On November 28, 2017, we published a report entitled “The Earth Is Flat and We Didn’t Land on the Moon.” It contained an excerpt from a report by Dr. Danny Faulkner containing testimonies by U.S. astronauts, plus links to various reports debunking the flat earth myth.
The title of the November report was written “tongue in cheek,” of course, because in my estimation, the flat earth stance is unadulterated nonsense. I am convinced that it is held by people with a perverse spirit toward reality.
Pagan mythology aside, mankind has known that the earth is a sphere since ancient times. Since at least the sixth century BC, Greeks knew that the earth is round. Eratosthenes determined the earth’s circumference by observational science. When the Roman Emperor Hadrian ascended to the throne in AD 117, a coin was minted showing his predecessor, Trajan, handing him an orb or globe, signifying his authority over the earth.
Time zones prove that the earth is round, and modern communication technology makes it possible to communicate with someone in another time zone in real time. When it is noon in Nepal, I can Skype someone in America and learn that it is night time there. “This can only be explained if the world is round and rotating on its own axis. When the sun is shining on one part of the earth, the opposite side is dark, and vice versa.”
The airline industry proves that the earth is round. Every long distance airline pilot knows for a fact that the earth is round. The Concorde flew at 11 miles high where the curvature of the earth is easily seen.
High-flying jets, rocket planes, and balloons routinely observe a round earth. SpaceShipOne flew to 69 miles high in 2004. The SR-71 Blackbird routinely flew at 16 miles high over its 35-year history.
NASA’s Apollo Moon program proves that the earth is round.
The international satellite industry proves that the earth is round.
The International Space Station (ISS), which has been orbiting the earth about 15 times per day for 17 years, proves that the earth is round.
The Space Shuttle Program, which operated from 1981 to 2011, delivering supplies to the ISS and launching and repairing satellites, proved that the earth is round.
The lunar eclipses prove that the earth is round. These occur when the earth comes between the sun and the moon and the earth casts its shadow on the moon. The shadow clearly shows a spherical earth, not a flat earth.
I was astonished to receive email from three subscribers to the Fundamental Baptist Information Service who wanted to argue for a flat earth and who believe the Apollo program was a lie. Some of the early astronauts were Masons, they say, and that is supposed to prove something. One man said he doesn’t believe in the International Space Station, and though he does believe there were U.S. Space Shuttles, he is sure they didn’t go to the ISS and he doesn’t know where they went or what they did. Please!
I told one man, “You have borrowed a bunch of nutty things from some nut.” I told a man who wanted me to call him and discuss the matter, “I have zero interest in discussing that. It’s as nutty as a fruitcake.”
I’m serious. You couldn’t convince these people that water is wet.
As for a flat earth in the Bible, I have had the privilege of studying that Book for an average of probably eight hours a day for 44 years; I have written a Bible Encyclopedia and books on Bible interpretation and difficulties. I don’t know everything, but I can check anything that is proposed as support for a flat earth, and having done so, I can say unequivocally that there is no support in Scripture for such a doctrine.
The Internet is an unprecedented tool for communicating God’s Word, but it has made it possible for any wacko to publish nutty things.
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