Does The Bible Say The Earth Is Flat?
Question: Brandon, I have been researching the possibility of a flat Earth and wondered what your take is on it from a Biblical perspective. FEs (Flat Earthers) claim the Holy Bible says the Earth is flat (“four corners of the Earth”) and doesn’t move (“immovable”) which is against current modern science that says it not only rotates but revolves around the sun (24 hrs/day, 66,000 mph). Since the world is full of lies & deception, I’m starting to wonder what to believe in (besides God’s Holy Word of course).
Answer: Thank you for the question Jerry.
The earth is not flat, neither does the Bible make such a claim. Instead, the Bible tells us the earth is round, and we know this to be a spherical shape. Unfortunately, some people who call themselves flat earthers take a few Bible verses out of context to make their flat earth claim. They use 1 Chronicles 16:30 to explain the earth cannot spin or revolve around the sun.
The World Shall Be Stable
1 Chronicles 16:30
Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
We have to take this verse in context, it has absolutely nothing to do with the literal movement of the earth. In the prior verses, we are told how God created the Heavens and we should give Him glory.
In this verse, we are told to “fear” or “tremble” before God. We are told all the “world“, which means, “earth” and “its inhabitants” will continue to be “stable” which even means “established”. God established life on earth and it will continue on, it will not be “moved” which means, “waver” and “fall”.
God is not talking about the literal movements of earth. The point God is drawing out for us is He created everything, including life and He has ensured us that life will continue on, even the seasons which we were told way back in Genesis 8:22. This is a beautiful promise from God about Him protecting us.
1 Chronicles 16:31
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.
Obviously, the literal heavens and literal earth cannot be happy or sad. We are talking about life in heaven, and life on earth. Keep reading through verse 34 which proves the point. Life on earth will continue to be stable and not ‘move’ or be removed from existence until God renews the heavens and earth after the Millennium, (Revelation 21:1).
There are plenty of verses that explain the earth will not be moved. Psalms 104:5 is another which means the earth will not be removed from existence. The earth will always exist, God promised that, and this verse even ties into The World That Was.
The Four Corners Of The Earth
Flat earthers also cite other Bible verses to try and prove their point. The next concerns the “four corners of the earth”. This phrase does not literally mean the earth has four corners. Even their own flat earth model shows earth without corners, appearing as a flat round disk.
Regardless, we must take Scripture in context.
And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
This verse is full of symbology.
It simply means, the Four Angels who have dominion over the earth are holding back Four Winds which are symbolic from being unleashed on the earth. This verse is all about Biblical prophecy unfolding, not to explain the earth is flat with four literal corners.
Where other Bible verses mention the four corners of the earth, they simply mean all directions being: North, South, East and West.
The Bible Says The Earth Is Round
We are going to turn to the book of Isaiah which was written in 649 B.C., far before anyone else knew the earth was round.
Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
God is explaining, what He is about to say is no secret. He has made it known and understood since the beginning.
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.
It is God in Heaven who sits, who reigns over the earth which is a circular sphere, and notice the symbology used once again. We are not grasshoppers, but this documents God’s strength and power compared to His Creations.
The Earth Cannot Be A Round Disk
Flat earthers claim the earth is round, but in the sense of a disk. This causes a major problem, it means we would be able to fall off the face of the earth, including the ocean. Since the oceans remain, flat earthers believe the South pole (Antarctica) circles around the entire earth creating a wall of ice that keeps our oceans intact, (see opening graphic above).
Of course, this is not true.
The earth has been extensively mapped at this point from the sea, sky and space. Further, just two years ago, two men raced to the South pole which is a single geographical point in an effort to be the first men to do so by themselves on foot. None of them found a wall of ice, nor did they fall off the earth.
How could we forget Felix Baumgartner who jumped from the very edge of space which documented a spherical earth? Then we have a student who filmed earth’s curvature with a high altitude weather balloon.
For reference, I have used these examples as many flat earthers believe all the space photos in existence are fabricated.
The Earth Is Not Flat
If the Biblical evidence was not enough, you can prove the earth is not flat very easily.
Anyone can purchase a handheld GPS. Many hikers and hunters use these to find their way in the wilderness to prevent them from getting lost. These GPS units work by recieving signals from the satellites in earth’s orbit.
Go to the beach and bring binoculars with you. Watch the ships and you will notice the sail or top of the ship appears first, then the rest of the ship comes into view as it approaches land. This is due to the curvature of the earth. In reverse order, as the ship sails beyond the horizon it will appear to sink as it disappears behind the curve of the earth.
You can observe the same thing with clouds at the ocean without any equipment at all. Look at the puffy clouds on the horizon and you will notice they disappear behind the ocean. The curve of the earth causes this as you are only able to see so far. If the beach you visit has a Lighthouse, visit the center and the staff will explain the light from the lighthouse is only seen so far out to sea, before the curve hides the light. Not that the light fades out, the light disappears as the water blocks the view.
There is absolutely no reason why a flat earther cannot observe these things on their own. It has a minimal cost and time investment. If someone is going to stake their belief on something like this, taking such a simple step is a must. There is no excuse not too.
Nearly everyone uses GPS in order to find their way around the globe. Cruise ships, airliners, you name it. This is all possible due to satellite communication, and do not forget about television which uses satellite technology. If you gaze into the stars during the night, you will notice what appears to be slowly moving shooting stars. Those are not stars at all, but satellites that orbit our planet in order to blanket the globe with GPS and other signals. This also proves the earth is not a flat disk.
While you are looking up at the stars, notice the moon is a sphere. So is our sun, and the rest of the planets, and earth is no exception. God told us the earth is round which we know is a sphere, and if we are willing, we can observe it for ourselves.