FOR THE DISCERNING: Tickle Your Mind Christian
I don't know about you, but I like to think of myself as a Biblicist because I believe the Bible literally. A lot of folks can't handle the literal interpretation of the Bible because there are some biblical accounts that are hard for us to believe. Probably due to the new and improved "scientific methods" of research that have come out of the period of "Rationalism" initiated during the Protestant Reformation and were heavily promoted toward the end of the 19th century. This has left most of us, even Christians, with the idea that man now knows things because he has an ability to "scientifically" evaluate things according to his enlightenment. This of course is in stark contrast to God saying it and man believing it, even though it defies our thoughts and understandings of natural things.
The Book of Exodus is filled with a number of miraculous accounts that challenge our thinking: a burning bush that isn't consumed is bad enough, but then we are told that God speaks out of it???? Then there is the bloody water, the frogs, the staff that turns to a snake and eats other snakes, the strange deaths of only the first born and finally the crossing of the Red Sea on, no-less than, "dry" ground, all of this and more before the children of Israel are out of Egypt. Well, I think by now, you should have gotten the picture (and there's a lot more than that in the Bible) that the rational, scientific mind is unable to comprehend much less accept. But remember, we're Biblicists, that means we accept it, no matter what man may say about it. We believe it because God did it and it is recorded for us by Moses under God's inspiration. We are reminded in a rhetorical question: "Is any thing too hard for the LORD?" (Gen.18:14) The answer is - NO!
So, Christian, are you a Biblicist or a Scientist? Let me tickle your mind with a question. What revolves around what, the earth around the sun or the sun around the earth? Now, I know, that we all have been taught that the earth revolves around the sun. Did you know that the heliocentric view is only a few hundred years old? The very first idea of it originated with Copernicus around 300 B.C. and he was ridiculed for such a strange idea. It wasn't until the 17th century, with the dawn of the "Age of Enlightenment," that men started looking at this view with any seriousness. Galileo's invention of the telescope and his discovery of four Jupiter moons added support to the Copernican system. But, on the other hand, the geocentric view is a much older view and has been held by man for millenniums.
Now, what does the Bible say? I reiterate, we are Biblicists, and that means we believe the Holy Bible or Holy Scripture. I am sure you know that the word "holy" means pure or perfect. The Psalmist says, "The words of the LORD are pure words:" (Psalm 12:6). Jesus said, the Word of God is "truth." (John 17:17). So, when the Bible says, "God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen.1:1). We as Biblicists literally believe what He says - Don't we? Most of us are Biblicists when it comes to Creation, not Scientists. We believe what the Bible says and not what the evolutionist says. That brings us to considering our question. Let's look at an interesting passage in Joshua 10:13:
And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until
the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.
Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the
sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted
not to go down about a whole day.
Here the Bible tells us that the sun stood still. The Hebrew word means "to be still." This action of standing still is emphasized by the Hebrew tense: Qual Imperfect - meaning it "really stood still." And further emphasizing this action is the fact that it is repeated again in this verse, in other words, the sun "really, really stood still."
It makes you think, doesn't it! As you are pondering, here is another verse to consider in James 1:11:
For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat,
but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof
falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth:
so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
Here a fact of life is being shared with us that when the sun comes up its heat causes the grass and the flower to wither and die. The glory of nature's beauty is compared to the glory of a rich man, who also, will die. His glory is gone, just as that glory of the grass and the flowers is gone. But, we're considering the question: Does the sun move around the earth or the earth around the sun? The Greek verb makes it clear that it is the sun that moves not the earth. Our English verb phrase: "...is no sooner risen..." comes from a Greek noun from which our English word "antenna" comes. Remember those old car antennas that would telescope up into the air.
I know this is kind of hard to digest. We've been taught just the opposite. It really challenges the Christian. One has to ask, Do I really, really believe the Bible or do I believe the scientists? Or, maybe we can explain the literal interpretation away by saying that God meant that "it appears that way to us." But I think that is what the scientists say about the "Red Sea Crossing" that it appears really to have been a crossing in the marshes of the Red Sea. Oh well, the Bible says, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Tim.2:15). I guess, that is what some of us are going to have to do to determine whether we're a true Biblicist or Scientist. It Kind of tickles your mind - Doesn't it? And challenges your convictions!