Atheists’ Myths: Part 1 Richard Deem. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will

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  • Atheists Myths: Part 1 Richard Deem
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  • For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
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  • Atheist Myth #1: Bible Teaches a Flat Earth and Solid Dome Heavens
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  • Atheists Claims The Bible teaches that the earth was flat and circular sitting on pillars with a rotating solid sky dome overhead which carried the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars and allowed water to leak through windows of heaven or sluice gates to form clouds and rain. http://www.goatstar.org/the-bibles-flat- earthsolid-sky-dome-universe/
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  • Sun Moon Stars Earth Underworld Pillars of Earth Primeval Ocean Primeval Ocean Pillars of Heaven
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  • Ancient Cosmologies
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  • Sumerian Cosmology Heaven (An) and the earth (Ki) were formed within primeval sea (Abzu), which existed before anything else. The boundary between the primeval sea and the earth (a flat disk) was a solid vault, within which was the gas-like atmosphere (Lil). The stars, planets, sun, and moon were embedded in this solid vault. Four major Sumerian deities An (god of heaven) Ki (goddess of earth) Enlil (god of the air, son of An and Ki) Enki (god of the primeval sea)
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  • Greeks The Greek philosopher Anaximenes described the heavens as like a felt cap that turned on its head, with the stars fixed to this surface like nails. Anaximenes. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://www.iep.utm.edu/a/anaximen.htm)http://www.iep.utm.edu/a/anaximen.htm
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  • Jews Flavius Josephus: After this, on the second day, he placed the heaven over the whole world, and separated it from the other parts, and he determined it should stand by itself. He also placed a crystalline [firmament] round it, and put it together in a manner agreeable to the earth, and fitted it for giving moisture and rain, and for affording the advantage of dews.
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  • Jews Jewish Talmud: The learned of Israel say, The sphere stands firm, and the planets revolve; the learned of the nations say, The sphere moves, and the planets stand firm. The learned of Israel say, The sun moves by day beneath the firmament, and by night above the firmament; the learned of the nations say, The sun moves by day beneath the firmament, and by night beneath the earth.
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  • Christians Theophilus of Antioch: For the Spirit being one, and holding the place of light, was between the water and the heaven, in order that the darkness might not in any way communicate with the heaven, which was nearer God, before God said, Let there be light. The heaven, therefore, being like a dome-shaped covering, comprehended matter which was like a clod.
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  • Christians Book of Enoch: And to the east of those beasts I saw the ends of the earth whereon the heaven rests, and the portals of the heaven open. And I saw how the stars of heaven come forth, and I counted the portals out of which they proceed, and wrote down all their outlets, of each individual star by itself, according to their number and their names, their courses and their positions, and their times and their months, as Uriel the holy angel who was with me showed me.
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  • Christians
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  • Islam Quran: The heavens and the earth were once joined together as one unit before it was split into two parts (Surah 21:30) Allah created seven heavens and the stars are found in the lowest heaven (Surah 65:12, 67:3-5, 41:12) Earth is like a carpet, held in place by the heavy mountains, described as being like tent pegs, so that it won't move or shake (Surah 71:19-20, 78:6- 7, 31:10)
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  • The Bible
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  • The Firmament Found in the KJV Bible Refers to a solid structure? And God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so (Genesis 1:6-8, KJV)
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  • Firmament Comes from the Latin word firmamentum, from Jerome's Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible Firmamentum has the meaning of a support or prop Open and shut case that the Bible refers to the heavens as a solid object?
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  • Raqia Hebrew noun () from the verb raqa (), which means "beat," "stamp," "beat out" and "spread out. Raqa: stamp one's feet" (2) stamp something with the feet (1) spreading metal (4) spreading out the earth (3) spreading the sky or the clouds (1)
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  • Raqia Used 17 times in the Old Testament Eleven times in 7 verses from Genesis 1 Five times in Ezekiel's visions - once referring to the extent of the angels' wings and the other four referring to something that appeared to be like a gleaming crystal, although it is never identified as being a solid object Two times in the Psalms, once referring to the expanse as described in Genesis, and the second referring to the mighty expanse of God's power. So, raqia itself does not always refer to a solid object.
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  • Raqia Defined by God in Genesis 1:8: God called the expanse [raqia] heaven So, the raqia is nothing more than heaven itself and does not comprise a separate structure Genesis 1:20: "... let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse [raqia] of the heavens It is unclear how birds can fly through a solid dome!
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  • Pillars of the Heavens Skeptics say that the pillars of the heavens refer to pillars that hold up the dome heavens. Job 26: He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. (Job 26:7) He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. (Job 26:8) He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. (Job 26:9) He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness. (Job 26:10) The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke. (Job 26:11) Earth Underworld Pillars of Earth Pillars of Heaven
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  • Pillars of the Heavens From the Hebrew word ammu d ( ) Pillar of cloud/fire (Exodus 13:21) Suspended the veil of the temple (Exodus 26:32) Knocked down by Samson (Judges 16) Column of smoke (Judges 20:40) Solomons palace (1 Kings 7)
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  • Pillars of Solomons Temple 2 Chronicles 3:15
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  • The Pillars of the Heavens are the Mountains The Bible associates quaking or shaking with the mountains: Psalms 46:3; Isaiah 54:10; Isaiah 64:1; Nahum 1:5; The Bible associates quaking or shaking with the mountains: Psalms 46:3; Isaiah 54:10; Isaiah 64:1; Nahum 1:5;
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  • The Ends of the Earth of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end), (Deuteronomy 13:7) If the earth has ends, doesnt that imply it is flat? Earth Underworld Pillars of Earth Primeval Ocean Primeval Ocean Pillars of Heaven Ends of the Earth
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  • The Ends of the Earth Earth is the translation of Hebrew erets () land (1581), earth (655), ground (119), lands (57), country (44), countries (15)
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  • Erets Often Refers to People Shall not the Judge of all the earth [erets] deal justly? (Genesis 18:25) His judgments are in all the earth [erets]. (1 Chronicles 16:14) Sing to the LORD, all the earth [erets] (1 Chronicles 16:23) Tremble before Him, all the earth [erets] (1 Chronicles 16:30) Let all the earth [erets] fear the LORD (Psalm 33:8) Shout joyfully to God, all the earth [erets] (Psalm 66:1) All the earth [erets] will worship Thee... (Psalm 66:4) Sing to the LORD, all the earth [erets]. (Psalm 96:1) Worship the LORD in holy attire; Tremble before Him, all the earth [erets]. (Psalm 96:9) The whole earth [erets] is at rest and is quiet; They break forth into shouts of joy. (Isaiah 14:7)
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  • Erets Refers to Local Land he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth [erets] (Genesis 18:2) Now may God give you of the dew of heaven, And of the fatness of the earth [erets] (Genesis 27:28) And the people of all the earth [erets] came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph... (Genesis 41:57) Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth [erets]. And the LORD rained hail on the land of Egypt. (Exodus 9:23) and the earth [erets] opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions. (Numbers 16:32) So they would camp against them and destroy the produce of the earth [erets] as far as Gaza. (Judges 6:4) And all the earth [erets] was seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart. (1 Kings 10:24)
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  • The Ends of the Earth of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the to the other end), (Deuteronomy 13:7) earth land
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  • The Four Corners of the Earth And He