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What will happen when we find life on another planet?
« on: December 14, 2008, 01:32:17 PM »
The chances life is out there is pretty much 100%.    There is something on the order of 40 billion trillion stars in the universe, so our sun and solar system cannot be THAT unique.  Intelligent life...hard to say...but life out there somewhere is pretty certain.  Think bacteria, not E.T.

Given that, what would discovering life outside of earth mean for the religious communities?  Could we conclude that they are all wrong?  I dont think it would be conclusive- in general, even if intelligent life was found.  However, for the fundamentalists over at Liberty University and Thomas Road Baptist, I think they definitely have to rethink their zeal.

What do you think?

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Re: What will happen when we find life on another planet?
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2008, 01:54:19 PM »
I watched South Park the other night.  Pat Robertson & missionaries sent a space ship to convert the new life discovered.  Just like we did to the New World...they must know what Christ did for them!!! ;)
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Re: What will happen when we find life on another planet?
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2008, 02:35:35 PM »
I watched South Park the other night.  Pat Robertson & missionaries sent a space ship to convert the new life discovered.  Just like we did to the New World...they must know what Christ did for them!!! ;)

Heh, turn that on its head.  What if life is discovered, but not by us going out and finding it, but it coming here and finding us.  And instead of us becoming the Europeans bringing smallpox and Christianity to the New World, we're the native species devastated by alien disease and forcibly converted to some bizarre space religion?  I would laugh all the way to the vaporization chamber....
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Re: What will happen when we find life on another planet?
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2008, 02:59:33 PM »
Isn't that scientology??? :D
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Re: What will happen when we find life on another planet?
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2008, 10:01:14 PM »
what would discovering life outside of earth mean for the religious communities?

The great thing about the major religions that have survived to flourish today is that they're so flexible they can accomodate anything.  If there's no life anywhere, then we're Special, and God created the Universe just for us.  If there's life on every planet, then isn't infinite diversity of God's Creation just wonderful?

In short, I don't think discovering ET would have any effect on religion at all, other than provide them new opportunities to spread their delusion.
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Re: What will happen when we find life on another planet?
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2008, 11:14:52 PM »

In short, I don't think discovering ET would have any effect on religion at all, other than provide them new opportunities to spread their delusion.


I tend to agree with this.

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Re: What will happen when we find life on another planet?
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2008, 05:31:44 PM »
If there is life in other planets, why did Jesus the son of God came to OUR planet? What makes us so special? With billions and billions of stars and planets, why did he choose to land on ours?

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Re: What will happen when we find life on another planet?
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2008, 05:53:24 PM »
If there is life in other planets, why did Jesus the son of God came to OUR planet? What makes us so special? With billions and billions of stars and planets, why did he choose to land on ours?

Because he recognized that humans are easily brainwashed and wouldn't have to work as hard to condition them?

And, if Jesus was the son of God, who's to say that he didn't go to OTHER planets as well?  He's a supernatural entity, he could easily do that.  Of course, that presents a rather disturbing picture of God, if you think about it.  He didn't just sacrifice his son here, he's doing it on all planets that have life.  So Jesus' existence is an eternity of being sacrificed, over and over and over and over again.  He must have really pissed off daddy....
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Re: What will happen when we find life on another planet?
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2008, 07:15:19 PM »
In my opinion it won't do anything. We don't know what God is or isn't. To answer a question like that, you have to understand the universe and God, can any of you say you do? I know I can't.