I recently tuned in to the tail end of a broadcast in which I heard a radio evangelist say that if there is intelligent life on other planets in the universe, it cannot possibly be related to us or to our God. Because I heard only his summation of what he had said I did not get the details of his reasoning nor did I catch his name. I was left thinking, however, why not?
I have always been fascinated by space and space travel. When I was little I listened to Flash Gordon and his adventures in interplanetary travel. Later, it was Star Trek and Star Wars. In each there were beings out there with whom the protagonists communicated but who were very different from us earthlings. There have been movies like E.T. and Contact and Close Encounters of the Third Kind that have added to my curiosity.
Obviously I am not the only one who wonders if there are “people” out there and who speculate as to what they would be like if, indeed, they were to exist. Vast amounts of money have been spent trying to find out whether or not we are alone.
Just west of Socorro, New Mexico, is a huge complex of very big “satellite dishes” that can be moved around on tracks and configured in various ways to work together making one vast listening ear that tunes in to space with the objective of trying to find evidence of extra-terrestrial life. In recent years our space telescopes and space probes have discovered planets revolving around other suns in our galaxy adding to the speculation. And the question always remains, if there is intelligent life in outer space, what do those “beings” look like?
In June of 1830, “Selections from the Book of Moses” was published to the world. It purports to be an extract from a translation of the Bible. It contains a more detailed account of the time when Moses talked face to face with God at the burning bush. I will quote a few passages that relate to the present topic:
“And it came to pass, as the voice was still speaking, Moses cast his eyes and beheld the earth, yea, even all if it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the spirit of God. And he beheld also the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not; and he discerned them by the Spirit of God; and their numbers were great, even numberless as the sand upon the sea shore.
“And he beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, and there were inhabitants on the face thereof. And it came to pass that Moses called upon God, saying: Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them?
“And behold, the glory of the Lord was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and talked with him face to face. And the Lord God said unto Moses: For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me. And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth.
“And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten…But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them…
“For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:27-33, 35, 39
So, if extraterrestrial beings exist in outer space, are they little green creatures with bug eyes and antennae or are they brothers and sisters, children of the same Creator? When all is said and done, as far as it concerns us, I think it matters but little. We seem to have all we can handle just trying to keep our little planet from self-destructing.