If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.  John 7:17-18
Is There Life in Outer Space? 

Those who believe there is life in outer space usually base that belief on the following reasoning: 

Life evolved on Earth. Since the universe is so immense and contains so many heavenly bodies, life probably evolved on some other planet as well. 

There are several flaws in this reasoning. First, it assumes that life evolved on Earth. Actually, a great deal of evidence shows that life is so complex that it could not have evolved--anywhere! Over the last 130 years, our culture has been so saturated with evolution that many have uncritically believed it. Subsequently, they concluded that life must have also evolved on at least a few of the many extraterrestrial bodies. 

Yes, there are many stars, and a very small fraction may have planets. However, the probability of just one living cell forming by natural processes is so infinitesimal, even considering the vast number of stars, that the likelihood of life spontaneously occurring anywhere in the visible universe is virtually zero! 

Despite popular and influential science fiction books and films, such as: Star Wars, E.T., Star Trek, 2001, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, there really is no scientific evidence for any extraterrestrial life. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars have been spent trying to find life in outer space. Conditions outside Earth are more destructive than probably anyone suspected before space exploration began: deadly radiation, poisonous gases, extreme gravitational forces, gigantic explosions, and the absence of the proper atmospheres and specific chemical elements. Just the temperature extremes in outer space would make almost any kind of life either so hot that it would vaporize or so cold that it would be completely rigid, brittle, and dead. Unfortunately, these physical realities do not stir the imagination as well as science fiction and evolutionary stories. 

"Bioastronomy" and "exobiology" are the studies of life in outer space. (They are the only fields of science without evidence or subject matter.) People in these fields are searching for signals from outer space that would imply an intelligent source. Radio telescopes linked with computers simultaneously search millions of radio frequencies for a non-random, nonnatural, extraterrestrial signal--any short sequence of information. Yet these researchers do not understand that the long sequence of information in the DNA of every living thing also implies an intelligence--a vast intelligence--a Creator. But if these researchers ever accepted the evidence for this intelligent designer, a Creator, the evolutionary basis for their search would disappear. 

If life evolved in outer space as easily as some people believe, many extraterrestrial "civilizations" should exist, especially around stars that evolutionists say are older than our sun. Some civilizations should even be technologically superior to ours. Any superior civilization within our galaxy would probably have already explored and colonized our solar system, at least with mechanical robots. Since this apparently has not happened, there is further reason to believe that extraterrestrial life does not exist, certainly not within our Milky Way Galaxy. 

There have been many stories of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). However, almost all have been traced to natural or manmade causes. Even if technically advanced flying objects exist, they may be of terrestrial, not extraterrestrial, origin. The United States, for example, developed and flew the "superfast" and "supersecret" SR-71 aircraft for about a decade before almost any senior military officers in the United States knew such technology was possible. The evidence that UFOs are from extraterrestrial civilizations, although not disproved, has not been verified and usually relies on the truthfulness and rationality of a few alleged witnesses. 

Could God have created life elsewhere? Certainly. Unfortunately, the Bible is largely silent on this subject. However, the Bible does say, "For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them." Exodus 20:11a

This implies that if life was created in outer space, it would have happened during the six creation days. Furthermore, since Genesis 1:14-19 says heavenly bodies were made on the fourth day, one can narrow the possible time for creating extraterrestrial life to the 4th, 5th, or 6th creation days. 

Three other verses in the Bible intimate that conscious, rational life is unique to earth. 

Romans 8:22 states, "the whole creation groans and suffers" as a consequence of Adam's sin. This would be a strange statement if humanlike beings existed in outer space, because it would mean that they, who were not descended from Adam, nonetheless suffer because of Adam's sin. 

Romans 5:12 tells us, "through one man [Adam] sin entered the world." The Greek word for "world" is kosmos, which generally means the entire universe. Again, if intelligent beings exist beyond the earth, they would apparently be suffering unjustly for Adam's sin. 

Genesis 1:14 states that the heavenly bodies were made "for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years." It does not say that they were created as habitats for other creatures. 

Is there life in outer space? Probably not. Many people enjoy speculating on this subject, and some want to believe there is life in outer space--usually life that is superior to ours. They may be right. However, there is little rational basis for this belief--either scientific or biblical. 


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