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Lunar Landing

The landing on the moon by the two American astronauts from Apollo 11 and their safe return to earth were accomplished according to plan. The feat was hailed by President Nixon as "the most important since creation". Millions of words were spoken and printed to publicize it. Doubtless, no event in human history has engaged the attention of mankind so universally as this. Technological skill combined with the superb courage of the astronauts to make the project entirely successful. It is now confidently asserted that this is but the first step in a new era for mankind. Another lunar landing is planned for November and further probing into space is being prepared with a landing on Mars in view.

Universal acclaim for the skill which made the operation possible has not silenced the doubts of many as to its utility. Perhaps the foremost public reaction to the successful completion of the mission was relief at the safe landing on the moon and the return to earth without mishap. There remains the lurking fear that man's conquest of space may yet be used for destructive purposes. This was expressed in a short paragraph on the leader-page of a foremost British newspaper, as follows: "The conquest of the moon is a breathtaking feat. It brings also fears that man will abuse his mastery of space to make war in a new and more horrifying way". Man's history gives no encouragement to dismiss such fears as groundless - time alone will tell.

How does the Christian view man's progress in discovering the secrets of the universe? With a growing sense of wonder. He knows that "the worlds have been framed by the word of God" (Hebrews 11.3). He believes that the opening words of the book of Genesis express in their simple grandeur how the universe came to be. Of this sublime sentence, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1.1), it has been aptly said that all the science of the ages has said no more of the origin of the universe. The universe displays the everlasting power and divinity of its Creator (Romans 1.20) and will fulfil the grand purpose for which He called it into being.

Let it not be forgotten that the destiny of God's creation lies not in the hands of mankind but in the wounded hands of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. By his Father's appointment He is "heir of all things" (Hebrews 1.2), for "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand" (John 3.35). This view of our Saviour's lordship over creation, though expressed repeatedly in the New Testament, is largely ignored by men in general. There are no references to it in the newspapers. Yet this glorious fact is the Christian's sheetanchor.