Life Really, Really Not Discovered on Venus

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It was only five months ago that headlines declared life had been discovered on Venus. The articles associated with the headlines were slightly more nuanced—signatures of life may have been discovered on the hot little planet second from the Sun. Only a month after, two separate studies argued with those conclusions, saying the “signature of life” (phosphine) wasn’t found in Venus. Well, now another study says phosphine was not found on Venus (saying it was sulfur dioxide). Amazing what five months can do! But because not finding evidence of life on Venus is not considered sensational, this new research didn’t make the headlines. So many people probably still believe the false headlines last year that implied evidence of life had been found on Venus.

Life on other planets is not something we expect when we start our thinking based on the Word of God and what it teaches about the uniqueness of earth.

Now, when the discovery was first made, we at Answers in Genesis were skeptical. Why? Because life on other planets is not something we expect when we start our thinking based on the Word of God, what it teaches about the uniqueness of earth, and it being created for life (while the heavens were created for signs and seasons and to bring glory to God). And, as further study has taken place, our skepticism is well founded.

Now, sometimes when Christians see headlines or studies that contradict God’s Word, or what we’d expect starting with God’s Word, they feel anxious and want an immediate answer to disprove the new study. Sometimes that answer is obvious or available right away—sometimes it isn’t, and we have to wait. I think in instances where we may have to wait, Christians would do well to take to heart the words my late father used to say to me when I had questions he couldn’t answer, “Kenneth, even though I don’t have the answers in this area doesn’t mean there aren’t any—it just means we don’t have them at this time. We need to ask God to provide us with answers—but even if he doesn’t, this is no reason to reject God’s Word.”

This is a reminder to parents to equip your kids to think foundationally—understanding God’s infallible Word, not fallible “science” using man’s wisdom—as the foundation for our thinking. And to give them answers to the questions of our day (apologetics). But you likely won’t have an answer to every single question your children have or to every skeptical claim. Do your best to answer (you can find a bevy of resources at Answers in Genesis and at Answers.tv to equip you with answers), but, if you don’t have the answer (and we will never have all the answers, as we are finite human beings), don’t neglect to still point them back to the truth and authority of God’s Word as my father did.

The Bible is true—eventually it will be vindicated, every single time.

The Bible is true—eventually it will be vindicated, every single time. As Isaiah says, “the Word of God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8). Ideas contrary to God’s Word will come and go, but the Word of God will remain forever. We can boldly put our confidence in God and in his true Word.

Get More Answers on Answers News

I discussed this item Wednesday on Answers News with cohosts Dr. Georgia Purdom, and Bodie Hodge. Answers News is our twice-weekly news program filmed here at the Creation Museum and broadcast on my Facebook page and the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. We also covered the following topics:

  • Twitter blocks Focus on the Family for saying a man is a man.
  • Were Neanderthals absorbed by modern humans?
  • Black Lives Matter—the group is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee?
  • And more!

Watch the entire episode of Answers News for February 10, 2021.

Be sure to join us each Monday and Wednesday at 2 p.m. (ET) on my Facebook page or the Answers in Genesis Facebook page for Answers News. You won’t want to miss this unique news program that gives science and culture news from a distinctly biblical and Christian perspective.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
Ken

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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