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Has Found a "Missing Day" on the Calendar, Explained Only by the
Summary of eRumor: An
email says that NASA (The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has stumbled across some computer generated evidence that
the Bible is true. A man named Harold Hill, a NASA consultant and
president of the Curtis engine company, describes how NASA computers were
looking back in time when they issued an alert that something was wrong. There seemed to be a day missing from the calculations. The scientists
puzzled over this a long time until someone in their midst reflected that in the
Bible, there's a story about the day the sun stood still for the Hebrew leader
Joshua. This solves the puzzle, almost. According to the computer,
not an entire day was lost, but 23 hours and 20 minutes. Now there's a new
problem. What about the other 40 minutes? That's when the same employee remembers that there is another
story in the Bible about a day when the sun moved backwards 10 degrees which,
according to the employee, is an arc of 40 minutes...so the entire question of
the missing day is solved!
Except for the
reference to the astronauts, this version of 'the Missing Day' story
has been around for nearly 30 years.
Harold Hill was a real person and he was the president of the Curtis
Engine Company in Baltimore, Maryland.
He had converted to Christianity
as an adult and became a popular speaker among Christian groups,
because he was a successful businessman, claimed to be a consultant
to NASA, and did presentations on science and the Bible.
One of his most popular presentations was the story of the Missing
Harold Hill apparently told the
story without much notice until October 1969, when a columnist for a
small American newspaper was told about one of his speeches and was
given some notes about the Missing Day.
She was so intrigued, that she wrote it up and it was published.
The columnist's name was Mary
Kathryn Bryan and her column appeared in the Spencer Evening World
in Spencer, Indiana. According to the newspaper, the results of that particular column
were 'simply unbelievable'.
They started receiving requests from all over the world for reprints
of the article, and finally stopped counting when the number of
inquiries passed 1,500. The total number of cards, letters and telephone calls is now in the
From that article, the Missing Day
story found its way into untold numbers of magazines, newspapers,
gospel tracts, books and now emails.
Harold Hill himself included it in a Christian book which he wrote.
The story has several problems, however.
One problem is that apart from
Harold Hill, there is no known source for the NASA story.
For many years, whenever anyone wrote to him about it, he sent a
form letter which said he had misplaced the source of the
information, but would send everybody a copy when he found it.
The source never materialized. In his subsequent book, Hill
dismissed all skepticism about the story and said that no
substantiation was needed.
His attitude was that if people believed it and it drew them to
spiritual things, it was justified.
Another problem is that NASA has
denied that Harold Hill was ever one of its consultants.
James S. Lacy, from the Office of Public Relations for NASA, wrote
in a letter to a journalist that the only trace they could find of a
Harold Hill having any connection with NASA was a person who was
involved in contracting for the operations and maintenance of some
diesel engine operations.
Further, according to a letter I
have from the NASA Public Affairs office in Washington, 'There is no
truth to the recurring story that NASA uncovered a lost day in the
movement of the Earth.'
It is interesting to note
that an attempt to explain Joshua's long day from a scientific
standpoint was published many years before Harold Hill's NASA story.
In the 1930s, Dr Harry Rimmer wrote a book called 'The Harmony of
Science and Scripture', in which he drew from an 1890 book by Yale
professor C.A. Totten.
Using popular biblical
chronologies of the time, Totten concluded that the world was
created 4,000 years before the birth of Christ, on Sunday, September
22, 4000BC. However, he said that the calendar calculations showed
that September 22 was actually a Monday, and not a Sunday, and that
the error was probably because of Joshua's missing day.
Totten also makes reference to the
Hezekiah story in 2 Kings and argues that this accounts for another
missing 20 minutes or so. Totten's calculations sound suspiciously
familiar to the NASA story. The bottom line seems to be that there
is a lot still missing about 'the Missing Day'.
A real example of the story as it has been circulated:
NASA finds evidence that the Bible is
For all you scientists out there and for all the students who have a hard time
convincing these people regarding the truth of the Bible...here's something that
shows God's awesome creation and shows that He is still in control.
Did you know that the space program is busy proving that what has been called
"myth" in the Bible is true?
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 Green Belt, 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 up a satellite and have it bump into something later on its orbits. We have
to lie 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 said, "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 any one with "common
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!"
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. Hezekiah, on
his death-bed, 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 10 degrees?" Hezekiah said, "It is nothing for the
sun to go ahead 10 degrees, but let the shadow return backward 10 degrees."
Isaiah spoke to the Lord and the Lord brought the shadow ten degrees
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! Isn't it amazing?
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