Once again we find the science news buzzing with images of the surface of Mars. I heard one late night comedian say that Mars looked just like California, dry, barren and full of hidden aliens.
While the description may have been made in gest, it does describe the real purpose for the NASA mission to the red planet. The two main purposes are to find evidence of water and life, especially life.
Evolutionists have been trying to find the source of life on earth ever since the theory began to gain acceptance. Somewhere, somehow, some time ago, life had to start.
Many still believe that the first life miraculously formed in a slimy organic slop several billion years ago. In a toxic methane atmosphere, a lightning bolt struck the lucky puddle and the chemicals necessary for life began to form. Eventually, more and more of this complex molecules formed until one day, a membrane formed around them and the first the cell was born
But those that understand biology and chemistry know that the very environmental conditions necessary to create the organic molecules necessary for life also breaks them down as fast as they form. The only way they are formed and collected in the lab is to have a distillation chamber that collects the molecules and protects them from the hostile environment that created them. Then you still have the problem of chirality of the molecules along with the problem of an impermeable membrane and how the right chemicals can enter the cell and others excreted from the cell.
Honest evolutionists will admit that the basic law of biology states that life cannot arise from non-life, so the formation of life from a prebiotic soup here on earth is impossible. They can’t deny their religious belief in evolution, so if life could not have originated here on earth, the only direction they have left to turn is outer space.
Thus, we turn our attention to Mars and the mission of the rover named Curiosity. They believe so strongly that life was not created by God, that they look to Mars and everywhere else in the solar system, Milky Way Galaxy and universe. No matter what the cost in dollars ($2.6 billion), equipment and man hours they are bound and determined to prove that life on earth had to have originated somewhere out in space.
So what would it mean to the Bible and creationism if Curiosity did find microscopic evidence of life or even found some sort of bacteria living on the distant planet?
To be honest, it won’t mean a thing nor will it serve to prove their point.
To begin with, the Bible doesn’t say that there aren’t primitive forms of life elsewhere in the universe. What it does teach us is that Jesus Christ, the Creator, was a descendent of the first man Adam here on earth and that He died for our sins here on earth and that only the descendants of Adam can be redeemed by Christ’s blood. We are also told in Scripture that all of creation was affected by Adam’s sin and the Greek word used for creation is ‘cosmos’ which also translates to mean the entire universe. Therefore, it would seem highly unlikely that God would have created intelligent life anywhere else other than here on earth as they would have no chance of salvation.
Additionally, finding any form of life on Mars or other stellar locations doesn’t help the evolutionary model at all. They still have the problem of life having to have originated from non-life. The only thing they would accomplish would be to move the problem of origins from earth to elsewhere in space.
Therefore, the current Curiosity mission on Mars is very interesting and hopefully will teach us a lot about one of our celestial neighbors, but it will not help the evolutionary quest to identify the origin of life on earth. For that answer, all they need do is turn to Genesis 1.
Today, most scientists and philosophers claim that Earth is an ordinary speck of dust adrift, without purpose or significance, in a vast cosmic sea. This idea (popularized by the late astronomer, Carl Sagan) is an outgrowth of the naturalistic philosophy that has dominated science for the past 150 years. Yet, remarkable evidence–unveiled by contemporary astronomy and physics-may now tell a very different story.
This hour-long documentary explores the scientific evidence for intelligent design and purpose in the universe. In the process, Earth is revealed as far more than the product of time, chance, and random natural processes.