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FLAT EARTH THEORY: IS THE EARTH FLAT? DOES THE EARTH REST ON PILLARS? IS THE EARTH SHAPED LIKE A CIRCULAR DISC?

WRITTEN BY: GEORGE LUJACK

It is the 21st century and there are still modern flat Earth societies proclaiming that the Earth is a flat disc-shaped planet. This article will address the flat earther’s claims and examine the Scripture verses that flat earthers use to justify their belief in declaring the Earth to be flat. This article will reveal the Scripture verses used by flat earthers’ are misinterpreted and then misapplied, and will declare the Flat Earth Theory to be false.

IS THE EARTH FLAT?

There is no Scripture verse that plainly states that the Earth is flat. There are verses that allegorically proclaim that the Earth has corners, edges, and that the Earth rests on pillars.

ISAIAH 11:12; REVELATION 7:1; REVELATION 20:8:
From the four corners of the earth; at the four corners of the earth; in the four corners of the earth…

WHAT ARE THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH?
The Earth is not a flat rectangle or square, so Scripture’s reference to the four corners of the Earth does not refer to literal corners. The central starting map location of Scripture is the nation of Israel. The four corners of the Earth are the compass points north, south, east, and west of Israel.

DOES THE EARTH REST ON PILLARS?

1 SAMUEL 2:8:
For the pillars of the earth belong to YHWH (the Lord) and He has set the world upon them.

JOB 9:6:
He shakes the earth out of its place, and the pillars tremble.

‘Pillars,’ has more than one definition.

pillar:
1. a tall vertical structure of stone, wood, or metal, used as support for a building, or as an ornament or monument.

2. something shaped like a pillar: “a pillar of smoke”

3. a person or thing regarded as reliably providing essential support for something: “he was a pillar of his local community”

When all the various definitions of ‘pillar’ are applied to the Scripture verses that declare that the Earth rests on pillars, it should not be concluded that Scripture proclaims that a flat Earth rests on physical pillar structures.

Scripture also refers to pillars as “pillars of smoke.”

JOEL 2:30:
And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.

There are two applications of what Scripture refers to when saying that the Earth rests on pillars. The pillars belong to YHWH (the Lord), according to 1 Samuel 2:8, so the pillars are a reference to God providing essential support for the Earth.

GENESIS 1:9:
Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.

The continents (and oceans) rest atop giant slab pillars called tectonic plates that make up the Earth’s outer crust. These plates float like rafts on the hot, semi-liquid mantle below the crust. Slow-moving currents deep inside Earth send the plates (and the land or ocean that rests on them) slowly moving across the surface of the planet.

Pillars the Earth rests on that are mentioned in Scripture are a reference to internal pillars within the Earth. When God formed the Earth during the 6-day creation week, He raised the land from the waters to let the dry land (continents) appear. Scripture is referring to pillars within the Earth (tectonic plates) that God used as a means to raise the continents from the waters. The Earth does rest on pillars; they are internal pillars called tectonic plates. They could have easily been called tectonic pillars.

IS THE EARTH SHAPED LIKE A CIRCULAR DISC?

ISAIAH 40:22:
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth…

When viewed from a high altitude, one can see the arc circle of the sphere of the Earth. The Earth is not declared to be a circular disc, according to Isaiah 40:22.

SATELLITE IMAGES OF THE EARTH

NASA and other space agencies have provided mankind with countless satellite images of a spherical rotating Earth. NASA is not a conspiracy agency supplying doctored Earth images and suppressing knowledge of a flat Earth, as flat earthers maintain. Astronomy hobbyists have sent their iPhones into the edge of space using weather balloons and have provided further video evidence that the Earth is spherical. Scripture does not proclaim the Earth to be a flat circular disc. Flat Earth believers are either ignorant in understanding the true meanings of the Scripture verses used to proclaim a flat Earth or they intentionally twist the figurative language of Scripture to maintain their false Flat Earth Theory.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Chuck Anziulewicz

    February 9, 2016 10:21 am at 10:21 am

    Wow, this is just a brilliant repudiation of “Flat Earthers,” whomever they are. Too bad it comes from someone who clings wistfully to the fiction that Life, the Universe, and Everything was spoken into being just 6,000 years ago.

    • David H.

      February 9, 2016 11:09 am at 11:09 am

      Chuck,
      Here is the false logic you use over and over again to discriminate against Christians.
      You equate young earth creationism with being a Flat earther. That is like saying All black men are into rap music, Or All Mexicans wear sombreros.
      I believe that God created the earth six thousand years ago, in six literal days. IDO NOT BELIEVE the earth is flat, NOR do I Believe that the universe revolves around the earth.
      ===============
      Generalization such as you have made in your comment is the ignorant root that leads to all forms of discrimination and racism, and eventually to genocide. This only shows how ignorant your college profs have made you.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_9c0-hbmIA

      • alex

        February 9, 2016 8:21 pm at 8:21 pm

        Ridiculous that there are still people that do believe – out of which ever reasons – that the earth is 6000 years old…
        Regarding the fact, that this article is just based on quotes from the bible, this is not serious anyway.

        • David H.

          February 10, 2016 5:26 am at 5:26 am

          You really should watch the video I posted above. I know its long, but at least give it a chance.

      • Chuck Anziulewicz

        February 10, 2016 7:33 am at 7:33 am

        “I believe that God created the earth six thousand years ago, in six literal days.”

        Right. And science is nothing more than an elaborate Satanic deception.

        • David H.

          February 10, 2016 4:37 pm at 4:37 pm

          Chuck,
          How is it that you, an atheist, who believes in an amoral world with no God, must resort to making moral argument to defend yourself? If you were really an atheist, You would not even try to defend your position, because all truth is relative to the one who perceives it. I perceive that God Created the earth in six literal days. And according to atheist thinking, because I perceive it I am right.

    • George Lujack

      George Lujack

      February 9, 2016 11:29 am at 11:29 am

      Your charge is false Chuck. I am not one who believes that life, the universe, and everything was spoken into being 6,000 years ago.
      Where did you get that false information from?

  2. Shay

    February 10, 2016 1:34 am at 1:34 am

    Scripture doesnt say the earth is round either..last time I looked.

  3. M Jo

    February 10, 2016 4:26 am at 4:26 am

    Has this website started getting high? First the earth is the center of the earth, now this?

  4. young at heart

    February 11, 2016 7:30 pm at 7:30 pm

    You’re all crazy! Everybody knows the earth is a square! Geez, my leader taught me this when I only a young being, somewhere around 5, 000 years ago! Now, I’m 6,000 years old and I do forget things. Time just seems to go fast these days!

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