There’s been so much attention and focus on the ongoing pandemic and all that entails (e.g., Trump prevarications), I thought it might be good to switch gears and elevate our thinking to another realm.
It has been reported that NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s. In fact, according to the NASA.gov website, “Mars is a rich destination for scientific discovery and robotic and human exploration as we expand our presence into the solar system.” (emphasis added)
I’d be curious to know what Christians think about this. According to scripture, God created the heavens and the earth. There is no mention of other planets and, in religious vernacular, “the heavens” denote the place where beings such as gods, angels, spirits, saints, or venerated ancestors are said to originate and/or abide. Rarely, if ever, is the scientific definition used in religious circles, i.e., “the expanse of space surrounding the earth.”
So when scientists talk of humans traveling to Mars — and expanding our presence in the solar system — (even possibly encountering alien life), what role does God play in all this? From all spiritual indications, humans were created to live their lives on earth
Interestingly, it’s been reported that C.S. Lewis, the highly-venerated religious writer, opined about space exploration and alien life in one of his lesser-known books. He felt that should such life exist, it would be necessary to determine if the alien beings were rational, had a “spiritual sense,” and were “fallen” as humans are. If all qualities were present, the human task might be to evangelize them.
In any event, I would be interested in hearing from the religious sector on whether you think God or the bible addresses the potentiality of traveling to and/or living on other planets. And of course, please share your thoughts related to encountering alien life.