Hi all! I was watching the television show "The Universe" on the discovery channel the other day, and they were talking about the possibility of the existance of alien life. While watching I began to ponder how our faith, and humans as a whole, may be effected by different types of discoveries. I will list a few scenerios for you to ponder and discuss:
a. Microbes found outside of earth which contain dna and the same basic requirements for life as microbes on earth
b. Microbes found outside of earth that are totally different that those found on earth- i.e. on mercury or jupiter.
2. Intelligent life- this is where the questions get interesting!
a. (dream scenerio) Intelligent life that confirms the universality of the new and old testiment, and christianity as a whole ( separate planets, but same biblical belief).
b. (nightmare scenerio) Intelligent life that follows another religion- aliens that while never before in contact with earth believe the koran or mormanism.
c. (just throwing this out there) Alien life that visits earth and anounces that we are an experiment of theirs- that they "seeded" earth with life in order to watch us and see how earth turns out.
So how would any of these scenerios affect your relationship with jesus? In terms of the microbes, would these discoveries change our perspective on the literal truth of creationism? In terms of the discovery of intelligent life- would the dream scenerio result in the entire world following christ, and conversely would the nightmare scenerio compel christians to begin following mohomad or joseph smith?
Hope everyone has a great sunday (church was great today!)