Far be it from me to argue with an astrophysicist, but…. last week I read an article by Marcelo Gleiser, who teaches astrology and physics at Dartmouth College. He’s won the Templeton award for physics and whatnot. Suffice it to say, he’s an accomplished smart guy in his field. He said that there is no way that there can be any other lifeform out there in the known universe (he underscores “known”). From what this preacher gathered from the article, too many coincidences have happened over way too much time to allow for a lifeform to have history like ours, such as to sustain life as we know it.
Then today I read in the news that a lot of previously classified material under what we used to call UFOs has been declassified (if highly redacted). In that material the government recognizes hundreds of (what they now call) “Unexplained Aerial Phenomena” – tomãto/tomâto.
In this article, they talked about objects that could whisk off in different directions and speeds that defy our ability to bend the laws of physics. They don’t know if they are distortions on radar, enemy equipment, or, wait for this, aliens. The government is open to the idea of aliens. Maybe because the rest of us are open to that idea, or at least can be transfixed by the thought of what that would mean.
So, I don’t have a defined theory on aliens. I am equally curious about the possibility, and very skeptical about any claims that they exist. I loved the movie “Aliens” and fully understood it to be forever fiction. I don’t doubt that God could create all the creatures conjured in the Star Wars movies, but don’t expect to find such a federation.
What struck me, after reading the very scholarly presentation by the astrophysicist and then the colloquial article about UFOs, I mean, UAPs, is that the Internet, the media, whatever, presents us with contrasting claims to truth day in and day out. Is there life out there or not? Well, the answer to that question depends on who you talk to.
But the truth is not that bifurcated. The truth is one or the other. We don’t know for sure right now, so Marcelo has his theory, and the X-Files another. But, as they said on that great show: The Truth is Out There.
Now, THAT, I believe. I believe the truth is out there. On any subject. We may have different perspectives on things, and the Theories of Special Relativity expound on this. But the truth is out there. And just as the astrophysicist suggests, the laws of physics and chemistry apply here as well as anywhere in the universe. The truth is the truth here, and anywhere. Psalm 119:160 says “The entirety of Your word is truth, and all Your righteous judgments endure forever.” What God has said we can trust as true, and true forever. When Proverbs 15:1 (for example) reminds us that: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger,” that was true 3000 years ago, and it is still true today.
Now, you gotta read it to know it, and study it sometimes to know how to live it. The Scriptures may not be immediately evident or clear, but they are true all the same. The Scripture’s truth doesn’t change, and neither does truth, period. The parameters that made one thing true at one point can change, and the conclusions change, but not the truth.
So, what is it? Can there be life out there? The professor says no and the government says maybe. What I know is that all that is out there was created by God. And whether it’s organic or inorganic, it reflects its Creator. And I’m good with that.
Staring into the night’s sky,
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Psalm 19:1,2