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Monday, April 25, 2011

The Sun does not move around the Earth

Joshua 10:11–13 reads: ‘And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Beth-horon, that the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died … 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. 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?2 So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.’

The absurdity of this verse is self evident. The sun was not moving around the Earth. Therefore, it would not have stood still in relationship to the Earth's rotation. The sun does move in the galaxy, but it is not a rotational movement. If the sun stopped, the Earth would not have stopped rotating, but its orbit would have been disrupted, and the planet would have been thrown out of the solar system. In addition, if the sun's movement was stopped, then every other planet in the solar system would have had their orbits destroyed as a consequence.

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