No, the earth isn’t flat

I can’t believe I have to make this post, but some of the members of the body of Christ have made the same mistake that many evangelical Christians have made in recent years as well, and have concluded that the earth is flat, as well as that everything we know about outer space is a lie (among various other related conspiracy theories). Now, I’m not going to get into all the reasons as to why these ideas are so ridiculous myself; I don’t have the time to write up an in-depth treatise on the subject. Thankfully, I don’t have to, because there are already so many good explanations out there that I can link to, so I’m just going to post links to websites and YouTube videos that explain just how easy it is to debunk these ideas (and I’ll probably add more in the future as I come across them as time goes on).

However, before I do so, it’s important to note that the main reason some “Concordant” believers have even bought into these ideas in the first place isn’t because they’re into science and, through using the scientific method, have discovered something that the rest of us haven’t. The reason is primarily simply because they believe the Bible teaches that the earth is flat, and so they’re (rightfully) trying to stick with what they believe Scripture actually says. This is why the first link I’m going to share is to a webpage created by Young Earth Creationists which explains that the Bible doesn’t actually teach this at all (and that the idea that it does is based on misinterpretation of Scripture), and the next few will also be to articles by Young Earth Creationists on the topic of the flat earth theory. Of course, I’m not a YEC (Young Earth Creationist) myself. Like most of us in the body of Christ, I believe in what’s referred to as the Gap Theory; so while I believe God is ultimately behind the creation of the universe in some manner (from an absolute perspective, as we like to say), I don’t believe the planet or universe is particularly young, or that the universe was originally created in 6 days (the 6 days of Genesis 1 were about something else altogether, but that’s a whole other topic). But these pages by these creationists demonstrate well — by those who should be the most inclined to buy into the flat earth idea — that believing in Scripture doesn’t mean one has to reject what the scientific method has demonstrated to be true (and, as I said recently to someone, theology can’t contradict reality; when it does, we have to look into how we might be misinterpreting Scripture).

I should add, there’s another reason why some “Concordant” believers might be inclined to buy into such things as well. Because most of us grew up in the Christian religion, we’re used to religious authorities lying to us (whether intentionally or otherwise), and hence having to become sceptical about claims made by said religious authorities. Because of this experience, a number of believers have carried that scepticism over to claims made by other types of authorities as well, including claims made by scientific authorities, and so some of the members of the body of Christ are more inclined to automatically assume we’re being lied to by anyone who calls themselves an expert or an authority on a topic, regardless of whether that’s actually the case or not.

Anyway, I encourage anyone who believes the earth to be flat, people who might still be on the fence about the matter, or even those who are just wondering what this whole debate is all about, to take the time to study the following websites and videos carefully. I’ve included a variety of websites and videos on the topic, including some about Antarctica (because of the connected conspiracy theory that nobody is allowed near Antarctica or they’ll be shot by UN soldiers — yes, some people actually believe this). Please don’t just take for granted that the talking points you’ve heard a few conspiracy theorists (many of whom I suspect don’t actually even believe what they’re saying themselves) repeat are true, because anybody can actually prove for themselves very easily that the earth actually is a globe, as some of these websites and videos make clear.

5 Flat Earth Arguments DEBUNKED
How I Proved the Earth is Round (with my Bike and Two Sticks)
The Earth is Definitely Not Flat
Response to Globebusters – The Earth Still Isn’t Flat
The 10 Things That All Flat Earthers Say
10 Challenges For Flat Earthers
Destroying Flat Earth Without Using Science – Part 1: The Moon
Destroying Flat Earth Without Using Science – Part 2: The Stars
Destroying Flat Earth Without Using Science – Part 3: Airplanes
Destroying Flat Earth Without Using Science – Part 4: The Conspiracy
Ranty Escaping the Rabbit Hole (how a flat-earther finally realized the earth is actually round)
Flat Earth Falsities – Gravity, Density, and Buoyancy
Flat Earth Falsities – Plane Nonsense
This topic defeats every Flat Earther. Don’t come to a gunfight with an empty holster kids.
The Day The Sun Stood Still – QF63 SYD-JNB (flight from Sydney to Johannesburg)
A demonstration for Flat Earthers who wonder why we don’t see stars in photos of Earth from space
Adam Ruins Everything – Why the Moon Landing Couldn’t Have Been Faked
Debunking Lunar Landing Conspiracies with Maxwell and VXGI
Storming Antarctica (Full Episode) | Continent 7: Antarctica
McMurdo Station, Antarctica a Typical Day
The Logistics of Living in Antarctica
Visiting a Penguin Colony in Antarctica
WE SLEPT OUTSIDE IN ANTARCTICA! (camping in the snow)
DAILY LIFE ONBOARD A CRUISE IN ANTARCTICA (what it’s really like)
What is it Like to Live in Antarctica? | Antarctic Extremes