NASA breathed a sigh of relief in 2012 when the Mars rover Curiosity landed safely for the purpose of searching for signs that life was once sustainable on the red planet; however, notwithstanding the landing success, the Mars program raises questions as to the motivation of such studies and forces introspection of conscience and soul. In recent years, growing concerns about over-population and the dwindling of natural resources on Earth has prompted scientists to begin looking elsewhere, even in outer space, for places where life could be sustained. Thus, they have conceived the International Space Station, a place where mankind could live, work and play in an environment where cooperation is absolutely essential to survival. The science fiction of Babylon 5 is the budding reality of the twenty-first century. Now, a Mars colony is being given serious consideration.
It is interesting to note that despite the efforts science has taken to either avoid or disprove the existence of a creator, particularly when that Creator is the God of The Bible, astronomers within the last century and a half have acknowledged that there is certain evidence on Mars that suggest a purposeful design. There have also been astronomers who claim that there is a system of canals on Mars, with its twists and turns, which spells out the Hebrew word that means “Almighty.” Searching for signs of life on Mars has ironically forced the question of conscience for NASA and the largely secular humanistic culture of science in whether every planet in the known universe has a creation story; and, each story has something about it that would suggest a Heaven and a Hell, both being two sides of the same coin. This assertion throws its own judgment on the humanistic rationalism of evolution and reveals the real reason why every culture, past and present, has its own version of the creation story, of the afterlife, and of an apocalypse. They refuse to acknowledge God; and, they want to deny all of His standards and any judgment that would come by falling short of them.
Though NASA has found Mars to be intriguingly Earth-like in its topography, it is a dead planet. Curiosity has sent back images of dry riverbeds and has detected deposits of nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, all necessary to sustain life; yet, life does not exist on Mars. As of now, all signs point to life not being sustainable given the planet’s surface and atmosphere. Conversely, Earth has continued for thousands of years and though it could be said that man has been a poor steward of its resources, Earth is still able to sustain life, an irrefutable testament to the All-Sufficient Creator who created the Earth with sufficient resources to sustain life as long as He intended it to continue. NASA’s Mars program, now into its fifth decade, has yet to uncover signs that humans could live on the surface of Mars. This forces humanistic rationale to step outside of its box and recognize the unmistakable parallel that if the God of The Bible is all-sufficient then He created the Earth with more than sufficient resources to sustain its inhabitants for as long as He meant for them to dwell there.
NASA searches the outer universe for signs of life – its origins and its sustainability. Perhaps, serious thought, time and money should be given to restoring the Earth’s resources we have stretched to their endangered boundaries. Maybe the information found in the search for life on Mars needs to be analyzed for the purpose of helping scientists figure out new ways of enriching life on this planet, instead of consciously questioning why Earth’s inhabitants should live on another one. However, in order to do this, secular humanistic science would have to give obeisance to biblical theology, the theology of God, the Only One with the knowledge and power to create life and sustain it.
Opinion by Tiffany Cook
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