Inspirational and Inspiring Gifts


NASA and The Bible

"NASA AND THE BIBLE"
-- Author Unknown

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 Greenbelt, Maryland.

They were checking the position of the sun, moon, and planets out
in space where they would be 100 years and 1000 years from now.
We have to know this so we won't send a satellite up and have it
bump into something later on in its orbits. We have to lay out
the orbits in terms of the life of the satellite, and where the
planets will be so the 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 asked, "What's wrong?"

Well, they found there is a day missing in space in elapsed time.
They scratched their heads and tore their hair. There was no
answer.

Finally, a Christian man on the team said, "You know, one time I
was in Sunday School and they talked about the sun standing
still." While they didn't believe him, they didn't have an answer
either, 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 anyone with common sense.
There they found the Lord saying to Joshua, "Fear them not, I
have delivered them into thy hand; there shall not a man of them
stand before thee." Joshua was concerned because he was surrounded
by the enemy and if darkness fell they would overpower them. So,
Joshua asked the Lord to make the sun stand still!

That's right, "The sun stood still and the moon stayed - and
hasted not to go down about a whole day!" (Joshua 10:12-13)

The astronauts and scientists said, "There is the missing day!"
They checked the 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.

As the Christian employee thought about it, he remembered
somewhere in the Bible where it said the sun went BACKWARDS.

The scientists told him he was ! out of his mind, but they got
out the Book and read these words in 2 Kings that told of the
following story:

Hezekiah, on his deathbed, was visited by the prophet Isaiah who
told him that he was not going to die. Hezekiah asked for a sign
as proof. Isaiah said, "Do you want the sun to go ahead ten
degrees?" Hezekiah said "It is nothing for the sun to go 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 20 minutes in Joshua, plus 40 minutes in
Second Kings make the missing day in the universe!"

References: Joshua 10:8 and 12,13 and 2 Kings 20:9-11.

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Publisher's Note:
I did some quick research to see if this story was factual and,
unfortunately, it is not according to Snopes.com. HOWEVER, their
explanation is not totally convincing, so you may want to read
it yourself. I run stories like this for inspirational reasons,
and do not feel a story must be true to be appreciated. To
review this documentation, go to:
http://www.snopes.com/religion/lostday.htm