I was disconnected yesterday when replying to another topic about the possibility of Intelligent alien life in the universe. They were arguing against the possibility of other intelligent life because of there being no mention of them in the Bible.
The issue is no different than what most people believed, that we were the center of the Universe, or that everything revolved around us.
Also there was no knowledge of Dinosaurs or much of the life that exists today.
The Bible is not a scientific roadmap of our universe, nor does it need be.We always stumble when we insist we know things about our world which are not what the Bible is about. Galileo, who is a prime example of the churches mishandling of scripture, once said "the Bible is about how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go".
There is a formula for figuring the odds of intelligent Life in our galaxy which has the ability like us to communicate at some point in the future .
The Drake equation is:
N = the number of civilizations in our galaxy with which communication might be possible (i.e. which are on our current past light cone);
R* = the average number of star formation per year in our galaxy
fp = the fraction of those stars that have planets
ne = the average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets
fl = the fraction of planets that could support life that actually develop life at some point
fi = the fraction of planets with life that actually go on to develop intelligent life (civilizations)
fc = the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space
L = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space
This is used by the SETI institute in their search for intelligent Life near us in our own galaxy. The problem in doing this is that even the nearest star, Alpha Centauri is 4.5 light years away, so radio waves which travel at the speed of light would take 4.5 years one way. Of course this is possible, but unlikely that their is life that close or we would have heard something. Our own planet has been transmitting only for about 75 years, as all radio or TV broadcasts that are sent automatically move away from earth at the speed of light. So that means any planet within 75 light years could hear us, but it would take another 75 if they tried to contact us back.
But the real issue in this is that our Galaxy the Milky Way is 100 thousand light years wide, so if we wanted to talk with someone on the other side of our galaxy it would take 100 thousand years each way. And most of the stars we see in our galaxy are 100s of light years away. So this is worse than finding a needle in a haystack .
But when you want to say that we are the only Life, Intelligent or otherwise in the universe, the incredible size is what makes that unlikely.
There are Billions of stars in our galaxy. A person cannot even ever count to one billion even if that is all you did all your life, so the numbers are staggering. Then we must accept that there are Billions of other galaxies, all of which are huge , some much larger than ours. And so the odds of Intelligent life in our galaxy let alone billion of others is very likely, if not absolute.
God loves us all, and he is in charge of this Universe, possibly other Universes as well, but we should humbe ourselves, and not act as if we are his only creations.