Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. – Bill Watterson
Here’s something a lot of people may never have thought about. Let’s say for the sake of this discussion that the doomsday asteroid that killed the dinosaurs never happened. Dinosaurs would have lived and – over the eons – evolved. What do you think their descendents would look like today? I’m guessing it would be something like this.
I’m going on the record to say that I believe in intelligent life on other planets. Yes, I’m a Christian. Yes, I believe in evolution. And yes, I know that doesn’t necessarily make sense. But I’ll bet there are more than a few of you out there who also believe both.
Of course there has not yet been any certifiable proof that life (intelligent or not) exists on other planets. But I truly believe its only a matter of time. However, for me it’s not really about proof. The concept of life on other planets simply makes the more sense to me than the idea that we are alone in the universe.
Think about it. Science has long since proven that those tiny “stars” in the night sky consist of other planets in our solar system, stars themselves outside of our solar system, even other galaxies made up of millions, billions and even trillions of stars. Here’s a link to give you an idea of just how many stars there actually are.
Now let’s stop and think about that. With more heavenly bodies out there than anyone could possibly count over a multitude of lifetimes, does it make sense to think there are no others with the characteristics of Earth, ripe for life to exist? And even if there are no others like Earth, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. It’s been proven life does survive without sunlight and in pressure environments much greater than to what we are accustomed.
For the devout Christians, yes I know the Bible doesn’t really address the idea of life on other planets (though that’s open to interpretation.) But the thing about the Bible is that so much depends on which specific passages you choose to cite. As many people know, the Bible contradicts itself in many places. Then there’s the issue of which version/translation you choose to follow, King James, American Standard, English Standard, etc. But that’s a subject for a future post.
Another point to ponder is that perhaps intelligent life is monitoring us and choosing to hide itself from us due to our less than pleasant reputation. Let’s face it, humans have a horrible track record of mistreating other intelligent beings. Take the case of the American Indian, native Africans brought to the U.S. as slaves, the religious-based Jihad of extremist Muslims and countless other examples across the world. Maybe extraterrestrials are afraid of us. Who wouldn’t be?
All this is why I look up at the stars at the night sky and wonder. I wonder how many of those tiny dots have intelligent life. I also wonder how many beings on those worlds are at the same time looking up at their sky, seeing OUR tiny dot and wondering the exact same thing.