NASA has announced a 2:00 p.m. news conference scheduled for Thursday, December 2 “to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.”
Larry Hartstein of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that “speculation is growing that NASA has discovered life on one of Saturn’s moons.”
Blogger Jason Kottke was quoted to say, “If I had to guess at what NASA is going to reveal on Thursday, I’d say that they’ve discovered arsenic on Titan and maybe even detected chemical evidence of bacteria utilizing it for photosynthesis (by following the elements).”
Finding an alleged “magic elixir” for life and actually finding life are two different things. Would the same star providing the light necessary for photosynthesis on Earth also “service” Titan, or the other 54 moons of Saturn?
The key words in the statement originating from NASA are “…impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.”
It means they won’t be announcing they’ve actually found any evidence of ET.
Which is to be expected. If this writer is correct and God does exist, such evidence won’t ever be obtainable. Nevertheless, we can safely say that in either case (secular or religious point of view) the probability of extraterrestrial life is enormously high.
If the secular theory of “life is a happy accident” really are true and God is only a figment of my imagination (which admittedly is quite active, considering my writing of novels) then the probability of life repeating the process of abiogenesis in another environment has to increase over time, just like it did for us.
Some secular theories suggesting life actually did form on Earth without God’s help rely on extraterrestrial supplies of the “just right” chemical soup. This material called panspermia allegedly arrived on meteors, hence an “extraterrestrial” source for the origin of life.
But by definition God is “extraterrestrial”, simply meaning “not of this Earth.” So religious people shouldn’t be offended by the idea of extraterrestrial life because our supernatural creator is exactly that. He doesn’t physically reside in limited space in another part of our solar system, however. He resides in another dimension called heaven.
Science and creation may not be as mutually exclusive in theory as it seems on first glance. Panspermia or a supernatural creator God translates to an extraterrestrial origin for life in either case.
As this writer has pointed out in other articles, one scientific theory for the origin of material formed into matter by the Big Bang is a “parent” multiverse that is static, or eternal. The theory sounds remarkably like a secular description of heaven.
So, what is the difference between the parent multiverse and heaven? The presence of God.