Today NASA launched the Mars Rover. In August next year, all being well it will touch down and begin searching for evidence that micro-organisms once thrived on Mars.
If it is ever proven that life once existed on Mars, then one must conclude that life is possible elsewhere on planets orbiting other stars.
If this is shown to be the case, will it alter your religious views on the origins of life and/or any belief you might have in special creation of life on Earth?
Not a chance. Believers will deny/ignore/lie/ whatever it takes to suppress such information from crumbling their house of cards.
Conversely, I think if we encountered an alien race who had religious beliefs that mirrored one here on earth; many would consider it to be little more than a coincidence. We all cling to what we choose on that level.
I think if any intelligent life out there if found - is less aggressive and less-advanced than us then they'll surely fall pray to jenova's preaching and religious people on earth will force them to believe what we believe. I just hope galactus should help them not to come in contact with us. lol
If they're more powerful and know how to control primitives like us, by all means we should know about them.
You know, I wouldn't put it past corporate America to annihilate them, if possible, first. Why convert the heathens and share the resources on their planet? But, barring that, you are right. The religious would feel compelled to attempt to convert.
You don't need mars for the proof. You need a planet with water reserves or with plants. Mars looks like a planet that our ancestors left due to some doomsday. I wonder if there are fuel sources in there.
That's only looking for life as we know it.
Perhaps life has formed on other planets that are drastically different than earth.
Like gas people or something.
I don't believe it will. I've never been comfortable with a literal interpretation of Genesis, and as God appears to enjoy diversity, it would not seem unreasonable that He would also have 'other Earth projects' on the go as well.
So. Let me pose another question. Say we find intelligent life elsewhere in the universe and they've never heard of God. They have no religion at all. What would you think of that?
I feel the same way Disappearinghead feels.
I'll take a crack at your question. I'm not sure. It depends on what they do believe in (morals, etc), and if I would be able to comprehend it in general.
I'm not sure I understand your answer, but I assume alien life would be generally friendly and similar to us in many ways. How would their morals factor in?
If they believe in torture, killing, and all the bad stuff, I doubt a religion would exist (I mean if everyone believes).
They could also be so different from us, we wouldn't even be able to comprehend them in any way.
I think religion is inevitable. Sentient beings fully concious of their life and future mortality will naturally ask "why?". If they are as insecure as mankind, then a set of religious beliefs would naturally develop along with the concept of a creator God.
Whether God exists or not, I think religion is inevitable.
Gees that would not be one of my first questions to our potential neighbors.
No, me either. But, I would assume if another race from another planet had no signs of religion; it would be clear evidence to the religious that something was amiss in their beliefs. I wonder how they would process that.
If there is LIFE, and i don't mean one celled microscopic organisms. But life considerably close to what we have here, working ecosystems, animals, plants, oxygen, etc. some evolved life form then the only question remaining is
How did God work his plan for salvation on that world? (assuming the first humans fell)
If we found life on a planet with no ability to choose, that would be a different story.
I think this is the story of Star Trek. After meeting the godless aliens I believe they set up a world gov.,eliminate hunger, and do away with money.
There is no evidence that our planet is the first earth. We may be one in a long line of earths all much older and some already experiencing the millennial kingdom and others on their new earth.
I'm not sure it would alter my religious beliefs at all. I've always assumed there was intelligent life out there somewhere else. Hell, there is intelligent life besides humans on this planet. Billions of planets, yep, somewhere else out there is life.
Nothing would change my beliefs. "God" is a silly answer to any intelligent question.
What if the question was, "What is the generic name of the deity the religious worship?"
I really don't consider micro-organisms as intelligent life.
I really don't think that residue evidence of water means there was once life. It just means the puddle dried up.
Life is what we see today, not some one celled creature on a microscopic level. There might be some intangible, teeny weeny, see through a super powerful microscope entity, in jupiter, floatin around the gases, but lets face it, that's a long way from life?
I really don't care about mars at all
It seems blindingly obvious to me that life (and in fact intelligent life) is likely exists on a number of planets. People not open to that view, are very likely to be able to somehow fit it into that world view should be ever become aware of life elsewhere. Where there is a lack of logic, there shall remain a loic of logic. Unfortunately.
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