Life on Mars? - Hope 103.2

Life on Mars?

By David ReayWednesday 3 May 2017LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Psalm 8:1-4

1         O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
              Your glory is higher than the heavens.
2         You have taught children and infants
              to tell of your strength,
           silencing your enemies
              and all who oppose you.
3          When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
               the moon and the stars you set in place—
4          what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
               human beings that you should care for them? (NLT)

The fact that God made the universe and planted human beings in it is an accepted part of Christian belief. The unimaginably vast universe contains within it God’s precious human creation. An incredibly great God condescended to make mere mortals.

This may raise a question or two. Such as, “What about the possibility of life in another corner of the universe? Up till now, those who are experts in such things tell us that the possibilities of life in our own solar system are pretty slim. But our solar system is just one speck in the entire cosmos.

We have to allow for at least the possibility of animate life in the universe and even life which has the capacity to relate to God. We are certainly made in his image and likeness and thus are unique on planet earth. But we don’t know if there are other beings with whom God is dealing. Do other beings need redemption? Has Jesus died for other beings?

We simply don’t know. So we are left with concluding that indeed we are fearfully and wonderfully made and enjoy a unique and valued place in creation. And also that we may not be the only objects of God’s creative and redemptive care. We have been told our story in our sacred Scriptures. We have not been told others’ stories.

David Reay