That little bit of wisdom comes from a man recognized as one of the most brilliant minds on the planet. Stephen Hawking warns that aliens from space are dangerous and if they come to earth it will be devastating. The TimesOnline reports that Hawking is certain such beings exist and if they come to earth it will be bad for us. Just like Native Americans suffered when Europeans conquered The Americas, so all humanity will suffer that and worse when Aliens show up.
Now before we get to far in this, I am not arguing against the existence of life on other planets. The Bible says nothing about the subject and like the late singer/songwriter Larry Norman I would say that if there is life on other planets, I am sure that He has been there and died for them as well. At the very least they are there because God made them to be there.
What I am arguing with and what I find so fascinating is the position held by Dr. Hawking that such life must exist and that he knows a bit about what they life might be like. I find it fascinating because there is absolutely NO, I repeat NO scientific evidence for the existence of any life on any other planet anywhere in all the created universe. None what so ever! Yet in spite of that fact that even scientists acknowledge, there are many brilliant people, like Dr. Hawking, who are convinced that such beings surely must exist.
Why are they convinced such being exist? There are two reasons most often given why people, even Ph.D. scientists, for the belief that life exists on other planets. First, the shear probability of it all. To quote the late Carl Sagan, There are “billions and billions” of stars out there. With so many stars there must be billions of planets around them. There must be life on some of those planets just based on probability. Now we need to understand that probability is not proof. If there is a billion to one chance that something is possible, that does not make it true. There is always that small percentage left over for it to be otherwise. To be fair, Hawking leaves that door open if ever so slightly. In fact I would argue so slightly as to make it a non-factor. Instead it seems that he and others take the probability as true. That sounds a lot like faith. You are trusting that the odds are on the side of what you believe to be true. The second reason we are told that there must be aliens out there is that it would be the height of human pride and arrogance to think that earth is the only planet with life and that we are the most intelligent life form on earth, therefore the most intelligent life form in the universe. That is a philosophical position and not a scientific position. It is so far from a scientific position that I find it incredible that a scientist would use it as “proof”.
I find it extremely curious that people who claim that there is no God because there is no proof for such a being will at the same time be willing to grant that there are beings on other planets, even when there is no proof for such beings. If they are willing to admit at all that there is some higher being out there, the most they will grant is that it is possible but since we can know nothing of importance of such a being, that being is irrelevant. Yet, Hawking and others are able to give us a very detailed description of what unknown, unseen, undiscovered aliens from other planets would act like, what their motives are, and how it would impact us. And they can do this while at the same time pronouncing that theists, people who believe there is a God, are fooling themselves and not using the brain cells that evolution has granted them.
Now here is the real irony in all this. By claiming that there is a God out there, theists can and do use the same type of arguments for the existence of God as does the “alienist”. There are numerous arguments that point to the existence of God but there are two that match the argument for aliens. First, basic probability can be used to say that given the vastness of the universe and all that we do not know and have not been able to test scientifically, there is most likely a being out there who is so far above us and so much more powerful and intelligent than us that we would consider that being to be God. Secondly, to deny that there is a higher being out there, a God, would be the height of human pride and arrogance.
Many in science would have you think that no intelligent, thinking person could possibly believe in God because there is no evidence for such a being. Yet they will use some of the same non-scientific reasoning to argue for the existence of aliens. They will also use pure speculation to decide what type of beings they are and how they would impact the Earth. This is not the stuff of science, it is science fiction passing itself off as intellectual brilliance.
What should be noted is that there is far more evidence for the someone having come to Earth from “out there” than people want to acknowledge. Any historian worth their salt will tell you that Jesus of Nazareth was a real person in history. He lived in the first century, had an itinerant ministry as a teacher, was eventually arrested and crucified, and that his followers claim he rose from the dead. Christians add to that historical reality by claiming that Jesus came to Earth as God in the flesh in order to be an atoning sacrifice for our sin so that anyone who puts their faith and trust in Him, will have eternal life. Unlike Hawking’s prediction that a visit from someone “out there” would be bad for humanity, the visit by Jesus was the best thing that ever happened to the world.