Photo and Commentary ©2019 by Russell Jurgensen
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Last weekend The Museum of Flight concluded its display of the Apollo moon mission. It featured the Apollo 11 command module that brought the crew home safely. I was surprised by how large it is. You can see its relative size compared to the people standing nearby. The heat shielding at the bottom of the craft is pitted and scarred showing the extreme heat of re-entry.
The museum display made me think about how difficult it is to explore space. We have to wonder what is out there that drives us to explore difficult to reach places. Are there other worlds in other solar systems that can be reached?
The Bible does not talk about other worlds. If we take the Bible account of creation seriously we might get an idea of the characteristics of other worlds if there are any. Earth was originally an unfallen world, where sin had not entered. But humans had choices to follow God or try things our own way. The results of trying things our way have led to the problems we see in the world today.
Other worlds may be out there with life. If so, it is highly likely that God created them perfect just like our world used to be. They would be unfallen worlds. It may be laughable, but that is partly why I don’t worry about alien invasions.
People will continue to dream and plan for space exploration in the face of difficulties. But, how should we live our daily lives? Perhaps, the two greatest commands can help us be more like an unfallen world.
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37