THE MAN ON THE MOON

The Man on the Moon is the supposed image of a man‘s face that some cultures believe to be visible on the surface of the full moon.  The face is said to be formed by a series of dark areas imitating two eyes, a nose, and an open mouth.  Legend goes that the Man in the Moon is an actual man. The oldest traditions claim the man to be Cain, who was sentenced to ‘circle the Earth’ and watch forever what he could not have because of his betrayal. 

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This week we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.  Turns out the only man on the moon was… well Neil Armstrong (followed by Buzz Aldrin).  The Man on the Moon is actually just some of the Moon‘s seas, such as the Mare Imbrium and Serenitatis, which with people associate the Man in the Moon‘s eyes. 

One of the goals of space exploration was  to investigate the possibilty of other life forms in the universe.  You remember Niel Armstrong’s famous words.  One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.  This was to usher in a whole new era of planetary exploration. 

40 years later the dream has all but been forgotten.  We have not been back since 1972 and to date only 12 people have ever walked on the moon.  Hardly colonization, let alone becoming an interplanetary species.  I guess we have enough problems of our own on planet earth.  Still, the fascination with finding life in outer space has not left our imagination.  Carl Sagan once speculated that the universe had other life forms, perhaps entire alien civilizations.  Movies like Star Trek and Star Wars have only proved to reinforce the belief that we are not alone in the universe.  After all, they found water molecules on Mars, meaning there was possibly life there at some time. 

But overwhelmingly science is actually telling us a different story.  In 1961 astronomers noted that there were certain characteristics about our universe and planet Earth in particular (like the ratio of the gravitational force constant to the electromagnetic force constant) that were so specific that if they were altered even slightly the universe could not contain human life.  It later became known as the Anthropic Principle and states that the universe appears “designed” for the sake of human life.  Today 150 finely tuned characteristics have been identified.  If there was any slight change in the way the universe exists, it could not sustain human life.  The chances of there being life in the universe at all, including us, is one trillionth of one trillionth percent.  So the odds that any given planet in the universe would possess the necessary conditions to support intelligent physical life is a number so large it might as well be infinity.  We are breaking all the odds.  There are 100 billion solar systems like ours (the Sun and nine planets) in our galaxy the Milky Way, and there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe, and yet our planet is the only one that can sustain life.

Simply put, science is now strongly suggesting that we are not a fluke of nature and that the entire universe was designed so mankind could have a place to live.  This just confirms how some of your friends have been living anyway…acting like they were the centre of the universe.  But seriously, to the bible believing Christian this really is something we have suspected all along.

The bottom line is the universe exists for the purpose of sustaining human life.  God created the heavens and earth and stars.  He made the universe stretch out, all 13.67 billion light years of it, and put us right in midst of it.  That is why King David as he laid under the night sky cried out;

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,  What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? (Psalm 8:3&4)  

We should live everyday in this same sense of awe.

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12 Responses to THE MAN ON THE MOON

  1. Gord says:

    In all the coverage given to the anniversary this week, one of our local reporters pointed out the Neil Armstrong actually blew his historic utterance. After hours of fine-tuning exactly what he was going to say, he got outside, made his step and then he blew it it. He apparently admits this in his book. He intended to say, “One small step for A man, one giant leap for mankind.” I guess the pressure got to him.

    As far as science pointing to the Earth as being the one and only planet with humankind, well I don’t think the Bible actually says that. The Bible tells the story of creation. Earth is the centre of the story we got, no doubt. But isn’t it possible there are other planets and people created by God? He didn’t have to tell us about them. Maybe he would if we got close to them. Maybe not.

    In any case, I’m not so selfish that I can’t at least entertain the possibility that mankind is not the whole centre of God’s attention.

  2. David John says:

    I agree with you Gord about The Father not telling us everything!! If he did then we would know it all lol. I guess the only thing that erks me is that we are using huge amounts of money to fund these space shots, when people are starving and without medical aid as it is.Not to second guess God but I dont think this is a wise venture that he would approve of.Lets look after what we have have on planet earth first eh!!.The foreign missions are crying out for aid !! I only wish they all knew what we know lol.Take care Dave.

  3. Steve says:

    Personally, I don’t believe in aliens. But it seems like people are believing more and more in these beings. From what I’ve heard of these so called alien encounters, is that they are absolutely horrible and traumatizing to the victims. Sounds like demonic activity to me. I’ve also heard that people who have made contact with these beings tell how they were informed by the creatures that Christ was put here on earth by them, that he was a good teacher but we made too much of Him and that our biggest purpose here is to take care of this earth. I have a feeling that this kind of stuff is playing into the great delusion that will come over the whole earth one day. Another funny thing is that whenever any one of these victims spoke the name of Jesus in front of these things they would be gone instantly and would never come back. Just a coincidence? I don’t think so.

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  5. Great post Jon! I have been following the #p2 effort since you started it, and although I have understood its purpose this post does a really great job solidifying the full rationale.
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  6. Kelly says:

    Mark, how can you say there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe and ours is the only one that can sustain life ? The answer is , we don’t know. We are only one galaxy and we KNOW planet earth is the only place that can support humans in this galaxy. There is some bacteria that has been found on mars, but humans could not live there. So the truth is we only know about 1 galaxy, ours. We have no idea if the other 99,999,999,999 galaxies can support life, because they are just too far away for us to travel to.

  7. MICHAEL VAN says:

    I BELIEVE THERE ARE OTHER PLANETS LIKE OURS IN THE UNIVERSE,BUT WITHOUT HUMAN LIFE,,,YET,,,,WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT GOD WOULD STOP US FROM REPRODUCING WHAT HE CREATED ?,,,US,,,,DONT YOU THINK EARTH WOULD GET A LITTLE CROWDED AFTER A WHILE,LOL,,,HUMAN LIFE BEGAN HERE BUT DOES NOT STOP HERE ,,THERE IS NO END TO GOD,NOR THE ONES THAT FOLLOW HIM,,IN THE NAME OF JESUS THE CHRIST,,but hey thats just me,,,,,,,,

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