“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1:1-3).”
There was literally “earth shaking” news last week that garnered little attention. A new earth-like planet, Kepler-452b, was discovered about 1,400 light years away.1 This world bears notable hallmarks said to be suited for life. Some mused that if there is life on Kepler it would likely be more advanced than we. Also last week, Physicist Stephen Hawking helped launch a $100 million effort to hunt for evidence of alien life in the universe. NASA’s chief scientist, Ellen Stofan predicts such evidence will be found in the next 10 years.2 However, professor Matthew Bailes, speaks for many scientists as he warns that the world should be very careful in the way we respond to the aliens when they make contact.3 Bailes and Hawking believe that there are beings out there far greater than ourselves.
It is fascinating that some of the most brilliant minds of our generation are so certain that there is life beyond this world, and yet their concept of other-worldly beings may be far too small and badly flawed. They believe that life is common in such a vast universe with so many worlds, and all you really need are the right ingredients, such as amino acids, add water and voila!
For New Testament scholars the BDAG, a Greek-English Lexicon, is an essential tool used in their studies. For decades it was known simply as A&G, for Arndt and Gingrich. These men had not written the book but served as translators from German to English. It is reported that the true author, Walter Bauer was heartbroken that his life’s work went unrecognized by the world and credit for his work went to others.4
What does the paternity of a Lexicon have to do with making contact with alien beings? These great minds of our age suppose that life is so common out there that it arose from mere chance and macro-evolutionary forces. They have failed to give credit to the genuine author of life and instead ascribed its origin to another that is inferior (Romans 1:21, 25). Is Christ grieved that so many have failed to recognize His life’s work and assigned credit to others?
Men spend great treasure and toil to try to find life instead of turning to the only One who has the words of life (John 6:68). Jesus Christ created the earth (Genesis 1:1) and Kepler-452b and everything else that is, will be, or ever has been (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16). He hung the stars and planets for signs and seasons (Genesis 1:14) but many fail to see His signature on the creation, and, for this, there is no excuse (Romans 1:20). Life is not so common as some may suppose but it is indeed rare and fleeting for too many (Matthew 7:14) who have entered earth’s stage for a very brief span (James 4:14). But the opportunity to find life is available to all and contact has been made by a far greater intelligent being (Isaiah 40:28). His recipe for life is indeed simple – it requires being born again (John 3:3-5) and continued obedience. Jesus is indeed “the Author of eternal life to all who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9).” He wrote a book so that men might discover life beyond this world.
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).”
Why Suffering?, Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale, FaithWords Publishing, 2014, p.138