Matthew 4:8—”Here it says that the earth is flat, which is not true.”
If the critic had read carefully, he would see that this was a miraculous and instantaneous vision, which Luke 4:5 makes clear: “The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.”…
Daniel 4:10-11—”This verse teaches that the earth is flat, for no tree could be visible to all parts of a spherical earth.”
The critic entirely ignores (or conceals) the fact that this passage is simply quoting how a pagan king tried to describe a bewildering dream he had.…
Fictional Creatures like ‘Unicorns’?
Isaiah 34:7—”Why does the Bible talk about fictional creatures like unicorns?”
The original Hebrew term translated as “unicorn” in the King James Version is ראם (rêm) , translated in all modern translations and dictionaries more correctly as “wild oxen.” Recent archaeology has shed light on why the King James and Septuagint Greek translations misinterpreted the passage.…
Four Corners of the Earth?
Isaiah 11:12—”This passage indicates that the earth is flat, since otherwise it couldn’t have four corners.”
It is pretty obvious that this is an idiom for the four directions (north, south, east, west). The word translated ‘corner’ is ‘kanaph’ (כּנף), which is also translated “extremity,” “quarter,” “border,” “ends” or even “wing.”…
Proverbs 6:7 – Ant Leaders?
Proverbs 6:7—”This verse says that ants have no commander, overseer or ruler, but ants have a queen.”
This verse tells us to consider the remarkable world of ant societies, but contains no inaccurate information. The critic’s argument is convincing to people ignorant of what the “queen” ant’s role actually is.…
Psalm 93:1—”Here it says that the earth cannot be moved, but science tells us that the earth orbits.”
The critic has committed the etymological fallacy, incorrectly assuming that the Hebrew word “תּבל têbêl ” and “ארץ ‘erets ” means earth in the sense of “globe” or “planet.”…
Job 41:1—”Why does this passage describe a mythical creature?”
The Bible sometimes compares Satan to evil mythological creatures such as “dragon” (Revelation 12:9) or “Leviathan” (Isaiah 27:1). Such passages do not assume that such creatures exist, they merely express Satan’s evil character with such familiar metaphors.…
Job 26:11—”This verse falsely says that the heavens have pillars”
Job is Wisdom literature and uses extensive metaphoric, hyperbolic and poetic imagery. We know that Job did not literally believe that the heavens have pillars, for an immediately preceding verse says:
He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.
Job 10:9-10—”The Bible here plagiarizes incorrect science from Aristotle that man is made like poured-out milk and curdled cheese.”
This passage is recording Job’s complaint to God, in which Job also falsely claims to know God’s innermost thoughts. God responds to Job as follows:
Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm.
Pillars under a Flat Earth?
Job 9:6—”This verse says the earth has pillars, indicating a flat earth”
None of these passages are geologic instruction, they are lyric poetry using colloquial metaphor to express God’s all-encompassing power. Furthermore, the critic has committed the etymological fallacy, incorrectly assuming that the Hebrew word “תּבל têbêl ” and “ארץ ‘erets ” means earth in the sense of “globe” or “planet.”…