Phenomenon embraces this earth with so many fantastic natural circumstances that superstitious people believe the supernatural has happened. Sometimes, something fantastic takes place and that is the simple fact of nature. Phil Madeira in his book God on the Rocks, Distilling Religion, Savoring Faith (Jericho Books, New York, ©2013) tells about a time when he and his “southern woman” are sitting by a lake in springtime watching the sunset and a cross appears inside a circle formed by the sun. “…she and I, wondering at creation’s constant declaration of glory” (pages 20-21). Fantastic things happen in natural circumstances.
But fantastic things happen at God’s supernatural hand. He destroyed the world with a massive world-wide flood, and mixed up the languages at the tower of Babel, and so many things that are “wow!” to our weak human abilities.
Joshua 10:12-13 (and Habakkuk 3:11) records that the sun stood still for about a half a day at Joshua’s request so that Israel’s armies would have daylight to fight a battle to victory. Hard to believe something that fantastic could or would happen. Did it happen? There is a false story that NASA discovered the missing day in their research but, even knowing about this famous tale did the sun stand still for a half a day and Joshua reports?
Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky’s book World’s in Collision addresses many wonders of the world as reported by ancient texts, religious and otherwise, among other natural events. He has concluded that the record in Joshua 10 must be true because the effect of the sun standing still (or rather the earth failing to rotate for about 12, or 13 or 14 hours would be found in other histories of the time. Guess what, there is world-wide evidence, dozens of cultures and places around the world confirm the Biblical record (Why the Sun Stood Still, Reader’s Digest, http://tmgnow.com/repositiory/secret/velikovsky2.html).
What seems so very fantastic in the Bible that it is beyond human reason to believe that it literally and actually happened, is again found to be true! I believe in the fantastic, do you?