They tell us it is not important. ‘They’ said the earth and all its fulness is no more special than a black hole. After all, ‘they’ did the math for us, while ‘they’ relied on others. Others told ‘them’ to disbelieve what their eyes saw, that their senses were not trustworthy, and that only a ‘few’ were reliable sources to interpret the apparent stillness of Mt. Everest, Kilimanjaro, Whitney, K-2, the Rockies, Shasta, and the gorgeous Adirondacks. And we believed them. But not all.
There is an old hymn that suggests we ‘cast our deadly doings down,’ but we greatly err when we think it never applies to me. It’s loaded with practical insight, all coming from five words of health and prosperity. Anyway.
For years, we were convinced that where we live on terra firma is ancillary to things really important, such as politics, entertainment, sports, commerce, family, fashion, hunting, amusements, vacations, evolution, stamp collecting, atheism, gospel preaching, and just plain life, but because of the lack of interest in God’s cosmology, certain things seem strange to our ears, not because they are strange, but only because it’s a song we have never heard. Our hearts were never tuned to hear that grace so to speak, and we unfortunately assumed that yesterday’s conclusions were somehow erroneous or irrelevant.
I love what Paul sings here: ‘I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness,’ and would appreciate the same courteous hearing.
Why do we as humans attach virtue or importance to certain things, yet neglect others, while berate other good people for simply walking to the beat of a different drummer? Who has a more important work, George Whitefield, or the woman who works night shift in the hospital wing of the 7th floor tending to the forgotten familyless and infirmed?
Being told by others I am relatively fair-minded, imagine my elation when an opportunity presented itself by way of blogsville to prove it further, especially on a topic that is extremely popular and unpopular at the same time. I include below a snippet from a blog pal that assumes people who hold to various cosmologies are missing a few doughnuts from the box, and while the writer is a believer, he takes issue with certain ministries, and assigns unnecessary criticism instead of the right hand of fellowship. Why?
‘Sure, engaging with the mentally imbalanced online isn’t sexual sin but, in all honestly, how is getting down in the mess and drama of people who are clearly not well much better? Think about it. People you don’t even know are angering you, frustrating you, stealing time from you, and you are letting them do it. Flat Earthers are literally living rent-free in your head.’ (for context, see the link below)
Truth be told, many could be hurt by such language, fortunately I am much more tolerant of basic ignorance, but it is worthwhile to point out a few areas of weakness that need not be. If a brother has an affinity for birds lets say, and he uses his John Muirish affection for God’s winged creatures, who am I to challenge his gospel telling through nature? Nor would the sparrow protest either.
If a man has a rare sewing and tailor gift, who am I to tell him he is wasting his time talking to people about the ‘camel going through the eye of the needle,’ and reaching people in a way that I cannot?
So when I read of believers speaking of brothers in Christ and their affinity for science in general, and God’s cosmology in particular, is it not then equally unusual to assume that said believer’s are wasting their time, and are also mentally challenged for not only thinking such things, but promoting views well within the range of scripture?
I’m afraid far too many believers are simply intolerant because of things perhaps they never thought of. Am I exaggerating?
You may have heard that believers who enjoy God’s word are ‘a retardation of the species,’ and I quote from an atheistic evolutionary point of view, but they who ascribe to a stationary earth are ‘mentally imbalanced’ and are no different from porn addicts? Really? You going with that? Personally, I am not insulted, for I understand the trappings of science falsely so-called and its sharp clutches that grip the minds of far too many.
Since when MUST believers tow a party line as to things scientific, political, religious, or even humorous, especially when alleged science is dubious? Are we to be that shallow and walk like the zombie Stepford’s or act like a thousand cattle without distinction? Since when MUST believers wear the same color tie lest we be ousted from the club? Hath God not made the jackal as well as the frog?
So when I read Paul’s admonition and excellent word to ‘think on things lovely and pure,’ who is another man to berate such an one for thinking that ‘He stretcheth out the earth upon the waters’ is an impure occupation? Who is he who dares to chastise a man for considering: ‘It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in,’ and thereby say that this is unlovely, impure, or useless to think upon?
Is it also then impure and not lovely to consider He who ‘hath laid the foundations of the earth,’ and in this consideration, true science is revealed? Since when are believers ALL at the same mile markers of spiritual understanding? They are not. We are not. Thus, the scriptures are here to help us mature, but rest assured, it is far from mature to maim that which we do not understand, and cite believers as idiots for their knowing things we do not, or to not understand things that are clear to us or them.
Is it worse than pornography to think upon God’s created earth, which hath foundations, which earth was made BEFORE the sun and moon, and to consider the extreme wonderment of God’s power and wisdom, and to further consider what exactly the earth was doing, and where it was going……….for what purpose? Are these thoughts not pure and lovely, and is such cogitation really pornography, or simply, proving all things, as the good book says we are to do? Can we not employ the lessons of Martha and Mary? I believe so.
Should our lack of interest in other believers interest be cause for our trying to cut them down to size? I have found that the most thoughtful of believers are tolerant and considerate of others views, even upon disagreement, for it has been proven through scripture and experience, that far too often the 1, and not the 99, is correct. God specializes in the minority. We should thus pay attention.
But note I said this topic is both pop and unpopular. If blogging is a small picture of the whole, this proves correct, for on any given day, DeGrasse and Nye are promoting their world view, others are aping their words, others are enjoying thoughts of the universe, space, time, and hundreds of thousands more are thinking about a 1,067 mph spinning earth, while orbiting at 66,000 mph, while some say ‘who cares?’ while just as many more are saying: ‘hold the fort pilgrim, where is your proof?’
The popular view that instigated new math, oops, I mean globe/ball theory was the visual of the ‘disappearing ships over the horizon,’ and had people actually studied the eternal properties of water, they would have remained happy, but nope, the ships supposedly disappear ‘because of the curve.’ Yikes! And hence, Mr. Copernicus took the suggestion and the ball and ran. Men have been hitting foul balls ever since.
Or they could have consulted God and His word, and not been led astray by vain imaginations, they could have forsaken the wisdom of this world which always leaves out God, and learned about refraction, lensing, mirroring, the vanishing point, perspective, the human eye, and the fact that water Always seeks its own level, (true science doncha know) but nope, we must have others tell us how to think. We need new math in every age. We must alter truth to our liking. We must pretend we have the ability of insects to walk on ceilings.
But I have digressed enough already, so the unpopular view is how dare any man question what is popular and assumed? But eh, who am I, just another fine example of retardation of the species. This is okay coming from an atheist, but quite unbecoming hearing this from a fellow believer. I give believers a wide berth, and on this I will be silent.
I am perfectly aware how this specific area of interest scares people. Some are afraid to engage/comment because a price needs paid. Do I agree with the evolutionist or atheistic world view of an insignificant creation, which of necessity makes the earth one of many, and scripture irrelevant, or do I disagree with believers who seem strange for parting company with the norm? Ah, there’s the rub.
How does an axe head float? How did Peter walk on water? How was it that a blind man saw the color blue for the first time? How do bones grow within the womb? How did Christ rise from the dead? (The flower bulb is a fine perennial teacher) How did God make foundations for the earth? How did He stretch the line upon it? How does He measure the breadth of the earth? How did He scribe a compass upon it? How do railroads work on a balled surface? How does a helicopter hover like a bumblebee while a MIG fighter rips the sky on a moving surface? How is the 100 mile Suez canal dead level on a ball?
Dare any man say these are not lovely thoughts of life to consider, sooo unlike pornography which kills and destroys. But these things need not separate friends, and we should actually be thankful that God hath not made us as Xerox copies.
Further. The greatest proof of the strength of my arguments is the opposition against it. From every corner the insults arrive, (except for the cool and steady heads of some). The atheist despises the cosmology of scripture, and the believer cannot fathom any other doctrine which challenges age-old assumptions. Traditions can be tighter than an eagles talons holding a snake and flying high. He will not let go.
When I mention a hundred mile horizontal Suez canal connecting the Mediterranean with the Red sea, I am cited as a delusional idiot, YET, the pure science of how water acts is ignored, and I am assumed to have ten heads. Opposition to true science is not my problem, but I dare any man to prove the science wrong. Truth accepts all dares.
When I mention Kansas and the state of Florida are plains, I am laughed to scorn, yet God’s earth remains as testament, immoveable, steady, having foundations, just as He said, and just as they appear. I’m pretty sure God knows more about dirt and architecture than DeGrasse who says there is no God. Are we beginning to see that the science of the godless is not the science of nature, but pure fabrication with the intention to place God into oblivion as if His own word cannot be trusted?
Cosmology IS important. It IS relevant. It only appears strange because we have been fed the gospel of the godless for entirely too long. 1 Corinthians 15 is only as relevant as Genesis 1. Assumptions are not facts. Theories are not facts. Wishful thinking is not a twin of reality. And scripture is always correct.
So when I am reminded by God through Paul to think on things virtuous, pure, and lovely, what man can deny that ‘the beginning of all things’ is not a pure and lovely pursuit? Who can argue that God’s wisdom in creating the heaven and the earth BEFORE the sun and moon are not thoughts worthy of consideration?
Finally, my credibility should be interpreted in light of the singular reason that I do not ask for allies. It’s kind of like the meandering stream that does not ask for permission. It just is. And water never lies. 😉
As in this excellent example of how to forbear: