[Note—This editorial has been awarded a second-place prize by the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge.]

The world is intrigued by the scientific progress made in outer space, with an assault on the moon a very real possibility. In almost every realm of human endeavor new discoveries and their exploitation open up vistas for the future, limited solely by the boldness of imagination and the willingness to explore.

To minimize present achievements or to question their ultimate dwarfing by those of the future is utterly foolish. In the writer’s own specialty (surgery), the advances of the last dozen years have opened up fields which at one time were thought to be beyond the realm of successful approach. As an illustration—that which is being done in the area of cardiac, vascular and neurosurgery is so startling and successful that the public is but vaguely aware of it. For all of this we should thank God and take courage in the knowledge he has given us.

But it is imperative that we shall not have our perspective warped either by that which has been accomplished, or by that which yet lies in store for the future.

It is desperately important that we arrive at and keep a proper perspective as we think of man and of God, the Sovereign of this universe.

Man has never discovered, nor can he, anything which the Creator has not himself made and placed in his own creation. Because of this it is vital that God be accorded his rightful place in his own universe.

That he is so often ignored or relegated to the shadows by the assertiveness and blindness of man is but a reflection of man’s sinfulness and need of redemption in Jesus Christ.

What shall it profit if we successfully conquer outer space, set up a station on the moon, and even attain ...

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