SCIENTIST WHO PUT MAN ON MOON DECLARES CONVIDENCE IN LIFE BEYON GRAVE
by Moody Adams Warner Von Braun was a German genius who headed up Adolph Hitler’s rocket program. After WWII he came to America, directed her space program and successfully put a man on the moon. Through his study of science, Von Braun was convinced that there was life beyond the grave.
Dr. Von Braun said, in Reader’s Digest, “Many people seem to feel that science has somehow made religion untimely or old fashioned. But I think science has a real surprise for the skeptics. Science, for instance, tells us that nothing in nature, not even in the tiniest particle, can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction. All it knows is transformation. Now if God applies this fundamental principle of indestructibility to the most minute and insignificant parts of his universe, does it not make sense to assume that he applies it also to the human soul? I think it does and everything science has taught me and continues to teach me strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death. Nothing disappears without a trace.”
When you burn wood you do not destroy it. You change it into ashes, smoke, heat and gas. You can boil water until it disappears—you do not destroy the water, you simply change it into steam which is unseen but real enough to run a steam engine. When a pond dries up we say there is no more water; but there is. It has been pulled up into the sky and it will come down again when it rains. Things are constantly disappearing and reappearing, but they are not destroyed. Science convinced Von Braun there was life beyond the grave. The Bible convinced Von Braun that Jesus Christ was the way to enjoy life beyond the grave.
Every time you watch a space ship launched, remember the words of the brilliant scientist who directed the space program: “Science has a real surprise for the skeptics. Science, for instance, tells us that nothing in nature, not even in the tiniest particle, can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction. All it knows is transformation.”
Marvin Black wrote a most unusual book entitled The Pendulum Swings Back. In it he argued that taps has been sounded over the corpse of skepticism and materialism. Black states that our first-rate scientists are preaching that life is dynamic and not static. That strictly speaking, there is no such thing as matter, but that even the tiniest atom is a whirlpool of life and energy. Write it in large letters across the borderline of our best thinking and living: there is no death!
Jesus, the only figure to rise from the dead and die no more, talked exactly what science teaches about the continuation of life after death. He gave us this account of a saved man and a lost man’s life after death: “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead”--(Luke 16:22-31).