Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Satan Myth: Introductory questions - #6: Was the Earth flat during the days of Jesus?


For a vast majority of Christians, one of the strong arguments for the existence of an entity named Satan is the testing of Jesus narrated in Matt 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-14.

One of the three tests was:
Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of themMat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me

Mat 3:13 tells us that Jesus went from Galilee to Jordan to be baptized by John and Mat 4:1 tells us that from Galilee Jesus was guided by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tested by Satan.

To the best of my knowledge, there are no high mountains in the vicinity of Israel which is as tall as Mount Everest of which the height is 14.16 kilometers or 8.8 miles. (The tiny red spot on the top left of the diagram represents Mount Everest). Mount Hermon has a height of 2.8 miles or 4.5 kilometers.

Knowing that the radius of the earth is 6371 kilometers (or 3958 miles) and the earth is a spheroid, is it possible that someone can see / show all the kingdoms of the world from atop a mountain, even if the mountain is as tall as Mount Everest?

Even if Satan took Jesus into outer space, it would not be possible to show all the kingdoms of the world “in a moment” (Luk 4:5), as Luke tells us, because earth is a spheroid. The only probable solution is that earth should have been flat or concave in shape during the days of Jesus! I am pretty sure, no educated human being would ever believe such nonsense.

I know, I know, my friend, you are about to tell me that the event /test is happened in “the spirit realm”. If the event happened in the spirit realm, why does the scriptures say that Jesus was in the wilderness near Galilee and he was taken to a high mountain? Does the Holy Spirit require human assistance make itself known plainly?

There are more questions to follow.
In Christ,
Tomsan Kattackal

[Spiritualizing is a very bad thing to do, it is a very poor exegetical tool, it simply shows that you have run out of answers. Scriptures are not that complex as most of the Christians want them to be (Deu 30:11-14). Every Christian is required to answer every question in all humility (1Pe 3:15), spiritualizing is not humility, it is elitism.