A Question I Was Asked:

Would it Seriously Damage Christianity If Life Was Found on Other Planets?

Would it seriously damage Christianity if life was found on other planets? I have heard this idea.

UK Apologetics Reply:

I have received this question before and it always puzzles me. I heard a media pundit saying 'any discovery of other life in outer space would kill off the Christian faith,' but my question would be: why? Nowhere does the Bible make any statements about the existence or non existence of extra terrestrial life.

The Bible is very plainly God's revelation for this world and for our civilsation, but it never concerns itself with the topic or possibility of life on other planets. So why do a few (admittedly usually non-believers) seem to think otherwise?

Could God have created life elsewhere in the universe? Certainly! Why not? My personal opinion would be probably not, but I can't totally rule it out. What is the meaning of this enigmatic statement:

I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. (John 10:16).

Where are these other "sheep pens"? Could they be beyond this world? Is it possible? I really don't know but I am merely suggesting the possibility. Of course, this is sheer speculation and let us recognise that it is. We know that our earth has conditions which are completely ideal for life and many other planets do not, however, the universe is a big, big place. If God has created life elsewhere, for sure it is Jesus Christ Who is the Saviour. My gut feeling is that we are utterly unique at this particular point in time, but if I prove wrong - with other life from elsewhere in the universe being found - it would not give me any theological problems.

Robin A. Brace. January 17th, 2017.