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Discovery Magazine 8/1/2011

Is There Life in Outer Space?

Evolution is founded on the idea that non-living chemicals can accidentally get together and become life if the conditions are just right. This idea of life coming from non-life is called spontaneous generation. Spontaneous generation is impossible, but those who believe in atheistic evolution are forced to believe it, since they refuse to believe in a Creator.

If life can come from non-living chemicals, then why do we only see life on the planet Earth? The Universe is a huge place, filled with billions of galaxies and hundreds of billions of stars. Shouldn’t we find life all over the Universe if evolution “accidentally” occurs? Those who reject God think that life must have evolved in other places in our Universe. They believe that if they can find life on other planets in outer space, then that will show that life could have accidentally arisen from non-living chemicals on Earth.

There are several problems with this thinking. First, life is very intricate and complex. It cannot come from non-living chemicals by accident. Even if life were found on another planet, it would need an intelligent designer just like life on Earth. Second, there is no evidence that there is physical or biological life in outer space. Governments have spent billions of dollars sending shuttles and satellites into space to try to find life. The news media has often said that we have found liquid water on other planets and this proves there is life on those planets. But this is not true. We have never found liquid water on any planet besides Earth. Furthermore, liquid water would not mean that life evolved on that planet. A planet could be covered in oceans of water, but life would never evolve through natural processes on that planet. Life coming from non-living chemicals without God is impossible on any planet.

When we hear stories about UFOs, water on Mars, or life in space, we need to remember that God created everything including “outer space."There is nothing in space that will ever be found that would show God did not create life. In fact, the more we look at space, the planets, and the stars, the more we see God’s amazing power (Romans 1:20).

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