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If You Believe the Bible, You Must Also Believe...

the Earth Doesn’t Revolve Around the Sun.

 

By: David Deschesne

 

Of all the “Thinking Atheist” arguments against the Bible covered in this series so far, this one has got to be the weakest. The atheist, from The Thinking Atheist website blog suggests that if you believe the Bible to be true, then...

 

“...You believe that the earth doesn’t rotate around the sun. It is “fixed” and “immovable.” (1 Chronicles 16:30, Psalm 93:1, Psalm 96:10, Psalm 104:5, Isaiah 45:18)”

 

The first thing I have to correct here is the earth doesn’t “rotate” around the sun, it “revolves” around the sun. The earth rotates on its axis. Apparently this “thinking atheist” missed his 5th grade science class when they discussed the planets.

As for the Bible verses this atheist alludes to as suggesting the earth doesn’t go around the sun, taking just a cursory look at them shows they suggest no such thing. I’ll go through them in the order that the atheist cited, above:

 

I Chronicles 16:30

“Fear before him, all the earth: the world shall be stable, that it be not moved.”

 

This verse is just one sentence out of a very long prayer David is giving before the Israelites after they brought him the ark and they were about to sit down to eat. The context of the prayer as a whole and this verse in particular has nothing to do with the movement of the earth around the sun, nor is the sun even mentioned. The context shows David is describing the Lord God and all of His attributes. the world being “stable, that it be not moved” is merely a figure of speech describing its stability and fortitude in physical reality. The Jewish Study Bible uses the verb “shaken” instead of the KJV’s “moved.”

 

Psalm 93:1

“The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, werewith he has girded himself: the world is also stablished, that it cannot be moved.”

 

Again, this verse is not describing the Earth’s relationship to the sun, as the atheist implies, it is indicating the earth’s stability with relation to the Lord, his creation and the laws of physics. The psalmist is merely describing attributes of the Lord, not physical relationships of the Earth to the sun. The Jewish Study Bible also uses the verb, “shaken” instead of “move” as a figure of speech indicating the world’s stability in the creation.

 

Psalm 96:10

“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.”

No need to repeat myself here, the same figure of speech and imagery as I’ve commented on in the last verse.

 

Psalm 104:5

“Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.”

 

Again, same context as the last verses cited and the same imagery. Nothing to do with the earth’s revolution around the sun. The Jewish Study Bible uses the word “totter” instead of the phrase, “be removed for ever.” Totter means to stand or walk with shaky, unsteady steps. This verse indicates the earth and its position in the creation is unwavering and unshaken.

 

Isaiah 45:18

“For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord and there is none else.”

 

I don’t know why the atheist cited this verse to support his argument. There is nothing in it indicating the earth as being immovable or fixed.

 

Summary

The “Thinking Atheist’s” argument against the Bible in this section is moot and irrelevant. A look at the verses he cited show they do not indicate any relationship of the Earth to the sun and the atheist is engaging in a futile attempt to debunk and criticize the Bible by engaging in an argument that has absolutely no basis in reality, or the verses he cites in order to support his position.