Today’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday verse comes from Joshua 10, a chapter I wrote about just a couple of days ago. These two verses stuck out as very anti-science.
“The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!” – Joshua 10:13-14
The Sun stopped in the sky? First of all, the Sun is not moving around the Earth. Earth moves around the Sun. The rotation of Earth on its own axis makes it appear as if the Sun moves across the sky. Let’s look further into how ridiculous this is. For the Sun to stop ‘moving’, the Earth most stop rotating on its own axis. That’s the only way for this event to happen. If you’re standing on the surface of the Earth during biblical times, you are standing pretty close to Earth’s equator. Earth rotates once on its axis every 24 hours and the circumference at the equator is 24,901 miles. So how fast are you moving if you are standing on the equator? You don’t appear to be moving, but you are moving with the Earth. Your velocity is the distance traveled divided by the time.
Velocity = distance/time = (24,901)/(24) = 1,037 miles per hour
Wow! That’s an incredible speed! If Earth stopped rotating your body would continue moving at this velocity. This is inertia. This means you’d be drug along the ground, smashing into buildings, trees, mountains, etc. This assumes the trees and mountains would stay in the ground. These objects too would act to continue moving and may rip out of the ground. In other words, you’d die.
But let’s say you stay rooted to the ground by some unknown force that we’ll call the “God force” because it would take an act of a “god” for this to happen. You’d survive, right? Nope! Let’s say God stops the Earth in 1 second. What force acts on your body? First find your acceleration.
Acceleration = change in velocity/time = (1,037 miles per hour)/(1 sec) = (463.5 m/s)/(1 sec) = 463.5 m/s/s
I converted miles per hour to meters per second. If you don’t believe me, check the math. The acceleration of gravity is 9.81 m/s/s. This means the number of g-forces acting on your body is:
(463.5)/(9.81) ~ 47
That’s a lot of g-forces. Can the human survive this? If it is a vertical force, no. If it is a horizontal force, possibly, although some people will die and many others will pass out. If the time to stop the Earth is even less, the g-forces go even higher.
In other words, it’s absolutely ridiculous to think the Earth stopped rotating. Then again, if you believe in talking snakes and donkeys, I suppose Earth stopping doesn’t phase you.