In 1982, my wife and two children visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida whilst attending the Feast of Tabernacles at St Petersburg that year.
Late last year (2019), our son, his family and my wife and I again visited the centre and, after 37 years, much had changed!
On the website we3travel.com are the following comments:
“The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the U.S. launch site that has been used for every NASA human space flight since December 1968. KSC has changed a lot since I last visited in…let’s see…1982?
“The main Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center is an expansive complex that resembles a modern-day amusement park. Its attractions feature an Early Space Exploration exhibit, Rocket Garden, children’s playspace, 2 IMAX shows, an Astronaut Hall of Fame and Astronaut Memorial, the popular (with the younger set) Angry Birds hands-on exhibit, multiple cafes, gift shops, and much more.”
It seems that someone else who attended the centre, also in 1982, realised the massive amount of change that there had been over the years.
I don’t have the relevant data, nor do I have the complex technical understanding to make any comments about all of the many changes made over the last four decades. However, what I did discern quite clearly this time around was that there was a great deal of self-belief and arrogance as well as a complete lack of godly understanding about the whole issue of space.
We read in Genesis 6:5 “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” We know how God told Noah to build the ark and that man was to be destroyed from off the face of the earth.
The Benson Commentary observes: “Here is God’s resentment of man’s wickedness. He did not see it as an unconcerned spectator, but as one injured and affronted by it; he saw it as a tender father sees the folly and stubbornness of a rebellious and disobedient child, which not only displeases but grieves him, and makes him wish he had been written childless.
One commentary at the JFK Space Center was that “we are not creating history but embracing our destiny.” In a way, that is true, but not in the way that man looks at it. Man has great arrogance at times about his own ability and capacity, and God has certainly given him a very small amount of His own ability, but man, generally, thinks that it is all down to his own brilliance! Not once, when visiting the centre, did I see one acknowledgement about God’s magnificent and stupendous universe – if there was one, I certainly missed it!
I am reminded of the saying, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” The details of a stupendous universe, vast beyond man’s ability to fully understand, does not negate the fact that God did create and that He sustains it all by His might and power, and His Word amply proves this.
It would have been appropriate, but probably politically incorrect, to acknowledge the Creation by a great and loving God, but I could not find any observation or comment to that effect. God’s benevolence and patience are simply not understood today. In fact, as man’s capacity to do great things has increased exponentially, belief in the One who created and now sustains all things has slithered downhill at a rate that our forefathers would not have believed.
They want to explore space. Why? To build colonies and, possibly, live there! The simple observation that man cannot exist peacefully on earth at present, and hasn’t down through the last 6,000 years, is a fact that they never seem to acknowledge. If it did happen, man would fight in space (he is already talking about a “space war”), just as he continually does on the earth today; just look at the conflict down through the ages and such conflicts are still going on today! The same human nature would be transferred from the earth to wherever man finished up in the universe. How ridiculous it is that so much money is spent on a useless exercise that will never come to fruition during man’s occupation on earth!
Of course, we know that there have been some helpful results from some of the work done, for example satellite navigation, and there may be some other results that have been made, but man, in his present form, will simply not be allowed to live in outer space.
However, there is good news! Those who have answered God’s calling and will have remained faithful to the end of their lives will become members of the Family of God who will inhabit the universe.
In our free booklet “Heavens and Earth…Before and After the First Man!,” the last paragraph reads as follows:
“When God created man, He purposed to bring him into His very Family and to give him rule over the earth and the entire universe, to administer His government over His physical and spiritual creation. Once man has qualified and has become a God being, God will direct him to restore and beautify the earth, and finally, to “colonize” new heavens and a new earth (2 Peter 3:13).”
Man’s current arrogance will end, and an appreciation of the great God will replace this – and for eternity!