Why can't there be life on other planets?
I've been recently reviewing such
astronomical details as The Great
Attractor and the Sloan Great Wall,
things that just baffle the mind for
their sheer size. If the known
universe (and The Great Attractor is
unknown, we can see its gravitational effect, how it is attracting our
galaxy at a phenomenal rate, but we have no idea what it is, while the
Sloan Great Wall is probably only a small portion of the actual wall),
but if the known universe was the size of the earth, pick up a grain of
sand and look at it. That's still larger than our entire galaxy! Let
alone our solar system or the Earth itself. We are a really, really,
really small part of this universe.
For those of you that are Christians, think Psalm 8:3-4
I think most people would agree with the definition of an alien being a
lifeform that does not originate from Earth. In that regard, the Bible
is full of aliens. Think angels, devil spirits, cherubim, seraphim, etc.
OK, sure, these are all classes of spirit beings, not physical beings.
But they're alive and they do not originate from the earth. Why does
life have to be limited to just the physical realm. That's all we can
investigate at the moment, but pause to remember, 100 years ago a
wireless connection would have been witchcraft, flying to the moon was
considered a flight of pure fantasy. Now days, no one blinks an eye at
Is it egotistical on our part to assume or to insist that we are the
sole intelligent inhabitants of this universe? Why couldn't God create
life in some other galaxy (there's certainly plenty of them) or even in
this one? It's His prerogative, not ours. Who are we to insist He
couldn't have done that?
Deuteronomy 29:29 says the secret things belong unto the Lord our God.
Perhaps the Bible is just silent on the subject and we've misread
silence as a declaration of exclusivity on mankind's part. Perhaps He's
taking the US nuclear warship policy, refusing to either confirm or deny.
Perhaps one day ET will return our long distance call... It would
certainly lead to some very interesting conversations and comparisons
between the development, culture, intellectual and religious paradigms
of two previously isolated worlds... Rather than feeling threated, I
think it would be fun. There would be a lot we could learn. Perhaps
we'll be surprised by how different "they" are. But, given that the laws
of science are universally applicable, perhaps we'll be even more
surprised by just how much we share in common. And in the meantime,
there's always Hollywood to stir the imagination :)