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Scientists Who Believe

lunar_eclipseThe following is an excerpt from the book Scientists Who Believe
edited by Eric Barrett and David Fisher (pages 103-108 ) which included the testimony of Colonel James B. Irwin, one of only 12 humans to have ever walked on the surface of the moon.  He was the Lunar Module Pilot of the Apollo 15 mission which lifted off from Cape Kennedy on July 26, 1971, and landed on the moon four days later.  His stay on the moon was a record 67 hours!:

The hours passed slowly as we waited for the great day.  But the last minutes flew by quickly, and finally – “all systems go!” – we felt the tremendous power of the rocket pressing us back into our seats.  We were leaving earth.  The trip to the moon had begun.  We counted on the fact that many people were praying for us – our families, our children, and our friends.  We are thankful to all of those who prayed for us then…

In the lunar module “Falcon” we made our landing in the region of the Apennine mountain chain.  Mountains surrounded us on three sides, while on the fourth, the eastern side, there was a big canyon, a deep ravine.  My first feelings were connected with the mountains.  I spontaneously recalled the words from Psalm 121:1-2: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” (KJV) …

Now I thank my God that I was able to visit the moon, as I had hoped to do even when I was a boy.  I also thank Him that He helped us to return safely to Earth.  I praise Him for giving me the opportunity to be His servant, and to be yours as well.  In closing, I would like to say to you all, God lives! He is on the moon as well as here on Earth.  He is everywhere, wherever man may be.  It was He who created the planet where we live.  Earth is like a magnificent spaceship, completely in His care.  God loves us with an eternal love, which He proved to us in His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Because He loved man, Christ died for each of us.  He alone can forgive our sins and change our hearts.  He is able to enter the life of each one of us and fill it with Himself.  He gives strength to the weary and makes us victorious over death.

This quote was taken from a sermon Colonel Irwin preached in 1979 in a Baptist church in Moscow.

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