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"Flat Earth" Christianity - Apostacy?

posted Jul 20, 2013, 7:06 AM by David Gerhart   [ updated Jul 20, 2013, 8:55 AM ]
As used in this post the term "Flat Earth**" refers to science deniers who make all sorts of claims.  Heard recently  "The orbit of the moon is circular, the moon is receeding so fast that it couldn't have been there for all the time science tells us... God accomplished his creation in six days 6,000 years ago.  The universe isn't 13.8 billion years wide."  

God is a God truth and reason.  

"Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

Science can not, therefore, contradict scripture.  And this is huge: Because creation testifies to God.  

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20

That there are gaps in understanding, is WHY Science moves ahead.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”  says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet,  they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 1:18-20

It's disressing to hear a brother in a very condescending self-righteous tone -- assert that Science is but one part of a broad conspiracy to lead people into faithless atheism.  After the meeting he got in his car, turned the key and drove away.  Evidently his faith in science only applies when it's convenient to him.

Here's the problem with Flat-Earth Christianity -- "They" -- those deniers of inconvenient fact -- are victims of the same dark-ages broken thinking and delusional religious lies that resisted the Renissance, Reformation thinkers and the Ages of Enlightenment and of Discovery.  

Haven't we seen this before?  Does the addage apply?  "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Peter 2:2

These are those who would twist facts, engage a pseudo-science (false science) to defeat truth.

But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.

A central proposition in typical Flat-Earth exposition is that one either believes in the 6 day creation, or one is a heritic.  Either/ or.

I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory Psalms 73:22-24

The FACT is -- connecting the dots eludes us.  There is an explanation for why we don't yet understand creation science according to the Scripture.  But I have faith that both are true.  It cannot be that the God of the mind, a rational, thinking being uses abstract magic.

God made creation in 6 days, yes -- I believe.  That he began 13.8 years ago is the best estimate, seems true as well.  I accept both, but explain neither.

For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.2Peter 1:16 

The majesty of Christ is that he can create in 6 days what seems to us to have taken 13.8 billion years.  The majesty of Christ is in his grace; that he accepts me even if I don't understand.  The Majesty of Christ is that Creation is.  I can have faith in the conjuctive -- that instead of being this or that, the Majesty of Christ is that the unverses' creator made us this AND that.

** Seriously?!  I wonder is it a hoax?  But FYI, there are folks who think the earth is flat. Visit this link offsite to read "three experiments to prove the earth is flat."
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