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Will Humans Explore the Stars?

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Jerome G. from the United States writes in response to article Did God create life on other planets?

I agree that we humans for all the reasons you cited are the only sentient beings in the universe.

However when I hear people say what a waste of space (and Christians sometimes think the same thing I think we are possibly missing Gods grand design.

What if: God intends that man will spread out into the entire universe by traveling from one star and planet to the next so that to his kingdom there is no end?

There are a number of reasons to think this. First God did not seed the world with man on various continents or places but put ADAM and EVE one place. From there man spread out into the earth.

Next if man spreads out into the universe than the problem of sin nature and the need for Christ will continue for all times.

Also what does the phrase “A new heaven and a new earth” mean?

This earth would eventually come to an end but not man!!

Maybe our vision of what Gods plan is and our understanding of the Bible is so limited.

I think that using the scripture a Good case can be made for worlds without end!!

CMI’s Lita Cosner responds:

Dear Jerome,

Thanks for writing in.

At best, we can say that we can’t know your hypothesis from Scripture. There’s no indication that God had in mind that humans would spread over the universe. This is contrasted to the expressed intent of God that humans would fill the earth.

We agree that this earth will eventually come to an end. But I would argue that this doesn’t mean that we’re all going to migrate to another planet, but that earth will be re-created—and not just earth, but the whole universe. In Genesis, “heavens and earth” is a merism that stands for “the universe.” I would argue that it is used in the same way when Revelation talks about a new heavens and earth.

There are many indications that God’s plan was for humans to inhabit the earth, not other planets. For instance, God spent most of creation week preparing the earth to be suitable for human habitation. Most of the rest of the universe is relegated to a footnote during Day 4: “He created the stars also.” Isaiah 45:18 says that God created the earth to be inhabited….

 

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  • el_loco_jp

    First, there is no god (cite me a single piece of irrefutable objective evidence). Second, if intelligence exists somewhere else in the universe, it is too far away for us to ever detect it.

    • Gerald J Boyum

      This is a classic assertion made by people looking for “proof” of God. There are several big problems with that claim such as:

      1. The assumption (or presupposition) that all truth or reality is revealed only through scientific research (scientific materialism). Cite irrefutable objective evidence supporting the validity of this assumption or belief.

      2. A related assumption (or presupposition) that the material world is all there is (materialistic naturalism). If you subscribe to such illogical nonsense, then account for the laws of logic or mathematics (non-physical entities that are critical for scientific research) in your “material-only” worldview.

      3. The assumption that physical laws can be applied to supernatural beings and that God can be “measured” by physical means. By definition, He is not part of the physical universe, hence the term “supernatural”. He also is not limited by physical laws or time for that matter – He created them.

      4. The impossibility of actually verifying such an assertion in the absence of evidence to the contrary. Unless you are capable of exploring the entire universe and its multiple dimensions (string theory proposes that there are 11 dimensions), how can anyone state for sure what is or isn’t in the universe. It’s an asinine statement from the start.

      People who request “proof” usually do not provide a definition or example of what would constitute “irrefutable objective evidence”. The saying, “For believers, no proof is necessary; for non-believers no proof is possible” is definitely applicable here.

      You are attempting to make a “truth claim” that would require “objective evidence” to support it. Is there any reason why you didn’t? Here’s your opportunity to do just that. If there is no god, then what are the alternatives for the existence of the universe? Trot out your “irrefutable objective evidence” concerning:

      a. How the universe came into existence in the absence of a Divine Creator.
      b. How 30 or more physical constants just “happened” to be finely tuned to permit life on earth. This fine tuning involves precision not possible through human engineering and infinitesimally small probabilities that mathematicians consider to be zero. Fred Hoyle, British astrophysicist observed:

      “A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.”
      c. How the first life originated from non-living matter? This question is a huge hurdle for the evolutionists, as well. Here is what one physicist said about the above question:
      “If living matter is not, then, caused by the interplay of atoms, natural forces and radiation, how has it come into being? … I think, however, that we must go further than this and admit that the only acceptable explanation is creation. I know that this is anathema to physicists, as indeed it is to me, but we must not reject a theory that we do not like if the experimental evidence supports it.” H. S. Lipson, Professor of Physics, UK
      d. How non-intelligent matter produced intelligence.

      There are more of these fundamental questions concerning how we came into existence (from molecules to man) and the origins of our unique attributes; however, unless your mind is completely closed on this topic (“those who have ears to hear and eyes to see”), there is plenty of evidence for the existence of God.

      The more that scientists learn about the universe and its physics, the more they accept evidence that points toward an intelligent, purposeful, all-powerful, eternal God. The above quotes from scientists are typical of scientists (up to 40% of American physicists, biologists and mathematicians believe in God).

      But it is not at all surprising, that we have doubters in the face of overwhelming evidence. Even in the days when Jesus, the God-Man who was the ultimate “proof”, walked on this earth and performed many miracles (the greatest miracle was His conquest of death); there were doubters. At any rate, all humans will eventually learn the truth – our mortality rate is 100%.

      But you don’t have to go back in time or go long distances for objective proof; just go to the nearest mirror and take a good look- and take off your dark-colored glasses. You should see the image of a unique being (no other creature on earth possesses these attributes) who: is highly intelligent, conscious (self aware of his existence as a human being), creative, and has a conscience (knowledge of right and wrong), personality, and awareness of beauty (esthetics). These attributes can only come from a being with those attributes.

    • frank

      God does exist.The fact that you are able to communicate on the internet as you have is proof itself that there is a God. cite me a single piece of irrefutable objective evidence to the contrary that he doesnt exist.

      • Bob Pruitt

        ONLY A DUMMY WOULD LOOK AROUND AND SEE HIS HANDWORK.

  • No soy loco

    Let me see. You put the light switch on and the light comes on but you can’t see the electricity flowing but yet you put the light on. You see a building and you say “A builder built it” You see a painting and you say “A Painter painted it”. But you see Creation around you and you say “It just happened”. You say there is no god. Wow! Intelligence does exist and maybe someday you will find it yourself within yourself.
    You say there is no god and I say there is a GOD. Who is right? By GOD I think I am !!

    I’d rather live and believe the way I do and if I die and I am wrong I have not lost anything but I have lived a good life. But if I’m right I have gained eternity. You on the other hand will have lost the most precious gift of all.

    My friend, hopefully someday you’ll find the truth!

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