Jeremiah 31:37

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Thus saith the LORD;

If heaven above can be measured,
and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
I will also cast off all the seed of Israel
for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

An exhortation to read literally

The Geocentrism implied in this verse is Bible teaching that must be taken literally according to Bro Griffiths, writing in 1916 in controversial language reminiscent of 21st Century Christadelphian writing against accommodation of Evolution. (Bold font mine –Bruce.)

“Obscurantism” finds a clear Bible definition in God’s query to Job,—“Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2). To enable Job to realise the measure of his ignorance and the folly of his obscurantism, the Lord further interrogates: “Where was thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare if thou hast understanding?”

Were he informed that God Himself put that same question to Job, and that moreover the Bible teaches that these foundations are laid in the abysmal waters below, whence the earth originally emerged, and that their position is beyond the power of man to fathom (Gen. 1:1–10 [see note below]; Jer. 31:37; Psalm 24:2), he would, if he “professed respect” for Moses and the prophets, answer, that “It would be unreasonable to understand the language of the Bible in any such literal sense—‘the foundations of the earth’ must be understood to mean ‘the stability of God’s ordinances in the spherical earth traversing the vast orbit in the heavens.’ This is the true method of scripture exposition and has the advantage of appearing in perfect harmony with the discoveries of modern science.”

Let it not be thought that the foregoing answers to the divine question are overdrawn or merely assumed,—they are almost verbatim in the language of globe-earthists. Such language clearly exemplifies those methods of obscuration by which the divine counsel is darkened, and the word of God made of none effect. Those who adopt such perverse methods of scripture exposition have no logical ground to the claim of a belief in the veracity and verbal inspiration of the scriptures.

[NOTE: For Genesis 1:1-10 see Genesis 1:1-3, Genesis 1:3-5, Genesis 1:6-8 and Genesis 1:9-13.]

Read Bro Griffiths' whole letter as published in The Christadelphian Magazine.

For The Earth is founded on water see Psalm 136:5-6.

Bruce (talk) 19:42, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

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