Science doesn’t want to believe the Bible’s explanation for creation and the universe, and despite proposals that the universe is teeming with life or of aliens, a scientific paper shows life is very rare and may exist only on Earth.
Back in the 1940s, according to a legendary account, a group of atomic scientists working at the Los Alamos nuclear lab got into a conversation during some downtime. The subject turned to extraterrestrial life. The famous scientist Enrico Fermi is alleged to have asked: “So? Where is everybody?”
What Fermi was asking was, with astronomical numbers of known stars, planets, and galaxies – with odds so great – why haven’t we found any signs of life yet? It doesn’t make sense. This has come to be referred to as the Fermi Paradox.
In 1961 an astronomer named Frank Drake proposed a mathematical formula to solve the Fermi Paradox that multiplied seven “parameters” together to estimate N, the number of detectable civilizations we should expect within our galaxy at a given moment in time.
Here is the Drake formula: N = R∗ x fp x ne x fl x fi x fc x L
The formula breaks down like this:
Previous scientific papers on the Drake equation put the values of N ranging anywhere from 10 to many billions.
On June 8, 2018, a team of researchers comprised of Anders Sandberg, Eric Drexler, and Toby Ord from the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University presented a paper entitled “Dissolving the Fermi Paradox” in which they employed fresh statistical methods and a technique known as a Bayesian update to the results of the Drake equation, Vox reported.
Applying data representing the current state of astrobiological knowledge, the researchers concluded that there is a 53 to 99.6 percent chance that Earthlings are the only intelligent civilization within our own galaxy.
In terms of the observable universe, there is a 39 to 85 percent chance that Earthlings are the only intelligent life form in existence.
This is not the answer scientists wanted to hear. It shows that life is extremely rare. As a result, many scientists attacked the paper’s findings, calling it narrow-minded, anthropocentric, and said that any conclusion that Earthlings were somehow special was nothing more than human arrogance.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
– Genesis 1:1
The Bible tells us that the universe was created on “the first day.” We cannot assume that “day” represents a 24 hour period. In the book of second Peter we are told that “one day is as a thousand years.” Therefore, this first day could also mean as many as a million or even a billion years.
The Bible tells us that God created life on Earth on the sixth day.
“And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, land crawlers, and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.’ And it was so. God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that crawls upon the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, and over all the earth itself and every creature that crawls upon it.'”
– Genesis 1:24-36
The Bible tells us of life existing nowhere else except the planet Earth. The Bible tells us in three places that, at a future time, God will remake part of His creation and there will be a new heaven and a new Earth (Isaiah 65:17, Isaiah 66:22 and Revelation 21:1).