Growing up I was taught in the public school system that Christopher Columbus discovered the earth was round. Up to the time he landed in the Americas many of his crew feared that they would sail off the edge of the earth and fall into oblivion.
In a collegiate ancient history class, it was discussed that Greek philosophy suggested that the world was round back to 600 BCE. We also discussed that it was the third century BCE when Hellenistic astronomy ‘proved’ that the world is round. Somehow between the third century BCE and the late 1400’s this fact must have been forgotten.
Today, I was reading a good book that many claim to be fiction where I read the following:
“He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.” If this is fiction, the Prophet Isaiah must have been a very lucky guy, because this passage appears in the Book of Isaiah 40:22.
Then, if you go to the book of Job, you can get more of what we now know is factual, but people still want to deny it.
Back in ancient times, many beliefs had the earth being held up by an animal or Atlas. But in Job 26:7 it is written “He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.” So, we have known we were suspended in space for approximately 4,000 years.
So, now the Old Testament has told us not only the earth is round, but it is in space, suspended by nothing. Now, let us take on one more.
Jeremiah who was born somewhere around 650 BCE stated in Jeremiah 33:22 “As the host of heaven cannot be counted and the sand of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.” Even though only about 1,100 stars can be seen at night, Jeremiah knew there were countless stars. Scientists today say billions, but do not give a number. Carl Sagan used to say “billions and billions”.
I suggest to you that a lot of what is discounted by many is in reality factual. Some go as far as suggesting that Genesis is the biblical explanation of God’s actions that some now call the big bang.
Think about it.