- Find alien life
- Prove evolution
I've written before (i.e., here, here, here, here, etc.) on the frenzied search for alien life. As I said before,
In my lifetime, I've seen multiple claims to have finally "proven" the existence of extraterrestrial life. All of which were front-page news. And all of which were ultimately quietly proven false or rejected by the mainstream scientific community.
.... This raises the most interesting question - why is there a seemingly desperate frenzy within most of the scientific community to prove the existence of alien life?
There is an obvious and simple explanation - because the majority of them subscribe to evolutionary theory and reject special creation. The existence of alien life would validate their cherished belief that life can (and did) arise spontaneously by itself here on Earth. And if it happened here, then it must have also happened elsewhere in this seemingly infinite universe given the 14 billion years they currently consign as the age of the cosmos.
But what if we are alone in the cosmos and there is no alien life elsewhere? It is the death knell for their theory of origins and leaves only one other option that is devastating to their worldview - special creation by an omnipotent Creator. Thus, the stampede with ever increasing urgency to find alien life which in their minds would finally vindicate their position and prove the fallacy of a creator God.
And so, NASA has apparently been chosen to spearhead the feverish and frantic search to validate the delusional worldview of secular humanism. Given the numerous false claims to have finally discovered alien life over the past decades (all of which were proven wrong), take with a grain of salt any new claims - especially if they surface around the time(s) NASA's budget is under review. Increasingly, more and more are asking if we are truly alone in the Universe (i.e., here, here, here, etc.)
[Like clockwork - one day after I wrote this entry and was preparing to publish it - NASA is apparently now ready again to breathlessly announce the "discovery" of alien life (see here.) No doubt, as with every previous such announcement, this one too will be eventually quietly discredited. Having discovered rocky planets in the "goldilocks" zone orbiting nearby stars, their secular humanist worldview demands that life must exist on them. The fact that life (as far as we know) does not exist on either Venus or Mars (both of which are rocky planets in the "goldilocks" zone of our own sun) has no bearing on their incredible arrogance. At the distance these planets are from us (which means any kind of meaningful exploration is impossible given our current technology), the proposal they harbor life is nothing short of wishful fantasy. Every year that passes with no verifiable discovery of alien life is another nail in the coffin of evolutionary theory which is the foundation of secular humanism.]
Creation is the foundation of the Biblical Worldview (Gen 1:1), while Darwinian evolution is the foundation of the Secular Humanist Worldview. The two are irreconcilable.
Of course, one cannot be dogmatic given the silence of Scripture on the issue of alien life. However, for theological reasons, I would be surprised if intelligent life exists elsewhere in the Cosmos.
NASA has been unfortunately charged with goals that equate to tilting at windmills.