The Message of
"...science precedes all and would
ultimately bring a remedy for humanity."
Few people realize
the significance of what was carried on Columbia. Though the launch of Columbia
did not receive much news coverage in America, (it was Columbia's 28th
flight), Israeli Astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon was fast becoming a "new national hero" in Israel.
He was front page news, making history.
like the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal," said Mark Regev,
spokesman for the Israeli Embassy. "I think all Israelis are looking
The hope of Israel
was upon Ramon who described himself as a secular Jew. Though it was
not his custom, he offered to "eat some kosher food" and practice the
Sabbath. Rabbis were thrilled and helpful, and the people rejoiced.
They claimed this as a unification of secular and Orthodox worlds.
Rabbi Rank, Vice President of the
International Rabbinical Assembly, wrote in the Jewish Post:
did not have to go to any lengths to promote his Jewishness on this
trip. He is secular and therefore did not have to request kosher
food... But he chose to do so willingly and in that choice, he
empowers us to do the same."
Rabbi Rank also said,
“On this trip, Colonel Ramon has embraced
both worlds. That's a challenge to us and model for us. Thank you
Colonel Ramon. Go in peace, return in peace, and by you may Houston
have no problems.”
Ilan Ramon was
credited with "empowering the people" and a rabbi said by Ramon
may Houston have no problems?
other prophets have warned us
about empty sacrifices.
"For My people
have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of
Living Waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that
can hold no water."
Is this true, that
rabbis would swear by Ramon that
Houston have no problems? A man that offered empty tribute to God
while publicly asserting he had no faith in that tribute? Did Israel
lift up a secular national hero, claiming a mere man empowered them to
embrace a secular world with empty offerings?
that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, which keeps
covenant and mercy with those that love Him." Deu. 7:9
Ramon said, "There
is no better place to emphasize the unity of people in the world than
flying in space."
Ramon said during an interview, "I'm proof that even with all the hard
times we are going forward....When we go up to space, Earth is one
unity and no borders are seen from there."
says we are set apart:
are an holy people unto the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen
you to be a peculiar people unto Himself, above all the nations that
are upon the earth."
"But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly;
" Psalm 4:3
"Because My people have forgotten me, they have burned incense to
vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the
ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up" [to exalt -
Strongs]. Jer 18:15
Going through the
motions of faith while professing a denial of that faith to all of
Israel, glorifying Ilan Ramon as the empowerment of Israel was
nothing short of
mockery to God. And God will not be mocked.
So-Called Supremecy of Science
Additionally, Ramon took with
him into orbit a drawing by a 14 year old boy who was killed in
Auschwitz. It touched everyone's hearts and was highly publicized. The boy had
drawn his vision of what the Earth would look like from the moon.
"It's related to space, of course, and I feel like I'm taking his
vision and his spirit of space," said
Ramon selected the drawing
after talking with museum directors from
Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust
Memorial, which also describes the drawing:
"The picture reveals a young man who, in addition to his other
talents, was both a researcher and scientist full of optimism that
science precedes all and would ultimately bring a remedy for
Thus Ilan Ramon,
glorified by Israel to "empower people," a symbol to unify the secular
and Orthodox, by which Houston may succeed, set off into orbit
offering an empty tribute to God while publicly renouncing belief in it, carrying a drawing which openly represented the "supremacy of science
Yet Ilan Ramon was
not the only astronaut
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