Earth is described by some as a “lonely planet”—yet, scientists continue their search for extraterrestrial life. However, the quest to find life beyond Earth recently hit another roadblock. “Alien life may be more unlikely than commonly thought, according to a UK study that hints at a cosmic lack of phosphorus. The element is vital to energy storage and transfer in cells, and is part of the chemical backbone of DNA” (Telegraph, April 5, 2018). Researchers from the University of Cardiff observed that “Earth may be unusually lucky, because it happened to be situated close enough to the ‘right’ kind of supernova.”
While cosmologists pursue their search for extraterrestrial life, some have concluded that the factors needed to support life are so numerous and precise that the earth truly is a privileged planet, alone in the universe. But what does the Bible say about this fascinating subject of extraterrestrial life?
The Scripture makes clear that God created life on this planet (see Genesis 1). There is no mention in the Bible of physical life being created elsewhere—and to date, there is no evidence of any extraterrestrial life. Further, it is to the planet Earth that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, came to atone for the sins of humanity (John 3:16–17; 4:42), and it is to the earth that Jesus Christ will return to set up His Kingdom (Matthew 24:29-31; Revelation 11:15). Ultimately, God the Father will also set up His throne on the earth—and not on another planet (see Revelation 21:1–8). Scientific studies reveal our planet to be very special, and the Bible reveals that God is working out a very special plan on Earth—beginning the creation of His Family through mankind. For more on this exciting topic, read or listen to “Home, Sweet (Cosmic) Home!”