By Lady Blount
The Earth Review 1895
There is nothing in Scripture showing that there are other worlds, but the contrary, for God made the Sun, Moon, and Stars to serve this Earth, “and God made TWO great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.” And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, “ and to rule the day, and the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.” Now note — “ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Gen. i. i)- After this Moses gives account of what God created on the first, second, and third days of creation ; but not until the fourth day were the Sun, Moon, and Stars created : and the Maker’s purpose in creating them is given, (viz.), to divide the day from the night;— for signs, for seasons, for days and years ; and to give light upon the earth.— Therefore, I would ask the unprejudiced and candid reader to answer to him, or herself the following question;
It perfectly unacquainted with the teaching of modern astronomy, would such far fetched and preposterous notions ever enter the mind that the earth is a whirling globe, consisting of less than one-third land, and over two-thirds of water— tearing away through space at a thousand miles per minute (which contrary to all reason and experiences, water being level and not convex— and contrary to the Bible which tells me that the earth is outstretched like a plane— having foundations— and that it should “ not be moved for ever,”) ? See Isa. xlii., 5 ; Jer. xxxi., 37; and Psa. civ., 5. In the days of my youth my father used to tell me much about the heavenly bodies, as he took great interest in them and sometimes lectured on astronomy. He taught me that our earth was a “ planet” moving and rotating round the sun with its attendant the moon, at the rate of about 1,000 miles a minute, which orbit it completed once in the course of 365 days. The sun being one million three hundred and eighty thousand times larger than the earth, and that it was calculated that we are about ninety-five millions of miles distant therefrom (different astronomers differing from time to time, and disagreeing one from another in the matter of just a few million of miles !) But I cannot forget that with all due respect to my dear father, (whom I loved very dearly), I never felt to believe it at all. And the words lingered in my mind it is calculated; and the thought came (if not in so many words), how is it possible to start a numerical calculation upon, or without a root and real fact and number, and I wondered as a child will wonder where they got their starting point. The unit I knew was requisite before tens, hundreds and thousands could be reached — let alone millions and billions—-and not being able to put my thoughts into words, I got tired of wondering, and gave it up. But now I have come to middle age, my attention is again drawn to the same subject, and I find that these calculations have no true basis for finding the root number for their prodigious calculations, for neither the Bible nor Nature supplies them any one fact as a basis for their speculating. Nor is there one word in the Scriptures upholding the Globular theory— its alone support being “ Science,” which an inspired writer says is “ falsely so-called.” The root word of science— scio— means I know. But God’s word says that they (the professors of science) do not know (Rom. i. 22, 25) , which is further proved by their teaching being contrary to His written word— from which word we may learn (Gen. i. 7— 9) that the Creator made a firmament which he called Heaven; and divided the waters thereby. And God said, let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let dry land appear:” therefore the firmament, heavenly bodies, and dry land or earth, are most certainly placed between the divided “ waters.”
Isaiah xi. 22 (r .v.) gives the shape of the earth as a circle— the description of the heavens as a stretched out curtain— a tent. Job xxvi. 10 (r.v.) describes the outer circle of the world, as being
beyond reach of the sun’s light and in the 136th Psalm 7— 9, we read “ To Him that made great lights— the sun to rule the day— the moon and stars to rule the night— thus showing that they were created to serve this earth alone in comparison with which they probably are very small— but this— together with their distance from the earth— who can accurately decide?— No one could, either by rule or calculation, or in any way— unless God reveals it. (See Jer. Xxxi, 37.)
So I am led to fall back again upon my early conclusions that nothing than be produced out of nothing, and to regard orthodox astronomy as erroneous, being the outcome of human invention, and the mythical production of those (after the fashion of the spirit possessed by the builders of the Tower of Babel) desirous of going beyond their search— who only were the authors, and promoters in starting these theories, in setting them forth as mere problems, and suggestions. But years are supposed to have rolled them into accepted and solid “ facts ” which all truth seekers and Christians would do well to reject; and accept nothing that differs from the Bible account of Creation— to the glory and honour of Jehovah our God.
Quite lately, I have received letters from two correspondents, in which they ask me what the shape of the earth has to do with salvation? To the first enquirer, who had been himself dwelling upon the subject in preaching, I answered— know of nothing of greater importance than bringing to light error which upsets the truth of the Bible (as does the popular and orthodox teaching in astronomy), but if you do not think it advisable to bring it forward, why you do so? To my second enquirer who had introduced the earth as a globe in an article which he had written for publication, I quoted my letter in answer to my first correspondent, adding, that it was quite natural that Christian globe theorists should be desirous of avoiding this subject when they come in contact with Christian opponents, the former having not one word of scripture to uphold them,; their argument must fall through.