"Joshua's sun"

Vandergraaf, Chuck (vandergraaft@aecl.ca)
Tue, 10 Mar 1998 10:25:00 -0500

Dear ASA members.

One of my students sent me this. I'm suspicious of this sort of thing;
I don't understand how a computer program could ever be used to find a
missing day. Can anybody shed any light on this?


T.T. (Chuck) Vandergraaf
Geochemistry Research Branch
Whiteshell Laboratories
Pinawa, MB R0E 1L0
*(204) 753-2311 xt. 2592
Adjunct Professor
Providence College
Otterburne, MB

>Fw: one day The following article was copied from the "Evening Star", a
>newspaper located in Spencer, Indiana.
> Did you know that the space program is busy proving that what has been
>called myth in the bible is true? Mr. Harold Hill, President of the
>Curtis Engine Company in Baltimore, Maryland and a consultant in the
>space program, relates the following development:
>"I think one of the most amazing things that God has for us today
>happened recently to our astronauts and space scientists at Green Belt,
>Maryland. They were checking the position of the sun, moon and planets
>out in space where they would be 100 years and 1,000 years from now. We
>have to know this so we don't send a satellite up and have it bump into
>something later on in its orbit . We have to lay out the orbits in
>terms of the life of the satellite, and where the planets will be so
>whole thing will not bog down. They ran the computer measurement back
>and forth over the centuries and it came to a halt. The computer
>stopped and put up a red signal, which meant that there was something
>wrong either with the information fed into it or with the results as
>compared to the standards. They called in the service department to
>check it out and they said, "It's perfect." The head of operations
>said, "What's wrong?" "Well, we have found there is a day missing in
>space in elapsed time." They scratched their heads and tore their hair.
>There was no answer.
>One religious fellow on the team said, "You know, one time when I was
>Sunday School they talked about the sun standing still." They didn't
>believe him, but they didn't have any other answer, so they said, "show
>us." He got a Bible and went back to the Book of Joshua where they
>found a pretty ridiculous statement for anybody who has "common sense."
>(Joshua 10: 8-14). There they found the Lord saying to Joshua, "Fear
>them not, for I have delivered them into your hand; there shall not a
>man of them stand before you." Joshua was concerned because he was
>surrounded by the enemy and if darkness fell, they would overpower
>So Joshua asked the sun to stand still. That's right- - -" The stood
>still and the moon stayed and hastened not to go down about a whole
>day." The space men said, "There is the missing day." They checked
>computers going back into the time it was written and found it was
>close, but not close enough. The elapsed time that was missing back in
>Joshua's day was 23 hours and 20 minutes -- not a whole day. They read
>the Bible and there it was "about (approximately a day)." These little
>words in the Bible are important. But they were still in trouble
>because if you cannot account for 40 minutes you'll still be in trouble
>1,000 years from now. Forty minutes had to be found because it can be
>multiplied many times over in orbits. This religious fellow also
>remembered somewhere in the Bible where it said the sun went BACKWARDS.
>The space men told him he was out of his mind. But, they got out the
>Book and read these words in II Kings. Hezekiah, on his death-bed, was
>visited by the prophet Isaiah who told him he was not going to die.
>Hezekiah asked for the sign of proof. Isaiah said, "Do you want the
>to go ahead ten degrees? Hezekiah said, "It's nothing for the sun to
>ahead ten degrees, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees."
>Isaiah spoke to the Lord and the Lord brought the shadow ten degrees
>BACKWARD. Ten degrees is exactly 40 minutes. Twenty-three hours and
>minutes in Joshua, plus 40 minutes in II Kings (II Kings 20: 1-11) make
>the missing 24 hours the space travelers had to log in the logbook as
>being the missing day in the universe. Isn't that amazing!!!