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Originally posted by nomorecruelty
And I did read the page - and to me, my opinion, it's more of the typical "let's try to find holes/mistakes/errors in the Bible"article than anything else.
It talks about the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah - and how there is evidence that the sulphur came from below the earth - but this video proves otherwise.
It's a site of "opinions" without much "proof".
Answers in Genesis did not attempt to involve itself in checking any of the other claims, but someone who had been with Wyatt to his `Sodom and Gomorrah' site10 sent us samples he had from there of the alleged ash from a couple of the `buildings,' and a sulfur ball.11 The photos show the structures at `Sodom and Gomorrah,' together with the labels put on them by Wyatt. Simple visual inspection of such photos (and watching videos put out by these `amazing discoverers') strongly suggests that these `building ruins' are soft sedimentary structures with some lamination, carved into an array of shapes by rain and wind.
To put it mildly, the claim that such structures would form from incinerated buildings, then survive in the open for thousands of years, defies understanding of basic scientific principles (not to mention common sense).
Nevertheless, we sent the samples for chemical analysis to a reputable Australian laboratory.12 Their report was interpreted by a Ph.D. geochemist.13 The existence of the sulfur ball is not surprising-the entire area is rich in natural sulfur. The results from the `ash' (see chart below, right) were not consistent with what would be expected from incinerated ancient buildings, or rock ash of any sort. Instead, they clearly indicated an [evaporite] deposit of gypsum-type minerals. This crumbly, easily eroded material fully explains the visual impressions, and is consistent with the known features of this area. The chemistry also shows an abundance of carbonates, which would be broken down by heat.14 ......
The remnants of Sodom and Gomorrah? The ‘discoverers’ featured in our article have persuaded a number of people unfamiliar with basic geology that the larger picture at left is the city of Gomorrah, above middle is a ‘ziggurat,’ and the right image a ‘sphinx.’ However, the truth is less spectacular. In this Dead Sea area (near Masada), there are many soft, evaporite deposits like this, which can easily be shaped by the action of wind and rain. Not only has on-site geological analysis shown this to be the case—lab testing of alleged ‘ash’ samples (see below) definitively confirms that these are not ‘burnt buildings’ (see main text).
Originally posted by nomorecruelty
i.e. where the ancient biblical people went to use the restroom - for example - isn't mentioned IN the Bible, but yet I think we can all assume they indeed "went", and probably had designated areas/resources for this function.
Genesis Chapter 1 contains contradictions in terminology: Verses 6, 14, 20, 24, and 26 imply creation by word -- God spoke the universe into existence. Verses 7, 16, 21, 25,and 27 imply creation by action -- God physically made the world.
One biblical commentary explains that the Hebrew word translated as "firmament" is a beating out of a plate of metal. This formed a vault over the ocean that supported the weight of the water above the vault.
This is a passage from the story of the great flood of Noah. It was derived from an earlier Pagan Babylonian myth of a great flood."
The author(s) of Genesis believed that the floodgates were physically closed, the rain stopped and the flood drained away.
A later text (3 Baruch 3:7) describes how the Tower was eventually built.
"Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven." ...The tremendous pressure exerted by the dislodged mass forced the underlying oil and gas up
Angels were using the ladder to travel from Heaven to earth and back. God appeared above the top of the ladder, and talked to Joseph. As in the account of the Tower of Babel, heaven is here portrayed as being only a short distance above the earth -- a location reachable by ladder.
And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies...." Here, the sun was believed to have stopped moving. This speaks again of a stationary earth and moving sun. The moon also stopped moving.
"God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven." The earth is viewed as having ends, unlike a sphere which has no end and no beginning.
"He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing." In the Hebrew cosmology, the earth is supported by columns. The next logical question is what bears the weight of the column, earth and firmament? Job seems to imply that there is nothing to support the earth. God hung the world, its columns, the firmament and heaven on nothing.
The Psalms contain numerous references to: God being in heaven.
Heaven being directly above the earth.
God seeing people below him, and hearing their prayers.
The earth being fixed, stable and immovable.
"It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in." (KJV). Most Bible translations use the word "circle" to describe the shape of the earth. A circle is normally considered to be a two-dimensional shape.