I have a class which is taught by a Catholic professor, and He gave us a whole lesson on the Galileo controversy, and why it proved that the Bible is “wrong”.
Since then I have heard many other prominent Theologians, including one baptist minister who claims, “since the Bible is wrong on Geocentrism, it must be wrong on many things, such as homosexuality”.
The Bible does not teach Geocentrism. It stands aloof of the issue. The Three texts which are often quoted to establish the idea that the Bible espouses Geocentrism are 1) Joshua ch. 10 where the sun stands still, 2) Psalm 104:5, and Ecclesiastes 1:5.
As for Joshua, back in the 15th century BC when the Israelites were in the wilderness, no man knew the true structure of the universe. God did, since He created it (see Jer. 31:35-36). What? Was God gonna say to Joshua, “Okay, I will not answer your prayer (Josh. 10:12) until you ask correctly without implying your ignorance of the structure of the solar system”?
As for Psalm 104:5, Which says that God has established the earth, not to be moved for ever. Those who revel in the Galileo controversy as proof the bible is wrong say, “the Bible says here the earth does not move”. But it is clear that the passage is talking about the earth as a solid structure, or mass, no matter where it is in the universe. Mt Everest is still moving north toward Asia, yet no one frowns on the use of expressions such as “solid as a mountain”.
Ecclesiastes 1:5: “The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hurries to its place where it arose”.
I challenge every one of you who are college students. Go to the astronomy department, ask as many PhD’s as you can if they saw the beautiful sunrise that morning. If any of them tell you, “no, I saw no sunrise, but I saw the earth rotate as the sun can into view” ill eat my words. My point, God spoke human language without making dogmatic statments regarding the structure of the universe.
Hope this blesses you,