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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

333- Wonders in the Planets(1)


Peter was going through a rough time and was very sad. John spoke to Peter of God's providence that takes care of counting even our hair. He said, God in His love moves the world for us. For us He created the world. For us He put the laws of nature. For us He also breaks these laws if it's to our benefit. Image: Joshua 10:12 - Joshua's long day, stopping the Sun. John Martin صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: يوم يشوع الطويل، إيقاف الشمس - (يشوع 10: 12) - رسم الفنان جون مارتين Image: Joshua 10:12 - Joshua's long day, stopping the Sun. John Martin.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: يوم يشوع الطويل، إيقاف الشمس - (يشوع 10: 12) - رسم الفنان جون مارتين.

How is that?

Did you not hear what the Lord did in the days of Joshua when He stopped the sun until victory was completed?

Do you think this is a real story or a fictional story to teach us?

In the book The Evening Star, which was published in Spencer, Indiana, U.S.A. in the year 1970, Dr. Harold Hill, a specialist in space program wrote(2):

Astronauts and scientists met in Green Belt, Maryland, to conduct some studies to establish the position of the sun, moon and some of the planets in the next hundred years. They explained that this was needed so that they may not launch a spaceship in the wrong zone and cause damage. They entered all the data in computers. They went back centuries. The computer indicated that there was an error in the information compiled.

When they reviewed their data, everything seemed right. They continued questioning what could be wrong until they found that was a day missing at some point.

They spent all their energies trying to solve their mystery of the missing day until someone said, When I was in Sunday school they told me something about the sun stopping.

Scientists searched the Bible until they found in the book of Joshua when the sun stopped one day.

When they went back to the computer, they went back in time to the time of Joshua, they found that the sun was delayed 23 hours and 20 minutes, not a full day, as mentioned in the Bible. There were forty minutes missing for a full day to be missing.

It was also found that the sun was reversed 10 degrees in the days of Hezekiah the king of Judah. These ten degrees are equivalent to 40 minutes. Thus an explanation was found for the missing day.

→ English translation of the story here at عجائب بين الكواكب!


Footnotes and references for this page here at

(1) Naismith, Archibald. 2400 Outlines, Quotes and Anecdotes for Sermons.

(2) Retranslated from Arabic.

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