This is a virtual replay of Bible Astronomy Is Always True, but with a different creationist author. It’s titled What Does the Bible Say About Astronomy?, and it appears at the website Beliefnet. Wikipedia has a write-up on them, which says: “Beliefnet is independent and not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement.”
We can readily understand the limited view of the authors of scripture. Their knowledge of the Earth was limited to their ability to travel short distances. For observing the sky at night, they had only their eyes, which had evolved sufficiently for us to survive on Earth, but which give us virtually no information about the universe beyond it. What we can’t understand is theocratic opposition to improved sources of information, which resulted in such barbaric abominations as the Galileo affair.
Anyway, let’s see what Beliefnet has for us. Their article was written by Megan Bailey, about whom we know nothing. That website has a comments feature, but there aren’t any yet. Here are some excerpts from Megan’s opus, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections [that look like this]:
All the sciences are investigations into God’s creation, and astronomy is no different. Many people fear that the Bible condemns Christians from studying astronomy; however that’s not the case. God created our heavens and earth and knows how everything works together. He did make it after all. The Bible gives us information about the history of the universe and how God built it. It is our foundation on how we can come to understand the universe.
Great beginning! Then she says:
People typically rebuttal [sic] this by saying that the Bible isn’t a science textbook. This is true, because textbooks are created by imperfect humans. Textbooks have to change year after year when humans discover new things, or find evidence that contradicts previously held beliefs. The Bible never changes and it never has to, because it was perfectly inspired by God. When it covers a specific topic, we can understand that it is a truth held by God.
Great. You only need one book. After that she tells us:
[M]any in the scientific community … see their scientific findings above the historical account given the Bible. Astronomy is one of the hardest of the sciences to understand, mainly because the objects of study are so far away and not subject to human interaction. Because so many noted scientists are atheists, their work naturally does not take into consideration the existence of a creator. Christians that seek to study astrology [Huh?] and understand it must go in with the mindset that the Bible is the true account of all things, and that it cannot be contradicted. Science and faith can completely coexist, but we have to be wary of the devil trying to redirect our mind.
Yes, we must always be wary of the devil. Megan continues:
The Bible was ahead of its times when it came to understanding the universe, because God already knew everything about it. For example, the Bible indicates that the earth is round. Isaiah 40:22 mentions this when it says “circle of the earth.” From our own scientific studies, we know that this is true.
[*Groan*] We discussed that in The Earth Is Flat! The word used means “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. Let’s read on:
Job 26:7 also suggests that the earth floats in space when it says God “hangs the earth on nothing.” Although this is very poetic sounding, it does seem to suggest that the earth isn’t sitting on top of a pedestal or hanging off of a limb.
[*Groan*] We discussed that in The Earth Does Not Move!, where we said:
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.
This is great, huh? Here’s another excerpt:
One incredible piece of scripture comes from Isaiah 40:22 that teaches us that God is had expanded or “stretched out” the universe. The verse says that God stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. Most astronomers today believe that the universe is indeed expanding and growing, just like the Bible suggests.
Yeah, okay. And now we come to the end:
The Bible teaches us the truth and history about our universe, as it was created by God lifetimes ago. Astronomers once mocked Christians for believing some of the teachings found in the Bible, but as we grow as a scientific community the truths are revealed. Continue to study the stars with a Christian outlook, and the more you learn the more we will be pointed back toward God.
Well, dear reader, we don’t know about you, but we think Megan Bailey’s article was a giant ark-load of Oogity Boogity!
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