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Christmas Eve, 1968. Apollo 8 astronauts – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders – the first humans to orbit another world, offered their message to the largest audience that had ever listened to a human voice. “And the only instructions that we got from NASA was to do something appropriate” recalls Borman.

As their command module floated above the lunar surface, the astronauts beamed back images of the moon and Earth and took turns reading from the book of Genesis, closing with a wish for everyone “on the good Earth.”

The earth is a masterpiece of Divine workmanship . . . and its purpose the abode of man, the scene of his activity, and the means of his development (Noah Plan History, p 179, quoted from Arnold Guyot, Geographer).

Nature and man are made for God, the origin and end of all things. It is as the abode of man, and the theatre for the action of human societies.

As Shakespeare states it in “As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts . . .”

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