You must know Commander Hadfield…..

If you are a space enthusiast, but if on the other hand, you are ignorant of who he is, then, he is the immediate former commander of the International Space Station, a place I would surely do a lot to visit just so as to view the earth from that vantage even if just for a fleeting few minutes. If you are wondering whether we have just become space enthusiasts, wonder no more, we are bringing you a story from the huffingtonpost where the commander tells us he had his views of faith and spirituality changed ‘absolutely’ by being in space. He is nonetheless quite vague on what this faith is.

We read,

The world, when you look at it, it just can’t be random,” he said. “I mean, it’s so different than the vast emptiness that is everything else and even all the other planets we’ve seen, at least in our solar system, none of them even remotely resemble the precious life-giving nature of our own planet.

How this is related to spirituality we read

I think what everyone would find if they could be [up in space] — if they could see the whole world every 90 minutes and look down on the places where we do things right, and look down where we’re doing stupid, brutal things to each other and the inevitable patience of the world that houses us — I think everybody would be reinforced in their faith, and maybe readdress the real true tenets of what’s good and what gives them strength.

And it is here that we ask, would viewing the earth  from that vantage reinforce our belief in ghosts, phantoms, devils or the minuteness of our planet in the bigger picture? The commander doesn’t tell us anything and since  he is not forthcoming in his belief, we leave that to you to make your guesses!

I want to highlight a few comments from the post, the rest you can read for yourself if you have time. At least, for the moment, it seams that all is not lost,  with the religious appearing to be outnumbered, but they still surface and so far I have seen just this

The world cannot save you. This present world has been preserved for ultimate destruction. God already stated that He will create a New Heaven and a New Earth, both where only righteousness will dwell. He may have been affected, yet his understanding came up too short of complete knowledge. Tsk.

and

Why beware of idols, commanded not to grave images, statues. Gives us a false character image of all that He is and is not reality. But false illusions, images theses, graved images, idol statues, that work to take our eyes and focus off of Him and His creation. The in explainable greatest, His beauty and awe and wonder of all He created. The reality of all Life that exist, lives around us/. Like our Heavenly Father His –Spoken Word told us, ” Seek what is above, for all that is below — is only an illusion”. Why also our Heavenly Father said ” Silence before Me” All this noise, empty chatter, confusion, chaos, created by others, allows Him not to speak or be heard. In silence He whispers, yet He is heard loud and clear when we gaze like this man did in outer space, where all is silent to distract him not, did just that. Taken within himself to a far higher level of Spiritualism that dwells within him and what he knew knew or felt before.

and now the other comments that at least show some hope

The scale of immensity of space and precious and rareness of our little earth would certainly have an emotional effect on me looking down. But trying to attribute it to some higher power or spirit is pure emotions, and unfounded. Believing it is harmless enough, but it really DISCOUNTS the math, chemistry and time that are really at play. Nature is amazing enough without invoking the supernatural.

or

So he found big Mo in space?

or

Did he convert to Islam or something?

Isn’t this just awesome?

I have nothing against spiritualists, but please….

The barbarian, when he speaks of a spirit, attaches at least some sense to this word; he understands by it an agent similar to the wind, to the agitated air, to the breath, which produces, invisibly, effects that we perceive. By subtilizing, the modern theologian becomes as little intelligible to himself as to others. Ask him what he means by a spirit? He will answer, that it is an unknown substance, which is perfectly simple, which has nothing tangible, nothing in common with matter. In good faith, is there any mortal who can form the least idea of such a substance? A spirit in the language of modern theology is then but an absence of ideas. The idea of spirituality is another idea without a model.

J. Meslier