June 19, 2009 by B. Page
The Bible is often criticized as being “unscientific, outdated, and contradictory.” One of the arguments used is that the Bible states the Earth is flat. Is this true? Absolutely not.
If you ever talk to a skeptic, you will likely hear them rattle off arguments about why they don’t believe in God, and why they think the Bible is non-sense.
One of the arguments that often top the list is the good old argument, “The Bible says the Earth is flat, yet we now know it is spherical. Therefore, the Bible is non-sense written by a bunch of uneducated men.”
If you want a brief answer, it would be this: While the Bible authors make occasional poetic references which suggests a “flat Earth”, these instances are clearly written in a poetic or observational point of view. However, the Bible does quite clearly show a spherical Earth in many verses, as I will show below.
First, I just want to make a brief comment as to how ridiculous this claim is. What if the Bible said this: “Thus saith the Lord God: The Earth is flat. I created a flat Earth on a Turtles Back. I also made the sun rotate around the Earth. This is how I did it, and this is how it works.”
Then, we can all agree that the Bible was making a science statement, and we could easily disprove it, right? But is that what happens in the Bible? Nope. Instead the nit-pick verses out of context which are mostly poetic or metaphorical in nature to try and claim the authors thought the Earth was flat, therefore the Bible is bogus.
Not so, as I will show. Once again, the Bible proves untouchable by skeptics. Everything can be logically, rationally, and reasonably explained.
Does the Bible Really Say the Earth is Flat? What Are the Verses?
While I will try to address almost every verse which may be taken as saying the Earth is flat, this article is in no way meant to be exhaustive. However, it should suffice that I will cover all the main scriptures touted as suggesting the Earth is flat.
Scripture #1: Genesis 1:9– In this scripture, the creation is being explained. It then says this concerning the Earth:
Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.
Some skeptics try to assert that this is suggesting the Earth is flat. Really? Where do they get that? In fact, I would say this fits perfectly with what modern science knows about the world.
Most people are familiar with the super-continent that is widely theorized and accepted by scientists to have been the large unified land mass in earlier history. Here is a picture of Pangaea below.
So what does that look like to you? I don’t know about you, but it sure looks like all of the water is gathered together in one place, with dry land appearing together. Yet, astonishingly, the Earth is still round! So what we have is a section of land gathered, and water is surrounding all of the “visible” or “dry” land in a spherical dimension.
Our own science textbooks finally teach us what the Bible has taught for centuries. In the beginning, the waters were gathered into one place, and dry land appeared. It doesn’t matter which way you slice it, the Bible is perfectly accurate on this one, and nothing about that verse implies the Earth was flat. In fact, no maps would have existed in Moses’ time of the entire world so that Moses could have “guessed” it right either while he penned Genesis.
Scripture # 2-Job 37:3 and 38:12-13 use a very poetic device to describe the Earth. Here are the two verses. The skeptics try to “trick” people into thinking this suggests the Earth is flat, when it clearly does not. The trick is that the whole chapter is using very dramatized expressions and metaphors which are clearly not to be taken literally. But they don’t want you to realize that now do they? So they assert that the Bible is making a scientific claim, when it is clearly making a poetic expression.
He flashes his lightning everywhere under heaven. His light flashes to the ends of the earth. (Job 37:3)
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? (Job 38:12-13)
First, just let me say that anyone who tries to take these verses literally after reading the other poetic expressions all around this passage in Job is a complete and utter fool. Anyone with eyes and a brain should be able to intellectually discern that this is meant as a poetic expression. Those who suggest otherwise or either fools or liars (or both).
How do I know that all of this is poetic, and Job didn’t literally think the Earth had four corners? Easy. I actually read the chapter (something most skeptics don’t want you to do). If anyone reads it, they will immediately realize the whole chapter is speaking in a strong poetic expression, using phrases and words that are poetic.
In just a few verses before in Job 37:1, we see Job referring to his heart, “trembling and leaping out of it’s place.” Does this mean we are to literally believe Job’s poor heart leaped out of his chest and flopped on the ground for a minute? No, of course not.
Or when someone says, “the sunset is beautiful tonight,” do you actually believe this person thinks the Earth is flat? Or are they simply using an expression which accurately describes what we see in the sky (the sun moving)?
We obviously know it is an expression or exaggeration, right? Then why believe the other non-sense as proposed by the skeptic. They operate on the same premise. Take a poetic expression out of context, hope that you won’t examine the context, and then scream “Flat Earth.”
The Book of Job continues with poetic expressions and here are just a few in chapter 37,
“the thunder of God’s voice”
“on the face of the habitable world”
“Spread out the skies hard as a cast metal mirror”
“his voice roars”
“Out of the north comes golden splendor”
If anyone even reads a few sentences it becomes quite clear that Job is heavily using metaphors, expressions, and exaggerations. The writer is trying to really dramatize his words. This is the style of his entire book.
So when it says, “Shake the ends of the Earth.” Obviously it is referring to God’s great power. It is not implying the Earth is flat, any more than saying “my heart leaped out of it’s place” implies that his heart literally jumped out of his chest. There will be violent earthquakes in the end times, in which there have never been. The earth with shake and tremble, but this has nothing to do with its shape.
So both of these are clearly metaphorical and simply expressions to show God’s sovereign power and glory, as the WHOLE ENTIRE CHAPTERS follow the same literary premise.
There are also a couple of other verses in Job where God asks, “Where you there when I laid the foundation of the Earth?” Again, same premise. Obviously God didn’t use a “foundation” (like the foundation your house is on). Job knows this, and I know this. How? Well in the first chapter of Genesis, it says how God created Earth, and it mentions nothing of a “flat Earth.” Nor does it say, “I laid a foundation.” In fact, God just speaks it. He doesn’t drop a plumb bob, get some chalk line, and then back up a cement truck and pour the foundation. God is so powerful that He merely says it, and it happens.
Scriptures # 3–In Ecclesiastes, King Solomon writes the following:
“The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. (Ecclesiastes 1:5)”
Once again, what do we see here? The same trick of trying to take something out of context This verse is even more problematic for skeptics. This is easily explained for 2 reasons: 1 is the context of the passage, the other is that it is an accurate observational statement.
Go outside right now, and tell me what you see the sun doing. The sun “rises” and the sun “sets” in the sky we see. This is a fact. From our point of view, this is exactly what happens, even today. You cannot deny that fact, and it is 100% accurate to say what you observe with your own eyes. We see the sun set, and therefore that is an accurate statementobservationally speaking.
Now, if we want to get technical, is the sun really setting? Does it really rise? To answer that, I would need to know your relative position. If you are looking into the sky from Earth, of course the sun is “setting” or “rising” in the sky. If you are asking from space, obviously we would see the Earth slowly moving around the sun as it rotates on its axis. It all depends on your point of reference.
Or if two boys are throwing a football to each other. One boy throws the ball to the other. One boy says the ball is coming towards him, the other says the ball is moving away. Which one is right? Both. The sun both “sets and rises” and also the Earth rotates on its axis. It just depends on your point of observation. It is all relative to that point. So this statement is not faulty in the least.
Secondly, what is the context of the passage? Solomon is talking about the regularity of life. The sun rises daily, the sun sets daily. Seasons come, seasons go. People are born, people die. The whole context is that it is providing a point to show that there is regularity to life. Nothing new happens. It all just keeps going in a rhythmic fashion.
Solomon surely isn’t trying to establish or teach a scientific principle is he? Obviously not. But do skeptics want you to realize this, nah. They want you to think the Bible really says the Earth is flat so they can scam you into their secular religion.
Scripture # 4–In 1 Samuel 2:8, it mentions pillars of the Earth:
“He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with nobles, And inherit a seat of honor; For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, And He set the world on them.”
Once again, if anyone takes a second to flip open to this book, they can once again see it is poetic.
Just read it folks! It is a poetic prayer from Hannah. The whole thing is a poetic prayer. Of course, the skeptics don’t want you to flip open the Bible and read this. The same prayer also uses metaphors and exaggerations such as:
There is no rock like our God
the feeble bind on strength
he lifts the needy from an ash heap
He will guard the feet of his faithful ones
the adversaries will be broken to pieces
So should we take the whole thing literally too? Does the writer really think no other rocks are like God? Do they think God is a rock? Not at all. These are poetic expressions. It is the same situation like in the book of Job.
I would be embarrassed to even use this verse if I was a skeptic. I would be ashamed of myself for intellectually trying to deceive people.
Scripture #5–In the book of Daniel, he describes a tree in his dream. This is the actual verse:
The visions of my head as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth; and its height was great. The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth. (Daniel 4:10-11)
Skeptics suggest that since the tree was visible from the “end of the whole earth,” that suggests a flat Earth. But once again, what do we see here? We see the skeptics trying to trick people into thinking this is a science statement. But what is it? A DREAM!
What happened in this book is that Daniel has a symbolic dream. The dream meant something. It was only a symbol, and the Bible goes on to tell us the meaning.
The actual tree represented the King. His power was over all other kingdoms of the Earth. That is why it used the symbolism to suggest the tree was “seen by the ends of the earth.” It simply means the King’s power was a great influence that affected the whole Earth at the time, which historically was accurate.
And then the tree is “cut down.” But the stump is left. In other words, the King will lose his authority and power, but not permanently. He will be left with roots, and have a chance to regain his power.
So you see, the whole thing is a symbolic vision. The real “tree” didn’t even exist. It was a symbolic representation to the King’s power, and Daniel received the vision and interpreted its meaning. There is certainly no flat Earth concepts here!
Scripture # 6–In Joshua 10:13, the Israelites are engaging in battle. Joshua prays for the “sun to stand still” so they can continue the battle, and God does this. Here is the verse:
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. Joshua 10:13
So what do we have here, a flat Earth? Of course not. Once again, we see Joshua asking for the sun to stop in the sky. Was the sun moving in the sky. Of course it was from his point of view, just like it does in your eyes if you go outside right now.
Educated doctors still use this phrase. In fact, I read an article just yesterday on skin cancer. What did it say? It said this:
Dermatologists recommend staying out of the sun when it is “highest in the sky to avoid skin cancer risks.”
Do these educated doctors really think the Earth is flat too, or that the sun circles the Earth? No, it is an expression. They are accurately telling us an observational truth. We cannot discern the exact specs of Earth’s spin by looking up, but we can discern the visible point of reference of the sun in relation to the sky. That is all Joshua is conveying in this passage.
So Joshua prays for the sun to stop in its path in the sky above, and behold, it does. Again, this is not inaccurate. If the Earth’s rotation and spin slowed, the Sun would have “stopped moving in the sky.” This is an accurate observation from a humans point of view.
Joshua wasn’t standing on Mars and watching the Earth spin. If that were the case, perhaps Joshua would have said, “and the Earth slowed in its spin, and it remained daylight longer.” But that would have been silly to say from his point of view on Earth, and I don’t know anyone who says, “meet me when the Earth spins to the point the sun is visible.” Instead, we say, “meet me at sunrise.”
Once again, this is not a SCIENTIFIC STATEMENT. It is an observational statement, and it is 100% accurate from our viewpoint. The Bible is not making a case that the Earth is flat or the sun revolves around the Earth. It is only illustrating what happened from Joshua’s point of reference.
Scripture # 7–There are also quotes from Psalm that skeptics often accuse of earth being “flat” and immovable. Here are some verses:
The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. (Psalm 93:1)
Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. (Psalm 96:10)
He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. (Psalm 104:5)
First, you have to love the irony of the skeptics here. They pick a few verses from a book in the Bible titles “Psalms.” Never mind the fact that “Psalms” are nothing more than heavily poetic religious songs and sayings!
Anyway, each of these verses do nothing to suggest the Earth is flat at all. The only thing they are saying is that God’s creation is established and untouchable. No one can interfere or “move” what God has firmly established. If David really doesn’t think the “Earth” moves, then it is quite silly that he (in the very next verses) goes on to suggest that mountains (part of Earth) move at God’s commands, along with everything else.
In Psalms 104:5 as quoted above, just read the whole chapter. David also says things such as “He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters” and “he makes the clouds his chariots.”
Does that sound like poetry or literal scientific statements to you? So is it appropriate to cite a book of poetry which is obviously using deep exaggerations, metaphors, and imagery and accuse that of scientific inaccuracy? Of course not. Not unless you also think David literally thinks clouds are really secretly chariots for God.
Nothing about any of the verses in Psalms suggests the Earth is flat or immovable. It is poetry. Not a scientific principle. Anyone who reads even one line of the book of Psalms would realize that fact. In poetry you write expression such as “my heart raced,” “my stomach had butterflies,” and things like that. They are expressions based on “feelings or observations.”
I would be ashamed to even cite a book of poetry in an attempt to condemn it scientifically.
Scripture # 8–In the Gospels, a story is told of Satan taking Jesus to a very high mountain and showing him thekingdoms of the world. Here is the verse in Luke:
And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. (Luke 4:5)
Skeptics take this to mean that Jesus could see all of the world from this mountain, therefore, they thought the Earth was flat. This is an erroneous assumption for a couple of reasons.
The Bible uses the added phrase “in a moment of time” or “in an instant.” This phrasing suggests that it could have been a mental vision, not a literal vision. Being able to see all of the kingdoms concurrently would not have been possible in a literal sense, for Jesus would have had to turn in each direction in the very least. He could have only seen them all “in an instant” if there was some vision or representative projection or model. So this phrasing suggests not a literal view of the kingdoms, but rather a vision, projection, or model of the kingdoms.
Second, this is considered the “political” temptation of Jesus. Satan offered him political power now (rather than having to suffer and die and claim it later). Yet Jesus rejected this temptation. That is what this is illustrating. Jesus has a vision or model of all of the Earth’s kingdoms presented, and is offered authority over them all. All Jesus has to do is worship Satan. Jesus rejects it! That is the point.
So this verse does nothing to prove the Earth is flat from the biblical perspective at all.
Scripture # 9–Jesus says in the New Testament that people shall see the son of man “coming in the clouds.” Here is the actual scripture:
“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30)
So because all nations can see Jesus coming, skeptics assume the worldview is that of a flat Earth. Is this true? Nope. Once again, it is an erroneous assumption of the skeptics.
Jesus traveled a great deal over his lifetime. The gospels are full of accounts of him traveling to other lands. Jesus also commands the apostles to preach to “all nations.”
So it is quite clear from a study of the scriptures that Jesus himself realizes there are tons of other places on Earth he has not yet preached, and commands his disciples to go and preach there.
So if Jesus himself didn’t actually visit these places, he knew they were far off. How then, could all nations that are scattered so far apart all see the same image in the sky? There are several ways this can happen:
Turn on your local news station and you will likely see fighting scenes from the middle east. This is rather shocking, as you are not in the middle east, yet you can “see it in your own house.” It is due to the technological advances of our society that allows us to see images from cameras across the world. Therefore, it is rather silly to assume that the news stations would not report and broadcast something as monumental as Jesus coming from the “skies.” We can all see Jesus coming, and the Earth is still round! So that verse does nothing to prove the Earth is flat, as the same thing can happen today and everyone would surely see it.
Since Jesus’ body is rather small, it would be a speck in the sky. That would be difficult for someone even directly under him to see as he is coming. Therefore, it is not irrational to assume that there will be some sort of great “sign” of his coming, that everyone will be able to see and identify. What kind of sign? I have no idea. But anything such as a grand comet, or anything else would be enough for each of the major nations of the world to witness within a 24 hour time period.
So once again, the skeptics only assume that Jesus can’t be seen by all nations if the Earth is round. In fact, the Earth is spherical, and yet all of the major nations could still easily see Jesus’ return. It is as simple as that.
Scripture # 10— Last but not least, the skeptics try to point to revelation and the angels on the corner of the earth (and the 4 winds) as trying to say the Earth is flat. Here is the scripture in Revelation:
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. (Revelation 7:1)
So is the Earth flat according to John? Nope. Once again, we find a verse stripped out of context, and manipulated to seem as if the Earth is flat. So what is meant by the angels and the 4 corners of the earth? There is a very logical explanation here, and it does not include a flat Earth.
What Do the Angels is the 4 Corners of the Earth Mean?
First of all, we must consider what Revelation means. Next, we must examine what takes place before this verse. After that, we must examine the original Greek to see what “earth” and “corners” may mean in this reference. Then, lastly, we must see what transpires after this text.
This entire book of Revelation is speaking of future events, so we must keep in mind this is all in the future. That gives us a big clue. The next big clue is what takes place right before this passage. We find in the previous chapter that 1/4 of the Earth’s entire population is destroyed. That could be in the billions!
Not only that, but we see significant geological destruction and alterations happening, which one would logically conclude are drastically changing the earth’s landscape. Stars (meteors/asteroids) are falling on the Earth. There are severe earthquakes like there have never been in history. Every mountain is moved from its place (which indicates a very rapid and severe tectonic plate movement, which no doubt could significantly alter the earth’s land pattern as it has in history with Pangaea). We must not ignore the clear scientific hints of seismic activity that would no doubt change landscapes.
So if we take a step back and see what is going on, this is what takes place before the angels are at the “4 corners.”
Major death of 1/4 of all humans and animals
Severe tecctonic plate movement, asteroids/meteors striking earth, and other abnormally strong natural disasters.
These things would alter the Earth’s landscape, possibly changing the size, shapes, and relative positions of continents. Some may be combined, some may be broken.
So right off the bat we know the Earth would not look the same as it does today. The continents could be in a different relative position (and must be doing something for the severe earthquake activity to transpire).
So we know the landmasses are going to appear differently than what the appear today. We don’t know what they may look like, and we can only speculate. Of course, the Earth will still most likely be spherical, but the actual continents could be combined, altered, and so forth.
Okay, now let us examine the original Greek words used for “earth” and “corners.” Let’s first examine “corner”:
γωνιας noun – accusative plural feminine
gonia go-nee’-ah: an angle — corner, quarter
The Greek word used here indicates that it is a corner or 1/4 of a region. Seems simple enough. So it is a corner or 1/4 of a region. Now, let us examine the word translated as “earth”:
γης noun – genitive singular feminine
ge ghay: soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application) — country, earth(-ly), ground, land, world.
The word used for earth here can mean “ground, land, world, country, region, etc.” In other words, it does not necessarily mean the “entire earth.” It could mean any specific land region. In fact, we know it isn’t talking about the whole entire world, because it differentiates “earth” from “sea.” So this particular verse is obviously speaking of an isolated region of land, or an entire land mass.
Now, who doesn’t realize at this point that angels could absolutely stand at 4 “quarters” of a land mass? I know they could! Let us see a simple drawing to help us see what John may have seen.
Now, in the picture to the left, we can see a land mass. The green dots represent the location of the angels. As we can see, they are located on the 4 “corners or quarters” of the “earth” or “land.” Yet, at the same time the Earth is still spherical.
I am not suggesting Earth will become like Pangea again. All I am doing is illustrating what the Bible says: John describes 4 angels at 4 corners (or quadrants) of a land (earth) mass. The reference is likely referring to the cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west.
A careful examination of the scripture, the original Greek should clear this up. John is seeing visions of future events. He obviously somehow seen 4 angels on 4 quadrants/corners or areas of a land mass. This can all take place on a spherical earth. There is no “flat earth” implied or intended here. It is a faulty assumption to assume John believes the Earth is flat.
Furthermore, the text goes on to describe a large gathering of the original tribes, so this land mass is probably the continent of Asia (or some remnant of a large land mass in the middle eastern region).
Conclusion of Bible “Flat Earth” Claims
It is quite clear that anyone who takes the time to examine the alleged “flat earth” verses will quite clearly see that they are either poetic, describing an observation from a human/earthly perspective, or some other logical explanation.
No verse exists that attempts to make a scientific statement regarding the definite shape of the Earth. I have taken the time to exhaustively answer most all of the alleged scriptures which are taken out of context to support the “flat earth” notion. This should cover most all of the scriptures found in any place of the Bible which are suggested to mean the entire earth is flat.
Does the Bible Suggest a Spherical or Round Earth?
While the Bible never makes a direct statement regarding the shape of the Earth, there are some astonishing statements which reveal that the Earth is spherical in nature. Here are some scriptures below:
Scripture #1: Isaiah Says Earth is Circular
In Isaiah, he says this scripture:
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle
So Isaiah clearly calls the Earth a “circle.” This clearly shows that he had a round idea of the Earth. This is interesting for a couple of reasons.
First of all, he says God sits above the “circle” of the Earth. Circle can mean “spherical, round, etc.” So he is clearly calling it something round.
Secondly, this blows away the arguments by the skeptics that the Prophets thought the Earth has “corners.” Hint: A circle doesn’t have a corner. Therefore, why would a man well versed in the scriptures of God call the Earth a circle if he believed it to be a flat cornered piece of land? He wouldn’t! So obviously he believed the Earth was circular in nature.
Isaiah oddly uses the term circle, and it is odd that anyone would describe the earth that way unless they actually supposed it was circular in nature.
Scripture # 2: Job Says the Earth is Hung on Nothing
Job writes in a heavily poetic style, yet something incredibly shocking comes out of his writing:
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.(Job 26:7)
Even though Job is accused of suggesting a “flat earth,” it is rather shocking that he makes this statement, which even in a poetic context, leaves little to interpretation. Here, he clearly says the Earth “hangs on nothing.” That is exactly what earth does! It hangs on nothing. It is sustained by the gravitational force, and nothing more!
This is pretty significant considering at this point in time they didn’t have the luxury of satellite imagery, or modern science. I find it hard to believe that Job merely “guessed it.”
This also contradicts the idea that Job believed the Earth had a “foundation.” In Genesis, nothing of a foundation, or flat area is mentioned in the scriptures. The Bible is extraordinarily accurate in the description of the Earth (the one land mass, hanging on nothing, being spherical, etc.).
Scripture # 3- Proverbs Describes a Circular Earth
Proverbs says this interesting scripture:
When he established the heavens, I was there: When he set a circle upon the face of the deep. (Proverbs 8:27)
Once again, we see a reference to the Earth being ‘circular’ in nature. Not only does this contradict the claim of “4 corners” (which was obviously symbolic), but it also proves the consistent thinking of a spherical earth.
Scripture # 4- Jesus Talks of Both Night and Day within the Same Period
Jesus says this concerning the “coming:”
On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything.Remember Lot’s wife!Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. (Luke 17:31-34)
This verse is interesting because Jesus begins this with a very specific time frame: 1 day. He also says this all takes place in an instant. So it occurs in 1 day, and in an instant. Yet, Jesus’ description is of both day and night.
Therefore, it is clear to see from the context and phrasing that Jesus is suggesting that in one instant it can be both light and dark on the Earth. This is absolutely true. This is due to Earth spherical shape and rotation.
So this verse is very interesting as the phrasing implies it can be both day and night within 1 period of time on Earth, and it is true.
Conclusion: The Bible Never Says the Earth is Flat, and Makes Many References to it Being Spherical
Never does the Bible come out and say, “The earth is flat, and the sun revolves around it.” However, there are various scripture which do indicate a spherical Earth.
While some verses are ripped out of context (mostly poems), and touted to show that the Bible says the Earth is flat, those individuals are either liars, or fools (take your pick). They are fools if they honestly believe the Bible is making that claim after examining the scriptural context, and they are liars if they already know it and claim a flat Earth any way.
On the contrary, what we see is a circular or spherical description of the Earth (even by many of the same authors that are alleged to suggest a flat 4-cornered Earth). There is no reason at all to discount the Bible.
There is no reason at all to suggest the Bible is scientifically inaccurate. There is no reason at all to suggest the Bible indicates a flat earth. There is no reason at all to scoff at the Bible. You don’t have to follow the Bible, but you certainly cannot disprove it. It has already been tried for centuries, and cannot (and will not) be shaken.
The Bible stands just as strong today as it did thousands of years ago. You cannot disprove its authority, and you cannot deny its words of wisdom.