Flat Earth Theory

Did you know that some people today — yes, in our modern age — believe that the earth is flat? Yes, that is correct. A flat earth theory. Some people today really believe with all their heart that the earth is flat. You might find that absurd, weird, foolish, stupid, gullible or however you might want to describe it but they hang on to their belief with such tenacity that the earth is indeed really flat. And they are sincere about it. They really believe it. It is not a globe. It is not spherical and they will show to you their “scientific proofs” complete with many YouTube videos and various articles found on the internet.

They believe that NASA and science in general are out to deceive the whole world — a conspiracy theory — showing fake photos, fake videos and fake scientific facts that the earth is spherical or a globe. Yes, they also believe in so many conspiracy theories! But what is their basis that the earth is flat? Well, they claim their view is based on the Bible. That is their foundation, they claim.

In most instances, the Bible does really talk about a flat earth and I agree. But there lies the problem. That’s where the misunderstanding can occur.

Bible Not a Science Textbook

While the Bible does give information about science, it is important to understand and realize that the Bible is not primarily a science textbook. Of course, God and science are not in conflict. God is the author of true science and true religion but please take note: the Bible’s main purpose is not about science. It is something else. It’s about the gospel. It’s about the Kingdom of God. It’s about Jesus Christ.

It is sad to note that flat earth believers use the Bible as a science textbook. They think the Bible is a scientific book that proves a flat earth. They have not considered the Bible’s context — historical, literary, cultural and various other related contexts as they interpret the Bible.

Context, Context, Context!

We have to consider that the Bible was first written and addressed first of all to an original audience in their original setting — in their own time, place, cultural, historical and literary settings. It has to be understood first in that context — in their original setting with the original audience before we can apply it into our modern times.

In most instances in the Bible, it was written from an earth-centric point of view where “the sun rises” and “the sun sets.” It was written by the human authors from their human point-of-view or perspective (inspired by the Holy Spirit of course) and they were not trying to give a scientific explanation that the earth was flat. That’s what they can see — the sun rising from the east and setting to the west. They were not trying to explain science. Most often the original authors were trying to convey a message to their original audience and not necessarily explaining nor revealing scientific data. Let’s be mindful of this fact when we are applying it into our modern times.

Most errors of flat earth believers are in their disregard of context — especially literary context. Believing that the Bible teaches a flat earth (a disregard of literary context), they then proceed and come up with their “scientific proofs” that the earth is flat.

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Don Carlos, Bukidnon

Going through my files today, I saw a photo of me and my little daughter when we lived in Don Carlos, Bukidnon for about a year sometime in 1986. Back then, I was sent there as a ministerial trainee under a pastor. In this photo, my daughter was about 6 years old. This photo brought back memories of our stay there back when we were still younger and more energetic.

Don Carlos Bukidnon
This is a scanned photo from an old film photo taken in 1986 of me and my daughter when she was about six years old in Don Carlos, Bukidnon. The camera used was a Nikon EM film camera with 50mm lens. Photo by Jojie F. Joson.

My wife took this shot with our Nikon EM film camera with a 50mm Nikon lens. I still have this film camera but it’s now a souvenir item. I don’t use it anymore. But I’m still using the 50mm lens which still works well and produces really good pictures.

When Guitars are Out of Tune

out of tune
If I’m not mistaken, this photo was taken in Baguio City when I was about 20 years old.

Whenever we hear someone singing out of tune, oftentimes we either laugh about it or get annoyed by it. Personally, I don’t look down on people who sing out of tune. I realize some of us are more gifted than others when it comes to singing. Some people have exceptionally great singing voices and some don’t have it. I don’t have a great singing voice myself too so I have nothing to brag about. My wife can sing better than me. But I actually enjoy listening to people singing out of tune belting it out with all their might whether it be at malls, at family gatherings or at karaoke parties where people just pour out their heart singing and enjoying their time together celebrating and having fun. Just being together building, bonding, nurturing and enhancing their loving relationships as family or as friends. Never mind the confusion hahaha!

But there’s one thing I can’t stand — a guitar that is out of tune. It’s just me. And maybe that’s because I did have some experience as a leader of a band for a good number of years during my younger days. Before the band started to play, the first thing we always did was to tune our guitars making sure that the lead guitar, rhythm guitar and bass guitar were all in tune and in sync with the electric piano/organ. I somehow feel bad —a personal thing, it’s just me — when a band or a worship team starts playing when their guitars are out of tune because I know it is something that could be fixed or made ready beforehand.

Back in the old days, we had what was called a pitch pipe to do that. Sometimes we just rely on a piano as our guide too. That helped. But nowadays, I’m amazed that tuning can be done electronically in so many ways. I was really very fascinated and surprised to see an electronic guitar tuner just a few years ago. There was no such thing during my younger days. Nowadays, you can even use your smartphone to do that offline or online with an android guitar tuner. There are several guitar tuner apps that you can use to do that. Times have really changed a lot!