I grew up going to Christian Private Schools. I was taught every kind of Christian propaganda you could be taught. Some of it I bought into, some of it never made any sense to me. I came to realize over the years, that I didn’t agree with a lot of what I was taught. A lot of it didn’t match what I actually read in the Bible, nor could it hold up to rigorous scientific scrutiny. Rather it was political propaganda to gain votes, money, and control over people. Much of it is a knee-jerk reaction to popular culture, based in insecurity and fear of societal change.
There’s an idea that many Evangelicals subscribe to, that says you must take the Bible literally. I do believe there are places, like the book of Luke where the bible does want you to take it literally, as a documented historical account. Yet there are other places where there is poetry and deep meaning, rather than historical fact, like some of the Psalms, the Prophets, and even places in Genesis. I think its good to understand the bible how the Bible wants to be understood, rather than reading our own meanings into it. But that’s the debate here isn’t it? How does the Bible want to be understood?
Is the Bible a Science Textbook?
My science textbooks from Junior High would say, “Yes.” Many Evangelicals today think that because the bible is “true,” therefore it depicts science, mathematics, geology, and other disciplines accurately. I believe the bible is true, but I’ve come to believe that it’s not a science textbook, nor does it even treat itself as one. We’re the ones who forced it to be one, because the Christian pattern for the past 500 years has been to take a poorly thought out public stand against anything that scares us.
Copernicus and Galileo
In the 16th century AD, the Catholic church looked at the bible like a science textbook. The entire scientific community of the time used the bible to make predictions about the world. What caused a lot of controversy was when those predictions began to be tested mathematically, and appeared to be in error.
A Polish man named Nicolaus Copernicus first came up with the idea that the Earth was not the center of the universe, and that the sun planets and other celestial bodies did not revolve around it. It was so out of touch with the ideas of the day that he resisted publishing his book for years, despite the urging of his friends. He eventually did publish, in the year of his death.
The leading Christians of the time that we revere today, like Martin Luther and Phillip Melanchthon, have commentaries that make fun of Copernicus, because the bible obviously tells us that the entire universe revolves around the unmoving center of God’s creation, the Earth.
“So it goes now. Whoever wants to be clever must agree with nothing others esteem. He must do something of his own. This is what that fellow does who wishes to turn the whole of astronomy upside down. Even in these things that are thrown into disorder I believe the Holy Scriptures, for Joshua commanded the sun to stand still and not the earth.”
– Martin Luther, while asked about Copernicus during a dinner
“certain people believe it is a marvelous achievement to extol so crazy a thing, like that Polish astronomer who makes the earth move and the sun stand still. Really, wise governments ought to repress impudence of mind.”
– Phillip Melanchthon, in a letter to Mithobius (a physician and mathematician)
The Copernican model was not taken very seriously until a man named Galileo Galilei came on the scene. Galileo’s further development of the idea, which also coincided with the invention of the telescope gave the Catholic Church quite a scare and they decided to put forth an official stance against it. Sound familiar?
For his contribution to humanity, Galileo was tried in the inquisition, forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. And people wonder why I’m against the idea of a “Christian” nation. It took the Catholic church about 400 years to give Galileo a kind-of-sort-of-half-apology. But the rest of humanity, including people like Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein, call Galileo the father of modern science. The Copernican Heliocentric model finally became commonly accepted due to work by Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton, which finally put the nail in the coffin of Geocentrism…or so we thought.
Young Earth Creationists are Amateurs when it comes to Biblical Inerrancy
Young earth creationists like to fear monger when it comes to Christians who are inclined to take the 6 day creation in Genesis 1 as symbolic poetry, rather than a play by play of how God chronologically created the universe. A quick read of Genesis 1 and 2, from a literal point of view will quickly show that it’s not even chronological. I’ve heard over and over, “If you can’t trust the creation account in Genesis, the whole bible falls apart!”. To be fair, there’s a great many atheists that want you to believe the same thing. Biblical literalists and New Atheists represent the extreme ends of the spectrum, and I find extremes very hard to trust.
Besides, I’m not even here to argue all that. That’s for another day. I’m here to make the point that 99% of Christians today don’t actually take the Bible literally, even the ones that believe the world is 6000 years old and was created in 6, 24 hour days.
If getting into Heaven depends on how literally we take the Bible, and not the saving grace of Jesus Christ, then we’re all going to Hell…Except maybe these guys: FixedEarth.com. When it comes to Biblical Inerrancy, the first place prize goes to them. Enter ye into my rest, FixedEarth.com.
See, the guys over at FixedEarth.com haven’t become Apostate like the rest of us. They believe that Heliocentrism, the idea that the Earth revolves around the sun, is an Atheist Doctrine, a lie from Satan, and the keystone holding up every anti-bible scientific belief system. To them, not only is the Earth not revolving around the sun, it is not rotating. And they’ve got the scriptures to prove it.
“…tremble before him, all the earth; yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.” – 1 Chronicles 16:30 ESV
“…Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.” – Psalm 93:1 ESV
“He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.” – Psalm 104:5 ESV
“The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.” – Ecclesiastes 1:5 ESV
“At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still at Gibeon,and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.’ And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. – Joshua 10:12-13 ESV
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Heaven is my throne,and the earth is my footstool…'” – Isaiah 66:1 ESV
Of all the scriptures, I think Isaiah 66:1 is the most convincing. How annoying would it be to have to put your feet on a rotating, orbiting footstool? Somebody call Ikea! The Earth won’t stop rotating!
From Geocentrism to Heliocentrism
Why the solar system can exist
Someone actually had to take the time to refute a Geocentrist
It’s videos like this that make me embarrassed to be on this team. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing about Jesus that embarrasses me. It’s his followers that irk me from time to time. Someone actually had to make a video to prove Christian Geocentrists wrong. He’s not very nice to Christians, but then again, neither am I. If I made a 6 part video series to debunk Geocentrism and promote something as trivial as Heliocentrism, I’d be pissed too.
It’s a well done video, and if people making fun of Christians doesn’t make you feel insecure, you’ll actually learn a good deal of science from it. It’s here if you want to watch it. The sad thing is that there are probably thousands of homeschooled kids in the United States that are taught this rubbish.
To be fair, it is somewhat true that Relativistic Physics doesn’t care what frame of reference you’re in. If you wanted you could plot out the physics of the universe with a stationary, non-rotating Earth. But ONLY from a purely theoretical standpoint, ignoring all experimental data and basic physical laws like gravity. Gravity and Coriolis effect are examples of just two things you must ignore.
Why am I blabbing on about this? Sometimes I’m unnecessarily thorough. I’ve been alive for 26 years surrounded by people who are scared to death of gays, and evolution destroying our society, yet they all believe the Earth revolves around the sun without question. I don’t think I’ve once met a real life Geocentrist.
Rather than telling you what to believe, I’ll take a slightly different approach and ask a question or two.
- Given the The Scriptures above (and the arguments from FixedEarth.com) versus The Science, why do you believe what science tells you with regards to the Earth’s rotation and revolution around the sun, over what the Bible tells you?
- Could it be possible that the bible is not a science textbook? And that those “proof” verses above, were meant to convey emotional and poetic meaning of God’s power in creation, rather than scientific data about the Earth’s rotation and orbital relationship with the sun?
Finding FixedEarth.com was like stepping into a time machine. First and foremost, it’s a website straight out of 1997.1 Seriously, that’s what the internet looked like back then, unless you were on AOL. Next, it was stepping into a cult-like group of people who simply disregard roughly 500 years of proven math, physics, and scientific experiments. I really think fringe sites like FixedEarth.com will be the future of Young Earth Creationism in just a decade or so. What do I have against Young Earth Creationism? That’s for another day.
They have since updated their site. Bless their souls.↩