While I wasn’t alive when humans first landed on and stepped foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, in recent years I have become more and more fascinated by the moment in time. I have seen at least a half dozen documentaries with the same footage over and over. I have heard countless stories from both the astronauts and onlookers about the day and time and moment.
It was truly one of the most important days of the entire 20th century. It marked a new era in world history for human exploration, going to a new world beyond the blue planet. Mankind’s exploration of the moon revealed an empty world that was dark, gray, uninhabited and foreboding. It was a lifeless place that was utterly foreign and unknown.
Spare explorers found the dark side of the moon to be peppered with craters from asteroids and other foreign bodies that would have likely decimated the earth. What we found in such a desolate place was that the moon was a shield of the earth to preserve and protect life. One of the documentaries that I watched, an astronaut said that his perspective seeing the earth from hundreds of thousands of miles away was that our planet was not “special.” It was just another celestial body spinning in the vast emptiness of space.
I reject that idea.
Yes, it has been found the moon of Jupiter, Europa and the moon of Saturn, Enceladus, are both believed to be capable of supporting life. It is also likely, given the vastness of just the Milky Way galaxy that there are thousands, maybe millions of moons and planets with “ideal” conditions for life to exist, such as earth.
I think if we were to find life on another planet or elsewhere in our solar system that really wouldn’t answer anything. Someone like myself who believes in a Creator God would argue that God put that life there. An atheist would say that evolution from an inanimate element into something that is “alive” is possible because of the finding.
I don’t get that argument if you take it to the nth degree. I don’t see how something like a speck of dust can get electrified and then spring to life. That it would “magically” contain a cell that is alive. It doesn’t matter how many billions of years and circumstances that could arise I never see that happening. Then how many more billion years would it take for cells to be so complex to make just the next complicated multicellular organism? And then how many more billions of years to form into something you can see with your eyes? It is completely ridiculous!
And why would our earth be finely tuned so precisely to support this life? The rest of space is supposedly a chaotic and random smattering of rocks and gas and heat and light.
What about the second law of Thermodynamics? What about Entropy? Stated for the laymen:
Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Entropy is sort of like Murphy’s Law applied to the entire universe. Put simply, entropy is a measure of disorder, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that all closed systems tend to maximize entropy. Reversing this ever increasing tendency toward disorder requires the input of energy. (RealClearScience.com)
The article I reference above uses the fact of life of housework. If I don’t dust or vacuum or clean the house, it does not magically go away. It does not magically order itself to be clean. Instead, it gets dirty. Dust abounds. The carpets get soiled. Messes spread and worsen. Why does science think against its own theories that order can come out of disorder? Why would anyone believe that something can come out of nothing?
What’s the most important takeaway from the Apollo missions to the moon? I believe it is a renewed reminder how fragile the earth is. It highlights how fragile our atmosphere that supports and sustains life is. It points to the fragility of our ecosystem and how everything is interconnected. One small change will have ripple effects that can transform life on earth as we know it.
The missions also point us back to a Creator. The Creator is active in our world and the worlds beyond. He is not distant and unknowable. He is present. He is here with us now. Things on earth will get worse. The environment will continue to deteriorate just like the second law of thermodynamics predicts. Governments will be overthrown. Divides will continue to spring up in our country and around the world. But there is still a God out there who cares, and is involved.
That is the God that I worship and follow. He is the one I look to when I am confronted by something that makes me afraid or something that I don’t understand. I have found Him to be loving, caring, tender and fully involved in my life. No matter what I might face.
Google made a fun illustrated recap of the Apollo 11 mission that you can watch on YouTube here: