Did the Sun Stand Still?

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Hi H____,

Thank you for your question.
To this day, you can look in your local paper or listen to the local weather on radio or television, and you will see and hear the phrase ‘Sunrise will be at 6:30 A. M. and sunset will be at 6:30 P. M’.
How else can we communicate what appears to be happening from our earthly perspective? The sun appears to rise in the east and set in the west.
But the scriptures certainly do not teach that Christ, “the Sun of Righteousness”, revolves around the earth. What the scriptures do teach is that we as this ‘earth’ revolve around “the Sun of Righteousness”, and we are specifically told that “of Him, through Him, and to Him are all things.”

Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

It is ‘the earth’ which needs the sun. It is not vise- versa. Without the earth, the sun would still shine, but without the sun, there would be no life on this earth. So the Truth is that the earth, which in scripture is the life upon the earth which life is supposed to “hear the word of the Lord”, exists because of the sun. So we are told:

Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
Col 1:15 Who [ the Sun of Righteousness] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Col 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him [ the Sun of Righteousness] should all fulness dwell;

It was the church which for many centuries had people killed for acknowledging the scriptural fact that we revolve around Christ, and Christ does not revolve around a Pope or around any of us. So while there are many things that fall under the label of “science falsely so called”, the recognition that the earth revolves around the sun is not one of those false doctrines.
Evolution is such a doctrine, but the fact that we have a solar system with planets revolving around the sun is nothing less than the truth of this verse:

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

I do pray these verses of scripture will give you a more Biblical perspective of what the scriptures mean when they say ‘the sun moved back’ or ‘the sun stood still in the heavens’.
It is the ‘sun’ which is preeminent in scripture, it is not the earth. Notice:

Mat 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Your brother in Christ,
Mike

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