Over at the SGP site
, a piece by David Curtis has been posted and some of the regulars there are falling all over each other trying to renounce their previous ways and adopt geocentrism. Yes, some there are now bragging about their new holier than thou view of accepting an interpretation of Scripture as if it were Scripture itself. Sad.
Some aboard the SGP train are crying out against this new found doctrine, as well they should, but it is too little too late. What they have failed to realize is that Genesis either teaches geocentrism from the very first verse or Genesis teaches something different from the creation of the physical universe.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.
At the end of verse 2, what did the creation consist of? A formless, empty, mass of water.
In verses 6-7, God separated the heavens or sky (literally sky-waters) from the water (literally waters).
In verses 9-10, God gathered the waters and let "earth" appear.
The waters were the source of the heavens and the source of the earth. If Genesis 1 refers to the creation of the physical universe, then the heavens were formed out of the primordial waters. These primordial waters are the center of the universe, the first thing created. The earth was then formed out of these same waters.
Why the need for Joshua's long day? Either Genesis 1 teaches a covenant beginning, or it teaches geocentrism.