Neil Armstrong: A Great American, A Devout Christian


Neil Armstrong went to be with the Lord yesterday. He was a great American. He was a devoted Christ follower.

Of course, you wouldn’t know about Armstrong’s Christian faith from the obituaries published by such bastions of liberal journalism as the New York Times and Washington Post. They didn’t consider it worthy of comment.

Nor would you know that Armstrong loved the Lord from the perfunctory tribute offered by President Obama, who mentions Christianity only when it serves his political purposes (like defending his support for homosexual marriage).

But Armstrong’s life story cannot be told without mentioning his walk with Christ.

Indeed, perhaps the most under-reported story about Armstrong concerned his visit to Israel following his historic trip to the moon, where he made his one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.

The American astronaut was taken on a tour of the old city of Jerusalem by Israeli archeologist Meir Ben-Dov. When they got to the Hulda Gate, which is at the top of the stairs leading to the TempleMount, Armstrong asked Ben-Dov whether Jesus had stepped anywhere around there.

“These are the steps that lead to the temple,” Ben-Dov told him, “so He must have walked here many times.”

Armstrong then asked Ben-Dov if those were the original stairs and Ben-Dov confirmed that they were indeed.

“So Jesus stepped right here,” Armstrong asked. “That’s right,” answered Ben-Dov.

To which Armstrong, the devout Christian, replied, “I have to tell you, I am more excited stepping on these stones than when I was stepping on the moon.”

The secular world remembers Armstrong as, variously, an aerospace engineer, a university professor, a Navy fighter pilot and, of course, as the first man in history to peer back at Earth from the surface of the moon.

But those who were closest to the famous astronaut – his widow, Carol, his two sons, Eric and Mark (from a previous marriage), his brother and sister, and other survivors – remember Neil Armstrong as a man of faith.

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30 thoughts on “Neil Armstrong: A Great American, A Devout Christian

  1. Anonymous on said:

    Thats so awesome we just saw the movie about him landing on the moon. And its true walking with Jesis is greater then walking on the moon. Praise the Lord!

  2. JEFFREY Derry on said:

    Praise God for his faithful servant

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  4. Anonymous on said:

    I’m apart of this historical time when LATE Neil Armstrong actually landed on the moon my only Son was born during such a great time in history The U.S. has come a long ways in the past 50years in space and technology.

  5. Very comforting to know God chose
    Him to be “First Man “

  6. John Abisch on said:

    Hi JP, my question is of a different nature. I am seeking info about the earth being a globe. I am an Independent Baptist missionary working in Québec. Recently a french couple came to know Christ as personal Savior. The husband was trained in military in France and has his own business in Québec. Well, he really gets into conspiracy theory and questions whether we went to the moon or not. I told him that Neil Armstrong was of the Christian faith and that he would have a real problem living with a lie perpetrated by the government if all of that were not true. But the second thing is that he has now been convinced that the earth is flat and does not revolve around the sun. This movement is growing. Are there any comments on the part of Christian astronauts about their view of the earth from their space capsules. That would be a help. Thank you.

  7. I am sure he had Christian influence from environment where he was born and grew up. It will never leave you especially in old age.

  8. Neil Armstrong is truly a Christian; not a Muslim.

  9. JP… I have searched the internet for that claim of yours and have not found it. Now, it may have happened, but how does that prove he was a Christian? His widow asks the pastor to pray for him? Does not prove anything.

    When he applied at NASA, he filled out, “No religious affiliation.” Sorry for being a year late but I just cannot stand Christian lies. I offered you his official biography. You offered no proof at all. When Buzz Aldrin, who was a Presbyterian held his communion on the moon, he said “I silently read the Bible passage as I partook of the wafer and the wine, and offered a private prayer for the task at hand and the opportunity I had been given.

    Neil watched respectfully, but made no comment to me at the time.”

    Now if Neil really was a Christian, he would have said something or joined him. But he didn’t. Not to mention the fact that there is still NO PROOF that he was a Christian during or after the Apollo 11 mission. He never identified as such. I am going by what he said; not by what some insecure religious nut says.

    • As St. Thomas Aquinas aptly said: “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.

      Go in peace rustydroid.

  10. Yes, I am a Christ follower.

    • God bless you Kelly. My information comes from Ohio, where Neil Armstrong died a faithful member of the United Church of Christ. Rev. Jeff Davis, Pastor at St. Paul UCC in Wapakoneta, presided over an outdoor memorial service for the late astronaut whom, he confirms, was a devoted Christian. Of course, that bit of information couldn’t be found in any of Armstrong’s secular obituaries.

  11. Glory to God Almighty the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The above mentioned statement “I have to tell you, I am more excited stepping on these stones than when I was stepping on the moon” is more historic than the one on the moon!!!

    God bless his soul.

  12. Anonymous on said:

    Thanks for the article, I will use it for our church website (Czech Republic).

  13. Neil was a Deist, not a Christian. Stop with the religious propaganda, let the man rest in peace. Next think we know you’ll be baptizing the poor man post death.

    • The claim that Armstrong was a Deist is based on an occasion, all the way back in the late 1950s, when he applied to be a Boy Scout troop leader. When asked his religious affiliation, he replied “Deist.” But Armstrong’s faith life evolved in ensuing years and, by the time he became an Apollo astronaut, he was a confirmed Christ follower. And he died, not as a Deist, a fiction the atheist community promulgated with his passing, but as a Christian.

      • I would like to know where you got your information. I have read excerpts from his biography and it mentions his mother’s strong faith in Jesus, but it goes into her disappointment that he did not carry on that legacy with his boys. From what he has said, he sounds like he could be a believer. But, I can’t find anything concrete. Do you have any other resources?

      • Thank you for your comment and question Kelly. Are you a Christ follower?

      • pastorjackwilson on said:

        JP with your permission: Also: This one is by the actual person he asked.

      • Thank you, Pastor.

      • “by the time he became an Apollo astronaut, he was a confirmed Christ follower” That is the biggest crock I have ever heard. There is absolutely NO PROOF for that lie of yours. Neil Armstrong was a deist, and there is no evidence he changed his beliefs. Therefore, during the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong was a deist. Furthermore, Buzz Aldrin (a Christian unlike Armstrong) gave himself communion and Armstrong just watched quietly. According to Armstrong’s official biography (which clearly describes him as a deist) October 27, 1969, just a few months after his moon landing, his mother (a Christian) wrote to a Methodist church; …”but when he was a senior in high school, and even more in college, he began wondering about the truth of Jesus Christ. I felt sure he was praying less…. [Today] he is not teaching his own two fine sons about Jesus Christ. This fact causes a million swords to be pierced through my heart constantly.”

        This website is biased, and completely inaccurate. Neil Armstrong WAS NOT A CHRISTIAN.
        Stop trying to conscript this great hero into this lie you call “religion.” Neil Armstrong was a deist both before, during, and after the Apollo 11 mission. Get over it.

      • My, how the heathen rage. We’re afraid we cannot publish all seven of your comments “rustydroid1.” Your very first rant will have to suffice.

        The late Neil Armstrong was a member of the United Church of Christ. In fact, the Pastor of St. Paul Church UCC In Wapakoneta, Ohio was actually at Armstrong’s home, holding a prayer vigil, when the astronaut was about land on the moon.

        Oh, and by the way, Armstrong’s widow, asked the current Pastor of St. Paul UCC to offer words at his memorial service last year. That seems a strange thing for his widow to do if her late husband was not a Christ follower; if he shared your obvious contempt for Christians.

      • Just another undocumented person who’s intention is only to destroy Christianity. We rejoice because our beliefs are true and powerful. So much so that all those who have not seen the truth, bash us in jealousy. You might still have time if God did not fully harden your heart. Seek Him and you shall find Him when you search for Him with all your heart.

  14. I thought he was a man of faith but didn’t know for sure…I was very touch by this article. I too would be more excited to walk where Jesus walk than anywhere else! Thank you for this article!

  15. What a great man of faith who quietly reflected God’s glory.

  16. pastorjackwilson on said:

    What a great tribute!

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