Exploration is “a part of what God has built into us.”
Physics professor Bill Nettles said the moon landing, making its 50th anniversary this week, should help believers “realize that as image bearers of our heavenly Father, we are created as creative, imaginative people.”
“We should be curious, while at the same time we should be humble,” said Nettles, chairman and university professor of physics at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. “While we may be able to analyze and understand some of the structure and function of this world, and even use it to our benefit, we didn’t create it and we don’t control it.”
The launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969, resulted in astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin stepping foot on the moon on July 20 and famously placing an American flag on the moon’s surface.
Armstrong delivered the famous line, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” as he stepped onto the moon’s surface in one of the most significant scientific achievements in history.
Discovery and exploration, Nettles noted, can lead to a greater amazement and worship of God.
“As we gain more understanding, we, as Christians, should stand in even greater awe and have a deeper sense of notunderstanding our world,” Nettles said. “To put it another way, as Christians we need to realize that the more we learn, the greater the number of things that we don’t know. That’s because the mysteries of God are unfathomable, but we can have deep joy in that thought.”
In addition to the importance of the moon landing as exploration of the created world, Christians also can view it as an opportunity to worship God both for what He has allowed mankind to discover and for who He is.
A Baptist Press report in July 1969 detailed the comparison of the moon landing and the resurrection of Christ by one of the scientists who worked on the Apollo 11 mission.
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Source: Baptist Press