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Does the Bible teach that the earth is flat?

THE HUMANIST'S CLAIM the Bible teaches: A Flat Earth Resting on Pillars

The Bible supports the primitive notion of a flat earth. In the sixth century, a Christian monk named Cosmas wrote a book, titled Topographia Christiana, describing the structure of the physical world. Basing his views on the Bible, Cosmas said the earth is flat and surrounded by four seas.

The prophecy at Revelation 1:7 was a basis for his conclusion. It states that when Christ returns, “every eye shall see him.” Cosmas reasoned that if the earth were round, people on the other side would not see Christ’s second coming.

Flat earth

I hope you are not going to fall for this false claim. This type of accusation has been answered a number of times already. You know the answer…

What an individual believes scripture teaches, does not mean the Bible actually supports that teaching. In this case the assertion that, based on Revelation 1:7 the Bible teaches the earth is flat, is so farfetched and outside the context of that verse, as to be absurd. First, however, I have to ask... who was the authority the humanists are referencing? Who was Cosmas the monk?

But first... I have to ask... who was Cosmas the monk?

His name was Cosmas Indicopleustes, and he did advocate for a flat earth. What the humanists leave out is that his work was rejected, by the church fathers during his own lifetime. The humanist’s authority is an obscure monk whose ideas were rejected. That is evidence of desperation, not sound science..

Just so we have it, here is Revelation 1:7

Look, He is coming with the clouds,
and every eye will see Him,
even those who pierced Him;
and all the peoples of the earth
will mourn because of Him.
So shall it be! Amen

The thought is that “every eye will see Him,” means the earth must be flat. Otherwise, the people on the other side of the earth would not be able to see Him. Of course, this does not take into account that the Lord could circle the earth as He comes. On the other hand, this prophecy may recognize that news services will notice something unusual happening and broadcast it onto TV screens (and smart phones) around the world. A 2000-year-old prophecy predicts world-wide television! Incredible!

Conclusion: There is hardly anything worth commenting on here. The Bible in no way supports a flat earth.

Additional Conclusion: Many of the humanists claims about the Bible are so absurd and easy for anyone to refute with a simple Google search, that I'm starting to think this humanist web page was not created to change minds. It's purpose may be to give comfort to unthinking minds... to give comfort to atheists who need a reason to reject the truth of the Bible. They can read this humanist page; assume it's all true; feel good about themselves; and continue in their sin thinking they'll never be held accountable... after all the Bible has [not] been "proven" false by a humanist.

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Here are the next three paragraphs from their web page:

The humanist "response:" Further support for the idea of a flat earth is contained in the verses mentioning the “four corners of the earth” (e.g., Isaiah 11:12; Revelation 7:1) and the “ends of the earth” (e.g., Jeremiah 16:19; Acts 13:47).

Because of such Bible teachings, most of the early church fathers thought the earth is flat.[33] In fact, the view of the world contained in Cosmas’ book was accepted for several centuries as orthodox Christian doctrine.[34] Even in the fifteenth century, when Christopher Columbus proposed to sail west from Spain to reach the East Indies, the biblical notion of a flat earth was a major source of opposition to him.[35]

As for the question of what holds the flat earth in place, the Bible indicates the answer is “pillars.” The pillars of the earth are mentioned in several verses in the Old Testament (I Samuel 2:8; Psalm 75:3; Job 9:6). These verses reflect the belief of the ancient Hebrews that the earth rests upon pillars.[36]

Here are their references, mostly White and Draper:

[33] White, Vol. I, p. 91. See also Draper, John W., History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science (New York and London: D. Appleton and Company, 1919), pp. 62, 63, 161.

[34] White Vol. I, pp. 325, 326. See also Draper, pp. 163, 294.

[35] Draper, pp. 163, 164.

[36] The New English Bible with the Apocrypha, Oxford Study Edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 1976), p. 1002.

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