“A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” No, this is not the introduction to another Star Wars saga. It is an introduction to the theory of Directed Panspermia that was once espoused by Francis Harry Compton Crick. Dr. Crick was the English born molecular biologist, who along with James D. Watson co-discovered DNA.
At one point in his studies Dr. Crick, who believed in evolution, theorized that the current complexity of human DNA could not have evolved from simpler forms of DNA over the last 3.6 billion years life is believed to have existed here on earth. So Dr. Crick hypothesized that more than 3.6 billion years ago (a long, long time ago) higher evolved intelligent life forms elsewhere in the universe (in a galaxy far, far away) directed sperm pods to various planets in the universe capable of supporting life and earth was one of them. That in a nutshell (pun intended) is the theory of Directed Panspermia.
Since there is no definitive evidence that life exists elsewhere in the universe this theory has fallen into disrepute. Dr. Crick later forsook the theory himself. But the search for extraterrestrial life continues. In an article entitled, Is your religion ready to meet ET?, David A. Weintraub believes it is just a matter of time before scientists discover life elsewhere in the universe. Weintraub theorizes the discovery of life beyond our planet “would raise immediate and profoundly important cosmotheological questions.”
While the Bible is silent on the subject of life elsewhere in the universe, it does not expressly say life exists on earth alone. For this reason, discovery of life beyond this terrestrial existence would surprise me, but it would not alarm me. Such a discovery would not disprove a single word in Scripture.
Scientists, like Weintraub, assert it is not logical to assume we are alone in the universe. I believe we are not alone in the universe and I have proof. I am in possession of a book full of instructions delivered through a wireless connection from the Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. In part of His instructions He has revealed, “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,” Hebrews 9:27. Since there is a greater likelihood we will die before we discover life somewhere else in the universe, the most important question is not, “Is your religion ready to meet ET?,” the most important question is, “Are you ready to meet your Maker?”
Crick and Weintraub’s theories of exogenic life are unproven theories, and as a believer my trust in what God has revealed to us in the Bible supersedes unproven theories. Of course, you do not have to believe the Bible, if you prefer you can believe “A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”