Re: Does the Bible teach a flat earth?

From: Michael Roberts (
Date: Thu Dec 19 2002 - 10:38:34 EST

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    Science continually changes. I have nothing more to say. I am afraid to =
    say that to look for science in the bible is the height of folly and =
    reduces the Bible to drosnin's code.

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       In a message dated 12/19/02 1:49:14 AM Eastern Standard Time, = writes:=20

         Also one cannot expect biblical writers to write in a compatible way =
    with modern science - there aim was to expalin the ways of God to the =
    common man.=20



       You say one cannot expect biblical writers to write in a compatible =
    way with modern science - but science never changes - what was =
    scientific law then is scientific law now. it is only our perception =
    that changes. I pointed out something that is patently obvious, the fact =
    that the biblical shepherds directed selection when they bred their =
    sheep. They didn't understand the underlying genetic processes (not til =
    mendel did anybody understand them) but they practiced eugenics in =
    genesis. Nobody blinked but one to refute the suggestion but its there =
    in genesis 25-29.=20

       You say their aim was to explain the ways of god to the common man. I =
    say that was only part of their aim. Jewish scholars themselves =
    repreatedly point to the allegorical mysteries hidden in the Bible and =
    the reaction of some learned men upon understanding those mysteries. "4 =
    persons entered the garden of eden. Ben Azai looked around and died."=20
       "In the Mishna (haggiga sec.2) "The story of genesis is not to be =
    explained to two men. The story of the merkaba (heavenly chariot) not =
    even to one, unless he be wise and can deduce wisom of his own accord."=20
       both references from Adolph Franck's The Kabbalah.=20

       It appears to me that the Pentateuch is deliberately written on at =
    least two levels. One for the learned and one for the common man. That =
    is what Jews say about their own books and from the examples I've =
    offered, I would think it appears entirely plausible. In otherwords, the =
    aim of the people who wrote the Bible was to explain it to the common =
    man while preserving the ancient science for themselves.=20


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