Several of the men who walked on the moon believed in the God who created it. Charles Gardner investigates the link between astronauts and Christian faith.
Following in the steps of Jesus was more exciting than walking on the moon. These are the words attributed to Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon’s surface, during a visit to Israel. And fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who accompanied him for the Apollo 11 lunar landing, was similarly taken up with a heavenly perspective. Shortly after touching down where no man had been before, he took communion with bread and wine he had carried from Earth in special plastic packages, and ensured that among the first words ever spoken on the moon were those of the Creator of the universe, when Aldrin read the words of Jesus from John’s Gospel.
Buzz had wanted to share his experience with the world at the time – back in 1969 – but NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) was embroiled in a legal controversy over broadcasting the Christian beliefs of their pilots, and he was persuaded to tone down his enthusiasm. He went ahead with the ceremony nevertheless, but with radio contact switched off.
This article is from the November 2017 issue of iBelieve Magazine. Order your copy today…