NASA has discovered a strange new life form. Quoting from the article:
Discovered in the poisonous Mono Lake, California, this bacteria is made of arsenic, something that was thought to be completely impossible. While she and other scientists theorized that this could be possible, this is the first discovery. The implications of this discovery are enormous to our understanding of life itself and the possibility of finding beings in other planets that don’t have to be like planet Earth.
So, what does it mean for science fiction writers? I’d say that it opens up… well, some possibilities, but science fiction authors have posited alien life forms based on silicon for decades and decades. Looking at life as based on other forms is a nifty idea, and opens up the imagination. Rather than opening up a new wing of science fiction, arsenic-based life forms opens up a new room in an already existing wing.
What does it mean for Christians that there’s this totally alien life form that exists on earth?
It means we have one more thing to praise our God for. In his wisdom, he created a critter totally different from the rest of us. I suspect some will use this to try and belittle Christians and their stubborn use of the Bible, and in particular Genesis. But this does nothing more than show how amazing God is.