Browsing the news last night, I stumbled upon an article featuring the latest educated opinion on alien life, which got me thinking…
Writing about extraterrestrials and supernatural beings such as faeries and trolls can make for great literature and movies. But that’s really about all they’re good for.
To properly illustrate the infinitesimally small chances we have of not being “alone” in the universe, consider the claimed facts and probabilities of two dominant worldviews: Christianity and evolution-based atheism.
Against the Christian interpretation of reality, alien life instantly becomes problematic. Without conjecture and factual manipulation, the existence of extraterrestrial beings throws a serious wrench into the story of creation and even redemption itself.
Did God make other life forms and simply neglect to mention that important detail in the Bible? Did He die for Earth’s sins and then again on every other planet hosting sentient life? If so, that seems to conflict with certain key verses of the Bible, such as 1 Peter 3:18, which references Christ dying once for all.
The almighty God Christianity upholds can do anything, of course, including make sense out of populating more than one world in the grand scheme of things. But considering the messages of the Bible, it seems logical all the same to conclude that He did not.
It seems even more logical to assume that aliens don’t exist under the evolutionary model though, which teaches that everything happened by chance and yet turned out orderly.
The fact that our planet is just far enough away from the sun to keep us from burning and just far enough away to keep us from freezing to death… The still unsolved mysteries of our brains, our DNA, our physical abilities that allow us to exist… The perfect symbiotic relationship between the plant and animal kingdoms, which allows us to literally and figuratively feed off of each other to propagate our different kinds… Without these highly complex and perfectly matched systems, life would not be able to exist.
For a purely mathematical consideration, take English astronomer and former atheist Fred Hoyle, who calculated that the chances of a single set of enzymes spontaneously forming the most basic form of life is 10 to the 40,000 power. That’s a really slim chance that makes evolution all but impossible on our planet, much less any others out there.
Either way, the chances of alien life existing out there are far too infinitesimal to waste billions of dollars and thousands of brilliant minds on the issue year after year after year.
Admittedly, this is a very short and simplistic look into the matter, but from everything I’ve read and everything I know, it’s an accurate one all the same.