You know, I have always found it kind of Ironic that those who do not believe in the existence of God spend so much time trying to prove that someone does not exist whom they do not believe exists in the first place.
Kepler 425b recently discovered by NASA is already bringing out the non believers when it comes to the creation and God. They are trying to argue that God cannot exist (from huffing post science) because he “left out” the fact that other worlds are out there, and since the bible, they argue, makes it clear that Earth is the only world with life, then discovering an Earth like world that may or can support life somehow invalidates the entire biblical story.
This of course to most latter-day saints is such a ridiculous statement not based in any kind of rational or logical thought that it is almost laughable. That being said however I wanted to take some time to explained how and why discovering another life supporting world in the universe is infact evidence of God and his creative genius. Part of the argument was based on all things being created in 6 earth days as the bible is believed to have stated. I wrote a piece arguing that fact titled Bill Nye has it right, sort of.
The author of the article in question linked in the first paragraph of this post suggest that religious organizations will start to change their doctrine regarding creation and life on other worlds and claim that the bible has always supported the idea of life on other worlds. The author states that this has happened before and will happen again and all of this proves that religion is wrong. I supposed just by writing this post I am giving into the idea that he is right, however wrong he may be.
The Lords doctrine has never been and never will be that only life can exist on earth. The scriptures have never declared this to be so. Every biblical verse quoted in this article from the Huffington post to support such claim does not in fact declare this to be so even slightly. God has created many worlds and that has always been evident in our own solar system that earth was not the only world created.
In the book of Moses found in the Pearl of Great Price we learn that God revealed this fact to Moses regarding the existence of other worlds
35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.
This verse of scripture does not even state whether Adam was on this world or another, but only that he was the first of all men. We do know however that Adam was in fact native to this world. Other worlds followed with people on them. How long Adam remained in the garden we do not know. Nor do we know if other worlds also had Adam’s and Eve’s and how long they may have been in their gardens if those other worlds had them.
God taught us that he did in fact create other worlds, many of which are inhabited with people. Many have passed away and I am sure many more are around today with people on them. Perhaps having this very same question about the existence of other worlds.
While there are not many references in the scriptures to other worlds there are a few. Another one can be found in Hebrews 11:3
Those who subscribe to the religious belief that other worlds with life are simply not possible and that Earth is the only world where life exists do not, as far as I am concerned, have a true understanding of the gospel of Christ.
No where in the Bible or any other scriptural text does it state at any point that other worlds do not or cannot exist. I do agree that the bible does not talk about other worlds. That does not mean they do not exist outside our solar system or that there are not people on worlds in other solar systems. The scriptures do not talk much about other worlds and peoples on them because the scriptures are for us on this world and thus are an account of people on this world.
God’s works and stars are innumerable to man but not to God. He did in fact create worlds without number and people without number on worlds without number. We are not alone in the universe and my religion fully and 100% supports that the creation is not limited to this world and that others worlds have been created. Life exists on other planets. Life that is much like ours and much not like ours as we know it.
So as for my answer to MR. Jeff Schweitzer. Author of the article in reference, No Earth 2.0 is not bad news for God. But in fact it is Good news for God. He lives and we have discovered another one of his worlds. It may be 1400 + light years away but that is not out of reach for God. He lives and created this world along with many others. Perhaps there is intelligent life on this world. Perhaps they are as advanced or more advance that us. Perhaps we are more advanced than they are. We are only seeing what this world looked like 1400 years ago. When the light left that world to travel to us around 615 ad, we still believed the earth to be the center of the universe. If there is intelligent life perhaps they are looking back at us to see what we were like 1400 years ago thinking the same thoughts and asking the same questions.
And that is the Gospel according to Andrew