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Why do some rare Christians think the world is flat?

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    Hi! Why do you think it is that some rare Christians think the world is flat? Have you heard of this belief or know someone who believes this way who claims to be a Christian? Do you think they sincerely belief that? Or do you think they must be a part of a cult if they believe that way?

    Jesus said that some people were able to know that it was going to rain if the sky looks red. But He incredulously exclaimed at how slow they were to accept Him. This is one verse that implies to me that if people are ignoring obvious facts, that something must be the matter with their attitude. Though I'll have to admit that to an extent, even the sincerest people make some far-out incorrect conclusions in some things at times.

    Matt 16:2-3

    2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

    3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
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    i would note that whatever one believes on the matter, their daily walk is not practically altered in any way. Therefore the argument becomes about dividing people over something that can be demonstrated to be irrelevant, at least for most of us. When you go to build a house, the fact that you hire a surveyor who works on a flat plain may be overshadowed by the fact that you are establishing an earthly, permanent dwelling, which requires that you participate in the world, iow.
     
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    I don't think this is something that is confined to Christians. I think what it boils down to is a woefully pathetic educational system that inculcates rather than educates. Then after years of this nonsense people finally wake up to the fact that they know virtually nothing about the world around them. They start asking questions; better late than never.

    They need answers, and instead of answering their questions, the rest of us just sit back and laugh at them as if they're idiots, when the reality is that if we could prove the earth was flat or round, we'd do it in a heartbeat. We can't. The proofs can all be used to prove either proposition.

    Here's a prime example. Eratosthenes "proved" that the circumference of the earth was approximately 24k miles. How did he do this? He assumed that the sun was so far away that its rays were parallel to the earth. He then measured the angle of shade at one point during the day and another angle from another building about 400 miles away. One building had no shadow while the other had a bit more. By looking at the difference in angles, he was able to calculate the diameter and circumference of the earth. This proves the earth is round, right?

    Only if we agree with his assumptions. Why should we? If we assume that the sun is only a few thousand miles away, then this would tend to suggest that the earth is flat.

    I'm not suggesting one or the other, but simply pointing out that if you don't have conclusive proof, then you have no right to scoff at someone who just wants to know the truth. If someone decides that they don't want to remain in ignorance for the rest of their lives, we as Christians ought to help them, not scoff at them.
     
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    What am I missing here? The round moon proves a round earth? We always see the same side of the moon as well, does this prove that the earth isn't spinning?

    It is quite amazing that we never see even a little tiny bit of the other side of the moon ever. It is revolving around the earth in such a precise manner as to never allow us the slightest peek at even a sliver of the other side. What are the odds? If I had my tinfoil hat handy, I'd say it's some conspiracy to hide the dark side of the moon from us.
     
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    Why, well I could say for the same reason millions of people don't believe in evolution.
     
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    i guess that is actually more common than one might think; mercury is phase-locked, or almost, etc. Despite the light reflecting from the edge of the apparent globe of the moon in the video, this is just what our eyes are telling us, and of Omega0 = 1, the earth is as flat as the rest of the universe. Which doesn't make much sense, i guess, until you contemplate that our orbit around the sun appears to be a circle, but is actually a straight line in the gravity well of the sun. Omega0 is either less than, greater than, or equal to 1, and we just don't know the answer to that, i guess.
     
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    Our supposed line of travel appears to be an orbit around the sun until you factor in the sun's movement in a line going some 60k+ miles an hour. Then our line of travel is some sort of spiral, but then when we consider that the galaxy we're a part of is moving something like a million miles an hour in another direction well ther's no telling what's going on anymore, except for some new information that scientists have dubbed "the axis of evil".

    Have you heard of this yet? They've discovered that the universe has an axis, sort of like a spine to the universe, and as it turns out, it's a bit off kilter; a little bit curved, and the worst thing about it is that it appears that our solar system is in the center; that's the center of the universe for those playing at being scientists. So scientists have decided this is truly an evil observation. The explanation I've heard for this title is that they're injecting humor into an otherwise stressful discovery. I thought scoliosis would have been more appropriate, but that might have offended some people, so I guess "axis of evil" is pretty funny, especially with all the laughs it received in the political arena.
     
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    well, that was interesting, i missed that somehow, lol. I guess they dubbed it evil for all of the havoc it creates with existing models? Wouldn't surprise me a bit to discover that Israel is the physical center of the universe, as well as the spiritual one :) Nice to see our knowledge of the known universe has gotten to almost 5%! Lol
     
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    It's called Tidal locking,and there is a reason physics gives for that. Since the moon's orbit is not perfectly circular and its speed varies, it's rotation is such that we can see a little past each side of the meridian. Also,due to its orbital inclination we can see a little "north and south" of what faces us. In short, from the earth at various times we can see 59% of the moon's surface. The fancy term is called libration.
     
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    It's not difficult to disprove a flat earth. One indisputable proof is the sundial. I can make a sundial here in the states for any country in the world and it works perfectly. The calculations for a sundial are based on spherical trigonometry and circular geometric shapes. It would not work (mathematically speaking) on a flat plane as that's a totally different shape.

    There is also a "doctrine" going around that says the earth is indeed round, but everything revolves around it. Again, Newtonian physics is at a severe disagreement with it and like my sundials, would not work. Yet, due to the low relative velocity, Newtonian physics is good enough to calculate local space travel. The geosynchronous satellite is one proof. While such "universe revolvers" have "explanations" why the satellite is indeed stationary (!) instead of revolving at the rate the earth rotates, and have the same explanations for the Foucault pendulum, I find it interesting that the people who never even launched the rocket are going to tell scientists all about it, and indeed, I've have yet to see one mathematical calculation come from them.
     
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    That all sounds fine, but if you'd like to supply an argument or some proof that would be greatly appreciated. I especially appreciate it when people can actually present the proofs themselves rather than a copy/paste job, or a link. We made sundials in college, along with meridian plinths and just simple gnomons from large nails. I can run a light along a flat plane onto a sundial on a flat plane and get pretty much the same results I see on that sundial out in the back yard. I've also noticed that most of the proofs for a spherical earth can be used to prove a flat one as well. Erotosthenes is probably my favorite.

    Maybe that's why people are presenting different frameworks to get it to work.

    Now if we could just get someone to show us any of these satellites. Supposedly there are over twenty thousand satellites floating around in space. The only one I've seen was skylab, and maybe a few others. I've never seen anything close to twenty thousand of them.

    I grew up about 15 miles from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Our next door neighbor worked on improving the accuracy of gps technology at area 51. He worked with a team that was able to get it down from 20 or 30' down to less than a few feet. He then got a job at as an engineer at Vandenberg. He worked there until he retired a few decades later. The guy was a genius. He could tell you the temperature of the sun in Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin without thinking about it. He looked kind of like the stereotypical nerd with pens and thingamabobs in his shirt pocket, but when he started talking it was like listening to a cross between Chuck Yeager and Albert Einstein. He drove an AMC Javelin. The car looked totally stock, but could blow the doors off any kid's hot rod in the neighborhood. I wouldn't be surprised it he was running rocket fuel to boost it.

    I spent years watching rockets blow up. The first time I saw one that didn't explode I was dumbfounded. Running out to the front yard when we heard the windows shaking and the ground rumbling was always a treat, especially when they blew up shortly after leaving the launch pad. The fireworks display was always impressive. Sometime around the late 70's they got one to not only drop a few stages, but to fly downrange to the Kwajalein Atoll. One of the engineers, perhaps even our neighbor; was asked by a news reporter, what sort of potential enemy targets they could hit with any accuracy. His response: "The only thing we can hit with any degree of certainty is Los Angeles". VAFB is about a two and a half hour drive by car, and that is almost an exact quote. The comment was both hilarious, and a bit disturbing. Most people just shrugged it off after having a good belly laugh. It was also a good five years after the last moon landings. When all of those defense contractors moved into our sleepy little town the boost to the economy was not something anyone couldn't help noticing.

    Years later VAFB got the okay to build a launch facility for the space shuttle. There were some complaints from Lompoc about the potential noise. The noise was already an issue with many of their other launches, but the space shuttle was going to be significantly louder, and people were not happy about it. So to appease the locals, the launch pad was built up against a mountain to muffle the noise. When the six billion dollar project was completed. Someone discovered that the pad was built too close to the mountain. This was a problem because they had to be able to dump a million and a half gallons of water onto the pad to prevent the pad from melting. There wasn't enough room for all of this water and exhaust to escape from this very nearby mountain. This was not some scribal or clerical error. This was not a miscalculation. This was just weird. I heard this from three people who worked at VAFB. One thought it was funny. One was completely disgusted and took an early retirement because of it, and the other thought it was disturbing that so many people could miss something like that.

    Fortunately, the space shuttle blew up and this became the cover story for why they were no longer going to be doing launches from VAFB. So, what do you think really happened? a) the space shuttle blew up; B) they goofed on where to put their 6 billion dollar launch pad; or c) politics

    I include politics because contracts can go from one contractor to another in a heartbeat. I'm inclined to go along with B) or c), but a) is a long shot. If it's c, then no problem. If it's b, then we got a serious problem because how is it that these guys can't seem to get a launch pad in the right location, but they can land a rocket capsule on the moon? How is it that they can't seem to hit anything farther away than LA five years after they've been to the moon so many times?

    Building model rockets with solid rocket fuel engines was something we all did as kids, but one doesn't need to know much of anything about rocketry to know that something here just doesn't add up. When a whole town is busy cashing checks from the Federal government, there aren't going to be a whole lot of people asking any questions. Those who do are either laughed at, or quickly ignored, if they're even noticed in the first place.
     
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    I like that they always have reasons, but when it comes to arguments or proofs we get crickets chirping or a wall of text that could just as easily be cut down to a paragraph or two.
    And this proves the earth is round, or flat?
     
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    My point was not that the tidal locking was to prove the earth is round. I was merely explaining the phenomenon of seeing the same side of the moon. The point I used that the earth was round was the sundial. Even flat earthers must admit the sun is very far away, maybe not 93M miles, but they believe it's far. If we find a point on earth where the sun is overhead, it's altitude is in direct proportion with the distance traveled, as in the angular measure on a protractor. For example, if we travel 690 miles and the sun is now 80 degrees elevation, another 690 it will be 70 degrees--- linear. Now, if the earth was flat and 690 miles gave us 80 degrees, We'd have closer to 71 degrees (70.6). The error gets greater further out. A circular distance of 2760 miles yields an altitude of 50 degrees. On a flat earth this distance yields 54.8 degrees altitude, almost 5 degrees error which is quite noticeable. The sun's elevation is then a function of the cotangent of the distance rather than a linear arc distance. Of course this does not happen. BTW, to get these figures, the sun needs to be only 3913 miles. If the sun is much further, even just a million miles, the difference in elevation would not be great at all -- the sun's elevation would be virtually the same on all points of the flat earth. To prove all this is not deep scientific theory. It's simple geometry/trigonometry to indisputably prove the earth is round.
     
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    I'm not a flat earther, but from what I've seen they don't think it's far away at all; just a few thousand miles.

    Really? If we take a flight from San Francisco to San Diego when we reach cruising altitude we can see a few hundred miles from north to south. Given that there is a degree of curvature for every 60 or so miles we should be able to see a quite noticeable slant; how come we don't? Not only is it not noticeable when we look at the ground below, but there is no noticeable curvature looking at the horizon either. If this is "quite noticeable", how come no one seems to notice any curvature whatsoever? A few degrees of curvature should be quite noticeable the farther we get away from the angle, no? You can't get much farther away than the horizon, and yet all we see is a flat horizon.

    This seems to be one of the reasons these "flat-earth" people use to show that given the difference isn't noticeable, perspective really isn't a proof for a flat or round earth. When the exact same evidence can be used to prove either position, other arguments or proofs have to be presented.

    Please provide such simple Indisputable proofs. Thanks.
     
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    That all sounds fine, but if you'd like to supply an argument or some proof that would be greatly appreciated. I especially appreciate it when people can actually present the proofs themselves rather than a copy/paste job, or a link. We made sundials in college, along with meridian plinths and just simple gnomons from large nails. I can run a light along a flat plane onto a sundial on a flat plane and get pretty much the same results I see on that sundial out in the back yard. I've also noticed that most of the proofs for a spherical earth can be used to prove a flat one as well. Erotosthenes is probably my favorite.



    Maybe that's why people are presenting different frameworks to get it to work.



    Now if we could just get someone to show us any of these satellites. Supposedly there are over twenty thousand satellites floating around in space. The only one I've seen was skylab, and maybe a few others. I've never seen anything close to twenty thousand of them.



    I grew up about 15 miles from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Our next door neighbor worked on improving the accuracy of gps technology at area 51. He worked with a team that was able to get it down from 20 or 30' down to less than a few feet. He then got a job at as an engineer at Vandenberg. He worked there until he retired a few decades later. The guy was a genius. He could tell you the temperature of the sun in Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin without thinking about it. He looked kind of like the stereotypical nerd with pens and thingamabobs in his shirt pocket, but when he started talking it was like listening to a cross between Chuck Yeager and Albert Einstein. He drove an AMC Javelin. The car looked totally stock, but could blow the doors off any kid's hot rod in the neighborhood. I wouldn't be surprised it he was running rocket fuel to boost it.

    I spent years watching rockets blow up. The first time I saw one that didn't explode I was dumbfounded. Running out to the front yard when we heard the windows shaking and the ground rumbling was always a treat, especially when they blew up shortly after leaving the launch pad. The fireworks display was always impressive. Sometime around the late 70's they got one to not only drop a few stages, but to fly downrange to the Kwajalein Atoll. One of the engineers, perhaps even our neighbor; was asked by a news reporter, what sort of potential enemy targets they could hit with any accuracy. His response: "The only thing we can hit with any degree of certainty is Los Angeles". VAFB is about a two and a half hour drive by car, and that is almost an exact quote. The comment was both hilarious, and a bit disturbing. Most people just shrugged it off after having a good belly laugh. It was also a good five years after the last moon landings. When all of those defense contractors moved into our sleepy little town the boost to the economy was not something anyone couldn't help noticing.

    Years later VAFB got the okay to build a launch facility for the space shuttle. There were some complaints from Lompoc about the potential noise. The noise was already an issue with many of their other launches, but the space shuttle was going to be significantly louder, and people were not happy about it. So to appease the locals, the launch pad was built up against a mountain to muffle the noise. When the six billion dollar project was completed. Someone discovered that the pad was built too close to the mountain. This was a problem because they had to be able to dump a million and a half gallons of water onto the pad to prevent the pad from melting. There wasn't enough room for all of this water and exhaust to escape from this very nearby mountain. This was not some scribal or clerical error. This was not a miscalculation. This was just weird. I heard this from three people who worked at VAFB. One thought it was funny. One was completely disgusted and took an early retirement because of it, and the other thought it was disturbing that so many people could miss something like that.

    Fortunately, the space shuttle blew up and this became the cover story for why they were no longer going to be doing launches from VAFB. So, what do you think really happened? a) the space shuttle blew up; B) they goofed on where to put their 6 billion dollar launch pad; or c) politics

    I include politics because contracts can go from one contractor to another in a heartbeat. I'm inclined to go along with B) or c), but a) is a long shot. If it's c, then no problem. If it's b, then we got a serious problem because how is it that these guys can't seem to get a launch pad in the right location, but they can land a rocket capsule on the moon? How is it that they can't seem to hit anything farther away than LA five years after they've been to the moon so many times?

    Building model rockets with solid rocket fuel engines was something we all did as kids, but one doesn't need to know much of anything about rocketry to know that something here just doesn't add up. When a whole town is busy cashing checks from the Federal government, there aren't going to be a whole lot of people asking any questions. Those who do are either laughed at, or quickly ignored, if they're even noticed in the first place.
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    I just gave you the indisputable proofs. I was comparing radians and linear distance to degrees of solar elevation above the horizon, not airplane flights. I don't know what you were talking about seeing curvature as I was not talking about visually seeing that at all. So apparently you totally misunderstood me. What I said was a flat earth would require a cotangent calculation making the solar altitude 55 degrees instead of a circular 50 degrees (which is what it is). If the earth were flat, then the solar altitude would indeed be 55 degrees. It is not. Don't make this simple geometry more complicated than it is.
     
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    You think you've proven something when you've done nothing but make assertions according to your model. I'm not disputing that your model works. I'm pointing out that the exact same data can be plugged into a flat earth model and work just as well. This is the problem we have. It's been shown repeatedly. You don't even know what the flat earth model is, or how far the distances are for the flat earth model. All it takes is reverse engineering the numbers to the proper distances to make it work. We can do this for either model. The problem we face is to find some way to show that a globe or flat earth model doesn't work with some argument or proof.

    The angular degrees argument doesn't work to prove much of anything because we can just move the sun closer to the earth and make it smaller to make it fit the measurements we observe.

    For example we do this with the pole star. We look at the fact that the pole star doesn't move from one end of our orbit around the sun to the other. Given that this distance is over 186 billion miles, the pole star must be 47 times as large as the sun(in order to see it) and a distance so far away that we can't even comprehend the number. All we've done is do some simple math to calculate for our model. This doesn't prove anything, except that we know how to solve for a couple unknown numbers in a given equation. What those numbers refer to in that equation are assumed to be true. This is no different than Erotosthenes so called "proof".
     
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    This is incorrect. While I understand making data fit to a model, the data does not fit for a flat earth model. Your statement (I understand you don't believe in a flat earth) cannot be plugged into a flat earth model and work. That was my point in the cotangent calculation of solar altitude. To make it "work" one would have to adjust the distance of the sun depending where they are located, which of course is ludicrous.

    Actually it does work quite well as I already mentioned that one has to vary the solar distance to make it work. So if one person is at one location and the solar distance must be so-and-so to make the altitude work, and another is at another distance, they have to have a different solar distance to make their altitude work? The sun can't be two distances, or again, many distances depending who is observing it.

    I'm not convinced you are grasping the geometric/trigonometric concepts I am conveying. Your arguments make no sense. Do you need mathematical equations/picture images to demonstrate what I am saying because what you are stating is not true nor makes any sense?
     
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    I don't know of anyone personally who believes that the world is flat. In Isaiah 40:22 you can find out that this earth is a circle, but it's clear as anything, when ya can cross the end of the timezone boundary from Australia to LA in a plane without flying off into outer space, and you can see a slight curvature of the earth if you're in the right place looking out at the horizon, so i would be really surprised if I met anyone who really believed that the world is flat, with the exception of little kids.
     
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