In the 16th century, anti-God forces waged an all out war on Biblical truth. Copernicus proclaimed that the earth was not stationary--in direct contradiction to the holy scriptures. With no proof, Copernicus dethroned the earth as the jewel of all creation and enthroned the sun in its place. Copernicus' "scientific theory" was (and is) a heresy--and church men today believe it from the pulpit to the pew. Satan successfully used false science as the vehicle for destroying the credibility and authority of the Bible in men's minds. Ask just about anyone you meet if the sun goes around the earth and they will tell you, "It just appears to." His eyes tell him, "The sun rises and sets," but his mind has capitulated to the suggestions of Satan.
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)
In his heretical work, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, Nicolaus Copernicus put the sun at the center of the solar system with the earth becoming just another planet ("planet" means wanderer) orbiting around it. It was well known that this was a direct contradition to the word of God. "The Copernican Principle" also known as, "The Principle of Mediocrity" says that the earth is just one of many planets and that there is nothing special about it. Acceptance of Copernicanism/heliocentrism destroyed the authority of the Bible in the minds of many men.
Martin Luther, a contemporary of Copernicus, said this,"There is talk of a new astrologer who wants to prove that the earth moves and goes around instead of the sky, the sun, the moon, just as if somebody were moving in a carriage or ship might hold that he was sitting still and at rest while the earth and the trees walked and moved. But that is how things are nowadays: when a man wishes to be clever he must needs invent something special, and the way he does it must needs be the best! The fool wants to turn the whole art of astronomy upside-down. However, as Holy Scripture tells us, so did Joshua bid the sun to stand still and not the earth." --from Luther's Tablebook (Tischreden), or record of dinner-table conversations
Tycho Brahe, "The Noble Dane" (1546-1601)
God raised up Tycho Brahe in the midst of the Copernican Revolution. He offered the only serious challenge to the heresy of Copernicus. He understood that Copernicus' proclamation was a heresy and rejected it on both scientific and Biblical grounds.
It is well known that Tycho Brahe revolutionized astronomical instrumentation and observational practice. He made the most accurate naked eye observations known to man. In Tycho's system (geocentric model) the earth is fixed and the daily motion of the fixed stars is ascribed to a daily rotation of the celestial sphere.
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)
Assistant to Tycho Brahe who refused to accept Tycho Brahe's Biblically founded framework. Upon Brahe's death, he covered up and hastened the demise of Tycho Brahe's observations which removed the last hinderance to a triumphant advance of heliocentrism. When people began believing that scientists were right and the Bible was wrong, the floodgates of their minds were wide open to every blasphemy and heresy that came from the "scholars". Biblical criticism, Deism, Darwinian evolution, and atheism rose up and took over--and it remains that way unto this current day, only worse. Kepler delighted in Copernicus and was a popularizer and defender of the Copernican system. His mother was believed to have been involved in witchcraft.
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Another popularizer of heliocentrism. He escaped burning at the sake by recanting his belief. He spent the remainder of his life under house arrest. Galileo cited Cardinal Baronius (1598) for the statement, "The Bible was written to show us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go."
Walter van der Kamp (1913-1998)
Copernicanism basically went unchallenged for centuries but God raised up a thinking man who would discover what had happened. Mr. van der Kamp testifies--"Theologians, without exception, long ago dropped any claim for an actual and factual meaning of the first half of Genesis 1. Having come this far in reading about the matter, I found myself in a quandry. All books and everyone consulted warned me that it would be worse than preposterous to contradict and dismiss the results of three centuries of observations.
"I quested far and wide, and everywhere I came face to face with a dishonesty, a misleading practice, I never had thought possible. None, but none among the fanciful assertions of the belivers in Galileo's sun-centered astronomical gospel has ever been proven. It is after Eve's seduction in the Garden of Eden the most monstrous deception ever foisted on mankind. The procedure for bringing it about has been an old, but effective one...proclaim a lie again, and again, and then in due course all people will believe you."
--Walter van der Kamp, The Whys and Wherefores of Geocentrism, Bulletin of the Tychonian Society, No. 49, p. 18
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