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Why We Study History, Part Three

Updated on March 18, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

Answers over theories

Over the years I have acquired many degrees and if I wanted to, I could have been a scholar and be focused on publishing academic and technical work. But that doesn’t interest me. Scholars and academics are interested in discussion not the truth. They do not concern themselves with answers but theories, just like scientists and it is boring and unfulfilling.

I like answers and I like the truth and we get both with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and believing God. That guidance comes in one way via studying and learning how to think correctly. We view the evidence with God’s help not by following secular rules and advice and we see how the truth unfolds.

Defining geocentric

In another part of this series, we saw how the flat earth theory originated with the unbelieving scientists and not the religious. More specifically the Bible believer. In this part we will see how geocentric thinking is not the product of paranoid Christian minds but comes form a secular source.

First, here is a definition of the word geocentric:

1. Relating to, measured from, or with respect to the center of the earth.

2. Having the earth as a center. (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/geocentric)

This is the attitude that the Roman Catholic Church authorities held when they tried Galileo. It is also the attitude that unbelievers attack when they attack those who believe the Bible. The modern secularist accuses the believer of being believers in and originators of geocentric theory and these accusations are based upon different passages of the Bible the unbeliever does not understand.

The accusing unbeliever never tells the believer that the geocentric theory originated with same ancient secular scientists not with God, the Bible or any Bible believer. Here are a couple of quotes, and I am not going to quote all the passages that refer to this idea:

Why do the sun, moon, and planets appear to move irregularly? (pg. 268)

(I) Geminus: It is a fundamental assumption in all of astronomy that the sun, the moon and the five planets move in circular orbits at uniform speed in a sense contrary to that of the universe. (pg. 269)

{Both quotes come from Sir Thomas Heath’s book Aristarchus of Samos}

There are more quotes scattered throughout part one of the book but these two will suffice to establish this fact. It wasn’t God or his followers who created the theory and I would put forth the idea that the RCC officials beliefs about biblical ideas about the solar system were influenced by secular scientists of the time and not taken from true bible study or by following the Holy Spirit.

The source of geocentric thinking

The fact that geocentric thinking originated with ancient secular scientists is supported by the following:

The geocentric model was developed thousands of years ago by Greek philosophers and was the accepted model of the Solar System for centuries. Geocentric actually means earth centered. This model is also called the Ptolemaic system in honor of the Greek scientist and philosopher Claudius Ptolemy, although the theory was around years before him. The geocentric model places the Earth at the center of the universe with the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets circling it. (http://www.universetoday.com/36487/difference-between-geocentric-and-heliocentric/)

This is why in the King James Version we read God’s word:

14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. (2 Tim. 2 KJV)

I like the word ‘study’ because study is important. If believers don’t do that then they are vulnerable to the tricks of the devil who use unbelievers to trip them up and cause them to doubt. When believers study they need to look for the truth and the true answers and not get caught up in useless discussions the secular world desires.

Endless discussions only confuse believers especially if they have not done their homework. This is why we study and not avoid subjects like history, chemistry, and other fields of research. Of course, study and knowledge do not replace faith, they strengthen it if done correctly.

Some final words

Study is not as exciting as computer or video games, sports or cooking, and so on, but it needs to be done if one wants to protect themselves from the many false teachers and charlatans that are out there trying to get people to follow their false ideas.

With God’s help, study helps us find the truth and the answers one seeks.


© 2019 David Thiessen

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