© Original content written by James R. Carlson
Earth as seen from the Apollo 8 spacecraft on 24 December 1968.
(This is how the astronauts actually saw it!)
Did you know that 50 years ago on Christmas Eve the Apollo 8 crew read from the Book of Genesis, chapter 1? They were orbiting the moon in 1968 and took photos of the earth as they cleared the horizon of the moon’s dark side. They not only read scripture verses from the Bible, they also gave a prayer for peace on earth.
Madalyn M. O’hair sued NASA and lost. There is nothing in the constitution to prevent people in space from sharing passages of the Bible or Praying publicly. A creation story, told not as myth, was presented from people who accept God as Creator. Clearly, the foundation of creationist views of the world were accepted as true and presented from NASA personnel.
Everyone knows that NASA has virtually accepted the creation story of evolution. Creationists and Creationism are under attack at NASA and academia. People who speak publicly about their biblical beliefs and the lack of science behind evolution are targeted for dismissal. This has occurred many times in the past and it is a sad commentary about people who claim to pursue all avenues of exploration in science and space.
The fact that in 1968, NASA astronauts prayed in orbit around the moon, read Bible verses, and later upon landing on the moon a year later had Holy Communion, is a fact that the record of history has established. Again, it is sad that people who believe in evolution claim their religious freedom while they deny the religious freedoms others have. In other words, religious and political atheists who seek to secularize American society and government do not have priority over those they disagree with or those that disagree with them. The separation of church and state means everyone is free to have their views without government compulsion or penalty. To establish one set of religious views as the only acceptable science (aka, evolution) over other views is a violation of the No Establishment clause of the U.S. First Amendment.
Most Americans believe in God and trust in His Divine leadership throughout their lives. The Apollo 8 astronauts were no exception. Using a KJV Bible provided by the Gideons, the 3 NASA astronauts orbiting the moon on Christmas Eve 50 years ago, read from Genesis 1:1-10. Let’s read what they had to say 50 years ago and pray with them their prayer for peace on the good earth.
(He took the photo above and noted its orientation)
We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.
1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas – and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth.
Frank Borman also prayed the following prayer on the Apollo 8 mission. Again, let’s add our Amen!
Give us, O God, the vision which can see thy love in the world in spite of human failure. Give us the faith to trust thy goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness. Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts, and show us what each one of us can do to set forth the coming of the day of universal peace. Amen.
Happy Anniversary Apollo 8. And Merry Christmas America. Jesus still loves us and we celebrate His birthday on Christmas Day. Happy birthday to the Prince of Peace.