Trust the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
I would like to continue my conversation with T. Allen about the Bible.
While the “religious” leaders at the time of Columbus and Magellan did teach the earth was flat, that was not my point. I contend that the Bible does not say the earth is flat. There is a difference. I have no doubt that those “religious” leaders misinterpreted the same scriptures that were referenced in your letter, i.e. the “four corners of the earth”.
I put religious in quotes because these same leaders were corrupt, had mistresses, sold indulgences, tec., etc. They were not living as the Bible teaches, and I would not want them interpreting scripture for me. As Donald Cassan already mentioned in his letter to the paper, they neglected Isaiah 40:22, which talks about the circle of the earth. A circle doesn’t have any corners, so “four corners of the earth” must mean something else. In each instance where this phrase is used, the four directions or the complete known world would be a reasonable way to interpret the verses.
Job 26:7 also talks about suspending the earth over nothing.
God has chosen to reveal Himself in two ways: the Bible, which is the word of God, and nature, which is His handiwork. When the two appear to be in conflict, then further study is needed either of nature or of the interpretation of scripture.
The Bible is the most accurate, ancient religious text according to Dr. Hugh Ross, the author of “Why the Universe Is The Way It Is.” Dr. Ross is an astronomer and astrophysicist. After studying the ancient writings of the world’s major religions, Dr. Ross found the Bible to be the only one that was historically and scientifically accurate.
Genesis says God created the heavens and the earth. He created matter, energy, space and time in an instant from nothing. Science has determined the universe did have a finite beginning, just as it says in Genesis. Just think the “big bang”. Scientists have even determined the age of the universe (13.73 billion years). The order of creation in Genesis follows what science has discovered.
The Bible says the universe is expanding (Job 9:8; Isaiah 44:24 & 45:12), and the laws that govern the universe are fixed and have been that way from the beginning (Jeremiah 33:25). All of which have been confirmed by science. And don’t discount the story of Adam and Eve. Through DNA, science has traced our origins to “the same location and from a few individuals or less” (from “A Matter of Days” by Dr. Ross).
In Romans, Paul talks about creation waiting to be freed from its “slavery to corruption,” which agrees with the second law of thermodynamics. Everything naturally flows from order to disorder or higher energy to lower energy, which is another reason that we could not have developed from natural processes alone.
There was a time not too long ago that I questioned whether God really existed. I had ignored God for most of my adult life. But as I got older, I started to be concerned about where I would spend eternity, assuming there was a God. Then one day, when raccoons had made a mess of one of bird feeders, I was looking for the hook that suspended the feeder and did not have any success. So I said, “OK God, if You exist, help me find this hook and I’ll believe in You.” I turned to look at ground I had already covered and there was the hook out in the open. God answered by prayer.
Now, whenever I look at the night sky or see a hummingbird come to one of my flowers, I know God is there. His creation speaks of a Creator. And he promises that if you look for Him with all your heart, you will find Him.
And it all starts with “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”