Catholic Apologetics International is holding a “Geocentrism Challenge” wherein they’re offering $1000 to anyone who can “prove” that the earth orbits the eun. They claim that their tradition and certain Bible passages require that the sun orbit the earth.
I have no interest in CAI’s cash, but I am interested in the Bible verses they claim teach geocentrism. So here are their “proof” verses from the Bible (apocryphal ones excluded.) Keep in mind that poetic language is not intended to be taken literally. I can say the “sun sets”, even though the earth is that which is rotating and still be correct from my vantage point.
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not totter forever and ever.
He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting.
Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands.
Also, the sun rises and the sun sets; And hastening to its place it rises there again.
2 Kings 20:9-11
Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that He has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten steps or go back ten steps?”
So Hezekiah answered, “It is easy for the shadow to decline ten steps; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps.”
Isaiah the prophet cried to the LORD, and He brought the shadow on the stairway back ten steps by which it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.
2 Chron 32:24
In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill; and he prayed to the LORD, and the LORD spoke to him and gave him a sign.
“This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that He has spoken:
“Behold, I will cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps ” So the sun’s shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.”
…So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped… And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day…
“Thus let all Your enemies perish, O LORD; But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might.”
And the land was undisturbed for forty years.
Who commands the sun not to shine,
And sets a seal upon the stars;
Sun and moon stood in their places;
They went away at the light of Your arrows,
At the radiance of Your gleaming spear.
James 1:12 – Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
None of these verses say what CAI wants them to say, thus it is not the Bible which directs their misguided belief but their tradition.