Does the Bible Teach a Flat Earth?
My friends at Answers in Genesis has given a good
response to this question. This is their response.
Q: Some skeptics say that if we take the Bible
literally, it teaches
the Earth is flat. How do we answer them?
A: Actually, when you read the Bible, you find EXACTLY the opposite.
Itteaches that the Earth is round--a sphere hanging in space.
In Isaiah we're told that God 'sitteth upon the circle of the earth.'
The Earth is spherical.
In the book of Job, we read that God 'stretcheth out the north over the
empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.' The word 'nothing'
really means 'nothing whatsoever.'
From these verses, we get the idea that the Earth is a sphere that is
suspended in space. Of course, this is precisely what's observed when
astronauts look down at the Earth from a space shuttle.
So where did people ever get the idea that the Bible teaches a flat
Earth? Usually they quote the verses from Isaiah and Revelation that
talk about the four corners of the Earth. But this phrase actually
four QUARTERS--which means the division of geography into four
quadrants, or compass directions: north, south, east, and west.
There's one thing we can say for sure: the Psalmist was right when he
wrote, 'Thy Word is true from the beginning.'