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Flat Earth? Geocentric? Defiance of Science?

Is the Earth Flat?

Does the Sun Orbit the Earth?

Why Would Someone Teach Such Trite Ideologies?

This paper is the introduction to a dissertation chapter which refutes the flat earth and geocentric ideologies which are creeping into Bible believing circles with cunning craftiness.

The draft dissertation in whole can be found at The author, Pastor Edward Rice, can be reached at Good Samaritan Baptist Church, 54 Main St. Box 99, Dresden, NY 14441, phone 315-521-3466 email via our web page

Chapter 12 Defiance of Science

There is a tendency in man to react in kind. Since science-so-called is defiant of Biblical accuracy, some, attempting to hold tenaciously to Biblical accuracy, have become defiant of science altogether. Those that compromise the Bible’s accuracy in order to accommodate science-so-called are a dangerous lot. They try to insert huge time gaps into the Genesis account in order to accommodate science-so-called’s geological age of rocks, or they suppose that God used the science-so-called’s model of evolution, and his accounting in Genesis is just fiction and outright deceit. Compromising Biblical accuracy is a slippery slope leading to a dangerous fall. But those who would go to the other extreme and completely defy all science are equally dangerous.

There are those who teach and tenaciously hold to the idea that the world is round but flat, like the face of a coin. True science and careful observation show that our world, our moon, the other planets we can view with our telescopes are all obviously spherical in shape. The Flat-Earth deceivers insist that we who know these things to be true are the ones who are deceived. The worldly demonic government has deceived us, they insist, and no matter what evidence you give them, they defy all science because they are convinced that the world is flat and the government has deceived the whole world.

Flat-Earth deceivers insist that when the Bible says, in Daniel 4, that a tree grew, “the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth,” then, they insist, this recorded dream must be taken exactly physical and exactly literal, ergo, in their mind, the earth has to be flat. They will not let any amount of evidence dissuade them, they insist that the Bible says the world is flat and they are going to believe the Bible and reject everything else. “I don’t care what science “proves” about the earth’s spherical shape, if the Bible says it is flat, then it is flat.” (ref Dan 4:10-11) They apply this misguided and staunchly illogical reasoning to one other Scripture.

Again, Flat-Earthers insist, that if the Devil can take Jesus to an exceeding high mountain, and show him all the kingdoms of the world, then it must be that the world is flat. They insist that the Bible says so! (ref Matt 4:8, Luke 4:5) The only way that Flat-Earthers can reconcile these Scriptures is by imagining that the earth is flat. They insist dogmatically, even fanatically, that anyone disagreeing are deceived and puppets of the worldly diabolical government. Be very careful of Flat-Earthers. They are a cultist radical fringe group who bring mockery to Christianity. They are very defiant of real science because of their very faulty Biblical interpretations. The earth is a planet and a sphere just like all the other ones we see in space. They are defying the blatantly obvious.

There are those who teach and tenaciously hold to the idea that the earth is the center of God’s universe and the sun, therefore, must orbit around the earth. These geocentricists (geo Greek for “earth”, centric English for “center of”) defy the science and the obvious observables which prove the earth is one of nine planets in orbit around the sun. (Mary’s Velvet Eyes Make John Stay Up Nights Proposing, i.e Mercury, Venice, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto; of late some think John was not really proposing and Pluto is not big enough to be called a real planet.) This defiance of science is lauded by many but it is very dangerous and cultist. It uses Scripture, interpreted in an illogically literal manner to defy obvious observations of science, observations that any logical being might readily observe. It is one thing to defy science-so-called when it supposes billions of years or dogs evolving into horses. It is quite another thing to defy what is obviously observable phenomena in the universe which God created. Defiance is contagious, and a Bible believer needs moderation in its excesses.

The Geocentrics, like the Flat-Earthers, insist on a very literal and very physical interpretation of a couple verses. They then allow their misinterpretations to defy all other observations and scientific data. The Bible says that “the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day” (Josh 10:12). Obviously, the Geocentrics reason, the sun had to be orbiting the earth in this Scripture. The Bible gives information in our context. When a phenomena is described, it is presented as it is observed by man setting on the planet Earth. When Geocentics dismiss this truth, they insist that the Bible says the sun orbits the earth. It does not, but they insist that I am deceived and they are true Bible believers.

Again, they see in the Bible, “The world shall be stable, that it be not moved and the sun has its circuit unto the ends of it (1Chron 16:30, Psalm 96:10, 104:4, and Psalm 19:6) They insist on a strictly physical and obsessively literal interpretation of these Scriptures. In their mind, with no phenomenological allowance they insist that the sun is orbiting the earth. Like the Flat-Earthers, the Geocentrics insist that the logical thinkers here, have all been deceived by the master deceiver and his government. They insist that all of our orbital mechanics are flawed because their Bible interpretation tells them that the sun orbits the earth.

They so radically dismiss all phenomenological interpretations that Geocentrics even insist that Ecclesiastes 1:5 describes a sun orbiting the earth. “The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose” (Ecclesiastes 1:5). The obvious observations of a rotating earth, the four seasons caused by our orbit around the sun, and the systematic sightings of the other orbiting planets are completely dismissed by Geocentrics. Their dogmatic misinterpretation of these Scriptures blind them to the obvious. They continue down a cultist path to defy all science and insist that all other professed believers are deceived. This is a very dangerous cultist group. They have embraced such an illogical defiance of science that Geocentrics have a defiance of the blatantly obvious. Ye they insist that they are the true Bible believers. All the while they produce a gross mockery.

There are those who teach and tenaciously hold to the idea that the United States of America never did launch to the moon, nor did Apollo 11 land Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on its surface on that July 20th of 1969. This, they say, was all an elaborate hoax, pulled off by our lying, cheating, stealing government officials. It never happened, they say, and Neil Armstrong, a professed born-again believer in our Lord Jesus Christ, an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot and university professor, was lying and deceiving in every interview and lecture that he made all the way up to his death in 2012! Those who hold this persuasion are sincere and are motivated by a massive mistrust of all things government. They have no Scripture per-se to hang this government conspiracy on, but often hang out with geocentrics and are in sympathy with “” This author worked for that government for over twenty-five years as a USAF electrical engineer and military officer. After working for ten years in “black,” very sensitive areas, I have given several testimonies that our government is so laden with incompetence that it could never pull off such a conspiracy. Those who believe that Roswell hosted “alien beings” in 1947, that Area-51 houses saucers and UFOs and that Neil Armstrong never put his foot on the moon will not be dissuaded by any mere eyewitness! Let us be very careful about an open defiance of the obvious. Like the Flat-Earthers and Geocentrics this cultist group insist that they are the only ones who are not deceived. They defy the blatantly obvious.

I bring up these three groups which have an overt defiance of science because they present a clear and present danger to the advancement of God’s truth. They defy the efforts of those who would emphatically hold to the true inerrancy and infallibility of God’s verbally inspired word. Their extravagant overreach into the absurd makes an ugly mark on those who would truly hold to the accuracy of the Holy Bible.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a fanatic as a person marked or motivated by an extreme, unreasoning enthusiasm, for a cause. Denying the spherical shape of our planet is unreasonable. Denying the earths rotation and the four seasons created as this planet orbits around the sun is unreasonable. Calling Neil Armstrong and an unprecedented team of 3,000 engineers dirty rotten liars is unreasonable. I do not oppose the defiance of science-so-called but there must be a reasonable limit to our defiance when it starts attacking true science. This chapter will provide proof that the Earth is a spherical planet orbiting the sun with the other planets, and explain the misinterpreted Scriptures that these deceivers take out of context.

In the pages that follow I will lay out some of the obvious observations which refute the flat earth and the geocentric ideologies. It is important that a believer be well grounded in truth: “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Eph 4:14) Another wording of that verse might include the word gullible, and Christians, especially those taught from their youth that the Bible is an allegorical book, are too often quite gullible.

That Scripture continues “But (we) speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” (Eph 4:15) If you have been swayed into the camp that teaches that the world is flat, the Bible says so, or if you have been persuaded that the sun orbits the earth, because the Bible says so, this will be a reproof, in love. If you know someone who has been persuaded into this sort of defiance of science, do not just write them off as screwballs, they have been lead down a garden path by cunning craftiness and need to be reproved in love. If you have never met someone so deceived, you will. They are a fast growing sect in our paranoid “Christian” society. Remember, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2Tim 3:16-17). These cultist deceivers need to be reproved.

The draft dissertation in whole can be found at The author, Pastor Edward Rice, can be reached at Good Samaritan Baptist Church, 54 Main St. Box 99, Dresden, NY 14441, phone 315-521-3466 email via our web page

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