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Topic: Era (02/03/11)
TITLE: Eras of Space Exploration
By Clyde Blakely
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Spaceman Bob: Indeed it has been wonderful for me and I believe science has learned much with the reports and specimens I brought back. This stage of space exploration is coming to an end though it hasn’t been the most exciting era.
SP: I remember my great-grandfather telling me about the first men in space, the moon landing, and the international space station of the 20 - 21st century. Then we started reaching out to other planets and their moons, though nothing could compare to being able to visit distant galaxies like you have.
SB: It was a great era of space exploration, yet not the most exciting for me.
SP: Of course not, it was when you were the one doing the exploring.
SB: For me the most exciting era of space exploration was before all that.
SP: How can that be? We’ve covered every era of space travel to this point.
SB: Space travel, yes, but not space exploration.
SB: We’ve explored space for centuries. While the ancients followed the movement of the stars, most people today don’t know that the signs of the zodiac actually told them of creation and the coming Messiah, even the end times. Also, the wise men from the east followed a star to find the Christ child.
SP: These are just myths.
SB: Myths! Heavens No! Excuse the pun. The oldest book in the Bible is filled with scientific accuracies about earth and space.
SB: No, the book of Job. I’ve found that wherever God is quoted in the Bible vast information sometimes is given about Him and His creation.
SP: I never knew that. Can you give us an example?
SB: In the book of Job, God asked the question, “What is the way to the abode of light?”(1) Man did not even understand what the question was asking until the 20th century when it was realized the stars have been producing so much light that the night skies should be glowing. They asked, “Where did all that light go?” Or for instance, when God asked, “Do you know the laws of the heavens?”(2) There are so many laws which do not apply in space where there’s no gravity, air, and even there’s even differences in time itself. The Bible tells us time was “created” the same as everything else. Einstein was the first person who agreed with that and it’s been validated many times over.
SP: Wow! But how do you consider these portions of the Bible an era of space exploration?
SB: Galileo, Newton, De Vinci, all the great earth bound space explorers, as with the ancient ones before them, looked to God’s word for inspiration and direct for viewing the heavens. Think where we might be if they hadn’t been avid followers of God’s word.
SP: I hadn’t thought about that. There are those who believe in evolution. Couldn’t man come to the same conclusions without using the Bible?
SB: Perhaps, but today we would probably be somewhere around the industrial revolution of the 19th century.
SP: What made these earth bound early space explorers believe they could find discovies by just reading the Bible? After all, creation is not written in stone, you know.
SB: But it is. When Moses received the Ten Commandments from God, they were written in stone by the finger of God.(3) God said He created everything in six literal days. I started my space exploration by studying these early explorers’ paths: they gave God all the glory for their “discovers”. In my era of space travel I gave God the all glory too.
SP: Standing on the backs of giants.
SB: Absolutely. There were science programs back in the 1960’s which read Job for ideas of studying. Sadly that era might be over; there’s so much more in His Word to discover.
SP: Can we continue this discussion next week?
SB: I’d love to.
SP: Stay tuned Galaxy radio listeners to more on the eras of space exploration, “as written in stone.”
(1) Job 38:19
(2) Job 38:33
(3) Exodus 31:18
NIV Bible referenced
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