Wording of this Handout:
Who Can We Trust
For a very long time the people of India thought that the world sat on the backs of some huge elephants, and that the elephants stood on the back of an enormous turtle, and the turtle stood on a snake which was swimming through a sea of milk.
Another belief was that the world was piggybacking on a catfish.
The Greeks believed that the earth was balanced on the shoulders of a man called Atlas.
The problem was, it was very difficult to imagine something as big and heavy as the world NOT sitting on something for support. In some ways, it was quite reasonable to to think of something under it, but of course, all the beliefs were totally wrong.
While people round the world were making up all sorts of nonsense about the world, the Bible was already saying that the earth was suspended like a bubble in space, with nothing under it and no strings above it. The words are in the book of Job, which seems to have been written soon after the great flood, which dates it at about 2,000-2,500 BC.
The Bible says, "He stretches out the north over the empty place, and hangs the earth upon nothing." Job 26:7 (King James Version)