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The Sun Stood Still (Story of Joshua)
By Brian Price 3/09/2014

"12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day." - Joshua 10:12-13

Here we read in the book of Joshua about God hearkening, or, listening to the voice of a man. Essentially, Joshua prayed to God and requested that the sun stand still and he also spoke to the sun and moon. There are two possibilities about how this event occurred. Number 1, regardless if the earth revolves around the sun or not, we can all agree that it certainly appears to the naked eye that the sun does indeed rise in the east, and sets in the west. In other words, the chronicler was simply recording what happened that day as they understood it from the human perspective, that is, that the sun did indeed stand still. Number 2, the other possibility is that the earth is not moveable and that the sun instead revolves around the earth. This is what philosophers and scientists refer to as the Geocentric Theory. Which means that when the sun stood still, it literally stood still in space.

There are 2 theories in regards to the revolution of the earth around the sun. That is the Heliocentric Theory in which the earth revolves around the sun, and the Geocentric Theory in which the sun revolves around the earth. Both theories are unproven and provide equally legitimate explanations. The current theory that is taught more widely today is the Heliocentric Theory. If we take this viewpoint, we can agree that it would appear that, yes, the sun indeed stood still as the Bible records. In fact, some speculate that the very reason why we have a "leap year" is due in part to this very event in which God commanded the sun to stand still "about a whole day." Every 4 years, we add a "whole day" to our calendars in the month of February. Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." - Matthew 21:21-22

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