Member (Idle past 504 days)
From: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Message 1 of 2 (505115)
04-07-2009 4:23 PM
"Earth" remains the same but the definition of "earth" has changed. It has changed by virtue of the Age of Discovery, the Age of Enlightenment, and the Scientific Revolution. It has changed under the influence of Columbus, Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton. The definition of "earth" has changed dramatically in the 500 years since Tyndale first translated the Scriptures into English.
But now, it has come to my attention that there are a number of ongoing threads here in which apparently sincere and otherwise intelligent persons labor under the misapprehension that the Bible may sometime refer to planet Earth.
I wish to remind everyone that THE BIBLE NEVER EVER DOES THAT. And if one should come upon a modern version which appears to do it, he should remind himself that said version is post-Copernican at best and at worst a dishonest rendering.
The religious establishments of both Catholic and Protestant faith did not want to believe in planet Earth and resisted the notion for hundreds of years after Copernicus published his book (1534 AD). They did not perceive a planetary "earth" from their reading of the ancient text (they perceived the opposite) and there is no way they would have knowingly suggested such a thing in the wording of their official translations.
Many biblical passages have, in modern times, been revised to make "earth" read: "land" or "ground" or "country." This trend is unlikely to continue to completion, because, many Christian doctrines depend on retaining the word "earth" for the value found in its post-Copernican planetary implication. And besides that, believers are already primed to convert "all the world" and to dream of dominating the globe.
So ... Bring me your arguments (which I expect to refute) and I will show you reason to believe that EARTH IS NOT A PLANET.
Theology is the science of Dominion.
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