Your Questions Answered -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bible and Spade (First Run)
Volume: BSP 04:2 (Spring 1975)
Article: Your Questions Answered
Author: Anonymous

Your Questions Answered

Is it true that space scientists at NASA have confirmed Joshua’s missing day with their computers?

The story concerning NASA computors and Joshua’s missing day originated with Harold Hill, an industrialist from Baltimore who gives lectures on science and the Bible. It was first published in October 1969 in Evening World, a newspaper in Spencer, Indiana. From there it was picked up by numerous religious publications. Occasional articles and tracts carrying the story still appear and now Hill has revived the story by relating it in his book How to Live Like a King’s Kid (Logos International, 1974).

The story, as told in Hill’s book, goes like this (pp. 66-69):

The space scientists were checking the position of the sun, moon, and planets out in space, calculating where they would be 100 and 1, 000 years from now. In addition, they were looking into the trajectories of known asteroids and meteors so we wouldn’t send astronauts and satellites up only to have them bump into something. Satellite orbits have to be laid out in terms of where the heavenly bodies will be so that the whole thing won’t become a head-on traffic collision.

Well, as they ran the computer measurement back and forth over the centuries, it came to a halt. The computer stopped and put up a red flag, which meant that there was something wrong either with the information fed into the computer or with the results as compared to the standards. They called in the service department to check it out.

“Nothing’s wrong with the computer,” the technicians said. “It’s operating perfectly. What makes you think something’s wrong?”

“Well, the computer shows there’s a day missing somewhere in elapsed time,” the operators said. They rechecked their data and scratched their Educated Idiot Boxes. There was no answer, no logical explanation. They were at a baffled standstill.

Then one religious fellow on the team said, “You know, one time when I was in Sunday school, they talked about the day the sun stood still.” He about got laughed out of the room, because nobody believed him, but they didn’t have anything else to try, so they invited him to show them what he was talking about. He got a Bible and turned to the Book of Joshua where Joshua was called to battle against all the Kings of the Amorites, kind of a formidable array of enemies. In the account, they found a pretty ridiculous statement for

anyone who has an ounce of common sense. They...

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