Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Distance and measure are important when shipping. The slightly variance and you could either be claiming too little weight in a load or short (or far) a distance between distribution point and delivery point. The map posted above highlights this point, and is the topic of this post.
The map posted above is but one of many schemes used by those who hold to the opinion that the Earth is flat. It looks funny, but that is because of how distorted it is. If we were to overlay a political map upon it to account for cities, we’d quickly have a problem with scale. Even without the accounting for cities, we still have a problem with scale. the distance for eastern Australia and western South America are too far apart, while western Australia is too close to east Africa (I’ve sailed these waters and know this is true). These are not the only distortions evident, there are more. However, there is a great distortion. It’s a distortion of the truth.
One of the biggest problems I have seen with those who believe in a flat earth is their denial of certain aspects of observational science. If you are in an area that is reasonably flat, you will see a tendency towards curving in all directions. Such a tendency could not exist in a region that is genuinely flat. Looking at that map again, if the earth were truly flat, Seattle should be almost perfectly visible on the horizon when looking northward from Tacoma, but it is not, and there is not much elevation between them (Seattle sits at an elevation 187 feet while Tacoma sits at an elevation of 381 feet, which means it sits higher and we should be able to look down on Seattle, which is a scant 65 miles away).
This denial goes even further. I have observed that many flat earth believers are also firm deniers of the lunar landings, despite all the television coverage and eye witness accounts of the rockets being launched. Why would they deny such an event? Simple. A lunar landing would easily disprove this opinion that the earth is flat. Additionally, though the space shuttle is known to orbit the earth from an elevation of 200 miles, flat earth believers generally will not accept a satellite image from more than about 20 miles up. Again, this is because such imagery would disprove their opinion. However, much like those who believe in evolution and can not accept that there is another explanation, they will deny any scientific evidence that would disprove their opinion.
What does the Bible say about the shape of the earth? Not as much as some claim, but more than what the flat earth believers want to hear. Speaking of God, it is written in Isaiah 44:22 “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth”. That term “circle” can really only have two definitive and one implied meaning. In Hebrew, the word for “circle” is “chuwg”, which can also mean “round” or “sphere”. Thus, from a Biblical perspective, considering both the definitive and implied meanings for “chuwg”, it is clear from scripture that the earth is round.
From our modern perspective, it might bode well to ask how those who lived back then even knew that the earth was round? Most didn’t travel very from from their ancestral lands. However, we do know that man spread out across the planet. This doesn’t help much when we consider that some areas where men spread to did not allow for ready contact with those who remained behind. Without communication, there would be virtually no way to let the people back home know what was being found. Thus, the only way that the ancient people could know that the earth was round would be if God told them through the prophets. That he did so is evident.
Flat earth believers have a serious problem with their belief. The maps they use lie. They distort truth. Additionally, they tend to leave an unanswered question. If the earth were truly flat, what keeps the water from just falling out into space? Additionally, it should be asked regarding what is on the other side? Simple truth, if something has a top, it must have a bottom. Only time this does not apply is with a sphere, which is round.
Maps must be accurate and honest to ship freight and guide deliveries. Changing the shape of the map distorts the scale and renders all measures upon it a lie. A false measure only lends itself towards more falsehood, thus additional lies.
In all things, the witness of men should be held suspect. Men are prone to lies. Often terrible lies, as we can all witness daily. God is not a man that he should lie. God is God. God created the earth, and he says it is round. If God is truthful in that matter, which he is, then we should trust him, not only with the shape of the earth but when it was made, for he is the creator.
Maps and men can lie. God and his word do not lie. Let every man be a liar and God alone be true. Amen.