I recently stumbled inadvertently through a gap in the Google firewall designed to keep me from “dangerous information”. In this case, it happened to include evidence our Earth and the Heavens are shaped not even close to what NASA and my textbooks tell me. This was fantastic news! I’m not sure I’ve ever been more grateful to find I’d been lied to.
I know my share of Star Wars fans who dream of adventures in space. But “outer space” terrified me. I can’t imagine many worse fates than a journey into the abyss to brave an existence, or more likely to perish, on a dusty, lonely, hostile planet.
Even a journey into “orbit” holds zero charm—perhaps be cut loose by Hal or untethered like Sandra Bullock, drifting as I wait to ultimately become a “corpse-moon” satellite. Adventure? Or living nightmare? The attraction of trillions of miles of nothing is lost on me. I’m already not crazy about traversing a few hundred miles of west Texas with all the distance between gas stations.
Just reading about outers pace left one unsettled–full of crazy theories about how suns would eventually swallow earth, black holes that will eventually swallow everything, bent space, wormholes, the idea that gravity on Jupiter would squash you flat like a pancake. Space seemed chock full of objects that required an entire of whiteboard of equations to explain. But the mystery was not what bothered me. The most disturbing thing that came out of the information provided to me about our cosmos was this:
It gave me cause to doubt God’s Word.
Every pastor after 1969: “Don’t fret. God never meant for us to take his word literally. A lot of the language is figurative. ‘Heaven above’ refers to the high place heaven holds in our hearts. It’s not a physical location.” But it’s hard to get past the very specific language. Let me give you a few examples from the Bible that are directly contradicted by NASA:
Then when the flood came, waters came from the waters above and the waters beneath:
“…all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.”Genesis 7:11-12:
Waters of the great deep can perhaps be explained in a NASA world, but what about the windows of heaven releasing waters from above? You might say this is explained as just being a whole lot of rain, but that doesn’t fit with what the Bible says up front is up above in the heavens:
“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. “Genesis 1:6-7
Job 37 and 38 says firmament like a burnished metal mirror, a hard surface, and that the seas are bordered and held in at the edges, in the South where there are storehouses of snow. God is literally giving Job a cosmology lecture, describing how he bowed down the heavens towards foundations he set for them. Does an endless vacuum of space have a foundation?
And things with foundations are immovable, which is also how the Bible describes our earth.
“He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not totter forever and ever.”Psalm 104:5
“He has fixed the earth firm, immovable.”1 Chronicles 16:30
And though the earth is fixed and has foundations, the sun moves. Not hurtling through space but over the earth. And in one case stood still and in another went backwards 10 degrees. (Joshua 10:12,13; Isaiah 38:7,8)
Additionally in Psalm 19, you have the sun making a circuit and completing work like our Great High Priest, who as it so happens, moves from the entrance of the tabernacle in the East and finishes in the West end of the tabernacle.
Language through Exodus, especially in the last chapter, hints that the tabernacle Moses was commanded to construct was a microcosm of creation, with the decorations pointing to heaven, with angels and lamps and veils, which God often describes the clouds as veiling himself.
“Thick clouds veil him, so that he does not see, and he walks on the vault of the heavens”Job 22:14
You can’t get away from the fact that the tabernacle is an enclosure… a space with very specific limits.
Apart from the copious references specifically to the shape of the three layers of creation, the Bible is simply filled throughout with directional language for places like the Heavens, Hades, The Outer Darkness, language both directional and locational.
The Anti-Biblical Cosmology
I guess if I had no choice, I could learn to live with the Heliocentric cosmology. It would not be a big deal if it were a neutral cosmology with no theological axe to grind. But modern cosmology is consistently opposed on almost every point to ancient Hebrew cosmology, rarely missing a chance to contradict a biblical model.
The Bible says:
- The Earth is Firm and immovable
- The Heavens are orderly and predictable
- The Earth was raised up out of the waters
- There are firm limits to the sky and the oceans
- The earth is bountiful and will provide for us
- We are carefully watched and guarded by a benevolent God
- The Earth spins, racing around a sun that is hurtling through space
- The Heavens are chaotic and in constant flux (despite Astrolabes continuing to be accurate after thousands of years
- Earth is founded on a lake of fire
- The oceans somehow stick to a spinning ball and have no borders
- The Outer Darkness is not “outside the city” but the main substance of our cosmos.
- Our world is characterized by scarcity
- We are at the mercy of a million cosmic accidents waiting to wipe us out
Add to all this:
- Diogenes wasn’t even mentioned in history until the 19th Century
- Copernicus was a worshiper of the Sun, a pagan
- The numbers thrown at us for the solar system are strangely occult: the sun being 93 million miles away, and the earth happens to be orbiting the sun at 66.6 mph? 666? Seriously?
Just How Close is Heaven?
And how in the world does the Father look down and view us all on the earth at once? I guess we can explain it away with his omniscience and omnipresence. But it honestly would make a lot more sense if he were seated upon the top of the firmament, exactly where the Bible says he is, looking down at the “circle of the Earth” on a single surface.
“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.“Isaiah 40:22
And the crystal sea around the throne with the rainbow that sounds a heck of a lot like the northern lights when described in John’s Revelation. Where are those? Right below where the Bible says the throne is seated.
“and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald… And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices…Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal.“Revelation 4:3-6
The good news is that the tale that NASA has spun is starting to fall apart and there is every reason to doubt the so-called “science” and easily debunked pictures and videos of “space” and copious evidence for our world being exactly what God says it is.
When you allow the lies to crumble, you realize their model was full of holes and you completely understand what Paul was talking about regarding the world’s “so-called” wisdom which is not wisdom. The world system wants to train you to disbelieve your senses and your common sense, along with, most importantly, the Word of God. It absolutely does matter what you believe about the world you live in. It matters that:
- The Bible can be trusted 100%
- God is close and cares for us personally
- Heaven is literally right there above us!
- We are not alone!