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The Possibility of Infinite Earth According to Genesis
« on: April 12, 2012, 04:15:54 PM »
Genesis Chapter 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty. Darkness was over the surface of the deep and the spirit of God hovering over the waters.

In this very first verse of the bible there is a lot of insight as to what the earth really is. Let's take a closer look at this verse. First we see that it says "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" Here it clearly states that the earth was created not as a result of some big bang or long term cosmic evolution but rather at the same time as the rest of the universe. Earth was made in the very beginning of creation. What else was made? The heavens were made. What are the heavens? The heaven typically referred to sky and stars. This verse does not say that God created many earths or many planets or even what we call the outer space. No it just says heavens and earth.

So here its easy to see that the earth was a major creation. The earth was made in the beginning together with heavens. So is it logical to assume that the earth is just a tiny little globe located in the infinity of space? No it is not. The earth and heavens are most likely same size. In my view the heavens simply mean earth's atmosphere, the dimension of up. The earth plain is infinite. Therefore when FE FAQ explain the fact that the earth is special, it is indeed a very true statement.

Let's continue to read this verse, "Now the earth was formless and empty" Does it say that the earth was a sphere? No it says that the earth was formless. Now what does it mean formless? I mean it must have some form? Actually no, if indeed the earth is an infinite plain or a slab then its accurate to call it formless, because infinite objects have no defined shape. Flat is just a simplified description of an infinite slab. Never does the bible say that the earth became a globe or a sphere, it states clearly that it was made formless, meaning infinite.

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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012, 04:27:16 PM »
It depends on your translation, first off.
Also; you only supplied startpoint verse. Rather than the start and end.
Try this next time: Genesis 1:1-1.2.
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."
That is what my translation says. King James Version.

Anywho; just so you know: Not all folk here are believers, and even those who are won't look at this and agree.
I look at this and think someone is taking things too literally.

As far as your heavens bit goes: That depends entirely on perspective.
Could space not be the heavens?
Or even the other planets? It depends on the reader. You can't just claim proof based on your opinion.

When I read the "earth was formless and empty" rather than think that this means it is infinite, which is a rather silly idea, I think that it was not yet formed. Not yet complete. Clay in one's hands, as it were. If you had a lump of clay, what hasn't yet been shaped, would you not call it formless?

Again, this is opinion at most.
The bible is open to interpretation.
Because of this; it depends on how you read, and how you relate.
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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012, 04:31:48 PM »
Great points for thought.  Infinity can't be grasped and it stands to reason that it could also be formless. 
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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2012, 04:33:44 PM »
Great points for thought.  Infinity can't be grasped and it stands to reason that it could also be formless.
Infinity can't be grasped, yes. But is not flat a form?
Even if it were infinite, wouldn't flat be what it is?

Why must formless mean infinite? Why not a yet unshapen lumb
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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2012, 04:38:52 PM »
as Zetetics, we assume, because the earth is a disc, (planar), and that no edge has been found,
it is endless. 

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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2012, 05:29:04 PM »
Great points for thought.  Infinity can't be grasped and it stands to reason that it could also be formless.
Infinity can't be grasped, yes. But is not flat a form?
Even if it were infinite, wouldn't flat be what it is?

Why must formless mean infinite? Why not a yet unshapen lumb

From a two dimensional perspective, I could agree with your assessment.  However, from a three dimensional perspective; I can not.  An infinite plane couldn't be defined in terms of a shape.  It might appear to be a particular shape but you would never see the whole and therefore you could never determine the actual shape.  And a simple way of explaining this concept could be accomplished by utilizing the word: Formless.
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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2012, 05:34:14 PM »
Great points for thought.  Infinity can't be grasped and it stands to reason that it could also be formless.
Infinity can't be grasped, yes. But is not flat a form?
Even if it were infinite, wouldn't flat be what it is?

Why must formless mean infinite? Why not a yet unshapen lumb

From a two dimensional perspective, I could agree with your assessment.  However, from a three dimensional perspective; I can not.  An infinite plane couldn't be defined in terms of a shape.  It might appear to be a particular shape but you would never see the whole and therefore you could never determine the actual shape.  And a simple way of explaining this concept could be accomplished by utilizing the word: Formless.
Formless is too wide a definition, though.
Formless could mean anything. Unshapen lump, as I said.
Endless would've better as to define it. That or infinite, of course.

It entirely depends on perspective, and as such is hardly proof.
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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2012, 05:43:35 PM »
as Zetetics, we assume, because the earth is a disc, (planar), and that no edge has been found,
it is endless.

Umm...  No.  As zetetics, you aren't supposed to assume anything.
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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2012, 05:56:41 PM »
as Zetetics, we assume, because the earth is a disc, (planar), and that no edge has been found,
it is endless.

Umm...  No.  As zetetics, you aren't supposed to assume anything.

As Zetetics, "Formless" or "Shapeless" fits the bill nicely.
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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2012, 06:13:37 PM »
as Zetetics, we assume, because the earth is a disc, (planar), and that no edge has been found,
it is endless.

First, not all flat Earther's are zetetics. Second, to address the OP, the only thing that the Bible proves is that people ~2K years ago were literate.

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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2012, 06:22:12 PM »
as Zetetics, we assume, because the earth is a disc, (planar), and that no edge has been found,
it is endless.

Umm...  No.  As zetetics, you aren't supposed to assume anything.

As Zetetics, "Formless" or "Shapeless" fits the bill nicely.
As Zetetics, surely you realize that "Formless" or "shapeless" are very broad definitions, do you not?
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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2012, 06:24:34 PM »
as Zetetics, we assume, because the earth is a disc, (planar), and that no edge has been found,
it is endless.

Umm...  No.  As zetetics, you aren't supposed to assume anything.

As Zetetics, "Formless" or "Shapeless" fits the bill nicely.
As Zetetics, surely you realize that "Formless" or "shapeless" are very broad definitions, do you not?
And still the applying those two words to the FE are assumptions, unfounded and unsupported.
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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2012, 08:04:16 PM »
I fail to understand how a bible verse can be used as evidence to prove FET.

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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2012, 08:17:04 PM »
I fail to understand how a bible verse can be used as evidence to prove FET.
Agreed.
Not to mention such a verse so subject to opinion and assumption...
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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2012, 09:16:08 PM »
I fail to understand how a bible verse can be used as evidence to prove FET.


I fail to understand how godless conventional science be used to prove RET.
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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2012, 09:17:49 PM »
I fail to understand how a bible verse can be used as evidence to prove FET.


I fail to understand how godless conventional science be used to prove RET.

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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2012, 09:22:47 PM »
Science is not over my head, I just refuse to be brainwashed by it. But we are not going to discuss whether science is good or bad, its just when the dude arrogantly discredited the bible, I played his game and fought fire with fire.
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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2012, 09:28:23 PM »
I remember this one time I wrote a sentence, put God in it, and it automagically became infallibly correct.

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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2012, 09:28:57 PM »
Science is not over my head, I just refuse to be brainwashed by it. But we are not going to discuss whether science is good or bad, its just when the dude arrogantly discredited the bible, I played his game and fought fire with fire.
How did "the dude" discredit the Bible? All I see was a fair question. Why would we use a Bible verse in determining the shape of the Earth?

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Re: Evidence of infinite earth in the bible
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2012, 09:31:52 PM »
Science is not over my head, I just refuse to be brainwashed by it. But we are not going to discuss whether science is good or bad, its just when the dude arrogantly discredited the bible, I played his game and fought fire with fire.

He did not "arrogantly discredit the bible, he asked how it could be used as evidence of a Flat earth.