Christopher Columbus believed you could go east by going west. Go east by going west? That’s a crazy idea. It sounds crazy if you think the world is flat. Columbus had another idea. It was first suggested by various Greek philosophers. Everyone knew the world was flat, therefore few people gave it a thought. Columbus thought about it, a lot. What happened when the sun sank beneath the horizon? Is there not an ever so slight curve to the distant horizon? Notice how the ship disappears by degrees until all that can be seen is the tip of the highest mast. I know everyone believed one thing, but he believed another. Ever since Marco Polo came back from the Orient with silks and spices mariners plied the seas to buy these mysteries. Columbus believed that the world was round. He thought he could find a “short cut” to India by going west. He was wrong, because he had no idea of just how big the world was. It was a lot bigger than He thought.
Most people have preconceived ideas about God. They would like God to be flat so to speak. They would like to be able to fit Him on a single sheet of paper so they could roll Him out on the table like a map of their world, pointing to where He begins and where He ends. Then they would draw a line to chart the course they wish to take. Some call it dreams, some call it dogma, but they draw the lines.
God reveals Himself through the Word. I believe that with all my heart. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” That is a spiritual given. That is the axis to my spiritual globe. “And the Word was God.” I do not contest that. But God is more.
“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written everyone, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written” (John 21:25). The world is not big enough for what Jesus did, let alone for who He is, and what He wants to do.
Doesn’t the Bible teach that the world has four corners? Surely the world is flat. Then when it is found to be otherwise, is our faith overthrown? Well, what do you know? there it is, right there in Isaiah 40:22 as round as a “circle.” The world was round all along, yet Bible believers had “argued” for centuries the “flat” doctrine, burning at the stake many for thinking otherwise. I am not saying that the church is wrong. I am not saying the political left is right. I am saying that God is a lot bigger and better than most people think.