Fake Moon Landing!
I was reading an article on CNN the other day that was talking about the incredible feat of humans landing on the moon and safely returning home, forty years ago last Monday, and something caught my attention. In the article, it said that 25% respondents to a survey in the British magazine Engineering & Technology said they do not believe humans landed on the moon. What? You are telling me that 1 out of 4 people in this survey do not believe we’ve been to the moon and back even once, much less six times?
I must admit, a few years ago I was slightly intrigued by the conspiracy theories and hoax accounts of how the United States faked the moon landing. But after the initial amusement went away (which was simply there because I had not previously heard of such a thing), I quickly dismissed it because it is preposterous to think that this many people could continue on with a lie of this magnitude. But it seems some people need more proof than that if you believe the British survey. I think there are some individuals that could see pictures, video and other proofs (like moon rocks) and explain it all away because of their predisposition. I imagine taking this type of person to the moon to see for their selves only to have them say they’ve been drugged, or that they are in an advanced virtual reality simulation, or that they are now the first person to ever go to the moon. The point is what type of proof do these people need?
Similarly, many times people that do not believe in God have a hard time with the term “miracles.” I personally like C.S. Lewis’ definition of miracles in these instances. He says the experience of a miracle requires two conditions: (1) Belief in a normal stability of Nature. (2) Belief in some reality beyond Nature. When I think about the landing on the moon, apparently there are at least 25% of people in Britain (or that responded to the survey) that do not have the second part of this definition. Scripture talks about a large group of people living in the times of Jesus that saw miracles with their own eyes, yet still did not believe in him. “Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.” (John 12:37) I pray that your predispositions do not keep you from believing in something truly amazing, whether it is a great human feat like landing on the moon or a great mystery like God intervening into this world through the person of Jesus Christ.
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” C.S. Lewis