“We feel that this stands as a symbol of the insatiable curiosity of all mankind to explore the unknown … Personally, in reflecting on the events of the past several days, a verse from Psalms comes to mind. ‘When I consider the heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the Moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man that Thou art mindful of him?'”
– ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, one of two astronauts who set foot on the moon July 20, 1969, speaking of the experience
There’s an old saying that climbers have sought to conquer Mount Everest “because it is there”. And 40 years ago today, man first set foot on the moon.
Why did we go?
Because it is there.
Just think of how many humans over how many millennia have looked heavenward and wondered how far away the moon was, what it was made of, could we ever go there and the most significant question of all: Where did the moon come from? And in the same breath, where did humankind come from?
The moon is a taunting jewel in the night sky, beckoning us over and over to its alabaster and platinum face. No wonder it prompts us to wonder like no other single object in the universe with its unique and diaphanous beauty drawing us out.
The story of man-on-the-moon goes back millennia to the time when ancient mathematicians like Archimedes calculated the size of the earth without any sophisticated measuring devices, only a supremely rational intuition. But that intuition comes only from the orderly nature of our very being.
Chaos, on the other hand, begets more chaos, failure and death.
Putting men on the moon was a logical extension of that incessant search for the answers to the big questions man always has asked and answered through logical inquiry.
The Apollo 11 mission lifted off from Florida on July 16, 1969 with Neil Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins on board just 8 years after president John F. Kennedy told Congress on May 25, 1961 that “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”
And while the task may have seemed daunting at the time of Kennedy’s pronouncement, Americans knew that this nation would be capable of such a feat. Because our nation is based on the Biblical principles of life, goodness, rationality, forthrightness, honesty, curiosity, optimism and the protection and order of Divine Providence.
Aldrin’s quote from Psalms is another indication of the Biblical nature of our noble foray into the largely unknown world of freedom for all people, which is the only state that can routinely produce feats like landing a man on the moon.
Shortly after settling on the lunar surface and before preparations began for the moonwalk, Aldrin broadcast to the world: “I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.” Then, as an elder at Webster (Tx.) Presbyterian Church, Aldrin took communion that was prepared by his pastor. Webster Presbyterian now has possession of the chalice that Aldrin used.
At the time of Apollo 11, NASA was fighting a lawsuit brought by atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who had demanded that astronauts refrain from religious activities while in space after protesting the Apollo 8 crew’s reading from the Book of Genesis. This is possibly why Aldrin said to “give thanks in his or her own way” without mentioning “thanks to God”.
(O’Hair was murdered in 1995, hacked to pieces along with her son and granddaughter. O’Hair once was called “the most hated woman in America”.)
So what kind of nation are we today?
In many ways we still are a God-fearing nation that will survive the current onslaught of negativist O’Hair-style atheism. But in far too many ways we have become the nation that O’Hair wanted – one based on the rule and whims of man, and not the order and majesty of a Supreme Being.
Today, we face a great dilemma. As we forge forth into areas long considered unattainable – into space, into conquering disease, and toward making life better for all people with innovations like electricity and computers – we must consider where our so-called “knowledge” is taking us.
Are not many of the same scientists who put a man on the moon now claiming that there is a crisis of ‘global warming’ which is not even based in fact but in opinion that is being successfully challenged by just as many other scientists?
Is there not conjecture among thousands of so-called “scientists” about where the universe came from without considering that God Himself created man, the earth, the sun, the moon and the stars? How can we continue to ponder these endless scientific theories, which all are full of holes, when God explains it all in just a few words? How can we rely on scientists to tell us what happened thousands or millions or billions of years ago when they cannot even tell us what our planetary temperatures are doing today?
When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, he said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, declaring in so many words that this was certainly not an end but a path along the way of man’s natural curiosity and progress.
Indeed there appears to be a greatly contrived and trumped-up schism between religion and science. And while there certainly have been periods when religion has suppressed scientific inquiry, we know that the scientific technology that powers the world today all was originated in the strongly JudaeoChristian nations of Europe and the United States.
Yet today Christianity is being suppressed at the hands of people like Madalyn Murray O’Hair and the ‘global warming’ pagans. In short, we have science being manipulated for irrational, political ends with the rational order of God being negated.
During the next full moon, take a chair outside and sit and just look at it. You soon will realize that only God could have made something so wholly divine. And that that is finally what draws us to it.
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