Flat Earth Believers Then and Now, Part 1
It’s a strange that that there are many flat earthers today do not believe in the God of the Bible. They believe in a God but somehow separate him from Scripture. Also, there are some flat earth believers today who did not believe in God at all but after believing in the flat earth, had to accept that there is a God. But for some strange reason – known only to them – that is is not the God of the Bible. Yet, it was only 125 years ago that all flat earthers believed in Yahweh, God first, then believed in the flat earth. From there, they saw the beautiful harmony of true science matching up with the Bible. Flat earth believers in the 1890s, for example, did not change their God into something that fits their political views but still saw Him as “the Great I Am.” While today, some, and I say some, flat eathers try to create god into a person who that is “politically correct.” Yes, I think that they are still controlled by being politically correct and not truthful. They did, however, learned more truth by realising that the earth is, indeed, flat and stationary but that is all; they still have a long way to go. I could go on and on but I’ll just continue this article with a sample of an old flat earth article written in the 1890s of flat earth believers’ who trust in Holy Scripture. There are many, many such article I could quote that it would compile a book. But you, as a regular reader of Christian Flat Earth Ministry, know quite well that the generation of flat earth believers of long ago remained believers in the the Bible as the literal Word of God.
Think of the witnesses who from Genesis to Revelation have attested to the reality of miracles, supernatural dreams and visions: think of the mental and moral calibre of the whole; think as they spoke chiefly of what they experienced, saw, as God’s instruments. I say, if these are not the witnesses of truth, of the deliberate falsehoods these exemplary men condescended without possibility of collusion to utter. Think of Joseph, if he had only accidentally guessed right in interpreting the dreams of Pharaoh, his chief butler and chief baker, having the audacity speak as God’s commissioned messenger: think of Daniel having habitually committed the same enormity; think of the Bible dreamers:, always dreaming according to the interpretation of their dreams: think of the Bible interpreters being men greatly beloved of God; never reproved for their solutions of enigmas in His name, and never accidentally guessing wrong? And in the region of miracle, think of the walls of Jericho having only fallen flat by a strange coincidence “when the priests blew with the trumpets and the people shouted with a great shout;” think of Moses only pretending; to plague Egypt: of Joshua having only pretended to converse with the Captain of the Lord’s host: of Gideon having only juggled with that fleece of wool: of Daniel having somehow circumvented the lions, and then given the thing a miraculous colour that he might gain ascendency over the Median king : think of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego making themselves fire-proof by a scientific process of which the particulars are not now recoverable : think of God having only been pretended by Solomon as the Giver o f his wisdom and the Answerer of his prayer for it; and think of Christ having only pretended to feed “five thousand men, besides women and children” by the miraculous increase of “five loaves and two fishes;” having only pretended to raise the dead, to heal the sick, to cast out devils, and Himself to die and rise again! Explain away the miraculous if we can make ourselves ridiculous; by trying, but as to doing it— we may as well try to scale heaven.
Subtract the miraculous and leave the historic— impossible! Tear away the first and nearly the whole of the last comes with it. And why should we? Wherefore is not the miraculous part of the Bible as true history as any other part?
If we credit all we now hear, the splendid men of old, whose histories in brief the Bible gives, were so many weak-minded enthusiasts, bent on manufacturing archives out of mutual hallucinations; poor creatures the whole or them; and so insufferably oriental as to be quite unable, even in the commonest matters, either to express themselves comprehensibly, or to distinguish between fact and fancy. It is we who are the wise; they were but superstitious ignoramuses. Well, let our wise men produce a subtler and, in spite of its metaphors, clearer bit of argumentation than that between Job and his fellow-ignoramuses, they can.
The world has its sages and its sages. Those whose works are obsolete are its wise sages: those who produced the only standard work in existence, the incomparable Bible, are its otherwise sages; that is to say, its foolish ones. Wanted an illustration of virtue— where it is oftenest sought? Among the worthies of the Bible?
Nine times out of ten among the greatly more esteemed worthies of heathendom! What perversity, for merely classical ends, to prefer the men, maxims, and morals of a dead heathendom before the inimitable exemplars of a living Bible! The infatuation of scholars for things heathenish— this seems the cause of the Bible’s witness against heathen science revived being ignorantly under-valued.
Elihu, apparently knowing as perfectly well what he was talking about as the sanest man amongst us, declared supernatural dreams to have been one means of Divine communication with men; and he added, that what actual knowledge men possessed was imparted by the God who made and gave them life. It is “ God my Maker,” he says, “who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven” (Job xxxv. 11). And Job, as if to illustrate this, comes out with a sample of the teaching received— “I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand in the latter day upon the earth; and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God ” (Job xix. 25. 26). Where learnt he that? Of men? And was it the initial fancy from which men, many of whom never saw one another, artfully conspired together, the living with the dead, to concoct that fairy tale— Christ and the Resurrection! Men are amazingly clever; but to attribute all this to them would make them out far more clever than hitherto they have shown themselves to be.
Supernatural dreams one of the means by which God imparted knowledge— visible angels seem to have been another; and in God’s grand answer to Job “out of the whirlwind” we hive a third.
Scientific gentlemen may sneer at the whirlwind communications of God with men; but the recorded fact that God spoke to Job is not to be displaced, except by proof that He did not; or shaken, except by substantiated inferences on the contrary. Disbelief by itself is not the mind-work of men, but the passion-work of fools: by itself, disbelief is not worth attention; yet only disbelief— by itself— has assailed this Bible statement.
That amongst the worshippers of God in Job’s day there were very faulty notions— -especially of God’s providences, and man’s ability to maintain his own righteousness before his Maker— is sufficiently evident: for Job himself had imbibed them. Nor was it strange it should be so; for although God himself was the teacher, His people were but scholars: education, in no case complete, was simply in progress.
Now Modern Science’s position is, that God has proceeded upon the principle of adapting Himself to man’s errors ; and here is a test case proving He has done no such thing.
To be Continued