Christians routinely lie to me that they believe every word of the bible, 100%. They pretend to forget that the bible says the earth is flat, covered by a metal bowl called the firmament, with holes in it for light to shine through to form the stars. The sun and the moon are glued to it. Above that is a celestial ocean. How do you know that could not possibly be true?
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- We have sent many rockets, satellites and space stations from various countries and agencies to have a look. The earth is a sphere. There is no firmament. There is no celestial ocean.
- If the earth were flat, satellites you sent up into the air would fall down.
- If the earth were flat, you could look out in all directions either to the edge of the earth or to some mountains. Instead you see only a small circular fraction of the earth. The curve of the earth falls away beyond that.
- When a ship comes toward you on the ocean, you first see the mast, then the deck, then the waterline. This is just what you would expect on a spherical earth.
- All other large celestial bodies are spherical. Why should the earth be any different?
- The earth looks spherical when photographed from the moon.
- Nobody has ever been to the edge of the earth.
- If the earth were flat, the water would fall off the edge draining its oceans.
- We have measured the size of the earth and the sun. Though they have the same angular diameter measured from earth, they have vastly different masses and actual diameters.
- GPS (Global Positioning System) depends on extremely accurate positioning of satellites. The math depends on the precise shape of the earth, with adjustments for relativity. It simply would not work if the earth were flat. Further the satellites upon which it depends would not even stay up.
- If you fly from British Columbia to Britain by the shortest route, you go over the North Pole. This would not be true unless the earth were a sphere.
- If you go to the equator and head west, you eventually end up back where you started. This would not be true unless the earth were a sphere.
- Navigators originally thought the earth was flat. Navigation was very approximate and only worked locally. When they started using a spherical earth model, it became many times more accurate and permitted global navigation.