QUESTION: Where does the Bible confirm that the Earth is round?

ANSWER: Nowhere

The bible does not state anywhere that the earth is round.
People who try to justify that the bible describes the earth as spherical fail miserably.

The Hebrew and Canaanite cosmology and creation myth was in all likelihood borrowed from the neighbouring Babylonian (and possibly Egyptian) flat earth cosmology, which considered the earth as a flat ciscular disc, covered by a semi-spherical dome (called “vault”, “firmament” or heaven in the Bible), with the sun, moon and stars as small objects inserted into (not above) the dome. The firmament (sky) was seen as a solid semispherical “ceiling“:

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Other ancient cosmologies at the time (for example the Greeks and Egyptians) also had flat earth cosmologies. The Egyptian cosmology described the earth as a flat square, but the Babylonians described it as a flat circular disc.

From their geographical and historical context, one would expect the ancient Hebrews to have a flat-earth cosmology.
… students with remarkably disparate points of view independently concluded that the ancient Hebrews had a flat-earth cosmology, often deriving this view from scripture alone. Their conclusions were dramatically confirmed by the rediscovery of 1 Enoch.

The creation story in Genesis, as well as many other bible verses, only make sense if your read it with this flat earth cosmology in mind:

The Genesis creation story provides the first key to the Hebrew cosmology. The order of creation makes no sense from a conventional perspective but is perfectly logical from a flat-earth viewpoint. The earth was created on the first day, and it was “without form and void” (Genesis 1:2). On the second day, a vault the “firmament” of the King James version was created to divide the waters, some being above and some below the vault. Only on the fourth day were the sun, moon, and stars created, and they were placed “in” (not “above”) the vault.
This picture of the cosmos is reinforced by Ezekiel’s vision. The Hebrew word raqiya appears five times in Ezekiel, four times in Ezekiel 1:22-26 and once in Ezekiel 10:1. In each case the context requires a literal vault or dome. The vault appears above the “living creatures” and glitters “like a sheet of ice.” Above the vault is a throne of sapphire (or lapis lazuli). Seated on the throne is “a form in human likeness,” which is radiant and “like the appearance of the glory of the Lord.” In short, Ezekiel saw a vision of God sitting throned on the vault of heaven, as described in Isaiah 40:22.

When keeping this ancient view of the earth in mind, it now suddenly also makes perfect sense how people who wrote the bible could think that:
God could “open the windows of heaven and the fountains of the earth” to flood the entire earth during Noah’s flood,
the devil could take Jesus to a very high mountain to see “all the kingdoms of the world“,
stars could sing (they were consider demigods in the Babylonian mythology) and fall from the sky,
God could command the sun (also a demigod) to stand still for a day.
people could build the Tower of Babel to reach the heaven,
people could see “a tree of great height at the centre of the earth…reaching with its top to the sky and visible to the earth’s farthest bounds“,
God is “at the zenith of the heavens and looks down on all the stars, high as they are“,
God “walketh on the vault of heaven“,
and many more (see link at the bottom).
Some of the answers on this page, which uses the quote about the “circle of the earth” to argue that the bible describe the earth as round, refers to this passage in the bible:
Isaiah‬ ‭40:21-22‬ ‭KJV‬‬:

Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.

People who use this verse to argue that the earth is round, reminds me about this quote from the link below:

Those who claim Biblical support for a spherical earth typically ignore this forest of consistency and focus on one or two aberrant trees. Some take refuge in audacity. Henry Morris, president of the Institute for Creation Research, cites one of the more explicitly flat-earth verses in the Old Testament Isaiah 40:22, the “grasshopper” verse quoted earlier as evidence for the sphericity of the earth. Quoting the King James version “he sitteth upon the circle of the earth” Morris ignores the context and the grasshoppers and claims “circle” should read “sphericity” or “roundness” [1956, 8]. This divide and conquer strategy is poor scholarship and worse logic.

Other efforts to justify that the Bible describes the earth as spherical, as can be seen in some of the answers on this page, is easily refuted:

Heroic efforts have been made by apologists to explain away the firmament, which encloses the celestial bodies, has waters above it, and is a masterpiece proving the Creator’s craftsmanship.
Perhaps the scripture most frequently offered as evidence of the earth’s sphericity is the King James version of Job 26:7, “He stretcheth out the north [tsaphon] over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing [beliymah].” (The [*unfortunately] New English Bible translates it, “God spreads the canopy of the sky over chaos and suspends earth in the void.”) It is not clear what this means. The Hebrew tsaphon literally meant hidden or dark, and it was used in reference to the northern regions. Beliymah literally means “nothing.” That would contradict all of the scriptures which say the earth rests on foundations, but that interpretation is not necessary. We will return to Job 26:7 later.
Bouw’s most interesting argument for sphericity is based on the gospel of Luke. He compares the King James version of Luke 17:31 and 17:34. The former says “In that day, he which shall be upon the house top…” and the latter “in that night there shall be two men in one bed…”. Bouw then cites 1 Corinthians 15:52 to argue that the events are simultaneous, claiming simultaneity is possible only on a spherical earth. First of all, the latter claim is wrong. The modern (though not the ancient) flat-earth model has day and night occurring simultaneously at different points on earth. Second, the Greek hemera was used much like the English “day.” It could mean the daylight hours, a 24-hour day, or (figuratively) an epoch of unspecified length. Third, Luke appears to have been writing figuratively, and citing Paul to prove otherwise begs the question.
In my view, all arguments to prove the Bible teaches a spherical earth are weak if not wrong- headed. On the other hand, the flat-earth cosmology previously described is historically consistent and requires none of the special pleading apparently necessary to harmonize the Bible with sphericity.

Sources:
1. The Flat-Earth Bible:
https://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/f…
2. Ancient Hebrew Conception of the Universe and Flat Earth Biblical Belief:
http://etb-cosmology.blogspot.co…

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8 Habits of a Healthy Spiritual Life

Here is the question to ponder today, how hard is it to die when you have so much wealth? Consider this: People who lay up treasures on earth spend their life backing away from their treasures. To them, death is loss.

People who lay up treasures in heaven look forward to eternity; they are moving daily toward their treasures. To them, death is gain.

Those who spend their life moving away from their treasures have more and more reasons to despair. Those who spend their life moving toward their treasures have more and more reasons to rejoice.

Is the passing of time causing you and me to despair or rejoice? God’s ownership of everything is the reference point for all of us who serve the Lord.

God’s Word teaches us eight habits that can keep us spiritually healthy until death. Wouldn’t it be great to be in robust spiritual health, looking forward to Heaven? The habits recorded in Psalms 16 are not just for those who have one foot in the grave, they are actually good habits for all of our lives.

Here are the simple habits that make our death precious in the sight of the Lord. These are the marks of a healthy spiritual life that takes the sting out of death.

Do your plans and priorities for the rest of this year mirror what the Lord desires? His desires are clearly laid out in His Word.

Our key passage for this series is 1 Timothy 4:7. Paul says we are to discipline our selves towards godliness. What encourages a godly life?

The Discipline of Scripture.

Time alone with God in His Word, the Scriptures, is the great necessity of our spiritual lives. We need to be alone with God daily! We need to find times to get away alone.

Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Ps. 16:11)

The Lord God of the Universe wants to arrange your life, and accompany your trip through life, and authorize everything needed from now on. Wow, that is the best life there is.

The Discipline of Spirit-Filled Living.

Jesus explained Holy Spirit in our lives by using the image of a strong river of water flowing out of us.

“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. (present active imperative). He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” (John 7:37–39)

Rivers of water is the way Jesus describes the normal life of believers, His children.

The Discipline of Stewardship.

A life given back to God as an offering is what stewardship is all about. Stewardship is not about money; it is about life itself. Time and life are far greater treasures than money and possessions. God wants you 1st and foremost! A GODLY STEWARD KNOWS THAT GOD OWNS HIM AND EVERYTHING HE HAS.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1–2)

“And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)

He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity; he’s moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain. He who spends his life moving away from his treasures has reason to despair. He who spends his life moving toward his treasures has reason to rejoice.

Is the passing of time causing you and me to despair or rejoice? God’s kingdom was the reference point for these men. They saw all else in light of the kingdom. They were compelled to live as they did not because they treasured no things, but because they treasured the right things.

We often miss something in missionary martyr Jim Elliot’s famous words, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” We focus on his willingness to go to the mission field. That willingness started when he relinquished his hold on things as MINE!

Stay blessed!

Seven Reasons Why There Is No One Like Jesus

Philemon 1:6 encourages us to be active in sharing our faith so we understand every good thing we have in Christ. If someone should ask you what is so special about Jesus, what will you tell them? In this blog post, Dr. Ron Boehme gives seven reasons why there is no one like Jesus. Can you come up with any more?

No greater person ever walked the earth than Jesus Christ. You can never have a big enough view of Christ. There is no one like Jesus.

Here are seven of the many reasons why.

1. Jesus is unique in historical verification.

When we read the history books, we often assume that historical records can easily verify ancient historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Plato, or Julius Caesar. That is not true. Very few ancient manuscripts exist that confirm the reality of any ancient history-maker—especially books or parchments that go back over one thousand years.

But Jesus is different. First, there are twenty-seven different New Testament sources that describe his life and ministry. Second, his life is mentioned by numerous non-biblical authors such as Cornelius Tacitus (born A.D. 52-54), the great Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (born A.D. 37), Seutonius (Roman historian), Tertullian (African jurist-theologian), and even the Jewish Talmuds (written A.D. 100-500).

The Encyclopedia Britannica uses 20,000 words to describe Jesus—more than for Aristotle, Cicero, Alexander, Julius Caesar, Buddha, Confucius, Muhammed, and Napoleon Bonaparte combined. There is unequaled and undeniable proof that Jesus of Nazareth walked this earth some two thousand years ago.

2. Jesus is unique in the prophecies related to his life and work.

Jesus’ life purpose was announced by numerous prophets hundreds of years before his coming in 6/5 B.C. The Old Testament contains about three hundred references to the Messiah that could have been fulfilled only in the person of Jesus. These include that he would be a Jew (Numbers 24:17), from the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10), in the family line of David (Jeremiah 23:5), and born in David’s hometown of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). Prophecies foretold he would be preceded by a messenger (Isaiah 40:3), betrayed by a close friend (Psalm 41:9), sold for thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12), crucified with thieves (Psalm 22:16; Isaiah 53:12), and buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9).

Peter Stoner states in Science Speaks that the odds of Jesus fulfilling only eight of the major prophecies are one in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (10 to the 17th power). He concludes, “The prophets had just one chance in 10 to the 17th power of having them come true in any man, but they all came true in Christ.”
Allow that scientific probability to sink deeply into your heart.

Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah has no parallel in history.

3. Jesus is unique in his birth.

Jesus’ unique and utterly miraculous birth is celebrated all over the world each Christmas. Two detailed accounts of the amazing circumstances are recorded in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. Besides the angel Gabriel announcing the birth (Luke 1:26-38), the extreme humility of being born in a cave or barn reserved for animals (Luke 2:6), or the choir of angels that sang for some startled shepherds, Jesus being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born to a woman who was a virgin is unique in human experience.

But this, too, was prophesied: “The Lord himself will choose the sign: Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and call him Immanuel—‘God is with us’” (Isaiah 7:14).

Do you know of any other virgin births or any child conceptions that produced a life anywhere near that of Jesus Christ? As the creeds finally delineated, Jesus was fully God and fully man. God himself had taken on human form. Can we imagine anything more wondrous than the Incarnation? This act exemplified the greatest act of humility of all time—God stooping to become a part of his fallen creation.

4. Jesus is unique in his supernatural powers.

If anything stands out in the four gospels (good news accounts) of the life of Jesus Christ, it is God’s love expressed through miracles that freed and benefited people. The gospel of Mark contains fast-paced stories in which Jesus heals peoples’ diseases, casts out demons, multiplies food for thousands, and even raises people from the dead (e.g., Mark 2:1-12; 6:34-44; 9:14-29). John’s gospel, written by the disciple whom Jesus loved (John 20:2), builds its case on eight miracles that demonstrated the power and divinity of Jesus Christ.

A careful study of the New Testament reveals at least thirty amazing signs and wonders that Jesus performed while on the earth. No other person validated his ministry by supernatural means as did Jesus who “went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” (Acts 10:38).

5. Jesus is unique in his perfectly holy life.

Jesus Christ remains to this day the only person who backed up his claims by a sinless life. You don’t find any youthful indiscretions such as plagued the early years of Saint Augustine of Hippo. Jesus’ adult years revealed no adulteries or crusades of violence such are recorded about Muhammed, the founder of Islam.

On the contrary, when questioned about his teachings or his unique moral authority, Jesus responded humbly and confidently to his accusers: “Which of you convicts me of sin?” (John 8:46). Deafening silence followed.

Jesus made it quite clear to all that followed him that the secret to his success was found in perfect obedience to his heavenly father. “I always do the things that are pleasing to him” (John 8:29). Did any other human being dare to make that claim? History and personal experience say no. Philip Schaff confirms, “It is his absolute perfection which raises [Jesus’] character high above all other men and makes it an exception to a universal rule, a moral miracle in history.”

How did he do it? Jesus was not a mere man—he was God in human form. The great French general, Napoleon Bonaparte, acknowledged that fact when he said, “I know men and I will tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.”

6. Jesus is unique in his teachings.

Many of the world’s most memorable sayings and teachings came from the lips of the God-man, Jesus Christ. Years ago, the first section of Scripture that I memorized was the incomparable Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7. It begins with the Beatitudes, which describe the life that God honors, such as “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). A few verses later, we find sentences still quoted two thousand years later by United States presidents: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14).

These remarkable chapters conclude with the famous warning:

‘But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.’ And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes (Matthew 7:26-29).
Jesus also told forty memorable parables. They include “The Lost Sheep” (Matthew 18:12-14), “The Rich Man and Lazarus” (Luke 16:19-31), “The Pearl of Great Price” (Matthew 13:45, 36), and “The Prodigal Son” (Luke 15:11-32). No wonder those who heard him exclaimed, “Never did a man speak the way this man speaks” (John 7: 46).

The powerful and impactful words of Jesus, beloved by millions for over two thousand years, hold a special place in history and human literature. Jesus himself could say with confidence, “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away” (Luke 21:33). And Mary Hopkins could echo, “No revolution that has ever taken place in society can be compared to that which has been produced by the words of Jesus Christ.”

7. Jesus is unique in his claims to deity.

Biblical faith makes a revolutionary assertion: The Creator God of the universe came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ and lived among us. According to both the Old and New Testaments, the coming of Jesus consists of nothing less than “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23)—not simply a guru, a holy man, a religious founder, a wise man, or political leader.

Jesus is the only figure in history to claim to be God and back it up by living proofs.

Josh McDowell points out in Evidence That Demands a Verdict that there are three areas of Jesus’ life that point to his deity. The first represents his direct claims. These include numerous references to himself in which he stated unequivocally his equality with the Father (e.g., John 10:30-33; John 14:9). At his mock trial before the Sanhedrin, he answered the Jewish leaders’ question of his divinity by saying, “You say that I am” (Mark 14:62)—a Greek idiom for yes. When questioned about his age and authority in John 8:58, he famously declared, “Most assuredly I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM (eimi)—equating himself directly with Jehovah, the eternally existent God (Exodus 3:14; Deuteronomy 32:39; Isaiah 43:

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