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A Theistic Explanation for Why We Can’t Find Any Extraterrestrials

The very serious problems of abiogenesis and technological intelligence and the mathematical odds against finding intelligent extraterrestrials explain why we’ve never been able to detect extraterrestrial intelligences—and probably never will. We can all sleep soundly at night without worrying that aliens are going to come down from the sky to destroy or invade us.

This then brings us to what is usually ignored in science: God.

Since I am a Christian, this article is limited to the Christian worldview, which is centered on Jesus Christ. (Note: This section does not imply the biblical text is necessarily “true,” only that this is what it is teaching. We have the freedom to accept its teaching or not, but it does provide an internally consistent cosmology that explains why we’ve never detected extraterrestrials.)

According to the New Testament:

1. God had his Son, Jesus, create the universe:

John 1:3 He created the universe—nothing exists that wasn’t created by him.

1 Corinthians 8:6 To us, there’s only one God, the Father, the originator of the universe and for whom we live; and there’s one Lord Jesus Christ, the creator of the universe and creator of mankind.

Colossians 1:13-17 He has rescued us from the subjugation of darkness and resettled us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have been redeemed and had our sins forgiven. 15 He is the image of the God who’s never been seen and existed before the universe was created. 16 He created the universe. Everything in heaven and earth, everything we see and cannot see, including thrones, powers, rulers, or authorities; he created them all, and they are for him. 17 He existed before the universe and causes it to hold together.

2. This being who created the universe was born on this earth as a human, whom we know to be Jesus:

John 1:10,14 He went and lived on earth and even though he created it, the earth’s inhabitants didn’t know who he was. . . 14 The Word became flesh and lived among us. We have seen his glory—the glory of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Philippians 2:5-8 Be as humble as Jesus Christ: 6 Despite having the same nature of God, he didn’t think to forcefully cling to his equality with the Father, 7 but emptied himself of it, and took upon himself the nature of a slave and became human. 8 As a mortal man, he humbled himself and was so obedient to the Father’s will that he stooped to die the utterly degrading death on the cross.

Romans 8:3 God did what the Law of Moses was incapable of doing due to the weakness of flesh: God condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son to become flesh.