God's Amazing Work of Creation
Genesis 1:1-2; 26-27
ILLUS: In November of 1998, Charles Colson, wrote an article in Breakpoint Commentary entitled ''Astronauts Who Found God, A Spiritual View of Space.''
Astronaut, John Glenn's return to outer space 36 years after his awe-inspiring orbit around the earth is a reminder of the kind of heroism that makes space exploration possible. What author, Tom Wolfe called the ''right stuff.'' What you may not know, however is that for many of the early astronaut heroes, the ''right stuff'' included deep religious faith. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are best known as the first astronauts to land on the moon and take that ''giant leap for mankind.'' But you probably don't know that before they emerged from the spaceship, Aldrin pulled out a Bible, a silver chalice, and sacramental bread and wine. There on the moon, his first act was to celebrate communion.
Frank Borman was commander of the first space crew to travel beyond the Earth's orbit. Looking down on the earth from 250,000 miles away, Borman radioed back a message, quoting Genesis 1:1, ''In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.'' As he later explained, ''I had an enormous feeling that there had to be a power greater than any of us-that there was a God, that there was indeed a beginning.''
The late James Irwin, who walked on the moon in 1971, later became an evangelical minister. He often described the lunar mission as a revelation. In his words, ''I felt the power of God as I'd never felt it before.''
Charles Duke, who followed Irwin to the moon, later became active in missionary work. As he explained, ''I make speeches about walking ON the moon and walking WITH the Son.''
Guy Gardner is a veteran astronaut who speaks in churches on the reality of God. What is it about being in space that seems to spark our innate religious sense?
Two centuries ago the philosopher Immanuel Kant said there are two things that ''fi ...
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