Postcard by Erich Schütz (1886-1937) for the poem ‘Der Fischer / The Fisherman’ by Johann Wolfgang Goethe.
You can read a tranlation of the poem here. It’s about a mermaid who seduces a fisherman and lures him down into the water.
Ok so I want to shed some light on the above picture.
The bible is a collection of books. Each book may have one or more authors. The books were composed at different times over a period of almost 1000 years. (Circa 600BC to 300AD) Some of the older books may have been based on oral stories or traditions that go further back.
These books were written as religious literature, not scientific text. While I cannot speak for all of the authors, as they do not always talk about the natural science of Earth and/or it’s origins, several books in the old testament do have text about the earth being a “circle”. The Hebrew word for “circle” (חוג—chuwg) can also mean “round” or “sphere.”
I write this because I have to keep people honest. I encourage provoking ideas and counter-religions questions as it’s the only way the church will evolve. I challenged my old church pastor all the time but he would just ignore me so I left the church. But the statement pictured above is both incorrect and my opinion, irrelevant.
Why irrelevant? As I said before, the bible wasn’t written for scientific reference. So even if the writers did believe that the Earth was flat ,as most ancient peoples of Egypt, China, and Babylon did, it wouldn’t make the other text in those books valueless. That’s true for any book. If one theory is wrong, it doesn’t not make them all wrong. Every person, on an independent level, should discern what text, from any book, is meaningful to them.
I am not writing this in defence of all text in the numerous books in the bible. I didn’t write them. I didn’t revise them. I wasn’t present when some people decided what books to include in the current version of the bible. There are biblical texts that I don’t agree with and I’m not the only one whom disagrees with them. I don’t use the bible as a basis for my life. I use love and the pursuit of truth for that keystone.
Thanks for reading