New Life

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.

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4 thoughts on “New Life

  1. I’ve wondered often about whether or not to use aliens in any my writing. My inclination is not to, because there are too many issues in my mind with a universe that involves aliens. Not that I don’t enjoy reading a good story featuring aliens, it’s just that I have trouble answering the questions it raises without denying something I know about God.

    However, this discovery would potentially open the door for “extra-terrestrial non-intelligent life forms”. Interesting…

  2. I think it’s speculation to think that maybe there are thriving ecosystems on distant planets, but it is Biblically sound. After all, the universe was made for us, and God never intended for us to die. Why wouldn’t he have created other planets just waiting for us to discover and delight in them?

  3. Mike, that has basically been my attitude for many years: There very well may be life out there, that God has “seeded” for us. It would be affected by the Fall just as nature was on earth — after all, all creation was affected — but it could be out there. My thought is that any such life would be soulless, though, like animals on earth — that if there is intelligent life out there, it would be similar to dolphins here.

    As you say, this is speculation, but I have no problem with such speculation as long as it remains as such.

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