“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.”
Since starting these broadcasts, I have received a number of surprising emails, from people who claim to believe that the Earth is flat, instead of spherical. Is the idea of a spherical earth a lie fed to us as if it were true, along with evolution and deep time? No. Evolution and deep time can be shown to be within the realm of historical science, referring to alleged one-time unrepeatable events. The flat earth concept, however, has a number of consequences which ought to have an effect in the here and now. Therefore, current hypotheses can be developed from the flat earth model, which are testable and falsifiable. We have also seen that the scientific method, which we will now apply, is only realistically possible in a biblical worldview.
The creationist astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner has shown that, in a flat earth model, the apparent angular diameter of the sun should get smaller, as the sun gets lower in the sky, because it would be further away. He shows that the increase in angular diameter of the sun is proportional to the ratio of sines of the angle of altitude. Real numbers can be used in this formula, he shows that the sun at 1:45 pm should have a diameter 6.4 times bigger than at 7:30 am. In fact, Faulkner shows that there is no change at all in the size of the sun, given legitimate experimental error.
In fact, there is no reason from Scripture to believe in a flat earth. But then the flat earth idea did not originate with biblical Christians. It originated as a modern myth, to give something for evolutionists to lampoon creationists with.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for making everything according to your plan. Nothing took You by surprise, Lord, and every word You gave us in the Bible is true. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Faulkner, D (2016), A Flat-Earth Prediction Falls Flat, accessed 05/26/2017. Image: Orlando Ferguson, Public Domain.
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