Science Superior to the Bible?
Does the Bible teach the earth is stationary
and at the center of the universe?
THE HUMANIST'S CLAIM: Other
passages demonstrating that the earth remains stationary include Psalm 93:1 (The
world is [e]stablished, that it cannot be moved.); I Chronicles 16:30 ([T]he
world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.); and Psalm 104:5 (The
Lord laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed forever.).
of Galileos support for the Copernican doctrine, the Inquisition threatened
him with torture, forced him to recant, and subjected him to imprisonment. Additionally,
for nearly 200 years the Catholic Churchs Index of Forbidden Books condemned
all writings that affirmed the double motion of the earth. [Again referencing
Protestants werent much better.
For generations the major branches of Protestantism Lutheran, Calvinist,
and Anglican denounced the Copernican doctrine as contrary to scripture.
look at each of the referenced verses:
Psalm 93:1-2 (verse 2 included
to provide context):
1 - The Lord
reigns, He is clothed with majesty;
The Lord has clothed and girded Himself
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
- Your throne is established from of old;
You are from everlasting.
topic of these verses is not science. Psalm 93 celebrates God's sovereign kingship
over the world -- meaning the contents of the earth (people). The point of this
verse (and Psalm) is that, God is in control, and the people will not stray from
the path God has set for us.
For example, in Psalm 9:8 the same Hebrew word
translated as "world" is used:
He will judge the world in righteousness;
He will execute judgment for the
peoples with equity.
Does God judge the physical planet (the
dirt, rocks, etc.), or does He judge the people? "World" refers to people.
Psalm 93 is not about the planet, it is about people, and God's sovereign rule.
Chronicles 16:30 (verses 29 and 31 included for context):
- Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before
Worship the Lord in holy array.
30 - Tremble before Him, all the earth;
the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
31 - Let the heavens
be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
And let them say among the nations, The
I've only included a little of the context,
but even from that you can see this Psalm (a Psalm of thanksgiving included within
1 Chronicles) is about people thanking God and proclaiming God's glory. Why would
there be a line about the earth being stationary in the center of the universe,
totally out of context in the middle of a section of scripture about people, all
people (all the earth) praising and glorifying God. That makes no sense at all.
once again, the Hebrew word translated as "world" is "tebel,"
the same word used in Psalm 93 and Psalm 9 to refer to all people.
He established the earth upon
So that it will not totter forever and ever.
Psalm is referring back to the book of Job, and specifically Job 38:4 (verses
3 & 5 included for context):
Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct
4 - Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Me, if you have understanding,
5 - Who set its measurements? Since you know.
who stretched the line on it?
Job is being asked
to make known his knowledge of the initial stages of the creation of the world
as though he were the primordial man who had witnessed the laying of the earth's
What God is
talking about is FULLY KNOWING the inner structure of the created order.
What is this ("inner structure") referring to? The
establishment of time (God created time) and what we refer to as the Laws of Nature,
the Laws of Logic, and other foundational "laws." You might call these
the principles of how things function. They are the foundations (notice it is
plural) the earth was established on when it was created.
Psalm 104 is saying
nothing about the earth not physically moving through space. It says nothing about
the earth being at the center of the universe. To use any of these verses to support
egocentricity is misuse and to take scripture out of context.
of Galileos support for the Copernican doctrine...
covered this in the previous
page. This is a common myth that has no basis in reality. The following is
from the previous page:
affair cannot serve as an argument for any position on the relation of religion
and science. Contrary to legend, both Galileo and the Copernican system were well
regarded by church officials. Galileo was the victim of his own arrogance, the
envy of his colleagues and the politics of Pope Urban VIII. He was not accused
of criticizing the Bible, but disobeying a papal decree.
Galileo Affair: History or Heroic Hagiography? by Thomas Schirrmacher on April
Protestants were not much better...
certainly was true. Possibly even more than Catholics, major Protestant leaders
resisted a heliocentric solar system. However, that does not change what the Bible
teaches. They were wrong, and their belief in a geocentric universe was wrong.
Anyone can be wrong, no matter how famous they are, or how accurate and correct
they are in other areas.
This is also true in science. Scientists believed
the geocentric model of the universe proposed by Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) and
refined by Claudius Ptolemy (A.D. 90168) up until the time of Copernicus...
and after. They fiercely fought the Copernican heliocentric model until overwhelmed
Conclusion: The reference Bible verses
are not about geocentricity. There is nothing in the Bible that supports geocentricism.
This is a strawman argument.
The next humanist claim the Bible supports:
A Flat Earth Resting on Pillars
Bible supports the primitive notion of a flat earth. In the sixth century, a Christian
monk named Cosmas wrote a book, titled Topographia Christiana, describing the
structure of the physical world. Basing his views on the Bible, Cosmas said the
earth is flat and surrounded by four seas.
at Revelation 1:7 was a basis for his conclusion. It states that when Christ returns,
every eye shall see him. Cosmas reasoned that if the earth were round,
people on the other side would not see Christs second coming.
strawman from the humanists, who are continuing to misrepresent what the Bible
teaches. BTW, by using terms such as "primitive" the humanist is using
a propaganda technique called "demonizing the enemy." It involves associating
your opposition with a people group (primitive in this case) that brings up negative
images. Don't fall for it. It's an attempt to get you to change your mind, without
any reasonable reasons for changing your mind. We'll take a look at this one on
the next page... click here.
 - New International
Commentary on the Old Testament, The Book of Job, John E. Hartley, Eerdman's,
1988, pages 494 & 495
 - Hartley, page 494