February 22, 2017 Leave a comment
I love astronomy, and so when I heard that NASA had discovered seven “Earth-like” planets orbiting a star I had to investigate. So, I went to Space.com, as they always seem to have the latest news. According to the article, “The exoplanets circle the star TRAPPIST-1, which lies just 39 light-years from Earth…”.
As it turns out, each of the planets is tidally locked, meaning that one side always faces the host star, much like our moon, which is also tidally locked in its orbit with Earth. That might not bode too well for life, if it exists there, as the temperatures may vary too much.
Unfortunately, the Trappist-1 star system is 39-40 light-years away from our sun, so obviously we will be unable to visit any time soon. And at 40 light-years away it would take us, with current technology, over 860, 000 years to get there.
With all that said, NASA always seems to insist (or at least the reporting news media outlets do), that the planets are Earth-like, and they even include an artist’s conception of what the planets may look like, such as the picture on the left, provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech.
My point is that NASA has not yet discovered alien life, yet the news reports portray the discovery as Earth-like, including water with an Earth-like environment, effectively planting the idea in the mind of the public that NASA has discovered alien life, which is not the case at all.
I am of the opinion that Earth is the only planet in the universe with intelligent life, or any life at all, for that matter. In the coming days I am going to write an article or two on the biblical reasons why we are the only planet in the universe with life. While I appreciate all of the hard work by NASA astronomers, and I have learned so much from them, I have to stay with a biblical worldview, which affirms our Creator, and His creation.
As you know, most scientists believe in evolution, and so with a situation such as the discovery of seven planets in orbit around the Trappist-1 star system, they believe that it is possible that life may have evolved on one or more of the exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1.
I think it is very telling that the Scriptures always seem to affirm the special place that Earth holds in the universe by saying that God created the heavens, meaning all that we see in the observable universe, and the Earth–its always the “heavens and the Earth.” We are unique, and it is evident when the Bible also says:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
God didn’t pour out His love on Saturn, Pluto, or the seven exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1. He poured out His love on Earth.
For God so loved the world–Earth!
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