Life on Mars?


 

It’s likely you would have heard about the great excitement about the discovery of a large body of water under the surface of Mars, and the possibilities it creates for there being life on Mars.

But what is the reason for the great interest in finding life beyond earth?

Maybe to some people it would legitimise their belief that given the right conditions and enough time, life could spontaneously come into existence without the need of a Creator?

If life could spontaneously start on earth without the need for Divine involvement then surely it ought to have started elsewhere too.

The more widespread life is out there in the universe, the more it could seem to legitimize the possibility that life doesn’t need a God to create it.

On the flip side – a completely barren universe (apart from earth) would tend to legitimize the Bible account of Creator God. If life can spontaneously come into being, why hasn’t it done so elsewhere? Why earth only?

Therefore scientists with an atheistic bent are desperate to find life elsewhere. It NEEDS to find evidence of widespread universal life.

But from a Christian point of view there’s no need to discount the possibility of some kind of life elsewhere. God could very well have created life beyond the earth for purposes of His own.
An account of that life beyond earth isn’t necessarily relevant to his relationship with mankind so didn’t need to be revealed in scripture

7 thoughts on “Life on Mars?

  1. Many Christians are awakening to the glory of science!

    Of course, God could have always created conditions in which life would eventually develop within the confines of its own ability.

  2. God is not One to act or create without purpose.
    The life He did create was given the ability to reproduce but there’s no indication in scripture that God merely created conditions from which life could eventually develop out of any ability of its own apart from God’s own command.

    Science can only reflect the glory of God.

  3. The scientific world seems desperate to prove there is life somewhere other than earth. That can only be because they long to overthrow the belief in God and his creation that they find so offensive. I say, knock yourselves out, but it won’t change the truth. If any kind of “life” was found elsewhere it would only confirm God’s creation anyway.

  4. Hi Tricia, the possible discovery of very simple forms of life (bacteria) on mars or anywhere within the solar system shouldn’t be given too much significance. Considering the number of space missions from earth, it’s quite likely mankind have already “contaminated” the places those missions have visited with traces of simple life forms from earth.

    I find irony in that considering some scientists have theorised that originally life came to earth from space in comet debris. I find it more likely that forms of God-created life from earth could be spread into space through insufficient hygiene during preparation for a space mission.

  5. If any scientists’ intent in finding extraterrestial life is to discredit belief in God’s creation of life on earth, their understanding is self-defeatingly narrow and misguided.

    The Bible credits God with creating all living things. “Life” is God’s creation; its location or form are really quite beside the point.

    I don’t understand scripture to teach that God somehow limited His creational power regards life’s location or form. Rather than discrediting our belief in God’s creation of the life we know exists on earth, the discovery of extraterrestial life would show God’s act of creation was even greater and more diverse than we’d previously been able to understand.

  6. Hi Steve, whether or not life is discovered elsewhere should have no bearing on our belief in God. As you suggest, scripture doesn’t limit the extent of God’s creation of life to a particular location.
    I don’t think the atheist has the same kind of flexibility. They need to find life elsewhere to justify the expectation that life should be widespread if it is able to “spontaneously” come into existence and develop into the kind of diversity and complexity of different forms that we have on earth.

  7. “I don’t think the atheist has the same kind of flexibility. They need to find life elsewhere to justify the expectation that life should be widespread if it is able to “spontaneously” come into existence and develop into the kind of diversity and complexity of different forms that we have on earth.”

    Very true. If there’s one thing we know with certainty about atheists, it’s their propensity to self-delusion. LOL.

    And if their deluded hope that finding extraterrestial life will “disprove” God’s agency in creation, God’s using their denial of Him to to further GLORIFY Himself makes me marvel even more that His rule extends even to making atheists honor Him. (Poor atheists. LOL.)

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