Most people say that the Earth is spinning at about 1,000 mph and that it is orbiting around the sun at 66,600 mph and that it is being hurled through space in a vortex around the sun, which itself is shooting through the Milky Way at some 514,000 mph. Christians blindly support such ideas, while clinging to one – and only one – verse in the whole Bible, which they claim justifies their belief in a spinning, globular Earth “hung” in space:
Job 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
And yet, this verse isn’t saying what they think it’s saying at all. Job himself had already previously stated that the Earth is set on a foundation of pillars.
Job 9:6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
And again here (keep in mind that in Job 38 it is YHWH speaking):
4 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,
5 Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it?
6 On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Job is the oldest book in the Bible. The author and characters in the book of Job were well aware of the circular, still, flat Earth model, which was supported by a firm foundation of pillars. Again, in Job 38 it is YHWH Himself – the CREATOR – describing the Earth being laid upon a foundation of bases (pillars), which themselves are supported by something flat, which has a cornerstone. The terms used here are all used in the same fashion as one would commonly describe building a house.
Since Job references these exact descriptions of a firm foundation upon which the Earth is set both before and after Job 26:7 and since NO other Scripture anywhere in the Bible backs up or in any way confirms the notion of the Earth as being “hung in the nothingness of space,” it is far better to view the ONE Scripture in question as saying that the Earth is hung on no thing – as in it isn’t hanging on anything, but rather it is clearly set upon something. If interested in more on this, I cover it in a lot more depth in my Pillars of the Earth blog on TestingTheGlobe.com.
Indeed, the Scriptures testify time and time again of the foundations and pillars of a fixed, stationary world. Probably most blatantly so according to the Psalmist:
It doesn’t matter which English translation you prefer, they’re all saying the same thing: The Earth is laid upon a firm foundation that is NOT moving! The word for “foundation” is “makon” in Hebrew:
The word clearly indicates a fixed place – a firm foundation and NOT something moving, spinning, or in any way hurling through space. The above word, “makon” is derived from “kun,” which means:
Indeed, we are on a firm, stationary, fixed structure. And although YHWH has the ability to “shake it” and cause this place to quake, it still remains solid, fixed and firm.
This sort of language is used all through the Bible. So, anyone trying to say the Bible even remotely supports any notion of a spinning, heliocentric, globular Earth, hurling through the vast emptiness of space is sorely deceived and/or suffering from an extremely severe case of cognitive dissonance.
- Rob Skiba