Looking back at 1969 in darkness and light

Model of Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 after performing the first docking of two manned spacecraft on 16 January 1969

In the 969th year of the 2nd millennium our eyes were focused on something unbelievable. Many of us had their eyes focused on the small screen of our magic ‘moving picture box’ to see the first people to land on the Moon, after the Soviet Union had launched Venera 5 toward Venus and  launched Soyuz 4. Two cosmonauts transfered from Soyuz 5 to Soyuz 4 via a spacewalk while the two craft were docked together, the first time such a transfer took place. The two spacecraft undocked and returned to Earth two days later. Soviet probe Venera 6 begins to descend into Venus‘s atmosphere, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure.

Apollo 11 was the culmination of the Apollo program and a massive national commitment by the United States to beat the Soviet Union, who had launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, but now going further in putting people on the Moon. Hundreds of thousands of people witnessed the launch directly, and hundreds of millions more watched on television.


  • (Buzz Aldrin) stands next to the U.S. flag at Tranquility Base on the Moon during NASA's Apollo 11 mission, July 20, 1969. Aldrin's forward-leaning stance was the normal resting position of an astronaut wearing the life-support pack.
    Edwin (“Buzz”) Aldrin stands next to the U.S. flag at Tranquility Base on the Moon during NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, July 20, 1969. Aldrin’s forward-leaning stance was the normal resting position of an astronaut wearing the life-support pack.

    At 4:17 PM U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Armstrong radioed, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

  • At 10:56 PM EDT on July 20, Armstrong stepped out onto the lunar soil with the words, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” (In the excitement of the moment, Armstrong skipped the “a” in the statement that he had prepared.)

Mankind managed to go to the moon to find there a quiet space, where there was no war going on.

On earth we could witness a cold war, a geopolitical rivalry between those giant states. That Cold War was waged on political, economic, and propaganda fronts and had luckily only limited recourse to weapons.

After losing the race to the Moon in 1969, the Soviet Union adapted the Soyuz to ferry crews to space stations.

Today we know it has not proved to be the ‘giant leap’ for man that was envisaged, as the world faces even greater problems than it did 50 years ago.

In January of 1969 Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch purchased the largest-selling British Sunday newspaper, The News of the World. At that time the printed daily and weekly papers were the way to get the news across and having people to look at the world.

The year that the Boeing 747 “jumbo jet” was flown for the first time, taking off from the Boeing airfield at Everett, Washington, and the first Concorde test flight was conducted in Toulouse, France, had brought Elvis Presley back into the picture whilst The Beatles made the youngsters go wild.

In the month U.S. President Richard Nixon declares the Nixon Doctrine, stating that the United States now expects its Asian allies to take care of their own military defence, the Dawn Christadelphians presented a magazine which would require people to look at many other doctrines men had brought into this worldly thinking.  Over the years that magazine like other magazines published by the Christadelphians showed how man in the end is useless in governing the world. Man would love to reign over the universe and to conquer Mars Venus and many other planets, but they still manage not to have the world under control.

The Bible teaches us that the earth has been given to mankind as a habitable planet and God’s Plan for the human race concerns the world in which we live and no other.

It is here we do have to make it. It is now that we do have to take care about ourself and others.

When we look back, we realise that the world has not changed for the better and is beset by many problems not even on the horizon 50 years ago that the world politicians and world leaders are powerless to resolve.
The advice of the Psalmist is:

Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save. (Psalm 146:3 NIV)

We have to conclude that it is beyond man to change the world in order that it may become the peaceful and harmonious paradise promised in the Bible.

The magazine “Light on a new world” like other magazines of the sincere Bible Students who consider themselves Brothers and Sisters in Christ, in many issues show how we can find ways to have a better life in this world and can put our hope in much better times than we can find in this present life.

Though we are an entirely lay community (i.e. one with no priesthood), and have no central office we have a bond and feel united with many like minded brothers and sisters all over the world. Believing wholly in the Bible, it being ‘the whole counsel of God’, in the many issues which have been published by the Dawn Christadelphians from Dartford, you shall be able to find several articles on that Book of books.

Our beliefs based on those of First Century Christians, our community is not afraid to tackle the same issues like those first followers of the Nazarene Jew had to face. The difference now is that the world seem much closer to our doorstep. With all the modern technology and social media everything from far away can be seen from our own house. Television and computer bring everything up unto our plate. How we cope with that confrontation is up to each of us.  though we are convinced we can help each other. With our publications on the net as well as in paper print material we want to reach the world.

Throughout the world one of the great growth industries of modern times is international travel. When people say they go on vacation today they mostly mean they are going to travel to somewhere else than their own surroundings.

Going to places people are not so much interested to let those around them to know what they believe and in what they have put their hopes. What we can see in this world is that many have no interest at all in God, nor in religious matters. They choose to go very broad ways.

If we have been following the broad way it will come as a shock to turn onto the narrow way.
What destination do we really want to reach? We could stay on that broad way, enjoying the things of today’s world that pander to our tastes, the ‘eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die’ syndrome. Certainly that broad way will end in destruction, for our rejection of Jesus will bar us from the gift of eternal life. There is a difference if we choose to enter by the narrow gate. The journey itself may be harder, the route will be more difficult to find. However, when we reach the destination we will be glad that we rejected the broad way because we will have come to something that offers us so much more. Paul summed it up in a letter he wrote to believers at Rome:

‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ Romans 6.23

With the periodical “Light on a new world” you may find solutions for getting somewhere more easily. It also shows how the Bible must be our ‘road map’. From many articles you shall be able to see how the bible is our only reliable guide. If we follow it carefully and put its instructions into practice, then we should have relatively little difficulty following the route, as the Psalmist wrote:

‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ (Psalm 119.105).


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  1. Loving One Another
  2. Pt 3 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God
  3. The Lord Is Good, A Stronghold (Nahum 1:7)
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