| for centuries, man believed that the earth was flat- but not the Bible.
People in the 15th century feared sailing because they thought they would fall over the edge of the flat earth. Yet the Bible revealed the truth more than 1,000 years before man discovered it for himself.
It took a long time for science to discover what was recorded in the Bible more than 2,500 years ago. Copernicus invented the first globe in 1475 to demonstrate that the earth is a sphere. Galileo constructed the first astronomical telescope which he used to study the sky. Columbus believed the sphericity of the earth with his voyage to North America in 1492. Finally, Magellan and his men sailed around the earth and thus proved it to be spherical in shape. This major event did not occur until the 15th century.
The fact of a spherical earth was clearly proclaimed in the Bible by the prophet Isaiah nearly twenty eight centuries ago. In chapter 40 verse 22 of the book of Isaiah we read:
“It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.”
When Isaiah wrote this verse he used the Hebrew word “khug” to describe the shape of the earth. Although this word is commonly translated into the English word “circle,” the literal meaning of this word is “a sphere.” It is also used in Proverbs 8:27
“When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
The word “khug” is here translated “compass” referring to surface of the ocean taking on a spherical shape.
The earth is also said to be spherical in other Bible verses like Job 26:10, and Amos 9:6:
“He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.”
“It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name.”
The Bible has shown itself to be scientifically accurate in another observation cited by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration:
According to Mr. Elmor Escosia, Chief of a Planetarium Unit here Manila, during the early period, the proof that the earth is round is during the observation of a lunar eclipse, because during a lunar eclipse, you will find the one covering the moon is a round object and that round object is the earth.
As Mr. Escosia said, the earth’s shadow always takes a circular bite out of the moon during a lunar eclipse, which would only be possible with a spherical earth.
This scientific principle is just one of the evidences that demonstrate the Bible’s historical accuracy… a discovery that proves how authentic the Bible is.
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