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Are We Alone in the Universe?


NASA's James Webb Telescope reveals the Carina Nebula (star nursery)

Did you see the images recently released by NASA!? Technology has advanced to a new height, unveiling breathtaking wonders once hidden in outer darkness. I was particularly excited about this announcement after stumbling upon an old clip revealing God's grand design.


Why are we exploring space?

Extraterrestrial life. Inhabitable planets. Evidence to increase knowledge and prove the Big Bang Theory. These potential discoveries are why scientists and technologists spend their lives probing dark energy beyond the clouds. Every new revelation inspires hope and encourages experts to keep moving forward in their research. While observing the universe, they've identified terrifying voids and black holes where time literally stops, spectacular meteor activity, the birth and life cycle of stars - truly fascinating stuff!


Here is a quick high-level overview of space sciences:

  • Astronomy - study of the physical universe, space, and celestial objects

  • Astrobiology - search/study of life on earth and in space

  • Astrogeology - study of rocks, matter, and terrain

  • Astrophysics - applies the laws of physics to interpret what's observed in space

  • Cosmology - study of the origins and development of the universe (theories such as the Big Bang come from this branch of space science)

I respect science and technology for what it is. Physicists, mathematicians, and inventors are in a league of extraordinary humans that enhance our daily lives. When I think of all the modern conveniences we have - healthcare, air conditioning, water purification, motor vehicles, dishwashers, shoes, moisturizers, furniture - I am grateful. Yet, if astronomers and cosmologists introduced faith into their equations, every theory, calculation, and assumption would come crashing down. I also have it on good authority that alternate universal dimensions, aliens, and Earth's identical twin are only found in the Twilight Zone.

Hubble Telescope view of cosmic cliffs

Evolution

The Big Bang Theory says an explosion of some kind happened about 14 billion years ago. From this spontaneous combustion, we have stars, planets, natural laws, and all life forms seen today. Essentially, from nothing came something and from chaos came order. So, in the scientific world nothing is really something and chaos is really order...huh? To date, no scientist has observed any physical matter leaping into existence from nowhere. It's never happened, and it never will.


Charles Darwin was a devout naturalist and is considered the father of modern evolutionary theory. Several years ago, I took a college course and Darwin's On the Origin of Species was part of the curriculum. Darwinian evolution says, "All species of organisms arise and develop through natural selection: the ability to compete, survive, and reproduce" (aka "survival of the fittest"). This natural selection hypothesis was cutting edge in the 19th century as it demonstrated how strong genera mated to eliminate weak genes and destroyed other kinds to fend off extinction. The survival process is guided solely by nature, no intelligent design required.


In a naturalist (or atheist) worldview, humans do not have souls or spirits, there is no heaven or hell, and morality stems from the consequences, or results, of an action rather than our conscience. Darwinians might avoid using the word evil to describe an event like the Holocaust; they'd probably see it as a violent evolutionary process...nature simply purging itself of a second-class breed. Although Darwin brilliantly advanced scientific theories beyond his contemporaries, he was also a bonafide eugenicist (racist) who endeavored to waste his mind and life on idiotic presumptions that led subsequent generations astray.


Ultimately, he amounted to nothing more than a fool who denied the existence of God (Ps. 14:1) and, tragically, influenced millions to do the same.


James Webb view of galaxies

I have questions

Darwin's evolutionary theory encompasses a process of how nature might have developed over time, but natural selection does not prove the origin of anything. If all physical things evolved from a singular organism or a simple material, what produced that organism or material? As it regards the Big Bang, where did the energy come from that caused the explosion? Why is Earth so perfectly situated as the only planet that can sustain diverse life forms?


What explanation can evolutionists and naturalists offer for humanity's uniqueness? What material produced languages, dialects, reasoning, and a higher consciousness than animals? What purpose did a simple organism have for creating so many personalities, body shapes, laughs, and sneezes? How did human emotions such as fear, happiness, or anger evolve? Where is the moral genetic code that reveals why humans experience guilt, regret, or embarrassment? From what substance is love derived? Are twins, triplets, etc., an evolutionary glitch?


From Darwinism, we have naturalism (all that exists in nature evolved from nature); materialism (nothing exists outside physical matter); humanism (human beings are divine and capable of achieving moral goodness apart from God or religion); and secularism (the principle of banishing God and religion from societies; i.e. "separation of church and state" is a secular ideology that opposes the U.S. Constitution). All of these perspectives are one degree away from Satanism. It's a proven fact, when humans don't revere God, they find something else to worship. As for those who say, "I don't believe in hell," just know that won't stop you from going there.

 

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