Why I no longer believe in a globe earth…
Well, I have always not just believed but “known” the earth to be spherical. It’s a globe. We see it in the “Universal studios” animation before most movies and have it as our iPhone wallpaper and maybe even keep a globe model on our cabinet’s at home. You see — that was the foundation. Sight. And rightly so.
I mean, Science is all about observation — right? What we see and sense around us. So that moment, during a trip in Dorset, when my brother brought up the idea that our planet could possibly be considered as anything other than a ball — and may not even be "a planet” in space after all… I was quite shaken by the thought. If I can question something I know so indefinitely, how can I know anything is true. Yet there was no need for fear — I had one defence. One indisputable, undeniable, testable evidence. I quickly snapped the fingers of my mind and confidently proclaimed.. “We have loads of photos of Earth”.
Little did I know… the very foundation I thought I could depend on would collapse. You see, he explained to me that every “image” of earth is just that. An "image". Not a photo. They are compiled images taken from low-earth orbit and combined in photoshop, projected onto a spherical - or ball-shaped, map (by NASA Data Visualiser/Designer, Robert Simmon).
They cannot go beyond low-earth orbit at present.
Yet — I kept my foot in the door. I needed to fight for this. I couldn’t let go like that. So I found that NASA do claim, despite the combined images, that there is one genuine photograph of Earth, which is just that. A photograph. Taken in 1972. As Robert Simmon himself affirms, "The last time anyone took a photograph from above low Earth orbit that showed an entire hemisphere (one side of a globe) was in 1972 during Apollo 17". This was my security. My rock. In the words of science writer, Hannah Waters, "It's only in the last 40 years that people have grown up really knowing that we live on a pale blue dot somewhere out in space, having seen the first image of Earth taken from space in 1972”. Yet it wasn’t long before I was drawn to zoom in on the image. If the rest are edited images, what makes me think this one is a photo? Can I trust NASA? If I trust the image, am I really trusting my sight or… them? So I zoomed in and… it all became clear. Every foundation fell from beneath my feet. It's a painting. Brush strokes so vivid. Texture so clear. It has been edited. IT’S LITERALLY AND OBVIOUSLY A PAINTING.
But I still tried to hang onto it. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe that’s how big the clouds are. Maybe they really would have shadows and be so 3d. Maybe those brush strokes are cloud formations of some kind. It was all getting too much... so I let it fade into the background for a while. Then one night, around 3am, I randomly woke up. I couldn’t sleep. This was strange as it never happens. Hmmm… For some reason, I had an urge to go downstairs, and open up the 1972 image on my laptop. To have perhaps just one last look. I had already spent hours searching the image to no avail. Yet I followed the call. After a little while of exploring — suddenly… it jumped out at me! Just like the others.. duplicated, cloned clouds. Not just one shape, a sequence of shapes clearly mirrored in two rows one above the other.
I was filled with both joy and fear. Joy — because God had led me to it! A clue. The 1972 Blue Marble "photo" is a fake. And not a photo after all. Fear — because... they’re lying. The world is being deceived. There is a Father of lies out there. We really are being deceived.
More recently it has become clear as to why they cloned that particular sequence of “clouds” in that particular place. I came across the original unedited image. In the exact spot where the cloning is apparent, there is a clear, vertical, pointed brush stroke, vividly embossing the large cloud of paint (which has its own brush stroke markings) over the antarctic ice. This pointed brushstroke is completely and perfectly covered up through the cloned sequence as shown below.
This was all too much. I could hardly sleep. I wanted to tell the world. To me this was everything. NASA were lying. This on top of the countless NASA fails I'd already seen and spotted in my own personal explorations.
But why? Why?
Now that the visual and scientific rock, NASA, had slipped from beneath my feet, I had but one last potential rock. The Word of God.
The Word of God should really have been my ultimate foundation all along.
Suddenly, I was struck. I remember the moment my brother James reminded me of the verses which speak of the Earth being fixed on its foundations, never to be moved, with the sun circuiting above. I remembered verses speaking of the waters being gathered into one place and circled around, held in by bars and gates. How The LORD measured them in the hollow of His Hand and measured the earth by "stretching a line upon it". Suddenly, everywhere I looked, the verses supporting the Earth being stationary land rather than an orbiting ball-shaped planet were right there. So clear. Could it be that Genesis 1, Ezekiel 1 and Revelation 4 & 6 each accurately describe God's Throne being directly above the same crystal-like firmament, each capturing the exact same vision from different camera angles (perfectly describing the same solid expanse from it's literal creation to it's literal rolling back as a scroll).. and it just be God speaking the language of their scientific ignorance from beginning to end? No. God is showing us the Truth in His Word. The only verse I had hoped to cling to was this…
“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” (Isaiah 40:22)
The heavens are a tent? A tent over a ball? Circle does not mean sphere. It is a circle. God is above the earth? which way is above? Let's say, North? Okay, so Heaven is under the Australian's? The inhabitants are as grasshoppers (from God's point of view, this must mean). So, God sees all the inhabitants of the Earth from Heaven above? That's the biblical message on where we are physically in relation to Heaven. A literally place ("Heaven is My Throne and the earth is My footstool".) from which the New Jerusalem will descend. He is above us in Heaven (on the Throne which rests upon the crystalline solid dome-like firmament we call "sky") and can see us all. It couldn't be clearer...
"The Lord looks down from heaven;
He sees all the children of man;
from where He sits enthroned He looks out
on all the inhabitants of the earth".
So, I had no verses to prove the earth to be a sphere. Not one to show the earth is moving or the sun is the centre of the universe. That is completely in opposition to the biblical teaching on the nature of God’s Creation.
So now, with all the verses I tried to depend on pointing me away from the globe model (I so urgently clang to)… my rock of faith and sight left me stranded.
I would long for other reasons to believe in the globe… seeing the responses of top scientists each saying things like “well - boats go over the horizon” or “lunar eclipses show the earth’s round shadow” or “we have all those photos” or “we can orbit the globe” or “the southern stars are different from the northern ones”… each completely without foundation and explainable on a stationary land too. (For those wanting answers: 1. Boats go over the horizon since the horizon line is simply the limit of your vision. This is why if you go up to the top floor of a tall building, you'll see further, whilst no matter how high up you rise (120,000 Ft. for instance), the horizon always remains at eye-level. Everything above it seems to go down (i.e. the sun and clouds) as they go further away. Everything below (on land) seems to rise toward this line. Thus, a boat going away from you will visually rise higher and higher toward your visual horizon until it rests upon the horizon line, and since it is now above the horizon, it must visually sink until out of sight. It can then often be brought back into view with powerful telescopes (or by rising higher). 2. A round shadow does not prove it is the earth’s. There is much footage of daytime lunar eclipses whereby the round shadow comes down from the top of the moon while the sun is shining in the sky. (As seen here) This is 100% impossible on a globe. 3. The photos are really just manipulated images. 4. Orbiting is ultimately circling around the northern centre. 5. The stars are different because you’re on a different side of earth. Whether spherical or flat, the section of the starry sky one can see change gradually with one’s position under the firmament. This phenomena is merely evidence that our dome of view changes based on position. Not that one section of stars is directly underneath another, it could just be further east or west around unseen corners of the dome.)
Suddenly, just as faith pointed towards the earth being stationary, so now did sight. Everything began to make sense. That’s why stars are the same every night and rotate so perfectly in a dome shape. That’s why rainbows happen (reflecting off the crystal skies). That’s why the stars look like non-physical waves of multicoloured lights through a telescope (as seen here). That’s why the horizon ALWAYS stays at eye level (no matter how many miles high you go). That’s how star constellations like Virgo, Libra and Aquarius can be seen from opposite sides of the earth (which would be directly beneath my feet on a globe with the ground blocking my view, let alone limits of vision). That’s why rockets that go up suddenly stop around 100-200,000 feet high producing water sounds. Watch anything go up that high on YouTube for yourself. It’s all becoming sight. That’s why NASA have discovered a Van Allen radiation belt preventing us from leaving low orbit of the earth’s atmosphere. (Yet they went to the moon in a tin foil box? Oh yeah — since 1972 we lost the technology 😂😂). That’s why ice blocks have mysteriously fallen onto airplanes from cloudless skies above, as Heathrow here notes. Then… just the other day, for the first time ever… God led me to a video of a rocket launch which, I believe, could contain the first ever footage of the firmament. The first I’ve seen. There’s a solid shiny crystal surface with indents reflecting rainbow-like colours. It appears at “apogee”. Here’s a video I put together showing it up close !
“When He established the heavens, I was there; when He drew a circle on the face of the deep, when He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep, when He assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside Him, like a master workman, and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always, rejoicing in His inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.”
(Proverbs 8:27-31 ESV)
“Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, 'Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed'?”
(Job 38:8-11 ESV)
“And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so.”
Genesis 1:9 ESV
FAITH AND SIGHT point me toward this.
Why would I turn back?