While he was directing the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, Winston Churchill found time to write on topics millions of miles from Pearl Harbor, the siege of Leningrad and the fall of Bataan. As a matter of fact, a week before General Douglas MacArthur fled the Philippines for Australia, Churchill penned an essay entitled, “Are There Men on the Moon?” which appeared in London’s Sunday Dispatch on March 8, 1942.
He wrote that he was not so conceited to think that our sun is, “the only one with a family of planets.” Furthermore, he mused, with such an unthinkably large number of stars and planets out there, some must have the necessary conditions to sustain life and it would be a strange thing if some of those didn’t actually have living creatures.
By the laws of statistics, Churchill was right. With so vast a universe how could the miracle of life have occurred uniquely on this small speck of rock lost in a gigantic galaxy in a remote corner of the universe? What is more, random events never happen uniquely. If you watch a roulette wheel for a week and notice that in all that time, during hundreds of spins, the ball falls into the number seven slot only once, you will know that the wheel was rigged. Random events never happen only once. If life on earth evolved through a lengthy process of random, unaided, materialistic evolution, it MUST have happened elsewhere too.
There are only two possible explanations for the presence of humans on planet earth. First, the explanation I just described, namely random, unaided evolution which is widely accepted in the churches of academia and the cathedrals of scientism. Second, the good Lord in His wisdom created us in His image and placed us here. That’s it! There are no more options. It is easy to see why, in our time, with science overrun by secularism, only the first explanation is acceptable.
But it comes with a problem: if it was truly a random, unaided evolution, it MUST have happened elsewhere too. Therefore, if you wish to validate the random unaided explanation, you MUST seek and find life elsewhere. Without that, your thesis collapses and you will be dragged kicking and screaming to the second explanation—God created us.
Sixty years and more have elapsed since Churchill published his essay, and we have even less reason to believe that living creatures exist elsewhere in the cosmos. For one thing, the serious search for extraterrestrial life (SETI) has been going on since about 1960 when astronomer Frank Drake, using an eighty-foot radio telescope in West Virginia, began probing the heavens. Ten years later, NASA began injecting huge sums of money (your taxes) into the search. That went on for over twenty years until the depressing results decentralized the search to many academic institutes around the world. Still not even a hint of a sign of anything promising.
It wasn’t even until 1992 that the statistical assumption that there must be other planets outside our solar system (exoplanets) began to be seriously investigated. We still haven’t actually seen any other planets but their presence is deduced by variations in the light of stars they theoretically occlude. They probably exist but there is still not one hundred percent certainty that there are any other planets in the universe other than the eight or nine neighbors we learned to memorize in elementary school with the mnemonic, My very excellent mother just served us noodle platters. Never mind extraterrestrial life; there may not really even be any exoplanets on which such life might exist.
To me, this entire matter is of little concern. To the extent that one can know anything, I know that God created us in His image and put us here. If the good Lord in His wisdom also created other forms of life elsewhere, fine. If He wants us to meet them, He’ll arrange it, and if not—not. I really am not going to stay up at night worrying about it.
But, for secular fundamentalists who start off rejecting even the possibility that we are here because God put us here, there is no such peace. If they fail to find life elsewhere, then by their own calculations, they MUST conclude that life on earth was not a process of random materialistic evolution. That leaves only one other possibility. And for secular fundamentalists, that possibility is too horrible even to contemplate.
The heavens, yes the heavens are the Lord’s but the earth He has given to people. (Psalms 115:16)