Skip to comments.Neil Armstrong: A Great American, A Devout Christian
Posted on 08/26/2012 2:26:23 PM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Neil Armstrong went to be with the Lord yesterday. He was a great American. He was a devoted Christ follower.
Of course, you wouldnt know about Armstrongs Christian faith from the obituaries published by such bastions of liberal journalism as the New York Times and Washington Post. They didnt consider it worthy of comment.
Nor would you know that Armstrong loved the Lord from the perfunctory tribute offered by President Obama, who mentions Christianity only when it serves his political purposes (like defending his support for homosexual marriage).
But Armstrongs life story cannot be told without mentioning his walk with Christ.
Indeed, perhaps the most under-reported story about Armstrong concerned his visit to Israel following his historic trip to the moon, where he made his one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.
The American astronaut was taken on a tour of the old city of Jerusalem by Israeli archeologist Meir Ben-Dov. When they got to the Hulda Gate, which is at the top of the stairs leading to the TempleMount, Armstrong asked Ben-Dov whether Jesus had stepped anywhere around there.
These are the steps that lead to the temple, Ben-Dov told him, so He must have walked here many times.
Armstrong then asked Ben-Dov if those were the original stairs and Ben-Dov confirmed that they were indeed.
So Jesus stepped right here, Armstrong asked. Thats right, answered Ben-Dov.
To which Armstrong, the devout Christian, replied, I have to tell you, I am more excited stepping on these stones than when I was stepping on the moon.
The secular world remembers Armstrong as, variously, an aerospace engineer, a university professor, a Navy fighter pilot and, of course, as the first man in history to peer back at Earth from the surface of the moon.
But those who were closest to the famous astronaut his widow, Carol, his two sons, Eric and Mark (from a previous marriage), his brother and sister, and other survivors remember Neil Armstrong as a man of faith.
One thing that has always moved me was that one of the first things he and Col Aldrin did after landing on the Moon was to celebrate The Eucharist.
All I know is that my lesbian cousin is throwing a fit because Sally Ride didn’t get this much attention.
He must lie in state at the rotunda and have a full state burial. Obama Must get out of the way .
I’m watching a show about Apollo 11 on the History channel now.
One of the first things Armstrong and Aldrin did on the moon was to take communion. They didn’t want it to go public because the atheists head’s exploded when an earlier flight read from Genesis.
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You use "must" a lot.
Right or wrong, you don't have a say in "must".
I never knew that. Thanks.
That probably removes any chance of a State Funeral.
Aldrin celebrated communion on the Moon, not Neil.
Aldrin’s brief and private Christian service never caused a flap, but it could have. Aldrin has said that he planned to broadcast the service, but NASA at the last minute asked him not to because of concerns about a lawsuit filed (later dismissed) by atheist Madelyn Murray O’Hare after Apollo 8 astronauts read from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas.
Did NASA do the right thing by making Aldrin keep his religious beliefs to himself?
As an elder in the Presbyterian church, Aldrin had the authority to conduct what is called an “extended serving” of the Lord’s Supper. But Aldrin was representing the United States of America that day, and in many ways, all of his fellow earthlings. Should he have even conducted a private religious service?
“In the radio blackout,” Aldrin wrote in Guideposts magazine in 1970, “I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit.’
“I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.”
One small sip for man, one giant leap of faith for mankind.
“On this occasion when Mr. Neil Armstrong and Colonel Edwin Aldrin set foot for the first time on the surface of the Moon from the Earth, we pray the Almighty God to guide mankind towards ever increasing success in the establishment of peace and the progress of culture, knowledge and human civilisation.”
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
Hansen, James R.
Paperback: 784 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (October 3, 2006)
FIRST MAN (Simon & Schuster, 2005), the first and only authorized biography of Neil Armstrong, first man on the Moon, spent three weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and garnered major book awards, including the American Astronautical Society's Prize for Astronautical Literature, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Outstanding Book Award, and CHOICE magazine's Outstanding Academic Book of 2006. A two-volume Japanese translation of First Man has been published, with translations into German, Chinese, Turkish, French, and Croatian in progress.
James Hanson in Armstrong’s authorized biography “First Man” claims he was a Diest.
Great article. I shared it on twitter and FB.
Tom Hanks movie had them both taking communion. Plus all these other published articles. Funny Armstrong didn’t say you got that wrong.
Jim Irwin (died 1991) also was a Christian.
“Jim felt Gods love and presence in a powerful way out there. Though separated from home by 215,000 miles, he sensed a nearness and presence of God that he never anticipated.”
“In the three days of exploration, there were a couple of times when I actually looked up to see the earthand it was a difficult maneuver in that bulky suit; you had to grab onto something to hold yourself steady and then lean back as far as you could. That beautiful, warm living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God.” (To Rule the Night, p. 60.)
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