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In Defense of the Faith
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Wendy Wippel

I’m thinking that it hasn’t escaped most of you that I kind of groove on apologetics. Guilty as charged. I have probably 300 books on apologetics on a dedicated bookshelf. And probably a couple dozen more scattered around the house and in my car where I’ve forgotten where I left them. But truth be told? Sometimes all you really need is a few simple words. 

Many ancient cultures invented explanations for what they saw in the material world that they didn’t really know to explain.

Like moving objects (like the moon and the earth) that seemed to hang in the sky with no visible means of doing so.  So they invented the support.

In greek myhology, for example, Helios (essentially the sun) was a god whose flaming chariot was pulled contiuously around the Earth by horses. 

In Indian cultures the earth rode on the back of a giant turtle.

In Rome the Giant Atlas carried the Earth on his back.

In Navaho cosmology a god-being carries the sun across the sky on his back every night.  And I think we should give those ancients some credit. They at least realized that there was some missing data there. If the moon, Earth and the sun were suspended in space, something had to in fact, be holding them up.

So they supplied what to them seemed to be the best answer. Hence the toads, the turtles, and the chariot of fire. 

What held the earth and sun and moon in place in the sky remained a puzzler for a long, long time.  Not till Isaac Newton came along in the seventeenth century and showed that it had something to do with gravity.

And really not till our lifetimes until we really understood what that meant.

The real question here is why didn’t they just look at their Bibles?  Because the Lord tells us clearly that there wasn’t any need to be inventing toads and turtles and elephants to support the Earth or the moon or the son.

He told us in the book of Job.

"He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing. He binds up the water in His thick clouds, Yet the clouds are not broken under it. He covers the face of His throne, And spreads His cloud over it. He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters, At the boundary of light and darkness. The pillars of heaven tremble, And are astonished at His rebuke. He stirs up the sea with His power, And by His understanding He breaks up the storm. By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, And how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?” Job 26:8-14

He stretches out his heavens over empty space. He hangs the earth on nothing. Job 26:7

Did you catch the answer to what holds up the moon and sun and earth?  It was in that last verse.  (Written at least a couple thousand years before we caught up)

He stretches out his heavens over empty space. He hangs the earth on nothing` Job 26:7

How did Job know? My guess is that, living not too long after the Great Flood, and as a righteous man, Job got it straight for Yahwehs mouth.

God’s word is proven true. Every time. 

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