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NASA’s spectacular landing of the Mars rover (Curiosity) on August 5, 2012, as well as its many other accomplishments and plans, were especially interesting to watch and learn about this week. They have several videos and articles that give a wide variety of some of what they have done as well as what they are currently working on and planning to do; all very interesting, but I detect a very subtle snubbing of God by some of the words and phrases used and their pride in their own achievements. Not that we shouldn’t recognize and commend them for their fantastic accomplishments, but they are all very inconsequential, or unimportant and trifling in comparison to what God has done, and they’re not going to make any difference in a long run in regards to a future eternity in heaven.
The most important issue of this life on earth is to prepare for where we will spend eternity, not merely to live in the best conditions that we can provide for in 70 or 80 years in a physical body. It’s very easy to get all excited and wrapped up in making progress in the good life now, instead of seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness ( Matt. 6:33). If we leave God out of our life now, we will spend eternity in eternal torment, if we surrender our life now to live for Him according to His Word, the Bible, we will spend eternity with Him living in an environment unimaginably blissful, far beyond anything man can possibly achieve here (see the last two chapters of the Biblical book of Revelation).
Man has to spend millions of dollars and hours to merely get into space; he has to have a space craft to get him there, and he has to have special clothing and life support systems in order to survive once he gets there. But when Jesus ascended up into heaven (Lk. 24:44-53) while His disciples watched Him go, he had to have neither a space ship nor life-supporting equipment, and neither will we when we go to be with Him. So we see that man’s venture into space is very crude and trifling in comparison to the way God will equip us in the near future!
Acts 1:8-11.... But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth. And when He had said this, even as they were looking [at Him], He was caught up, and a cloud received and carried Him away out of their sight. And while they were gazing intently into heaven as He went, behold, two men [dressed] in white robes suddenly stood beside them, who said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into heaven? This same Jesus, Who was caught away and lifted up from among you into heaven, will return in [just] the same way in which you saw Him go into heaven.
The following is an excerpt from the Institute For Creation Research’s June 2012 monthly magazine Acts & Facts, page 18, written by Jerry Bergman, entitled – Humans: The Imitators.
A chasm exists between all physical objects fashioned by human hands and those made by God. That which is made by us may appear to exhibit genius in design and construction, but a closer inspection always reveals much crudeness. The automobile is a good example of a human masterpiece of functional design. However, a close inspection reveals many small flaws – e.g., imperfections in the shaping of the metal parts – in its manufacture that eventually spell its destruction, most often in less than a decade.
With God’s creations this is not so; increasing magnification always reveals added dimensions of design, detail, and function. Examination of a beautiful Swiss watch with a scanning electron microscope shows the metal parts of the finest craftsman to be crudely machined with minute flaws and imperfections everywhere.
Conversely, pictures of the natural world taken with the scanning electron microscope reveal that the more closely the natural world is examined, the greater the functional complexity and symmetry of design appear. The microscopic cells of plants and animals are chemical factories more elaborate than, and producing products of a quality that far exceeds, any constructed by humans. . . . The finest of human creations seem shabby when compared with those designed by the Master Architect.
PSALM 8:1-9.... O LORD, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory on [or above] the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger. [Matt. 21:15,16.] When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet: [1 Cor. 15:27; Eph. 1:22,23; Heb. 2:6-8.] All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth!
When we view and consider the heavens that God has created, ordained, established, and maintains we become so overawed by the splendor and greatness of it all that we begin to wonder why God would take the time to give us any consideration at all. But He has a grand plan in mind for us, so He chose to give us dominion over the things of the earth, and He probably meant for us to restrict our attention to only the things of this earth and not outer space. The reason that I believe this is because God has already shown His disapproval of man’s desire to ascend into the heavenly’s as recorded in Gen. 11:1-9. "And the whole earth was of one language and of one accent and mode of expression. And as they journeyed eastward, they found a plain (valley) in the land of Shinar, and they settled and dwelt there. And they said one to another, Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly. So they had brick for stone, and slime (bitumen) for mortar. And they said, Come, let us build us a city and a tower whose top reaches into the sky, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confound (mix up, confuse) their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from that place upon the face of the whole earth, and they gave up building the city. Therefore the name of it was called Babel--because there the Lord confounded the language of all the earth; and from that place the Lord scattered them abroad upon the face of the whole earth" (Gen. 11:1-9).
These builders were trying to build a name for themselves and a tower for worshiping pagan gods. It’s interesting that one of the statements made in a NASA video was that the International Space Station is man’s temple in the sky, probably not merely a figure of speech, but probably meant to defame and slight God and His Word; just the opposite of how king David of Israel started and ended the eight Psalm and began the next Psalm: "I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth (recount and tell aloud) all Your marvelous works and wonderful deeds! I will rejoice in You and be in high spirits; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High" (Ps. 9:1-2)! These are examples of how we can either honor or dishonor God, and why we are told that "whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him" (Col. 3:17).
Although God has allowed man to visit outer space, I don’t think that He approves of it, not just for the reasons already given, but if we spent the time, money and effort to improve things upon the earth that we spend on our space program, the earth could be a much better place to live, and we would be fulfilling our mandate to be good caretakers. Nevertheless, I don’t think that this should hinder us from admiring or appreciating the achievements of the space program as long as our attitude is one of honoring and praising God and not man.