There are two very popular topics that strike a sensitive chord in the thoughts and emotions of human beings: religion and extraterrestrial life.
These two topics bring up more questions than answers at times. Most people like thinking and talking about religion and extraterrestrial life, if they are real and how they relate to one another. Put them together and you really have one hell of a debate.
Extraterrestrial life, as opposed to what we believe as a race, takes on a whole new dimension. If there is life on other planets, then what does that mean for those who believe in God, gods, or even atheists? How is extraterrestrial life and spirituality connected? Well, it’s simple, really.
What we really want to know is, “How would discovering life on other planets affect religion?” If we believe in God, who created the Earth and started with two people, Adam and Eve, then what do we think about beings on other planets?
Since Adam and Eve sinned and their lives changed forever, does this mean that beings on other planets have similar fates? It’s interesting to fathom that we could be connected by the same covenant explained by Christianity.
If you use logic, then you begin to think that other beings, on other planets did not have to abide by God’s law. These other beings may even be free from sin since they did not commit the famous crime of passion, brought upon by eating a strange fruit.
From the Books
David Weintraub, the author of “Religions and Extraterrestrial Life” and astronomer at Vanderbilt University, examines the reaction of several different faiths to the idea of life on other planets. The polls show various readings, and some may surprise you.
During the poll, over 5 thousand Americans were surveyed, providing some startling results by religious affiliation. Over 30% of those who were asked said they believed in life on other planets. 55% of those were Atheists, 44% Muslim, 37% Jew, 36% Hindu, and 32% Christian.
It seems that the results are loosely based on the belief system and how “earth-minded” the belief system seemed to be. Christians, for example, found the idea to be uncomfortable because the bible states that God created the heavens and earth and populated the earth. There is no mention of any other planet within the pages of the holy scriptures — at least not in Christianity.
Other points of views
Other religions, such as Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mormons actually hold a fairly strong belief in extraterrestrial life.
Their scriptures have a place for those from other planets. The Seventh-day Advents believe that religions were focused on Adam and Eve, two people, from the Earth, that had sinned. They figure that if you are from another planet, then you are not bound by the rules of their religion, thus, you would abide by other laws or beliefs, created by another society.
Even those who believe in reincarnation seem to think there may be some connection between life on other planets and spirituality. Maybe there is and maybe there isn’t. As time goes by, and scientists discover more evidence of extraterrestrial life, we may come to understand the true role of religion in the whole of existence.
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