"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is a ridiculous fiction. How do you think these germs in the air can be numerous enough to develop into all these organic infusions? If that were true, they would be numerous enough to form a thick fog, as dense as iron." Professor Pierre Pochet, 1872
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(With thanks to Dr John Lennox and Fixed Point Foundation)
Your humble blog queen has seen the error of her ways. She now believes that we must take the Bible literally whenever possible. No more literary framework, no more cultural sensitivities, historical perspectives or scientific discoveries will be considerd. If the Bible says it; I believe it and I intend to believe it as Calvin's simple plouwboy. Calvin taught that every plowboy should be able to read and interpret the Scriptures for himself. Link (Calvin knew his Bible almost as well as Jesus).
None other than Al Mohler, President of Southern Seminary, has declared war on all those who do not adhere to a strict literal interpretation of Genesis. In fact, he said it is of Gospel importance. In a talk entitled Why Does the Universe Look So Old, he said:
“I would suggest to you that in our effort to be most faithful to the scriptures and most accountable to the grand narrative of the gospel an understanding of creation in terms of 24-hour calendar days and a young earth entails far fewer complications, far fewer theological problems and actually is the most straightforward and uncomplicated reading of the text as we come to understand God telling us how the universe came to be and what it means and why it matters.”
Then on his blog, he says the following
“Ever since the challenge of Darwin and evolutionary theory appeared, some Christians have tried to argue that the opening chapters of the Bible should not be taken “literally.” While no honest reader of the Bible would deny the literary character of Genesis 1-3, the fact remains that significant truth claims are being presented in these chapters. Furthermore, it is clear that the historical character of these chapters is crucial to understanding the Bible’s central message — the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
So, the very Gospel itself is at stake! Well, being at least as intelligent as a simple plowboy in Calvin’s day, although I am also, as many Calvinistas declare, a gullible and easily deceived woman, I went to my Bible (although I did not use an ESV which may disqualify me from discussing this subject) to see what God has told us.
Imagine my surprise to learn that the Bible “proves” the earth is fixed by pillars in position and the sun revolves around it. I was never taught this in any of the churches that I attended. This is a matter of utmost urgency and could change how we view the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are in danger of denyng the doctrine of the atonement!! Good night! If man is not at the center of God’s universe, then why would Jesus need to die for us. We can’t be on some insignificant inner spiral of the Milky Way. This planet is far too important for such nonsense.
Here is the Biblical “proof” that the earth is fixed. All quotes from the NIV.
- 1 Chronicles 16:30: Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
- Psalm 93:1: The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.
- Psalm 96:10: Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.
- Psalm 104:5:He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
- Job 9:6: He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble.
- Psalm 75:3: When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm
- 1 Samuel 2:8: “For the foundations (translated pillars in the ESV) of the earth are the LORD’s; on them he has set the world.
But what about the findings of Copernicus? Thankfully, I was able to find the Fixed Earth blog, which exposes the Copernican conspiracy to undermine the Bible. Did you know that this was the beginning of the slippery slope towards total Biblical denial? And I had been taught that Theistic Evolution was the beginning of Biblical denial. Oh no, Satan has been plying his diabolical trade of Biblical heresy much, much longer.
“Indeed, it was this Copernican heliocentricity concept that gradually broke the back of Bible credibility as the source of Absolute Truth in Christendom. Once the Copernican Revolution had conquered the physical sciences of Astronomy and Physics and put down deep roots in Universities and lower schools everywhere, it was only a matter of time until the Biological sciences launched the Darwinian Revolution.
This embrace of Darwinism then quite predictably emboldened increasingly secular-minded mankind to further reject Biblical Absolutism and replace its teachings with yet more new "truths" in areas of learning having to do with economics and government. Thus was unsuccessful and floundering Marxism given new life. Marx openly tried to dedicate his own books to Darwin, exulting: "You have given me the basis for my system". Thus, the "Social Science" disciplines were born and began to make their contributions to the destruction of Bible credibility.”
"Read that piece and you will know why God's Judgment begins in the Christian churches…. Without exception, all of these churches have denied plain Scripture which declares a moving sun and a stationary Earth. Instead, all have bowed the knee to Occult Scientism on this pivotal Origins Subject, and, in doing so, have given Satan the platform he needed to subvert all "knowledge" and bring Bible Christianity to the very brink of destruction. Yet, God has written: "…the gates of hell shall not prevail against Christ's Church" (Matt:16:18). So; Churches: God's Judgment Begins with you, and it begins with your repentance for your role in giving Satan the platform he needed to accomplish his goal of destroying the credibility of the Bible without which neither Jesus nor His Church can stand. Get ready for it….”
This Gospel building, Biblical site exposes the conspiracy.
“There is abundant hard proof that both the Copernican Counterfeit and the Big Bang Evolutionary Paradigm that is built upon it are factless frauds from start to finish.
Indeed, the diligent reader (and listener) will be astonished at the level of demonstrable hi-tech fraud, baseless assumptions, occult mathematics, etc.,–all part of a Satan-empowered, anti-Christ religious Cabal–that has been at work over many centuries implanting the incredible evolution myth about the origin of the Universe, the Earth, and Mankind”.
Did you know that some of the greatest theologians believed in a fixed earth? Have you ever heard their teachings on this? If not, why not? I found the following quotes at this site.
"Those who assert that 'the earth moves and turns'…[are] motivated by 'a spirit of bitterness, contradiction, and faultfinding;' possessed by the devil, they aimed 'to pervert the order of nature.'"
– John Calvin, sermon no. 8 on 1st Corinthians, 677, cited in John Calvin: A Sixteenth Century Portrait by William J. Bouwsma (Oxford Univ. Press, 1988), A. 72
"The heavens revolve daily, and, immense as is their fabric, and inconceivable the rapidity of their revolutions, we experience no concussion — no disturbance in the harmony of their motion. The sun, though varying its course every diurnal revolution, returns annually to the same point. The planets, in all their wandering, maintain their respective positions. How could the earth hang suspended in the air were it not upheld by God's hand? (Job 26:7) By what means could it [the earth] maintain itself unmoved, while the heavens above are in constant rapid motion, did not its Divine Maker fix and establish it? Accordingly the particle, ape, denoting emphasis, is introduced — YEA, he hath established it."
– John Calvin, Commentary on the Book of Psalms, Psalm 93, verse 1, trans., James Anderson (Eerdman's, 1949), Vol. 4, p. 7
"Scripture simply says that the moon, the sun, and the stars were placed in the firmament of the heaven, below and above which heaven are the waters… It is likely that the stars are fastened to the firmament like globes of fire, to shed light at night… We Christians must be different from the philosophers in the way we think about the causes of things. And if some are beyond our comprehension like those before us concerning the waters above the heavens, we must believe them rather than wickedly deny them or presumptuously interpret them in conformity with our understanding."
– Martin Luther, Luther's Works. Vol. 1. Lectures on Genesis, ed. Janoslaw Pelikan, Concordia Pub. House, St. Louis, Missouri, 1958, pp. 30, 42, 43.
"People gave ear to an upstart astrologer who strove to show that the earth revolves, not the heavens or the firmament, the sun and the moon. Whoever wishes to appear clever must devise some new system, which of all systems is of course the very best. This fool [or 'man'] wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy; but sacred Scripture tells us that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, and not the earth."
– Martin Luther, Table Talk
Of course, there is a group of theologians which cannot believe that Calvin, who is almost inerrant in his pronouncements, could ever say such things and there has been frantic research”proving” he couldn’t have said these things. Which raises a question about the amount of resources on spent on polishing Calvin’s image but that is for another post.
However, out of Notre Dame comes research by M. Dowd Link
“There has been no small amount of scholarly work devoted to the question of whether or not Calvin knew of Copernicus or his work.”
“We have seen that Calvin was certainly not an adherent of the Copernican theory. He took for granted that the Ptolemaic system accurately described the physical construction of the universe. Yet he was not oblivious to the astronomical revolution which was occurring around him. However, he only spoke of it once that we know of, and then only to denounce it. But this denunciation, as we noted above, was not of the Copernican theory per se, but was an attack against a theologian with whom Calvin had other disagreements.”
But, you say, Dee, look at the space flights, the telescopes, the development of astrophysics, etc. Surely these are “proof” of a rotating earth? I say that it is a trick of Satan. Man’s mind is so clouded by the Fall that he is unable to perceive the truth. However, God has graciously given the Fair Education Group which created the Fixed Earth web site and me clarity of mind to see beyond the sinful attacks on God’s Scriptures. This rotating earth science has been a trap for guileless men since the time of Galileo. From the blog C Sharp.com we read:
“When Galileo turned his telescope to the sky, some in the Roman Catholic Church accused him of desecrating the sky with his telescope. The argument being presumably that only knowledge obtained from the Bible is true, and it was somehow sinful to gain knowledge from other sources. Implicitly at least, young earth creationists still follow this same line of thought. When Galileo discovered the four large moons of Jupiter, which are now known as the Galilean Moons, some in the church denied that he really saw the moons, and that they were some sort of an illusion perpetrated by Satan or demons.”
If only true Christians had stood with the church during those times of the Galileo heresies, our churches would not be filled today with agents of the evil one masquerading as scientists.
Brothers and sisters, this is a matter of Gospel urgency. It is time to take back the sciences and make them Gospel sciences. In fact, we must confront men such as Mohler, Ken Ham and others who are deceiving people by promoting a belief in a rotating earth. They are in danger of denying the doctrine of the atonement. For, if man is not central to the universe, why would we need a Savior? Surely God would not waste his time on a little planet on the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. We aren't even in the center of this tiny galaxy if these fools are to be believed!
I end with this quote by Augustine. Even he went over to the dark side.
“Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens… and this knowledge he holds to as being certain from reason and experience. Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn … If they find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves know well and hear him maintaining his foolish opinions about our books, how are they going to believe those books in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven, when they think their pages are full of falsehoods and on facts which they themselves have learnt from experience and the light of reason.”- Augustine, The Literal Meaning of Genesis, vol. 1 (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1982), chap. 19, v.39, p. 42.