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Illustration: The Angel Guardians

Missionary stories are a great source of apocryphal illustrations…

A missionary came back from Africa and went to some churches that had supported him.

At one of them, he told of how at one point, he had camped in the jungle overnight.

The next day he came into the nearest village, where the people came out to greet him in fear.

They told him that they had heard he was on his way, so the night before, they had gone out to kill him and steal his money and medicine. But as they approached his camp, they saw that his tent was surrounded by twenty-six armed guards. They asked him where those guard were.

“I don’t have any guards.”

But the people continued to insist that they had seen them.

At this point in the story, a man jumps up and says, “Can you remember the date that that happened?”

The missionary tells him.

“Well,” the man says, “that morning I was playing golf and felt this over-powering need to pray for you. In fact, I called into church and had them put you on the prayer chain. I wonder how many people here got that message and prayed for this missionary?”

The missionary was moved to tears as 26 men in the congregation stood up.

Illustration: “The Lost Day”

sundialI personally heard this illustration from evangelist Ron Comfort…

Once upon a time, an atheist scientist discovered that there was ‘lost time’ in the cosmic record. Through some unspecified process he learns that several hours have just gone missing. His Christian friend told him he would discover the reason for the lost time in the Bible. After reading the stories of Joshua and Hezekiah the atheist realizes that the Bible is true. He falls to his knees and is gloriously saved.

Well…you guessed it. It’s just not so.

Regardless of the amount of time involved, the discovery of a “missing” period of time remains implausible. If the sun had indeed stood still for a day a few millennia ago, we would have no way of determining that fact through astronomic observations today. We have no frame of reference, no “cosmic calendar” or “master clock” to check against to see if we’re overdrawn at the Bank of Time. The concept described here would be like giving someone a non-functioning clock and asking him to determine how much time had elapsed since the clock had stopped running. One could note the positions of the hands on the dial and make a reasonable guess about what the time of day was when the clock stopped running, but without knowing whether that time was A.M. or P.M., and without knowing the calendar date on which stoppage occurred, one could not possibly make any reasonable estimate about how long ago the clock stopped.