the discovery of life on other planets totally destroy the Bible?
"Sometimes I think
we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought
is speculation about the possible existence in the universe of other life
sustaining planets like the earth. Would
evidence of their existence or of life on them refute the Bible?
or not this planet is the only life-bearing one is not dealt with in the
Bible (no particular interpretation of the creation account necessarily
favors or forbids this possibility). Conceivably, as God nurtured the small
nation of Israel for the role of evangelizing the entire world, our world
could be destined for a similar role on a much grander scale. At present,
I would say this is not likely.
for traces of life on other planets, like Mars, it is conceivable that some
building-block type chemicals may be found, but chemicals and associated
chemical compounds do not constitute life. For greater discussion, read
what the discoverer of DNA and others have
to say about the matter; also here.
it appears that we are alone in the universe, the thought of the entire
cosmos being essentially no more than a backdrop for God's creation of us
becomes extremely profound. A very compelling point of view in the American
Scientist deduces that such an immense universe was actually necessary
if mankind was truly the desired end result:
a brain. And a brain cannot come into being without life. As the foundation
of life no biochemist sees any alternative but DNA. But DNA demands carbon
for its construction. Carbon in turn comes into being by thermonuclear
combustion in the stars. Thermonuclear combustion demands billions of
years in time. But according to general relativity a Universe cannot provide
billions of years of time unless it also has billions of light-years of
extent. On this view it is not the Universe that has dominion over the
man, but man who governs the size of the Universe. 9
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Where did the universe