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Question of the Week: Is the earth set on pillars or hanging on nothing?

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Q: Is the earth set on pillars or hanging on nothing?

A: At first glance, verses such as the following may appear to contradict each other: how can the earth rest on pillars and at the same time hang on nothing?
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and He has set the world upon them. (1 Samuel 2:8)
He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing. (Job 26:7)
In addition, the idea of earth having "pillars" and "foundations" seems to defy observations made by astronauts who have seen our planet from afar. To some, it may even sound vaguely like certain pagan beliefs, such as the Hindu idea that the earth is supported on the backs of four elephants that stand on the shell of a gigantic tortoise.
But we should not view these biblical statements as myths, because God's Word is truth (John 17:17). The supposed contradiction quickly disappears when we examine the context of each passage and recognize it as figurative language.

Continue reading to learn how applying a proper biblical hermeneutic resolves this and many other so-called "contradictions" in Scripture.

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