ABC:Job 26

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Verse 7

Infidels.org asserts a contradiction exists in how the Bible shows the Earth to be supported.[1]

Job 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

However, logically one could consider the "foundations of the earth" to mean the Earth's core itself. There is no reason to infer a contradiction with Job 26:7 - which clearly states scientific fact about the Earth's positioning in outer space - unless one is already looking for a contradiction. Scientists believe Earth's core formed first, and how exactly that occurred still remains something of a mystery.[2]

After all, the outer mantle of the Earth is 'founded' upon the core of the Earth, and in looking at geologic history, one would consider formation of the core the 'foundation' of Earth's beginnings. To assume a contradiction with other verses and scientific fact when there is no logical reason to do so comes off as dishonest.

Verse 11

Infidels.org asserts the Bible contradicts reality in referring to 'pillars of heaven', and asks "Heaven supported too?"[3]

Job 26:11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

However, the Hubble Telescope on April 1, 1995, captured a photo of what are being called the "Pillars of Creation", huge pillars of gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula.[4] As such, it may be premature to assume, as Meritt did, that "pillars" necessarily referred to a solid foundation holding up the universe, but may instead refer to the above.

Sources

  1. Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/jim_meritt/bible-contradictions.html.
  2. Julien Siebert, James Badro, Daniele Antonangeli, and Frederick J. Ryerson. Terrestrial Accretion Under Oxidizing Conditions. Science, 10 January 2013 DOI: 10.1126/science.1227923. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130110161352.htm.
  3. Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/jim_meritt/bible-contradictions.html.
  4. Hester, J. & Scowen, P. (1995, April 1). Picture Album: Gas Pillars in Eagle Nebula (M16): Pillars of Creation in a Star-Forming Region. Hubble Site. Retrieved from http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/pr1995044a/.