Can God and Aliens both Exist?George Shamblin
If you get nothing else from this blog, get this. The best homework for you is to ask people, “Do life forms exist outside of Earth? Yes, no, or maybe?” Talk about a conversation starter!! You’ll be shocked at who replies differently than you’d think. Try it at a dinner table, work space, or social gathering this week ok?
In the sci-fi movie Contact, Dr. Ellie Arroway (played by Jodie Foster) lounges against the massive array of radio dishes day after day, night after night, until one day, a distinctive pattern of sound crackles through the headphones and she sits bolt upright. Something is there!
If we’re going to be transparent, and followers of Jesus above all should be, ever so often a news story pops up about life forms other than Earth, and for a fraction of a split second, some neurotransmitter lodged in our brain ignites the thought out “What if?” Now, for me personally, once the brief flush of adrenaline subsides at the idea I immediately and summarily discredit and discount any and all such notions as “hogwash.” However, considering my call for followers to be transparent, I’ll admit that “What if?” did float through my mind, if only for a fraction of a split second.
What if alien life were discovered in light of all the media attention fixated on the matter? Would the discovery reduce the significance of the human race? Or would it disprove the existence of God? Could it negate the validity of Scripture or lessen its relevance? Muttering “hogwash” might not be the best response. So what should we say?
Created for, by, and through Him
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. – Colossians 1:16-17 Did you know that dozens of species are discovered annually underneath the deepest rims of Earth’s oceans? One such discovery was the “Gummy Squirrel” in 2018. According to an article in Livescience.com:
If there were such a thing as an underwater freak show, then this would be it. Scientists from the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London have discovered a mysterious menagerie of marine megafauna deep in the Pacific Ocean, and dozens of the oddball creatures could be species that are unknown to science.
A type of sea cucumber, this gummy squirrel looks frighteningly similar to a banana. (Image credit: DeepCCZ expedition; Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and NOAA)