The Drool-o-tron™ found a winner this morning. Its blaring sirens and flashing lights drew out attention to the blinking letters of its wall display, which said WorldNetDaily (WND). Our computer was locked onto WND’s presentation of the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.
WND’s headline is Lunar eclipses render ‘Flat Earth Society’ a myth. When you click over there — and we know you will — you’ll see that the actual title of the video is The Lunar Eclipse — Testament to the Spherical Earth, Detriment to the Flat Earth. The video is a full two minutes long, which is unusual.
As if it were news, the rev explains what the civilized world has always known since the days of Aristotle — the Earth is spherical. Even during the Dark Ages, the Church didn’t officially dispute this. That’s surprising because the bible is strikingly consistent in its description of the Earth as flat — even in the New Testament, which was written centuries after Aristotle. We quoted all the relevant passages three years ago in The Earth Is Flat!
The rev refers to the persistent myth that Columbus intended to prove that the Earth wasn’t flat, but he doesn’t mention that the myth comes primarily from a fanciful biography written by Washington Irving — see A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus.
The rev not only makes it clear that he is no flat-Earther (which makes him a blasphemer because he’s a literalist), but then — get this! — he claims that the bible isn’t a flat-Earth book. He doesn’t have much to back up that outrageous claim, but he mentions Isaiah’s phrase “the circle of the Earth.” It’s often quoted by creationists, because it’s the only phrase in the entire bible that — when taken out of context — appears not to refer to a flat Earth.
But the rev doesn’t actually cite that phrase it or put it context. We know why he’s being so slippery, because we discussed that phrase in our earlier post, where we wrote:
Isaiah 40:22 says: “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.” That passage is often misunderstood. The phrase “circle of the earth” actually refers to a disk. There is a Hebrew word for “ball” which was used elsewhere in Isaiah, so although the author had both words at his disposal, he didn’t use “ball” in his “circle of the earth” passage.
For completeness, will give you that passage with the word for “ball”:
Isaiah 22:18 — He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord’s house.
After casually tossing around that “circle of the earth” phrase, the rev recites the passage just before it — Isaiah 40:21. You need to see the context, so we’ll give you both passages — first the one Rives recited, followed by the one he merely quote-mined:
Isaiah 40:21 — Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
Isaiah 40:22 — 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:
That doesn’t say anything, except that the Earth sits on foundations, and the heavens are like a tent above us, as we grub around like grasshoppers on a circular disk beneath the celestial dome. That’s all the rev has to offer, so we stand by our earlier statement that the bible is unquestionably a flat-Earth book, from beginning to end.
Not only that, but in his attempt to claim that the bible will keep its believers from being flat-Earthers, the rev ignores another passage in Isaiah:
Isaiah 5:26 — And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly.
Isaiah is consistent with all other bible passages, because the Earth must be flat for all to see that ensign. There are no exceptions in scripture, notwithstanding the rev’s attempt to claim otherwise.
Now go ahead and watch the rev’s video. It’s always fun to see a creationist squirming and sliming around. And Rives does it so well!
As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules, but please remember — bathroom jokes must be in good taste. Okay, the comments are open. Have at it!
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