A Giant Leap For Mankind

On Friday the world marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and man’s first stroll there. It was a marvelous feat of engineering at a time when computers were the size of refrigerators. It took 400,000 engineers, mechanics, doctors, and scientists to fly three men there on the tip of a Saturn V rocket – the largest ever built. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin actually walked on the moon while Michael Collins remained in the space capsule at the controls.

It is evident that without physical order in the universe these achievements would not be possible. Accomplishments of this kind require precise knowledge and conformity to God’s order. Tens of thousands of man-hours, the sophistication of technology and the investment of billions of dollars would all be a waste without the orderly universe to count on.

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A wise student of the Bible said that the God who ordained physical order also ordained moral and spiritual order. Conformity guarantees fulfillment. Disobedience spells disaster. Break God’s law and it breaks us.

One can reject God’s moral laws but that does not get rid of them. The law of sin and death is as inviolable as the law of gravity. Morality isn’t arbitrary. It’s part of the natural law of the universe. God’s law stands whether we like it or not. It’s important that we not ignore these eternal principles for they have eternal consequences. 

The 1969 moon landing might have been one small step for man. Certainly it was one giant leap for mankind. But it didn’t happen without God’s wise and wonderful order which he built into our universe.

– Tim Johnson

(With help from a prior article by David Johnson)