We are approaching a new anniversary of one of the greatest achievements in human history. July 20 marks the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, when for the first time, in Shakespeare’s words, man “slipped the rough bonds of the earth to touch the face of God.” Although he wrote 400 years before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon, Shakespeare knew that the stars and the sky bore witness to the glory of God.
God shows proof of his presence in several ways. He communicated by His Word, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ life, resurrection, and miracles testify of God, as do his prophets. But creation itself has often been overlooked as a testimony to the glory of God.
We see God everywhere in creation. Psalm 19: 1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the heavens proclaim the work of his hands. Consider the wonderful design and the balance of creation. The next planet closest to the sun, Venus, is too hot to sustain life, while the next farthest planet, Mars, is too cold. As far as we know, among the billions of stars and planets in our universe, ours is the only one capable of living. This fragile little blue marble floating in a vast space was perfectly designed and created for its unique purpose. “What can be known about God is clear to them, because God has shown it to them. For his unseen attributes, namely his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world ”(Romans 1: 19-20).
Many will say that our existence is the result of chance. At one point there was a big explosion (a “big bang”) that started it all. (But if matter cannot be created or destroyed, where did the original bang come from?) Atoms and molecules came together at random and after millions of years of evolution, here we are. But there is just too much design in our creation to accept this premise. It has been said that to believe the creation big bang story is to believe that you can take all the individual parts of a wristwatch – gears, pivots, levers, pawls and the like – put them in a box. shoes, shake the box, then open it to find a perfectly assembled and working watch.
About six months before the Apollo 11 mission, Apollo 8 was sent into orbit around the moon and testing the feasibility of a landing. As Apollo 8 approached the moon on December 24, the crew turned and saw the beauty and fragility of the earth suspended in the darkness of space. In a message that circulated around the world on Christmas Eve, the three crew members – Bill Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell – took turns reading Genesis 1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light “(Genesis 1: 1-3).
Borman concluded the post by saying, “And on behalf of the Apollo 8 crew, we end with a good night, good luck, a merry Christmas and God bless you all – all of you on the good Earth.”
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