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SETI: The Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence

SETI stands for “Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence.” This organization seeks to detect evidence of technological civilizations that may exist on planets orbiting other stars. Potentially, it is suggested, there are billions of locations outside our solar system that may contain life. It is SETI’s purpose to find some of these locations.[1]

The scientists at SETI use powerful radio telescopes to “listen” for evidence of alien life out there. SETI scientists listen for signals between 1,000 and 3,000 megahertz on the radio dial, where natural background static is at a minimum. After weeding out earthly and satellite signals, they have (so far) come up empty. There have been no messages from space. But they keep listening.

For a time, SETI enjoyed government funding. But Congress trimmed the budget and in 1993 SETI ended up on the monetary cutting floor. Since then, the efforts of SETI have been sustained through private contributions.[2]

Among those supporting SETI is Hollywood motion picture mogul Steven Spielberg. At a special SETI ceremony, Spielberg, accompanied by his son Max, made the following comments:

Well, I’m very happy to be involved in this project because, as you all know, I’ve benefited so much from science fiction, I just thought it was time to get involved in science reality. And I’m really happy today to be here. And I guess everybody always considers space as a new frontier. I still think there are so many problems at home, that has to remain the frontier. But for Max’s generation, when Max grows up, hopefully, he’ll be the recipient of some outstanding information which the project will give. Something like, well, we’re all the same.[3]

A reporter asked Spielberg if he thought there was life out there. “Yes, absolutely,” Spielberg replied. “The question is, is there life here—especially, intelligent life?” Everyone laughed.[4]

Those interested in the work of SETI have constructed a number of possible scenarios if there ends up being no response to SETI’s efforts. For example, it could be there will be no contact because:

  1. No one is there.
  2. The extraterrestrials are beyond the search-space SETI is exploring.
  3. The techniques being used by SETI are all wrong.
  4. The extraterrestrials are not in a communicative phase.
  5. The extraterrestrials are seeking to avoid us.[5]

We could endlessly debate such scenarios. The bottom line at this point is that a phenomenal amount of money has been spent listening for the slightest hint of the existence of alien life-forms, and it has been all for naught thus far. But the scientists at SETI are still hopeful.

Religious Implications of First Contact

A great deal has been written by secularists in recent years regarding the religious implications of “first contact.” The question is, How would the major organized religions of the world (not just Christianity) react to the discovery that there really is life on other planets?

Certainly the various New Age religions would rejoice, for they already believe in “space brothers” who seek to help us.[6] Tibetan Buddhists, as well, would rejoice, for, as the Dalai Lama said, “We Buddhists have always held that firm conviction that there exists life and civilizations on other planets in the many systems of the universe, and some of them are so highly developed that they are superior to our own....”[7] But what about the other religions? How would they react?

Don Berliner and Stanton T. Friedman, in their popular and controversial book Crash at Corona: The U.S. Military Retrieval and Cover-up of a UFO, ask:

What if the aliens practice a religion closely resembling one familiar religion and thus reject all the others? Or if they practice a religion bearing absolutely no similarity to any of Earth’s major or minor religions, and thus reject all of ours? Or if their lives include nothing that bears the slightest resemblance to religion at all, and thus reject the very idea of religion and of a supreme being? For that matter, what if they had gone through a period of Earth-like religious behavior and then passed it to a nonreligious life that clearly suited them better?[8]

Would the religions of the world immediately seek to proselytize the aliens and try to persuade them to a new point of view? Would there be some sort of an intergalactic religious war? Berliner and Friedman reflect:

The aliens’ attitudes toward Earth religions would almost certainly be a very upsetting experience for hundreds of millions of people around the world who had been taught from childhood that theirs is the only true faith of the universe. If these obviously advanced beings function well without a recognizable deity, the need for religion as we know it would be diluted if not eliminated.[9]

The late astronomer Carl Sagan believed that religious groups which hold that humanity is the pinnacle of God’s creation (Christians) are the ones who will have the greatest faith-struggle when contact is made with aliens: “There are some religious groups that hold tightly to the view that we are the pinnacle of creation, that there are no other intelligent mortals, and there is nothing in the Bible about other civilizations....Those sects that believe human beings are the pinnacle of creation are going to dislike this [alien contact] a whole lot.”[10]

The book First Contact: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence echoes the sentiments of Sagan, emphasizing that human beings are really nothing special:

Contact would tend to confirm the theory that life evolves chemically from inanimate matter, through universal processes, implying that there are other alien civilizations in addition to the one we had detected. We might see ourselves as just one example of bio-cosmic processes, one facet of the Universe becoming aware of itself. We would undergo a revolution in the way that we conceive our own position in the Universe; any remaining pretense of centrality or a special role, any belief that we are a chosen species would be dashed forever, completing the process begun by Copernicus four centuries ago.[11]

Finding Meaning in Contact?

Many in our day believe that coming into contact with aliens would actually bring meaning to the human race. Frank White, in the book The SETI Factor, says: “What is at stake in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence is nothing less than our understanding of what it means to be human.”[12] Never mind what the Bible says! If only we can encounter alien life-forms, he reasons, we’ll finally understand our humanity.

Carl Sagan is another who at least indirectly indicates that meaning may be found in alien contact. I am referring to the blockbuster movie Contact, which was based on the novel by Sagan. After seeing the movie, Brooks Alexander of the Spiritual Counterfeits Project commented to some fellow Christian apologists who attended the movie with him: “Sagan, a man who spent a career systematically stripping the evidence of God from the cosmos, was now attempting to re-graft purpose and meaning into it.”[13]

Alexander pondered that in Sagan’s heart of hearts, humanity’s existential dilemma—the harshness of his utter aloneness in a seemingly infinite universe—was too much to bear. So, Sagan “found solace in the idea that there were other lonely, purposeless beings out there who shared our predicament. By contacting these fellow denizens of the vast, irrational, impersonal cosmos, we would find some ‘meaning.’”[14]

True meaning, of course, can only be found in a relationship with the living God, something that Sagan always missed (see Psalm 1). Indeed, “standing in denial of his connection with God, Sagan looked for ‘connectedness’ in his fantasies of alien life. It’s a pathetic substitute.”[15]

Religious Implications of Not Making Contact

Are there any religious implications of not making contact with extraterrestrials? Many would say yes. One religious implication, some suggest, is that the lack of alien life would seem to confirm religious teachings that man is unique. As Frank White put it, “Religious people would point out that we are not really alone in the universe, because God… is still there and always has been.” Indeed, “finding that there are no other intelligent life-forms simply confirms religious views of humans as special and unique.”[16]

Isaac Asimov, when asked about the religious implications of a lack of alien contact, made quite an admission, coming from an avowed humanist and atheist:

There could be a new kind of loneliness and desolation, developing a fear of a vast impersonal universe in which we are lost. The other side of the coin is that we could begin to appreciate the uniqueness and preciousness of Earth, and save it not only as our home, but as the only home of an intelligent species in the entire universe.… Another reaction might be to prove that Earth is a special creation. It might create an enormous religious revival.[17]

Perhaps the humanist Asimov, in a weak moment, hit upon a truth in his old age. For indeed, the Earth is a special creation, according to the Genesis account (Genesis 1–2). And man created upon this earth is the pinnacle of God’s creation (1:26-27). Let us now turn to a Christian perspective on the question of life on other planets.

A Christian Perspective

Christian thinkers have found themselves on both sides of this issue, some of them arguing for the possibility of life on other planets and others arguing against the possibility. The late Billy Graham once commented, “I firmly believe there are intelligent beings like us far away in space who worship God.… But we would have nothing to fear from these people. Like us, they are God’s creation.”[18]

Some who argue for the possibility of life on other planets point us to John 14:2, where we read: “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” The reference to the “many rooms” in the Father’s house, it is suggested, allows for the possibility that life-forms from all over the universe will live with redeemed humans in the Father’s house. Christians who argue against the possibility of life on other planets respond that this is “eisegesis”—that is, it is reading a meaning into the biblical text that is not really there. In context, it is argued, the verse has only to do with redeemed human beings, not aliens around the universe.

Certainly, God has the power to create life on millions of planets throughout the universe if He wanted to. However, though not being dogmatic about it, many theologians have noted that there are several good reasons that point to the likelihood of there not being intelligent life on other planets.

First, though atheistic scientists would scoff at this, Scripture does in fact point to the centrality of planet earth and gives us no hint that life exists elsewhere. As I point out in my book Christ Before the Manger: The Life and Times of the Preincarnate Christ,

Relatively speaking, the Earth is but an astronomical atom among the whirling constellations, only a tiny speck of dust among the ocean of stars and planets in the universe. To the naturalistic astronomer, the Earth is but one of many planets in our small solar system, all of which are in orbit around the sun. But Planet Earth is nevertheless the center of God’s work of salvation in the universe. On it the Highest presents Himself in solemn covenants and Divine appearances; on it the Son of God became man; on it stood the cross of the Redeemer of the world; and on it—though indeed on the New Earth, yet still on the earth—will be at last the throne of God and the Lamb (Revelation 21:1, 2; 22:3).

The centrality of the Earth is also evident in the creation account, for God created the Earth before He created the rest of the planets and stars.… Why did God create the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day rather than the first day? One possible explanation is that in this way God has emphasized the supreme importance of the Earth among all astronomical bodies in the universe. In spite of its comparative smallness of size, even among the nine planets, to say nothing of the stars themselves, it is nonetheless absolutely unique in God’s eternal purposes.[19]

One might ask why God would create such a vast universe of stars and galaxies if He did not intend to populate them. Psalm 19 gives us the answer: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.…” (Psalm 19:1-4).

The sheer vastness of the physical universe points us to the greater vastness and infinity of God Himself.[20] By observing nature, we can detect something of God’s existence, and discern something of His divine power and glory. We might say that the whole universe is God’s “kindergarten” to teach us the ABCs of the reality of God.

The great French theologian John Calvin once said:

Men cannot open their eyes without being compelled to see God. Upon his individual works he has engraved unmistakable marks of his glory. This skillful ordering of the universe is for us a sort of mirror in which we can contemplate God, who is otherwise invisible.[21]

This, then, is why God created so many stars and planets—not to inhabit them with multiple life-forms but to serve as a testimony to His power and glory. It is not necessary to argue that simply because many planets exist in the universe on which life could exist, that life does exist on those planets.

Related to the issue of possible life on other planets is the question of how unfallen beings—assuming the “aliens” did not “fall” into sin on their planet—could share the same universe with fallen ones (humans who did sin). One Christian apologist responds to this question by pointing out that the effects of Adam’s sin seem to pervade the entire universe (Rom. 8:19-22). (The second law of thermodynamics—that all things tend toward disorganization and death—is the scientific description of the curse God pronounced on creation in Genesis 3:14-19.) It does not seem likely that God would allow the effects of sin to impact a world of unfallen creatures (e.g., Rev. 42 21:4).[22]

Certainly, there is room for debate within the family of God on the issue of whether life exists on other planets. We should not divide from other Christians on this issue. But in view of the above factors, it seems to me that from a theological perspective there is good reason to say that there is no intelligent life on other planets.

Of course, if this is the case, any discussion of earth being visited by extraterrestrials from other planets is rendered moot. But if there is some kind of an “alien” message received from deep space in the coming years, I urge Christians to be discerning and beware of the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11), who is pulling out his “biggest guns” to deceive people with lying signs and wonders as we continue to move into the end times, the last days of planet earth (2 Thessalonians 2:9).Christians beware!

  1. SETI Institute, “Frequently Asked Questions,” SETI Institute website, 2035 Landings Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043.
  2. Ron Harris, “Search for Alien Life Continues,” Associated Press, 13 August 1997, downloaded from Internet.
  3. Thomas R. McDonough, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1987), p. 167.
  4. McDonough, p. 167.
  5. Frank White, The SETI Factor (New York: Walker and Company, 1990), pp. 96-99.
  6.  Jacques Vallee, Revelations: Alien Contact and Human Deception (New York: Ballantine Books, 1991), p. 230.
  7. White, pp. 133-34.
  8. Don Berliner and Stanton T. Friedman, Crash at Corona: The U.S. Military Retrieval and Cover-up of a UFO (New York: Paragon House, 1992), p. 185.
  9. Berliner and Friedman, p. 185.
  10. White, p. 198.
  11.   First Contact: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, pp. 245-46.
  12.  White, p. 1.
  13. John Winston Moore, “Review of Contact,” SCP Newsletter, Summer 1997, downloaded from Spiritual Counterfeits Project Web Site.
  14.  Moore.
  15.  Moore.
  16.  White, pp. 113-14.
  17.  White, p. 182.
  18.  The Gods Have Landed: New Religions from Other Worlds, p. 194.
  19.  Ron Rhodes, Christ Before the Manger: The Life and Times of the Preincarnate Christ (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1992), pp. 55-56.
  20.  Elliot Miller, “Questions and Answers,” Christian Research Newsletter, July/September 1992, p. 4.
  21.  John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, ed. John T. McNeill, trans. Ford Lewis Battles (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1960), I:53.
  22.  Miller, p. 4.

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In Part I we gave the following description of Intelligent Design from the website intelligentdesign.org, 

“The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Through the study and analysis of a system’s components, a design theorist is able to determine whether various natural structures are the product of chance, natural law, intelligent design, or some combination thereof. Such research is conducted by observing the types of information produced when intelligent agents act. Scientists then seek to find objects which have those same types of informational properties which we commonly know come from intelligence. Intelligent design has applied these scientific methods to detect design in irreducibly complex biological structures, the complex and specified information content in DNA, the life-sustaining physical architecture of the universe, and the geologically rapid origin of biological diversity in the fossil record during the Cambrian explosion approximately 530 million years ago.”[1] 

We now explore the first of four specific examples ID proponents use to show the types of information produced when intelligent agents act.

First, intelligent design has applied scientific methods to detect design in irreducibly complex biological structures. 

Michael Behe defines irreducible complexity this way: “By irreducibly complex I mean a single system composed of several well-matched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.” (Darwin’s Black Box (1996), p. 39.) In other words, if all the parts aren’t there and functional, the system simply doesn’t work.

A rather simple example of what is meant by irreducible complexity is a mousetrap: 

“It contains five interdependent parts which allow it to catch mice: the wooden platform, the spring, the hammer (the bar which crushes the mouse against the wooden base), the holding bar, and a catch. Each of these components is absolutely essential for the function of the mousetrap. For instance, if you remove the catch, you cannot set the trap and it will never catch mice, no matter how long they may dance over the contraption. Remove the spring, and the hammer will flop uselessly back and forth—certainly not much of a threat to the little rodents. Of course, removal of the holding bar will ensure that the trap never catches anything because there will again be no way to arm the system.”

The author goes on:

“Now, note what this implies: an irreducibly complex system cannot come about in a gradual manner. One cannot begin with a wooden platform and catch a few mice, then add a spring, catching a few more mice than before, etc. No, all the components must be in place before it functions at all. A step-by-step approach to constructing such a system will result in a useless system until all the components have been added. The system requires all the components to be added at the same time, in the right configuration, before it works at all.”[2] 

A second example, sometimes referred to as the poster child of ID, is the bacterial flagellum. Flagella are hairlike appendages that extend out from the body of the bacteria. It is the movement of these flagella that cause the bacteria to move around.  

William Dembski and Sean McDowell explain, “the flagellum has multiple interdependent parts that are each necessary for its function. The intricate machinery of the flagellum includes a rotor, a stator, O-rings, bushings, mounting disks, a drive shaft, a propeller, a hook joint for the propeller, and an acid-powered motor.”[3]

What’s remarkable here is that all these parts are essential for the flagellum to function properly. Lose any part of the “machinery,” or any of the various proteins necessary to put them together, and the bacterium doesn’t move. 

ID advocates ask, Could such a complex system have come together through multiple random variations since all the parts are essential for it to function? Or is some kind of designing intelligence a better explanation?

  1. https://intelligentdesign.org/whatisid/
  2. “Irreducible Complexity: The Challenge to the Darwinian Evolutionary Explanations of many Biochemical Structures,” www.ideacenter.org.
  3. William A. Dembski, Sean McDowell, Understanding Intelligent Design: Everything You Need to Know in Plain Language (ConversantLife.com®) (Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition), p. 142.
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Pastor Marcus told us about Pooja, whose mother was a bitter, angry woman. Pooja says her mom, "lied about everybody; she backstabbed them all, and from the moment she got up until the moment she went to sleep, she made life in the home miserable." But then she heard about Jesus through hearing the audio Proclaimer. Jesus came into her life and completely transformed her. How she no longer responds to insults by insults. She is kind, peaceful, and gentle. She now helps others who are sick or in need. What a difference!

 

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Sarah is a pastor in one country in Southeast Asia. She tells us that her ministry includes several drug rehab centers. Typically, in government-run drug centers, the addicts are brought in in handcuffs, chained to the floor, and left to withdraw cold turkey without any medical intervention. Often this would take several days of absolute agony. However, as she began playing the audio Proclaimers in her centers, she says the addicts who were hearing God's Word were kicking the drugs in as little as 24 hours! Within a month, many of these former addicts have received Christ as their savior. The same results have been seen in more than 100 other church-run drug rehab centers, proving the power of God's Word to change lives.

 

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So many people still need to hear!

There are 7,140 languages in the world. Approximately 4,000 languages have no Bible in their language, or at most 2,000 of these have only one New Testament book translated. But, even if you gave these people a printed Bible in their own language, the majority of them could not read it. Audio Bibles allow them to HEAR God's Word spoken in their native tongue by people from their region! Audio Proclaimer Audio Proclaimer

The Proclaimer is a solar-powered digital player, preloaded with an Audio Bible in the local heart language. Used in church services, villages, and listening groups, the Proclaimer provides thousands of hours of Bible listening, discussion, and discipleship, allowing people to become saturated with God's Word and learn what it is to follow Jesus.

Micro SD Cards

Micro SD cards are small memory devices that are loaded with the Word of God translated into the needed language and provided to a pastor or Christian worker overseas. When these micro SD cards are inserted into mobile phones, people can hear the Word of God in their own language.

BibleStick

BibleSticks are personal digital players that are battery powered and come loaded with an Audio Bible. Some are distributed to the men and women in our Armed Forces, while others are sent to refugee camps to be given to people who need to hear the truth of God's Word in their language. A BibleStick and an SD card are sent together with this gift.

Audio Bundle

Providing three different Audio Bible devices, the Audio Bible bundle gives the gift of 3 SD cards, 3 BibleSticks, and an Audio Proclaimer. The SD Cards can be placed in phones, BibleSticks are used by soldiers in the field, and in refugee camps, and Audio Proclaimers are designed to be heard by larger groups of people. This bundle makes God's Word accessible for so many who need to hear!

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Matching Gift

There is a very generous donor who has promised to match your gift, device for device. That means if you give one Proclaimer (or BibleStick, or micro-SD card), he will give one as well, meaning the impact of your gift is doubled! Twice as many people will be able to hear and respond to the gospel message.

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Want to learn more about how Audio Bibles were started? Check out our new web series, More to the Story!

More to the Story is a web series that continues the conversations with guests and friends of The John Ankerberg Show.  Co-hosts Michelle Ankerberg and Jeff Pallansch sit down with guests and talk about faith, apologetics, and evangelism.  They love digging deeper into the conversation, allowing us to learn more about the guests personally and hear how they serve the Lord in their areas of ministries.

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