barrier and ultimately to the "ends of the earth." The equidistant azimuthal map is used today by the USGS and has been used for both air and water navigation.


Here is a short video which demonstrates how the compass points work on the equidistant azimuthal maps which has been used for sea and air navigation and is still used today.


In addition, the "four corners of the earth" language coincides with the rest of Scripture which depict a flat stationary plane NOT a rotating ball. 

For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven. - Job 28:24 

He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. - Job 37:3

What sort of directional point of reference does "under" have on a spinning ball?

That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? - Job
38:13 

How does one shake out the wicked in respect to a spinning ball held together by gravity?

And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. - Isaiah 11:12  

I'll say to the north, 'Give them up'! and to the south, 'Don't keep them back!' Bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the ends of the earth. - Isaiah 43:6 

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. - Matthew 24:31

There are no "corners" to gather the nations from. Cardinal directions on a ball simply overlap. "From one end of heaven to the other" references the heavens which are contained within the dome and would not work in the notion of an ever expanding infinite universe. 

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. - Revelation 7:1 

Where exactly would these Angles be standing regarding the cardinal directions of a compass on a ball? 

He will go out to deceive Gog and Magog, the nations at the four corners of the earth, and gather them for war. They are as numerous as the sands of the seashore. - Revelation 20:8 

There are no "ends" of the earth on a ball. Further, please note this Scripture from Jeremiah:

Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? - Job 38:5

Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD. - Jeremiah 31:37


According to GotQuestions, apparently God should cast off his "seed of Israel" seeing as how NASA has discovered that the earth is a ball and has "measured it." According to NASA "the diameter of the Earth at the equator is 12,756 kilometers (km)."

GotQuestions continues by saying:

"Another passage often referred to is Psalm 75:3, which speaks of God holding the pillars firm. However, the psalms are written in the poetry genre. Rather than referring to literal pillars, this is representative of God’s guaranteeing the earth’s stability. Even when the moral order of the world seems to have crumbled, God will not fully withdraw His sustaining power."

My response:

Yes. The Psalms would fall under poetry but that doesn't mean we shouldn't understand them as referring to "non-literal" things. For an example, In Psalms 91:1 it says "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." This same firmament is mentioned in Genesis 1. Is the firmament now only an allegorical reference because it is found in Psalms? Of course not. In addition, the Psalms contain 92 prophecies concerning Christ that were literally fulfilled by Him.

The "pillars of the earth" reference would only make sense on a flat stationary earth and not on a ball earth. This is why these verses must be viewed as "allegorical" by those that wish to accept the helio-centric model. They are simply incompatible with their "helio-centric view" of an ever expanding universe.

GotQuestions goes on to say:

"In contrast to the supposed “flat earth” verses, there are numerous Scriptures that clearly indicate otherwise. The earth is described in Job 26:7 as being suspended over empty space, implying a spherical figure. This notion is further entertained in Isaiah 40:21-22, which refers to “the circle of the earth.” This is further supported by Proverbs 8:27 (NKJV), which speaks of God drawing a circle on the face of the deep. From a “bird’s-eye view” of the ocean, the horizon is seen as a circle. Such an observation indicates that where light terminates, darkness begins, describing the reality of day and night on a spherical earth."

My response:

First of all, how is the earth being "suspended" or "hanged" if one is claiming it is not only spinning while orbiting the sun but the entire milkyway galaxy is shooting through the vast infinite universe going no where exactly?! This video shows the helio-centric model in action. Ask yourself when watching this if you believe this agrees with Scripture in ANY sense when the Bible has declared the the earth is "fixed and immovable." (1 Chronicles 16:30, Psalm 93:1, Psalm 96:10, Psalm 104:5, Isaiah 45:18)



Strong's reference shows that the Hebrew here for "talah" is used 28 times, the majority referring to one who was hanging from a tree. The person that hangs from a tree is not spinning around and the tree is stationary. Therefore, to suggest that Job 26:7 is "compatible" with the heliocentric model would be to deny the Hebrew used there. Furthermore, couldn't one respond back to this and point out that Job is listed under "poetry?" I find it absolutely hypocritical that they wish to invoke Job as a "literal" reference for the helio-centric model while dismissing the other references found in Psalms as mere "poetry." How is that consistent?

The earth "hanging" upon nothing simply would mean just that: God created the flat stationary earth which is upheld and sustained by the very command and ordinance of God just as the sun and moon obey His command.

Isaiah 40:22 teaches precisely the opposite of a spinning ball earth. The Hebrew used there is "chug" for circle rather than "dur" for ball. That is indisputable. They have added that at a "bird's eye view" the horizon is seen as a circle. Well, no it is not. Everywhere from planes, atop the World Trade Center, mountain tops, to even the dog cam videos in high altitude all show a flat horizon. It is called a "horizon" because, guess what, it's HORIZONTAL.




GotQuestions continues by saying:

"The round-earth idea is further supported by Jesus in Luke 17:31,34: “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back...I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left.” This would seem to indicate the phenomenon of day on one side of the globe while darkness abides on the other."

I do not see how this supports a ball earth nor disproves the flat earth. The sun and the moon circling above the flat earth works perfectly in explaining night and day, seasons, and timezones. In fact, if they wish to use this verse to invoke support for a ball earth, how do they respond that Jesus says "every one will see" Him in Revelation 1:7? If Jesus were to return to a spinning ball, He would be stepping on to it from only one side. Whoever was on the other side wouldn't be able to see Him no matter how bright or glorious the spectacle was.

To those that wish to respond with the answer of televisions and the age of technology and smart phones as an answer to how "every eye will see Him," I'd suggest getting as many smart phones as you can to Africa and other 3rd world countries before even considering that a realistic possibility. Otherwise, what you are really saying is every one that has a smart phone will see Him, which is no where NEAR being "every eye" that exists today.

Finally, the real problem with GotQuestions surfaces in the final comment here:

"In conclusion, the curvature of the earth is certainly a biblical concept, and there is little or no basis for the charge that the Bible teaches a flat earth. The Scriptures that seem to present a flat earth can all easily be explained when correctly interpreted and understood."


My response:

It most certainly is NOT a Biblical concept. One must be inconsistent regarding the poetic passages and work hard to explain many of the overarching themes throughout Scripture which teach the complete OPPOSITE of a spinning ball.

I find it quite humorous that GotQuestions goes on to say that there is "little or no basis" for the Bible teaching that the earth is flat. On the very question they determined to answer in this article they can't even admit whether there is little or no evidence to support it. What is that about? Couldn't they simply make up their minds and come right out and say there is NO evidence to support it? Obviously there is extensive evidence to support it. This is the sort of language used by Politicians or really bad car salesmen. Rather than get backed into a corner with definitive statements, they leave just enough wiggle room to acknowledge that there may be "little" evidence to support this while not becoming the laughing stock of the rest of the world. Folks, that is your typical "fundamentalist" response even today. The earth is young not millions of years old, we were created by God ex-nihlio (from nothing) and evolution is a lie, BUT we ALL KNOW we are on a spinning ball! Why? Well, we have the pictures from NASA! Of course.

Let God be true and every man a liar.

















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