Re: Sun Did Stand Still

Glenn Morton (
Fri, 14 Mar 1997 23:15:47 -0600

At 10:50 PM 3/14/97 GMT, Joel Duff wrote:

>Don't think I can buy this one. I read something a couple of days ago that
>I was going to post and didn't but maybe this will stoke the flames of this
>whole thread again:
>Isaiah 38:7-8
>""And this shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do
>this thing that He has spoken:
>"Behold, I will cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with
>the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps." So the sun's shadow
>went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.""
>>From all the talk of results of what would have happened to the earth had
>it stopped its motion it seems this represents a more miraculous
>circumstance. Not only did the earth stop its motion but it turned
>backwards for a time (unless this is some sort of unknown retrograde motion
>of the sun).
>My point is that IF this is a clear case of miraculous intervention then I
>don't see any point in trying to explain away Joshua's long day.

I fully agree that if God wanted to perform a miracle, and stop the earth,
He could certainly do it. And that may be exactly what happened. However,
someone would have to tell the Israelites that this had happened, because
there is no way that they could possibly have determined it for themselves.
I don't see any scriptural reference to them being told that the earth had
I have spent long periods of time waiting for eggs to boil. Perception of
time is quite subjective. When I was 5, a year of my life took forever.
Birthday's were a long time apart. Now in my late 40's, they zip by and I
am looking for a temporal anchor to throw out and slow things down.

I have no quarrel with this being miraculous, and if it was then maybe the
rest of the world miraculosuly didn't notice anything unusual to write down.
God can do what he wants. But when He acts miraculously, we must never try
to explain it via evidence. In other words, if God did this miraculously, we
should not try to prove it via eclipses and historical records. Doing so
brings it back into the scrutiny of science.


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