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Neil Armstrong: A Great American, A Devout Christian
The Christian Diarist ^ | August 25, 2012 | JP

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 wouldn’t know about Armstrong’s Christian faith from the obituaries published by such bastions of liberal journalism as the New York Times and Washington Post. They didn’t 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 Armstrong’s 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. “That’s 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.


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KEYWORDS: apollo; apollo11; armstrong; astronaut; bloggersandpersonal; christianobituary; nasa; neilarmstrong; vanity
Some atheists claim Armstrong was a “deist.” Some Muslims claim he converted to their faith. But the astronaut was a true Christ follower.
1 posted on 08/26/2012 2:26:37 PM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Neil Armstrong: A Great American, A Devout Christian

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.

2 posted on 08/26/2012 2:28:49 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO GTFO!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

All I know is that my lesbian cousin is throwing a fit because Sally Ride didn’t get this much attention.


3 posted on 08/26/2012 2:28:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

He must lie in state at the rotunda and have a full state burial. Obama Must get out of the way .


4 posted on 08/26/2012 2:29:15 PM PDT by marygonzo
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I’m watching a show about Apollo 11 on the History channel now.


5 posted on 08/26/2012 2:30:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

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.


6 posted on 08/26/2012 2:31:18 PM PDT by cruise_missile
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7 posted on 08/26/2012 2:32:37 PM PDT by narses
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To: marygonzo
He must lie in state at the rotunda and have a full state burial. Obama Must get out of the way .

You use "must" a lot.

Right or wrong, you don't have a say in "must".

8 posted on 08/26/2012 2:33:26 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: cruise_missile

I never knew that. Thanks.


9 posted on 08/26/2012 2:38:36 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: marygonzo
He was a devoted Christ follower.

That probably removes any chance of a State Funeral.

10 posted on 08/26/2012 2:44:34 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 97+% of the black vote)
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To: cruise_missile; The Sons of Liberty

Aldrin celebrated communion on the Moon, not Neil.


11 posted on 08/26/2012 2:48:21 PM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: mkmensinger

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.

http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2009/07/first_communion_on_the_moon.html


12 posted on 08/26/2012 2:51:27 PM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: cripplecreek
All I know is that my lesbian cousin is throwing a fit because Sally Ride didn’t get this much attention.
What attention? I hopped between 5-6 news channels at 8am this morning, and not one aired this story before they went to commercial break.
My local rag even buried it on page 10. Phyllis feckin' Diller got better treatment.
The MSM's blatant disrespect for such an honorable, brave and humble American MAN is disgusting and disgraceful.
13 posted on 08/26/2012 2:53:45 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: cruise_missile

“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.”

http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2009/07/first_communion_on_the_moon.html


14 posted on 08/26/2012 2:54:01 PM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST


15 posted on 08/26/2012 2:59:53 PM PDT by garjog
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Some atheists claim Armstrong was a “deist.”

From:

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

Hansen, James R.

Paperback: 784 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (October 3, 2006)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0743257510

ISBN-13: 978-0743257510

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.

16 posted on 08/26/2012 3:01:26 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

James Hanson in Armstrong’s authorized biography “First Man” claims he was a Diest.


17 posted on 08/26/2012 3:02:18 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Great article. I shared it on twitter and FB.


18 posted on 08/26/2012 3:05:23 PM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: Cincinatus

Tom Hanks movie had them both taking communion. Plus all these other published articles. Funny Armstrong didn’t say you got that wrong.


19 posted on 08/26/2012 3:08:22 PM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Jim Irwin (died 1991) also was a Christian.

“Jim felt God’s 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 earth—and 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.)

http://www.4thdayalliance.com/articles/creation-astronomy/creationists-in-the-apollo-program/jim-irwin/


20 posted on 08/26/2012 3:09:34 PM PDT by garjog
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

““So Jesus stepped right here,” Armstrong asked. “That’s 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.””

Hardly proves Armstrong was a Christian, many Deist have great respect for Jesus as a teacher of moral principles, but don’t believe him to be the son of God.


21 posted on 08/26/2012 3:16:10 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: cruise_missile

The movie on the History channel I’m watching now, shows him taking communion on the moon.


22 posted on 08/26/2012 3:34:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

>>Neil Armstrong:...A Devout Christian<<

ANYONE who has stood where Armnstrong did does not question if there is God.


23 posted on 08/26/2012 3:59:52 PM PDT by Ed Story
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To: Ed Story

“ANYONE who has stood where Armnstrong did does not question if there is God.”

Believing in God and being a Christian are different things. Diest believe in God based on reason rather than faith. Standing on the moon would be one of those experiances to reinforce your belief in God based on reason.


24 posted on 08/26/2012 4:21:07 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: Ed Story

Amen!


25 posted on 08/26/2012 4:23:43 PM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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To: Ed Story
Did Neil Armstrong or any of the astronauts ever discuss in detail the UFO’s they saw? I know that there were some comments made, but nothing in detail. Does anyone know?

RIP, Mr. Armstrong. A job well done, and we thank you.

26 posted on 08/26/2012 4:25:29 PM PDT by itssme
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To: oh8eleven

He’s got 3 strikes against him - he’s a Christian ; he’s a male ; and he’s white .


27 posted on 08/26/2012 5:39:57 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

bookmark


28 posted on 08/26/2012 5:46:09 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Okieshooter

That is what Isaiah 1:18 says:

“Come now, and let us reason together saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Now, if you please; read Isaiah chapter 53:1-12.


29 posted on 08/26/2012 6:22:53 PM PDT by Letmarch75 ( If a man knows the right way to live and does not live it, there is no greater coward).)
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To: sushiman
He’s got 3 strikes against him - he’s a Christian ; he’s a male ; and he’s white

A Christian believes with the heart unto righteousness and confesses Chtist (Christ is Lord) with the mouth unto salvation. Does anyone have a record of Neil speak of his utter, complete trust in Christ as his Master?

30 posted on 08/26/2012 7:39:32 PM PDT by imardmd1 (Lift the banner of His Love for us!)
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To: sushiman

A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face and arms began to swell.
(and Whitey’s on the moon)
I can’t pay no doctor bill.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
Ten years from now I’ll be payin’ still.
(while Whitey’s on the moon)
The man jus’ upped my rent las’ night.
(’cause Whitey’s on the moon)
No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
I wonder why he’s uppi’ me?
(’cause Whitey’s on the moon?)
I wuz already payin’ ‘im fifty a week.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Taxes takin’ my whole damn check,
Junkies makin’ me a nervous wreck,
The price of food is goin’ up,
An’ as if all that shit wuzn’t enough:
A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face an’ arm began to swell.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
Was all that money I made las’ year
(for Whitey on the moon?)
How come there ain’t no money here?
(Hmm! Whitey’s on the moon)
Y’know I jus’ ‘bout had my fill
(of Whitey on the moon)
I think I’ll sen’ these doctor bills,
Airmail special
(to Whitey on the moon)


31 posted on 08/26/2012 7:40:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: garjog

I met James Irwin not long after he went to the moon. He used his celebrity to draw crowds to hear his witness of Christ. I trust he has his reward.


32 posted on 08/26/2012 8:07:05 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: garjog

I met James Irwin not long after he went to the moon. He used his celebrity to draw crowds to hear his witness of Christ. I trust he has his reward.


33 posted on 08/26/2012 8:07:21 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: imardmd1
Does anyone have a record of Neil speak of his utter, complete trust in Christ as his Master?
WTF are you? Only an utter and complete jackass would question Neil Armstrong's Christianity.
It's YOU who give religion a bad name with your self aggrandizing ... "Hey, look at me, I'm a REAL Christian, and you're not."
Get a life ... of your own.
34 posted on 08/27/2012 5:19:59 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Anon00000000

And I think you’re a troll, noob.


40 posted on 08/27/2012 6:21:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: oh8eleven
It's YOU who give religion a bad name with your self aggrandizing ... "Hey, look at me, I'm a REAL Christian, and you're not."
Get a life ... of your own.

Tell me, to whom do you pledge allegiance? When dis Neil Armstrong confide in you?

But ... I guess since you could not confidently answer this legitimate question, you can only respond with a snide attack on the Word of The God Who does the judging? You presume a great deal, and have no problem in setting yourself up as a judge in the place of God. We'll see who is the knee-jerk jackass. Right now you have first dibs on that. See posts 16, 17, and 36 above which defeat your certification of Armstrong's viability as a Defender of The Faith. If you have a Bible, read it. It tells the truth. Do you?

I'm not judging, as you are -- just inquiring and observing. You might try that as a wise approach. Nothing further to you here.

41 posted on 08/27/2012 1:08:47 PM PDT by imardmd1 (,,, let such as love Thy salvation say continually, "The LORD be magnified!" (Ps. 40:16b))
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To: imardmd1

Well said


42 posted on 08/27/2012 2:25:00 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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