It’s amazing that in our modern age, some people surprisingly still do believe that the earth is flat — a flat circle! Yes, that is correct. They think that the earth is not spherical or a globe. Why is this so?
Well, it’s surprising to note that when you check the internet, flat earth believers abound and they do present to you a lot of their alleged “scientific proofs” to prove they are right. A lot of YouTube videos are out there attempting to “prove” the earth is flat.
Two Reasons Why
I can think of two main reasons why they believe it. It is aptly said by Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher and theologian of the 19th century. I got this quote recently from a friend on the internet. Kierkegaard allegedly said that:
- “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
Believing What is Not True
Yes, to believe what is not true is to be led into error. That’s for sure. For most flat earth believers, they really believe with all their heart that the Bible teaches that the earth is flat — which of course, is not true. They cannot be reasoned out of it no matter how hard you convince them that the Bible was not written as a scientific textbook, a cook book, an engineering book or a carpenter’s manual — to name a few examples. That is their faith. That is what they believe in. That is their religion. No amount of convincing will do the trick — unless of course God opens their minds.
Refusing to Believe What is True
With this premise and foundation that God has revealed to them in the Bible that the earth is flat, they therefore will not accept and will refuse to believe what is true! While the Bible does talk about a flat earth and the sun rising and setting, they will refuse to believe that there are various considerations in Bible interpretation like literary context, historical context, who the original authors and original audiences were, etc. They will refuse to believe these contextual considerations in Bible interpretation and insist that the Bible is revealing scientific data.
They will refuse to believe all the verified, empirical, authentic and scientific data gathered throughout the centuries by scientists, astronomers and the like. They will think that there is a big conspiracy to hide the “truth” that the earth is really and actually flat. They will suspect all scientific data that does not match up with their “biblical view” that the earth is flat. They think God has revealed to them the truth and the rest of humanity are deceived by a worldwide conspiracy group — which includes NASA.
Flat Earth Believers Not Alone
Well, flat earth believers are not alone. Another group of people continue to believe what is not true. They continue to believe that the old covenant (the Law of Moses) is still in full force and should be complied with and obeyed. They refuse to believe that with the coming of Christ some 2,000 years ago, the old covenant has become obsolete and instead the new covenant is now in force and Christians should look to Christ and obey his commands.
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