March 1, 2015

Filipino Christian (And Former Atheist) Says The Earth Is The Center Of The Universe

George Marcelo, an avid believer in Jesus Christ and a project manager in a BPO company in Manila says he has some information that can "shatter your worldview". That is if you believe, like most rational people would, that the Earth revolves around the sun. You see, Marcelo is a subscriber of the belief that the sun, moon, and stars revolve around the Earth. This belief is popularly referred to as geocentrism.

Marcelo made a video wherein he tried to push what he perceives are the merits of geocentrism. He uploaded said video on YouTube. Here's the problem (which has always been the problem with geocentrism): Marcelo relies solely on the words of the Bible to prop up his assertions.

According to Marcelo, the book of Genesis proclaims that God created the Earth and the heavens first and the rest of the universe second. So according to Marcelo, this means that the Earth is the center of the cosmos.
Of course, we all know that it's an established fact that the Earth revolves around the sun so Marcelo is gravely mistaken. Thanks to the mathematicians, physicists, and astronomers who've shown how the universe works. But then Marcelo discredits scientists by saying, "Scientists don't really know because they weren't there. They are speculating on the positions of various things." Marcelo took a page from creationist Ken Ham's apologetics book right here.

As if that wasn't enough, Marcelo drops this bomb: "The entire cosmos is rotating around the Earth. How does this coincide with all of the scientific data and findings. This is where the physicists are having a debate. It turns out that I think the physicists have a very good case. I don't really understand all the math but there's definitely a debate there. But I don't need to understand all that because I have the word of God. If God says that the Earth is in the center, then the Earth is in the center."

The above jumble of sentences perfectly encapsulates the thinking process of creationists and geocentrists. They keep saying that there's a debate among scientists about the position of the earth and other scientific ideas like evolution and climate change when in fact there is no debate at all within the scientific community. 99% of the scientific community agrees that the Earth revolves around the sun, that evolution is a fact, and climate change is really happening and man-made.

And then of course, there's the gem of Marcelo saying that he would literally ignore everything that scientists say because he has the word of his God. God said that the Earth is the center of the universe. So it's what he will believe in even though the notion completely crumbles when put under a scientific microscope.

Marcelo ended his video by saying, "The Bible is a lot more interesting than many people realize and this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many truths in physics that are being revealed through the pages of the Scripture." So there you have it, in the eyes of Marcelo, the Bible is not just the word of God, it's also a science, physics, and astronomy book.

It's also worth mentioning here that in his YouTube profile, Marcelo says that he is a former atheist. "When Lord Jesus saved me from my atheism, I was extremely surprised," he says. Me too. I was surprised how someone can transform from being an atheist to believing that the sun revolves around the Earth. That's a humongous leap, if you ask me.

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