But God has chosen the foolish things of the world
to put to shame the wise.
(1 Corinthians 1:27)
In this post I am doing two things: linking you to a new article about cosmic geocentricity, and reminding you of an important biblical truth that you’ll need to keep in mind as you read it: God is a God who tests all people, including his own.
A few words on both points.
Concerning the article, it is, as you will soon see, a LONG excerpt from my book, In Search of the Beginning: A Seeker’s Journey to the Origin of the Universe, Life, and Man. It gave me great pleasure to write this exposition and defense of biblical cosmology. But it also gave me a huge jolt: Somewhere along the way I realized that the Bible really does teach “radical cosmic geocentricity,” the idea that the Earth is not only the center of the universe, but also that it sits unmoving at the center, with the (quite logical) result that the moon, the sun, the planets, the stars, the galaxies—the universe itself—are all, in one way or another, revolving around the Earth!
Have I lost you yet? If not, then you are a bold spirit who might as well take next step: Read the article linked to this blog. But—and this is important—read it in a very special way. Read it as if you were reading the Bible for the very first time. Read it having checked all your high school or college training in physics and astronomy at the door. Read it as if the Creator himself might have something to say, not only about how to go to heaven, but also about how the heavens go. Read it this way, and I think you’re in for quite a surprise.
Which brings me to my second point: God tests all people, including his own.
The Bible says so. It says that the world is a pretty strange place, where truth always coexists with lies and error; a place where God, in a mysterious display of his sovereignty, allows “the wise” to fall into gross foolishness (and to get paid handsomely for it!), even as he causes the “foolish,” through a God-given love of the truth, to discover the wisdom that leads to eternal life. A strange world indeed, and one that clearly puts all men—and their love of “true truth”–to the test!
Discerning saints understand this. They understand that even now they are being tested with respect to many articles of the faith. Will they stay faithful to biblical teaching on creation, the historicity of Adam, original sin, divine wrath and judgment, redemption through (faith in) Christ alone, the sanctity of human life, the sanctity of marriage, gender roles and relations, sexual purity, and the proper (and limited) role of human government. It is isn’t easy, for like Shimei of old, who railed at poor persecuted king David, “the wise” of this world continually gnash their teeth upon biblically faithful saints, decrying their narrowness, bigotry, arrogance, ignorance, and hate. In short, their foolishness.
So again, God does indeed put men to the test, men of the Kingdom included. Among other things, this means that he is pleased to attach a real cost to the knowledge and enjoyment of his revealed truth; to see if we are willing to purchase his precious wisdom with the cherished (but much inflated) currency of our social acceptability. Speaking personally, I delight in this way of God. So long as my motives are not infected with secret pride, I find that I love being “out there” for the Lord, being a fool for Jesus. Maybe that’s because he loved being a fool for his God . . . and for me.
But back to geocentricity. After I studied it for a couple of years; after I tried honestly and objectively to understand biblical teaching on this subject; after I was shocked to find living Christian brothers—way brainier than I—who had enthusiastically embraced it; after I had wracked my brain trying to grasp Einstein, Relativity Theory, and Big Bang cosmology; after I discerned that only God knows the truth about the structure of the universe; and after I realized that dogmatic modern Copernicanism is indeed yet another instance of fallen man raising up “high things” against the truth of God and Christ; after all that, I became a geocentrist.
But alas, so far it hasn’t flown very well with my creationist brothers. Out of love, I will not name names or mention ministries. Let’s just say that I have yet to find a single major creationist leader (and I know a few) who is willing seriously to probe this subject with me, let alone publish an article or carry my book.
I believe I understand why: They think it would destroy their ministry. After toiling for years, they have, at long last, won a certain measure of credibility for recent creation. Why wreck things now by exploring the possibility that the Earth lies at the center of the universe? Why expose themselves—and Christ’s Church—to charges of abject ignorance? Why get lumped in with the nut-cases who believe that the Earth is flat, or that it sits on the back of a cosmic turtle? In short, why be a fool in the eyes of the world?
Well, here is my answer: We should open up this discussion—and be willing to look like fools—because (so far as I can tell) cosmic geocentricity is indeed the teaching of Scripture. And if it is the teaching of Scripture, then it is profitable: profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; profitable for laying bare the corrupt foundation of modern secular cosmology; profitable for a final, devastating challenge to cosmic evolutionism; profitable for advancing the cause of true science; profitable for making men wise unto salvation; profitable for strengthening the saint’s confidence in the divine inspiration of the Bible; and profitable for so mightily unveiling the power, wisdom, inscrutability, and beauty of God that the saints are left flat on the floor, weeping and shouting for joy at all the glory they have seen.
So, believing all this, I here give you my article on geocentricity. To be honest, it contains very little that is original with me, but much that I have lovingly and gratefully pilfered from my fellow-geocentrists. I do hope, however, that it is well-written, so much so that it will win you to an honest, open-hearted investigation of this truly fascinating and important theme.
And now, having invited you to read the article, let me conclude by asking one more favor: Never forget that for some wise and wonderful reason it pleases our heavenly Father to test his people concerning their love of the truth, and to reserve the sweetest morsels of that truth, not for the wise and prudent, but for babes: for dear, courageous children who are unashamed to be fools for Jesus.