Who really discovered that the earth is round?

It sometimes seems that every generation believes that it is the exclusive inventor of intelligence.  When they are young, they believe that no older person can be as bright and innovative as they are.  Then, when they are old, they refuse to believe that someone younger can be as well informed.  Both are afflicted with narcissistic vanity beyond measure.

Ask my parents’ generation or mine or my children’s or my grandchildren’s who discovered that the earth is round, and they will likely come up with one of three answers–Leif Ericson, Christopher Columbus or Ferdinand Magellan.  And they’ll only be wrong by a few thousand years.

The book of Job was written at an unknown time, but he is estimated to have lived before Moses.  Job 22:14 says, “(God) walketh in the circuit (circle) of heaven.”  (KJV)

Then in the 10th century before Christ, Solomon wrote in Proverbs 8:27, “When He prepared the heavens, . . .He set a compass (circle) on the face of the deep.”  (KJV)

Two or three centuries later, the prophet, Isaiah, wrote, “It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers.”  Isaiah 40:22 (KJV)

It requires a good bit of presumptuous arrogance to assume that our 21st century technology is in fact something new in light of Ecclesiastes 1:9, which tells us, “That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done.  So, there is nothing new under the sun.”  (NASB)

What you and I see as new is most likely the rediscovery of something which some archaeologist has yet to accidently stumble over and take credit for as his own discovery.

Solomon ended Ecclesiastes with this bit of wisdom.  “The conclusion, when all has been heard is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.  For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether good or evil.”  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NASB)

About kainosktisis

I am a sinner saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, and my life's greatest ambition is to follow Him for the rest of my life.
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1 Response to Who really discovered that the earth is round?

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Thanks for the reminder kainosktisis. He is the Creator and man only discovers what He has created. The Lord is worthy of praise for He is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.

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