Man in the Fifth Dimension

Souvenir Book Cover
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 Observatory)

(The image of a star field as seen through the telescope is shown)

Billy Graham (On camera): 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.

 Mt. Palomar
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 Studio Set
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.

Electron Microscope

(View through an electron microscope)

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 Redwood Forest)

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 race.

(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 in Redwood Forest
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 a canyon)

 Stream and Headlines

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. 



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