Those who believe seem ignorant to those who don’t believe.
Why do we think the world is round? What a stupid question. Since kindergarten, we’ve seen globes and pictures proving that Earth is a sphere. How could anyone think otherwise?
Truth is seldom known by personal observation.
I’ve not made any personal observations that would absolutely prove the world isn’t flat—except for the fact that I’ve always been taught otherwise. But like Thomas who wouldn’t believe Jesus was alive unless he saw for himself, I’m looking for undeniable evidence.
To accept the teacher’s word, we need only trust the teacher.
Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” which is an excellent question if we want to see the reality that exists beyond our assumptions. The Greeks and Romans already knew there were many gods. All his teachers had proved it was so.
Did Pilate accept Jesus’ words as true, even though he had no tangible proof? Not unless he trusted Jesus’ teaching more than all the great scholars of his day.
Andrew D. White, cofounder of Cornell University, supported the flat-earth belief, pointing to a war between smart scientists and ignorant Christians. The apostle Paul alluded to this conflict when he referred to “science falsely so-called” (1 Timothy 6:20).
Who should I believe?
We are not easily convinced against our will.
When we were young, we lacked enough evidence to question what we were being taught, so we might be susceptible to claims of evolution, that God doesn’t exist, and that whatever feels good to us, we should do. As adults well-schooled in our truths, we can quickly reject as an absurdity any evidence that conflicts with our beliefs.
To consider a truth that conflicts with my belief, I must be willing to say I was wrong. That’s why convincing someone against their will is almost impossible.
Obvious facts are rarely eligible for correction.
What I believe is for me as obvious as anything can be. Show me the conflicts in what I believe, and I might reconsider.
I’ve been fishing on several lakes, and all are flat. On a Caribbean cruise, I saw a flat ocean until wind created waves. So basically, what we have is a flat Earth, with ripples that we call mountains.
Scientists conduct experiments to prove their theories.
The ocean extends to the horizon as far as I can see—a flat surface. Some people in medieval times thought a sail boat could go over the edge, but science proved differently. We sailed toward the edge but could never reach it, which does not prove that Earth is a sphere.
Actually, there is no end to our flat Earth. Some think there’s an ice wall that keeps the oceans from flowing over the edge, but that makes no sense to me. What’s beyond the wall? No, the flat Earth must go out forever. When ships sailed to the horizon, scientists discovered that there is no “edge,” which is no more difficult to believe than the fact that time has always been, with no point of beginning. If Earth’s surface or time did have an edge, what exists outside that? Therefore, time has always been, and Earth is an endless flat surface. Perfectly logical, proved by scientific investigation.
Our world is much like a table with some high and low spots—a shape I can understand except for the part I can’t imagine, that it goes on forever. I have to accept the fact that I can’t fall off —since there is no edge. Why is this so hard for me to believe? If I can’t explain time, I should be able to accept the reality that our flat earth has no edge.
If everybody knows it’s true, it has to be true.
Magicians cause people to appear and disappear. Why do I question that? Because I’ve been taught that magic isn’t possible. To believe in magic, I must reject what so many people think is true. Then I can accept what I once thought was impossible.
Nothing in the Bible says the world is spherical. I’ve just interpreted the words according to that misconception. If I were to interpret ancient writings correctly, I might believe Earth is flat. The Bible does say Earth has four corners (Isaiah 11:12; Revelation 7:1). How is that possible if the earth is a sphere? The apostle Paul said he didn’t know whether he was dead or alive when he was caught up into the third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2). Can I visualize that he’s talking about “levels” here, like flat floors in a multi-story building? Of course, that must be true.
An argument becomes convincing only after we choose to believe.
I can read the Flat Earth Society’s mathematical proof of an infinite flat Earth and how Einstein’s theory of relativity supports this concept. Isn’t it amazing how deceptive photographs can be?
We can believe anything as long as we deny any evidence to the contrary.
Do I believe Earth is flat? Absolutely not. Why? Because I’ve seen enough to know it’s not true.
I have read The God Delusion by one of the world’s premier atheists. His arguments make perfect sense. But there is a problem. It isn’t true. How do I know? Because I’ve walked with the Lord for too long to be convinced otherwise.
So why did I read the book? Because I want to know how others reason so I can know what opposing arguments might be compelling.
I am writing, not because you don’t know the truth but because you can distinguish the truth from a lie. — 1 John 2:21