Suspended Earth

“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.”  – Job 26: 7 – 10

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Image Source: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/photo_gallery/photogallery-earthmoon.html

1.  Job is writing this some 4000 years ago

2.  What did ancient man believe the earth was sitting on top of?

  • Ancient Hindu sacred source books debate:
    • Resting upon a large ocean body – Vedas (Vedic and Puranic) as ancient text
    • Resting upon series of elephants – Sanskrit Literature
    • Resting upon or within a large tortoise (earthquakes occur when he shifts his feet) – Shatapatha Brahmana as ancient text

Note: All of these come from the Vedas…

  • Ancient Greece thought that the god Atlas held up the world (although actually, he may have been holding up celestial bodies beyond the world) 1

3.  This is the photo taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft that landed on the Moon

4.  The Bible is accurate in its astronomy when it says the earth is not hung atop anything