A Few Thoughts On The Flat Earth
To the reflective mind it must always be a matter of much wonder and astonishment, why there should be so much opposition to the clear statements of the Almighty, in those things that Me, of His infinite condescension, has been pleased to reveal to His creature, Man. The reason would assured be, the desperately evil condition of the human heart.
Had there been revelation given, and had man been left to himself, it is frightful to contemplate the utter chaos in which the human race would now be; but thanks be unto the Divine Father, Who has not left us in doubt, but has clearly revealed his purpose? and intentions concerning us and the world generally. He has given to us His laws; revealed to us His Creation, His Redemption, and His sanctification; and described to us His unspeakable love for the whole of His creatures.
As regards Creation and that which he clearly sets forth, it strikes one as simply marvellous how finite man has ventured to set aside His statement of facts and substituted fables; and all this has been done, not by ignorant men, but by those esteemed as men of learning and repute, and all under the name of science. Does this not remind us of the Apostle’s warning respecting “vain babbling, and oppositions of science falsely so called”?
God has been careful to “teach man knowledge,” and has spoken of the Earth, which He formed, some five hundred times, and yet has not given us the most remote idea of the world being a sphere in motion. Scientific Astronomy ignores the multitudes of Scripture passages to which we might refer, and would appear to consider the Word of God as quite unworthy of consideration.
In place of the simple and clear facts put before us by God Himself, we are asked to relinquish all that, together with our common sense. To do this we must, in a word. close our Bibles for good, and henceforth ignore Him both as Creator and Redeemer of our race, and set up man as our leader, teacher, and guide!
The clear utterances of the Divine Book are, however, in harmony with our senses and reason, and the more we study it, the more we find it so. “God called the dry land earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he seas ; and God saw that it was good.”—Gen. i. 9, 10.
“ Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven ABOVE, or that is in the earth BENEATH, or that is in the waters UNDER the earth.”—Ex. xx. 4.
“ The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein: For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.”—Ps. Xxiv. 1,2.
“ To him that stretcheth out the earth above the waters. • Ps. cxxxvi. “ The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.”—Eccl. i. 5.
The sun, moon, and stars are stated to be made for the world. “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made TWO great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night ; the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.”—Gen. i. 14-r.
When we try to realize the statements and figures given by astronomers regarding the bulk and magnitude of the heavenly bodies, and their distances, we are simply amazed and find it impossible to reconcile their statements with the definite language of the Bible, which, by the way, has been truly said by another, to be the “ best book on astronomy the world has ever seen.”
“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. ‘1 hy faithfulness, is unto all generations; thou hast ESTABLISH) the earth, and it standeth. They continue this day according to thv ordinances: for all are thy servants.”—Ps. Cxix.
AN AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITH TH E ED. 3 89-91. The Scriptures teach that the sun, moon, and stars have motion, but nowhere do they suggest that the world we inhabit has any.
If modern astronomical science be true, then how are we to understand such passages as Isaiah Ix. 19, 20 ; Rev. vi. 12- 14, xxi. 2, 3, and many others?
Regarding Rev. vi. 12-14, the late Rev. Thomas Scott, comments thus; “the civil and religious state of the world, attended with vast commotions of every kind. The ‘extreme blackness of the sun’ and ‘the moon becoming blood,’ denote the extinction, with horror and bloodshed, of the more exalted and conspicuous persons, such as emperors and their chief ministers, officers, and nobles: the falling ‘of the stars’ was emblematical of the degradation, or death of the illustrious in great numbers, such as magistrates and senators.” I need quote no more! When will men believe that the Lord says what He means, and means what He has said.
Brighton. MAJ.-GEN. E. ARMSTRONG