Looking back at the Earth from 114 million miles away!


Whenever I get to feeling too big about myself, I make it a point to take a celestial stroll. Can you see those two little dots of light? It’s the earth and moon from 114 million miles away. Now, click on the picture to expand it. Can you see the cross?

While not a very far distance in terms of astronomical units, it conveys a sense of how alone we are, or would be, were it not for God and the son he sent to save us. The cross is on an asteroid called Faith. Not far from it is a dome wherein rests the heart and soul of man.

I wish I could take each of our worlds leaders out here, one at a time, so they could stand by the cross and see just how tiny their little piece of existence really is. A mere dust mote, upon the skin of which, seven billion souls of His making call home.

A word to the wise. Please, don’t fuck it up. It’s all we have.

 
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About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who is currently residing in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy hiking, camping and all things related to gardening. I rec’d my degree from SIU majoring in Biology many moons ago and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology, the Finnish language and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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2 Responses to Looking back at the Earth from 114 million miles away!

  1. Ben says:

    Interesting photo, it makes one feel amazed at the vastness of space and time that separate planets, stars, and galaxies from each other. The shear vastness of space makes me sit and dream of the possibilities of other life forms and how we may just never know.

    I am disturbed though that you attribute any of this to iron-age mythology. The claim that the creator of the universe appeared in flesh, and only to the backwards, war mongering goat herders of the Middle East, is embarrassing to say the least.

    The bible is chock full of medieval barbarism and blatant ignorance to basic common sense and human rights. Have you actually sat down and read Deuteronomy, Leviticus, or Revelation? They reveal a culture immersed in psychopathology. One reads about genocide, murder, hatred, intolerance. If we followed the bible we would be killing women who lose their virginity before marriage, killing homosexuals, killing the billions of people who are now living on this planet that are not indoctrinated into the Christian religion. That relates to Billions of innocent men, women, and children. These beliefs are disgusting and immoral. I am happy to say that there is absolutely no evidence, and that there is nothing in the bible that is convincing enough to suggest that we live in a world ruled by an invisible monster named Jesus.

    You might also be interested to know that the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth is questionable. The historians of the 1st century were thorough and this period is considered to be well documented. Some of the worthy historians included Epictetus, Pomponius Mela, Martial, Juvenal, Seneca the Younger, Gallio, Seneca the Elder, Pliny the Elder, Plutarch, Justus of Tiberias, Philo of Alexandria, Nicolaus of Damascus and more. Anything from taxes, celestial events, and governing policies, to the downright mundane were noted. Yet Jesus was not mentioned anywhere until nearly a century later. This is interesting because he was considered to be like the Beatles of his time. His supposed triumphant march into the holy city, driving the money changers from the temple, his crucifixion, his resurrection, and his ascension into heaven all went unnoticed. Also, it wasn’t until the 3rd and 4th centuries that anything was even mentioned about a resurrection, and then only by Christian scholars, not historians. By then the myths surrounding Christianity were being taught to many (mostly illiterate) as facts.

    I am not attempting to change your mind. Honestly. People rarely change their minds. It’s like supernovas or planets that harbour intelligent life. Extremely rare.

    What I am saying is that just because we cannot give a full definition of why or how we came to be on this beautiful planet, we should dismiss entirely the ancient myths and superstitions of those that made up the idea of god to satisfy their fear of the unknown, their ignorance of science, and their only too human misinterpretations of reality.

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    • forsythkid says:

      Hey Ben, thanks for the comments. Yeah, it gets even creepier when you look at the evolution of life over millions of years and yet in all that time, no creature looked at itself in a pool’s reflection and was aware. Only in the space of a heartbeat of time has that miracle occurred. Makes one wonder why now and why us?

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