Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Fact is, that little dot as far as we know is the only spot in all the universe that matters. There is no evidence of different worlds, and is is an act of faith, rather than a statement of fact, to postulate otherwise.
So what happens when we discover other worlds with people?
Being made in the image and likeness of God is an entirely different issue than evolution. They don't rule each other out.
What about now extinct sub-species groups that existed only relatively recently (Neanderthal among others) who had graves dug and adorn with flowers?
Who are we to comprehend the Mind of God? In Job, God humbles Job by pointing out it is He alone who forms and functions all of Creation, all of any Creation, all of any of the 11 dimensions postulated in the Multiverse model of String Theory. In Orthodox we are not so self-righteously sure of ourselves, we are not scientists, we are theologians, we adjust our understanding of the world as God reveals it unto us, and we never make the presumption to know anything but the revelations of God through His Grace alone. If God created 11 universes and a billion worlds and a trillion civilizations what is it to us? How does it change anything? Maybe for those who cling to literalist misinterpretation of Scripture or listening to too many Pat Roberston sermons but in Orthodox, we worship God, and follow all of God. We follow the Mysteries as given to us by revelation, instituted by His own hand, given by hand down the generations from the Apostles unto this day. Things change, only God knows anything, we just pray for His Will and do our best. God is a Mystery, we do not try to understand Him, we try to experience Him and live constantly in
Because if humans are God's best creation, then why would other lifeforms be there?
are you saying that jesus could sacrifice himself in other worlds too if sin existed?
In Orthodox we teach that Jesus died for all of Creation, not simply humans alone. For EVERYTHING, for in all came into pass of and through Jesus Christ, whatever is there, it is of Jesus Christ and saved through Jesus Christ, period.
I guess so, to me it would lose significance, you don't think it would cause a crisis at all within Orthodoxy?
Don't worry, in 2000 years we have not been short of any crises
, and surely we could survive any more in God's Grace.
You say Holy Tradition, what does that even mean?
The Holy Tradition is all of the divinely inspired activity of the Church. This includes the calendar, the Scriptural canon, the Ecumenical Canon, Synod Resolutions, oral traditions, Mariology, architecture, iconography, incense, bells, hymnals, instruments, vestments, Liturgy, prayer books, sacred geography, the writings of the Church Fathers, and even Imperial Edicts in some jurisdictions.
These things we hold together in equal veneration as the Bible. The Calvinists and the Puritans precisely wanted to do away with these in favor only of "the Bible" but there is not truly even a universal Biblical canon amongst ANY tradition or denomination (even amongst Protestants, Pentecostals, Unitarians, Orthodox, Catholics, etc). Luther was content only with reformation, but the Protestants of the American traditions are almost vitriolically opposed to the Holy Tradition.
In the Church, we use the Holy Tradition to understand the "Bible" and the "Bible" to understand the Holy Tradition, but both are interpreted through active worship and participation in the Mysteries and Holy Spirit. Our aim is to be close to and to worship God, nothing more, nothing less, not necessarily to be wise, or moral, or saved, but truly to turn to God, and worship Him with all of heart, all of our soul, and all of our comprehension and to learn to say in sincerity and humility, "Father, let Thy Will be done and not our own" and also "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner."