Friday, June 6, 2014

Written in the stars

Some Christians claim the Bible to be a perfect text. So perfect that we should look to it for everything, including scientific information. That's pure madness! Case in point, stars.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years
-Genesis 1:14

And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

-Mark 13:25

And it waxed great, [even] to the host of heaven; and it cast down [some] of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

-Daniel 8:10

And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

-Revelation 6:13
Okay, so according the the Bible, the stars are simply small objects suspended in a firmament around the Earth. Objects that can simply fall to ground. That is nowhere close to the truth! The fact is that stars are not that close to Earth, and they are not small at all. By and large, stars are massive and very very far away. The closest star to Earth is our Sun. It is about 93 million miles away. Furthermore, the Sun has a diameter of about 864,938 miles!

And how close is the next closest star? Why, 4.24 light-years! And that's a close star. All others are even further away. Many much, much further away. So they are definitely not suspended right around Earth. Also, stars come in many sizes. Sun sized, a bit smaller, and others that make the Sun look like a spec by comparison. So also, not objects that can just fall to Earth. Hell, just get too close to one and Earth will be roasted like a marshmallow.

So once again, the Bible hasn't a clue. So the supposedly all-knowing God doesn't know what a star is? Or what about the more likely explanation? That the Bible is an unreliable text created by people that didn't know the world. With that in mind, why should we then take this incredibly flawed text as a reliable scientific guide when it doesn't even get the basics right?

(not to mention shooting stars, which aren't even stars)

-Brain Hulk

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