|This transcript is taken
from both the souvenir LP Recording of the soundtrack and a copy
of a condensed version of the film, as it was featured in the
Graham ministry's 1965 movie "World's Fair Encounter."
|(Some initial animation depicting
geometric shapes, including a block gives way to an opening shot
that shows ocean waves breaking across a beach. From right to
left, a man walks across leaving his footprints in the sand.
Camera moves up into sky to reveal the title card, then tilts
down to show Reverend Billy Graham in front of Mount Palomar
(The image of a
star field as seen through the telescope is shown)
They call it a window on the universe. This 200 inch telescope
atop Mount Palomar in southern California. For on every clear
night of the year, an astronomer, in the observer's cage high
up in the silver dome, probes the limitless reaches of outer
space. On sensitive photographic film, the big 200 inch eye has
recorded the light of literally millions of stars. And the end
is not yet. For centuries, philosophers and scientists have asked
the question, where is the end? Where did it all come from? Of
course, science does not know the answer to these questions.
But we've learned enough. Through instruments like this. To realize
that our Earth is a mere grain of sand on the vast seashore of
the starry universe.
|Graham (V.O.): Out beyond the familiar constellations
that dot our night sky, and beyond the distant star clouds and
clusters of the Milky Way, which is the edge of our own galaxy,
are other galaxies. Island universes so far from us their light
has taken millions of years, traveling at the speed of six hundred
and seventy million miles an hour, to reach us. Within the range
of our present telescopes are one hundred million of these galaxies.
Each made up of billions of stars. These giant systems are rushing
away from us at fantastic speeds. In fact, the more distant the
galaxy, the faster it is moving.
(The view of a drop
of water as seen through a microscope)
|Graham (On camera in a studio
set with photographs of starfields behind him. As he goes on,
he walks into a physics lab):
Many astronomers believe that all these galaxies are the same
age. And that they all started at the same place at the same
time. As Lincoln Barnett, the gifted author of the bestseller,
The Universe and Dr. Einstein, writes: "All the clues
of science point to a time of creation. When the cosmic fires
were ignited. And the vast pageant of the present universe was
brought into being." The Bible says, "In the beginning,
God created the heavens and the Earth." The Bible never
tries to prove the existence of God. It assumes it. The problem
is, too often man tries to subject God to the analysis of the
laboratory. But we cannot put God in a test tube and say here
is God, anymore than you can put a mother's love in a test tube
and say this is a mother's love. Of course the evidences of God
are all about us. At Palomar, we probe the limitless reaches
of the starry universe, and with the microscope we can see a
universe just as inscrutable, but so small, that our most powerful
instruments can only scratch the surface.
(View through an
|Graham (V.O.): To the naked eye, a drop of pond water
often contains minute particles moving about. Under a microscope,
the particles become living organisms. The world of the protozoa.
It doesn't take long to reach the limits of the optical microscope.
About a hundred diameters will do it. But then we must turn to
the electron microscope.
(View of California
Graham (V.O.): A beam of electrons similar to the one
that gives you a picture on your television tube, allows us to
study objects two billionths of an inch in diameter. Magnifying
a specimen up to one million times. From the human body, a tiny
bit of heart muscle, vital in the task of pumping man's blood
supply. Rods and cones in the retina of the human eye. A few
of the more than one hundred million rods and six million cones
that convey light images to the optic nerve. Another marvel of
the human body's design and operation.
Graham (on camera): What more eloquent evidence of the Creator's
hand? No wonder many of our scientists say there must be a God.
But there are other evidences of God's existence, even stronger
than the universe in which we live. For example, there's the
conscience within every man. A warning light that flashes when
we do wrong. Who put this voice within man to warn him of moral
danger? Philosophers and even politicians discuss what is moral
and what is not moral. Where did this sense of morality originate?
We know it is wrong to murder, but how do we know it is wrong?
It is the God given voice of conscience within. Having accepted
the fact of God, the next question we ask is, what kind of a
person is He? We've already seen evidence that He is a God of
order, design and perfection. But when we pick up the Bible,
we discover that God is much more. The Bible teaches that He
is a God of righteousness and holiness. The Bible teaches that
He is a God of judgment. That He is so pure that no impurity
can stand in His presence. But more. The Bible teaches that God
is love. And it is because God is love that He created the human
(The sight of a
muddy river. Newspaper headlines are superimposed over the scene,
reading: "War Clouds Loom"; "Race Hatred Explodes";
"Crime Rate Soars")
|Graham (V.O.): Man was made for fellowship with his
maker. The Bible tells us that when he became a living soul,
he was placed in a paradise and given the privilege of ruling
over it. And the Bible tells us that in the cool of the day,
Adam walked with God in the paradise garden eastward of Eden.
|Graham (On camera at base of
redwood tree): When God
made man, He gave him the priceless gift of freedom. Freedom
of moral choice. A will of his own. He could obey or disobey
God. He was not created a puppet or a machine. He had complete
freedom of choice. And in the beginning, man chose to love and
obey God. As a result, his life was a paradise. But one day,
something happened. Man deliberately rebelled against God. He
willfully broke God's moral law. And man's special relationship
to God was broken. He began to suffer and die, as the disease
of sin entered the human race. He lost the peace, joy and security
that he had. The perfection of God's handiwork was stained. Eden
became for man, a Paradise Lost.
(Aerial view of
|Graham (V.O.): Springing from the ground like a crystal
clear spring, intended to be a river running through pleasant
and productive pastures, man chose to take a course that plunged
down from the sunny heights. Dashing against rocks and churning
between deep sunless cliffs, all generations yet unborn plunged
downward with Adam, infected by the disease of sin. And as God
had warned Adam, the penalty of sin is suffering and death.
Graham (V.O.): The story of the river is the story
of man since Adam. Though we lift our voices and cry for help,
still we choose deliberately as Adam did, the wrong way.
Graham (on camera): As Winston Churchill once said, "Man
has improved himself everywhere, except morally." We've
resorted to every means to regain Paradise. Our motives have
been good. Our attempts commendable. But the Bible says they
have all fallen short. But God faced a dilemma. In spite of man's
rebellion, God loved him. But being just, how could He forgive
man, unless the penalty of sin had been paid? This was the question
that God faced. And with His love for man so strong, He immediately
took the initiative to restore the broken fellowship. To provide
the means for man's redemption. To the amazement of the whole
universe, God decided to become a man in the person of His son.