Scientists have discovered thousands of exoplanets, with thousands more waiting to be confirmed; yet a recent article states that “none of the 2,325 confirmed alien worlds so far, however, appears to be like Earth.” Despite all we’ve learned about the universe and all the research that’s been done on exoplanets, earth continues to stand out as unique and special. Of course, this should not surprise those who start with a biblical worldview. Earth was uniquely created and formed to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18).
But this new research is a big problem for those who hold to a naturalistic, evolutionary worldview. The article goes on to say, “Another reason why humans are obsessing over the possibility of having a twin . . . is that without one, Earth appears special.” Of course, this is exactly what biblical creationists believe! But if evolution is true, earth should just be one planet out of many where life managed to evolve. In this view, earth cannot be special—life just randomly happened to originate here. Yet earth continues to appear to be uniquely suited and designed for life while other planets are barren and inhospitable.
The article ends with a thought from NASA: “the ultimate discovery of these Earth-like worlds . . . will close the book on humanity’s long-standing cosmic solitude.” But humanity is not alone in the cosmos! Because of the great mercy and grace of the Creator, we are able to have fellowship with Him (1 John 1:3). The Creator actually came to this “pale blue dot” as the God-man, died on the Cross in our place (2 Corinthians 5:21), took our penalty of death upon Himself (1 Peter 2:24), and rose from the dead. He now offers eternal life and forgiveness from sin to all who place their faith and trust in Him (John 3:16; Romans 10:9).
We are not alone in the universe. We are constantly being upheld (Acts 17:25) by the One who created and upholds the universe (Hebrews 1:3). Instead of seeking for a twin to earth and intelligent alien life, these researchers should seek the Creator who loves them and died for them.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.