Jasmine's Place Issue No. 19 - September/October 2017 - Page 58

Did God really inspire these writers? Is every word literal? Can I trust this book? I found myself reading in the Old Testament and came across Isaiah 40:22: “It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;” (RSV) Then it “popped into my head” that when we studied history, “in 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue”, they all thought if he went too far, he’d sail OFF the edge of the earth … this scripture was written way before Columbus. Yet, whoever inspired this writing knew the earth was a circle and it sounded like he was sitting above that circle. Next I found Psalms 103:11-12: “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so is his great steadfast love towards those who fear him; as far as the east in from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (RSV) I started thinking about this. If you go north, pretty soon you are going south because the earth spins on its axis which is from north to south. However, if you go east you keep going east forever and never go west. The lights were coming on just like the sun rises each and every morning. The person who inspired this knew that the earth was a circle and rotated on an axis. Who but God? Shortly after this I was reading in the New Testament and found two scriptures regarding end times: Matthew 24:40-41 - “Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left.” And Luke 17:34-35 Yet, whoever inspired this writing knew the earth was a circle and it sounded like he was sitting above that circle. 58 JASMINE'S PLACE