As if it knew we needed something challenging to think about for the weekend, the Drool-o-tron™ alerted us with its sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). The Drool-o-tron™ had found the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.
Our computer was locked onto this headline at WND: Did God ‘stretch out the heavens’ to create universe? A most provocative question!
The actual title of the rev’s video is “Stretching the Heavens” He begins by telling us that Isaiah 40:22 says that God stretches out the heavens. He doesn’t recite the full passage, but here it is (King James version, of course):
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 rev skips over numerous problems in that passage. We discussed one of them in ICR: The Biblical Shape of the Earth, where we said:
[We looked] into Strong’s Concordance for the King James version, searching for the word “circle” [chuwg] (Strong’s 02329) — which isn’t a sphere, by the way — it’s a disk. We also searched for “sphere” — and found nothing. So we made a word search for “ball” [duwr] (Strong’s 01754) and found several verses that use the word for “ball” — two of which are in Isaiah, the same book as the “circle of the earth” passage. The author of Isaiah had both words at his disposal, but he didn’t use “ball” in that “circle of the earth” passage — he used the word for disk. Case closed.
But the rev isn’t interested in the fact that the bible is a flat-Earth book. He’s talking here about the heavens. But he also ignores the stuff about spreading the havens out like a curtain or a tent. He’s focused only on “stretching.” He says that reference to stretching the heavens was mysterious until the early 1900s, when astronomers observed that the universe is indeed expanding. Wowie — the bible was right all along!
But he speaks disparagingly about the Big Bang theory, claiming that extrapolating the expansion backwards to an “arbitrary” date of 14 billion years ago makes no sense. He says it was God who stretched the fabric of space.
The rev is casually dressed for this one. He’s not even wearing a necktie. But it doesn’t matter what he wears, he’s the cutest rev you’ve ever seen! This video runs less than three minutes, including the commercial at the end. Go ahead, click over to WND and learn something about cosmology. There’s no better authority than the rev!
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. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!
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