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I wrote a newsletter a few months ago on the topic of the moon (https://markcahill.org/ask-for-the-moon/). Many thanks to all of you for your responses to that newsletter. One of the things I was looking for was whether people would defend their points from a biblical worldview or from the world of science. It seemed like a simple question, but it actually reveals a fundamental principle for how we plan to live and finish our lives. I was interested in how people think through issues and come to their conclusions. So, your replies have been helpful for researching and understanding how people’s opinions are formed.
Trusting the “Science”
At some point, we have to come to the conclusion that scientists don’t always know what they are talking about. The problem is caused by words like “doctor,” “scientist,” “experts,” etc. Once we hear titles like these, something clicks in our minds. Something tells us that this person is smarter than we are. We have been trained to think that way. We think that they have studied more than we have, and therefore, we can trust what they say. Or can we?
In our “Speculative Physics” newsletter (https://markcahill.org/speculative-physics/), we showed you the video where Neil de Grasse Tyson explained the origins of the universe. It was one of the most illogical things I have ever heard in my entire existence, yet this guy still has a platform to speak, and people listen to him.
We did a follow-up newsletter, “Did the Stars Die for You?” (https://markcahill.org/did-the-stars-die-for-you/) where “scientist” Lawrence Krauss stated that “every atom in your body came from a star.” Let’s be honest here: that is one of the dumbest things I have heard in a long, long time. But interestingly, it passes as science today.
When you get some time, do a little research on the times scientists have been wrong. You will be shocked by what you learn and see why we should never blindly trust scientists.
Just look at what scientists have said in recent years that were not only incorrect but cost people their lives: masks will stop you from getting a virus, vaccines are 100 percent effective against a certain virus, six-foot social distancing will stop you from getting a virus, Ivermectin does not work, stay inside, and do not go outside and get fresh air and Vitamin D from the Sun. The list goes on and on.
That is why we always teach people to QEQE: Question Everything and Question Everybody.
The Scientific Method
What is the scientific method?
The scientific method is a step-by-step process used by researchers and scientists to determine if there is a relationship between two or more variables….
It involves careful observation, asking questions, formulating hypotheses, experimental testing, and refining hypotheses based on experimental findings.
A key component of the scientific method is observing repeatable and reproducible results. In the book, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Karl Popper stated the following:
“[F]or we have seen that non-reproducible single occurrences are of no significance to science.”
After reading the definition of the scientific method, what is one field of science where we can say the scientific method isn’t applied? That is right: the origin of the universe. Any scientist who claims to know how the universe came into existence is just making a speculative guess. They cannot test their hypothesis, let alone repeat it, to verify that their theory is accurate or true.
What other theory do we know of that cannot be tested or verified through the scientific method? That is right. It’s the big daddy of them all: macroevolution, which is the supposed evolution of one species into another. That theory is neither scientific nor possible. Yet, to get a job in the scientific world or to stay tenured as a college professor, you better not cross the god of evolution, or you will be excommunicated. And yes, it is another “statement of science” that has never been tested or verified because it can’t be.
Rethinking the Numbers
Scientists say the earth is spinning at 1,037 mph at the equator. Scientists also say,
So although Earth orbits the sun at 66,600 mph, and the sun orbits the Milky Way at 514,500 mph, our solar system’s speed relative to the CMB [cosmic microwave background] is about 827,000 mph. Zoom out further, and our entire galaxy is zipping through the CMB at about 1.3 million mph.
Umm. How about a resounding “No!” I am not buying any of it. Those numbers aren’t correct. They have a zero percent chance of proving any of those numbers, but if they state them in a science class or in a paper they write, I am supposed to believe them? QEQE.
And with all of that spiraling through space, shouldn’t I at least feel it at some point?! Have you ever ridden a teacup ride at the fair with your kids or grandkids? All I know is that a few times after I stepped off that ride (I think the operator was messing with us!), I was a tad dizzy! I needed to wait just a bit before walking too far. But yet, an even greater and more forceful spinning is taking place around us as we hurtle through the galaxy at over one million mph, and I don’t even feel a simple breeze from it? No. Not buying it.
Have you ever opened up your car window while driving down the highway? Ever stuck your hand out? Felt any breeze? But I feel nothing as I am zoom-zooming through the galaxy?
Does the Earth Move?
The Bible is very clear that the earth does not move:
1 Chronicles 16:30
Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.
Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
And there are plenty of other verses we could have used here. Remembering again that God is the author of language and that He created language, we understand that He knows how to make His points. He is clearly saying in His Word that the earth is not moving.
Let’s hear what someone else had to say about this subject:
“Scripture simply says that the moon, the sun, and the stars were placed in the firmament of the heaven, below and above which heaven are the waters… It is likely that the stars are fastened to the firmament like globes of fire, to shed light at night… We Christians must be different from the philosophers in the way we think about the causes of things. And if some are beyond our comprehension like those before us concerning the waters above the heavens, we must believe them rather than wickedly deny them or presumptuously interpret them in conformity with our understanding.”
– Martin Luther, Luther’s Works. Vol. 1. Lectures on Genesis, ed. Janoslaw Pelikan, Concordia Pub. House, St. Louis, Missouri, 1958, pp. 43, 42, 30.
Luther, along with many other theologians, objected to Copernicus’ theory that the Earth moves rather than the Sun.
“People gave ear to an upstart astrologer who strove to show that the earth revolves, not the heavens or the firmament, the sun and the moon. Whoever wishes to appear clever must devise some new system, which of all systems is of course the very best. This fool [or ‘man’] wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy; but sacred Scripture tells us that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, and not the earth.”
– Martin Luther, Table Talk (Cited by White, History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom)
And that is really the point I am trying to make: Will we take the Bible at face value and believe what it says, or will we go with what the world tells us and then superimpose its worldly teachings over the Bible?
Taking God at His Word
We live in a fallen world. Our minds are fallen as well because of sin. The question I always come back to is this: Will I take what the Bible says and keep it first in my thought process, or will it be an afterthought once I see what the world and science want to tell me first?
We must always add into this equation the Great Deceiver. He wants to do anything and everything to turn us away from trusting the Word of God and to create doubts about it.
Interestingly, the Bible says over and over and over again that the Sun is doing the moving and not the Earth.
And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
What we have, biblically, is that the earth is not doing the moving, but the sun is.
Thinking It Through
Where can people turn for truth in these days if not the Bible? The Bible is not wrong in anything it says. The question is, will we believe it and trust it? And, if you think about it, we must believe and trust it. Why? We are pointing lost people to that book every day, and Christians are banking their eternal life on what it says. Is the Bible the embodiment of truth, from Genesis to Revelation? That should actually be a very easy question to answer.
So, I have a question for you, and I know what science currently says, so I am not looking for that. What I am looking for is your biblical opinion and how you see what the Bible is telling you. Please use Scripture in your responses. Here is my question: Is the Earth standing still and the Sun moving, or are both the Earth and the Sun moving? Email me with your answers at [email protected]. I appreciate your responses.
Another interesting thing to think about is how the Bible couldn’t be any clearer that the Earth is the focal point of creation, and the focal point of the Earth is mankind who is made in the image of God. That is the centrality of the Bible, and then God sends His Son to die for the sins of the people on that earth. This is not the central point of modern science. To the science community, the Earth is just some speck in some vast galaxy somewhere in space, and, by chance, the lifeform called “man” evolved on this planet. Nothing special about him. It’s just that everything was just in place through random chance processes so that Homo sapiens could arise. Again, this is totally opposite from what the Scriptures tell us. Mankind is either big-time special or God wouldn’t have wasted His time dying for them.
One thing that they are teaching us is that the Sun is at the center and the Earth is just one of many planets that revolve around it. The Sun is at the center, and the Sun has preeminence. Interestingly, this is called heliocentricity. And even more interesting, do you know what Helios is? It is the ancient Greek god of the Sun! They named the Sun after a god. That god has preeminence over God’s earth and the creation of mankind. Maybe this is much more of a spiritual battle than we realize.
Are we letting Star Trek and Star Wars cloud and direct our thoughts about life and the universe around us, or are we taking anything and everything the Bible says first and foremost as we come to our conclusions about life?
Hit me back. I appreciate your insights.
Stay bold in reaching the lost!
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