Your Curmudgeon has again been working with the Alliance of Advanced Apologetics Research for Geological Harmony (AAARGH). We recently posted a list of scripture passages declaring that The Earth Is Flat. There we said:
Those who claim that they follow the path of holiness by being young-earth creationists are deceiving themselves if they do not also proclaim the scriptural truth of the flat earth. All creationists who are not also flat-earthers are hereby declared to be hypocrites and blasphemers.
Our latest research indicates that the same applies to the central position and immobility of the earth, as we will show in this post. Our plan from now on will be to chide creationists for the hypocrisy of their belief in creationism while they simultaneously refuse to believe in the scriptural doctrines of not only the flat earth but also the unmoving earth and the geocentric universe.
What about old-earth creationists? They’re far worse than the young-earthers. They have the unjustifiable (and incoherent) position of claiming that they’re being scientific-minded in accepting the geologic age of the earth — usually along with the spherical earth and the solar system — but they fraudulently insist that their so-called creation science justifies their creationism. Those people are almost always charlatans who are trying to appear less bizarre than their young-earth brethren. They’re not fooling anyone (even young-earth creationist reject them), so we have no problem criticizing them not only for promoting their insane pseudo-science but also for lying to conceal their scriptural inconsistency.
Most of the scripture passages we quote here speak for themselves. There aren’t that many of them because the fixed position of the earth was so obvious to the authors of the bible that it was rarely worth mentioning. Anyone could see, merely by watching the apparent motion of the sun, moon, and stars, that the universe revolves around the earth.
We’ve omitted passages that refer to the earth trembling, or being moved by despair or some divine message, because those passages don’t refer to anything remotely like the earth’s motion around the sun or rotating on its axis. We have also omitted the only passage that comes even close to being incompatible with the fixed, central location of the earth, but we’ll mention it here in the interest of scholarly integrity. It’s Job 26:7. Creationists are always quoting it to show how “scientific” the bible is. It says: “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.”
What’s that all about? It’s the same earth that the same book of Job says has a place and rests on pillars (Job 9:6 — “Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.”), and that also has a foundation (Job 38:4 — “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth”). Whatever “hangeth the earth upon nothing” means, it definitely doesn’t say that the earth moves (except when God shakes it) or that it’s located anywhere other than the central hub of the universe. Maybe it means that it’s not turtles all the way down. Anyway, we’re leaving it out.
All of these passages are from the Old Testament. There is nothing on the subject in the New Testament, other than some text like Matthew 24:29 (“the stars shall fall from heaven”) and Revelation 6:13 (“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth”), but those are ambiguous so we left them out too. They certainly don’t contradict other passages that proclaim the fixed, central location of the earth.
With all of that explanation out of the way, here is our irrefutable data (scripture passages that aren’t contradicted by any other scripture passages), to which we added some bold font for emphasis:
1 Chronicles 16:30
Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
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.
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.
Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
Here are two bible verses that were used in Galileo’s heresy trial, indicating that the sun orbits the earth:
Ecclesiastes 1, verse 5: The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
Joshua 10:13: 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.
Having presented the best available information — scripture! — we now issue an enhanced version of the Curmudgeon’s Challenge to all creationists, whether young-earth or old: Declare yourselves! What is your belief about the earth? If you don’t believe it’s flat, stationary, and in the center of the universe, you are heretics and shall dwell eternally in the Lake of Fire!
Our point, in case anyone somehow missed it, is that if one insists on creationism because it’s scriptural, notwithstanding the findings of science to the contrary, then it’s utterly and inexplicably inconsistent to deny that the earth is flat, doesn’t move, rests on pillars, and the sun, moon, and stars revolve around it. If a creationist can reject an unscientific teaching like the flat earth or the geocentric universe, then why can’t creationism also be rejected?
If one is going to be a creationist, he should go all the way. There’s nothing more to be said.
[See also: Creationists And The Scriptural Value Of Pi.]
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