If the title of this article startles you perhaps it should. Although the question over the shape of the earth seems to have been answered long ago, (Even the Bible affirmed this in, 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.”) This past week it made major news when NBA All-Star, Kyrie Irving, made the claim on a podcast that the earth indeed was flat. This created quite a news story with people asking him during all-star weekend if he indeed denied such obvious reality.
He said on the Jefferson and Frye podcast: “This is not even a conspiracy theory,” “The Earth is flat… It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.” He later reiterated those beliefs to ESPN’s Arash Markazi when he said. “I think people should do their own research, Hopefully they’ll either back my belief or they’ll throw it in the water. But I think it’s interesting for people to find out on their own.” He went on to say “I know the science and I don’t mind going against the grain in terms of my thoughts.” http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18710759/kyrie-irving-cleveland-cavaliers-believes-earth-flat
I know the earth is round, but I fully understand how Kyrie can make such a claim and I am even surprised that people are shocked to hear him say so. You might be asking “under what premise can someone legitimately deny such a proven scientific reality?” It’s very simple, in a worldview that denies absolute truth and where truth is relative, the earth can be flat, and this is the prominent worldview in our world today. Relativism says, According to a Stanford university study in 2015, there can be no framework-independent vantage point from which the matter of whether the thing in question is so can be established. Relativism has been, in its various guises, both one of the most popular and most reviled philosophical doctrines of our time. It is seen as a harbinger of tolerance.”
This is a world where one can believe anything as truth and be tolerated or even celebrated. You see there is no absolute truth so Kyrie Irving believes the world is flat, why are we giving him grief? What happened to the “harbinger of tolerance?” Fortunately for Kyrie his teammate, Lebron James still embraces relativism, he said; “if he decides he wants to say the earth is flat, so be it, He’s an interesting guy, and he believes it.”
In a world where facts are fluid, truth is transient through time and morality moves with prevailing cultural shifts, maybe the earth is flat.
If a man can be a woman and a woman can be a man without any scientific evidence, maybe the earth is flat. If a beating heart, a brain, fingers, toes, arms and legs, feelings and sensations are not a human being, maybe the earth is flat.
You see the problem we have is not that there is debate over the shape of the earth, It’s that we no longer know the foundations of truth, morally, scientifically or eternally. We have created a reality of our own making along with science and morals to back it up. In that world, Kyrie Irving’s claim is totally legitimate so for that matter the world can be square.
This madness comes subtly over time. When we question the creator it won’t be long until we are questioning the creation. Our country long ago abandoned the source of truth and now we are a ship without a sail on the sea of reality.
The pathway back to real truth is to embrace the one who said, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE.” The one who was “In the beginning and was with God, and who was God. The one through whom All things were made, and without him was not any thing made that was made. Trust me Jesus Christ knows the shape of the earth and not even an all-star NBA player can change that truth!