Is There Life On Other Planets?
Many times people have wondered whether there is life on other planets. Is there? Well, let's think about it.
As is mentioned many times on this website, human DNA is by far the most sophisticated computer program on this planet. In fact, the top one million computer programs on this planet are the DNA strands for the roughly one million plants, animals and insects (yes, even insects) on this planet. Plus there have been about nine million species of plants, animals and insects which are now extinct; and each of them needed DNA.
Humans cannot design, sequence and create a DNA strand, inside of a cell which they also create, any more than a monkey could design and create a computer, an operating system and software which could compute pi to one million decimal places!!
The fact is that DNA is massively more sophisticated than any computer program ever written by humans. In fact, humans are not capable of designing and writing a computer program as sophisticated as the sequence of nucleotides on the DNA of an ant!!
These facts should be sufficient proof that there is a God. God, not accidents, had to create and design the DNA and cells for all life on this earth. All "life" requires DNA, a sequence of the nucleotides on the DNA and all life requires cells. None of these things can be created by accidents!!!
In addition, no team of scientists has ever created life from non-life!!! Life requires a "spirit" which is something else that humans cannot create.
And if God created the Universe (the Big Bang was certainly not an accident) why would God create life on only one planet in the Universe??? In fact, there is life on countless other planets thoughout the Universe (i.e. even on other galaxies)!!!!
However, I would suspect that most planets do not have life on them. It may be that some planets have purposes other than to be inhabited. And other planets may be in the process of having life on them, but do not yet have life on them.
The mathematics and laws of biology and physics would be the same on other earths (which have been designed, or will be designed, for human life) as they are on this earth. So we can be assured that any planet with life on it has life which was created by God or by someone He authorized.
One might ask why God would create a solar system, with multiple planets, unless there was at least one planet with human beings on it or at least one planet being prepared for humans beings!! Our spirits are the children of God and our physical bodies give us an opportunity to choose between good and evil. There were tests before we were born (when we were still spirits) as is evidenced by the article on the Grand Council:
You were at the Grand Council and you voted for Jehovah (i.e. Jesus Christ) or you would not have a physical body.
So the answer to the question: "Is there life on other planets?" is this: there is life on other planets if and only if God formed that planet to have life (e.g. an atmosphere with the right mixture of oxygen, hydrogen, etc., lots of water, a sun for the planet to orbit and the sun provides heat, light, etc.)!! A moon would be needed to create the ocean tides so the ocean water does not get stagnant.
Once our sun and planet(s) were ready, God would have placed humans on any earth designed for humans (i.e. an "Adam and Eve" would start the human race) after creating the DNA and cells for the plants (to provide food for animals, including humans) and then God created the DNA and cells for animals (including humans) to live on that planet. Yes, Adam and Eve were real people and they were created by God.
In fact, there is life on countless other planets!!! God did not create the Universe, and all of the galaxies and clusters of galaxies, etc. just to provide jobs for astronomers on this planet!! He created them so that many, many, many planets would have life on them!!!
Moses 1 (Pearl of Great Price - Latter-Day Saint or Mormon Church)
Some sections of the Bible, as written by the original authors (e.g. Moses) were severerly damaged during the centuries after Moses lived!!!
Some of the changes were intentional and some of the changes were accidental. It took a new, living prophet, in the latter-days, Joseph Smith, to restore many of the writings of both Moses and Abraham!! These books are contained in the Pearl of Great Price and are part of the official doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (i.e. the LDS or Mormon church).
The Pearl of Great Price includes original writings of both Moses and Abraham.
Here is Moses 1:25-42 which talks about inhabitants on other planets:
25 And calling upon the name of God, he [Moses] beheld his glory again, for it was upon him; and he heard a voice, saying: Blessed art thou, Moses, for I, the Almighty, have chosen thee, and thou shalt be made stronger than many waters; for they shall obey thy command as if thou wert God.
26 And lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days; for thou shalt deliver my people from bondage, even Israel my chosen.
27 And it came to pass, as the voice was still speaking, Moses cast his eyes and beheld the earth, yea, even all of it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the Spirit of God.
28 And he beheld also the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not; and he discerned them by the Spirit of God; and their numbers were great, even numberless as the sand upon the sea shore.
29 And he beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, and there were inhabitants on the face thereof.
30 And it came to pass that Moses called upon God, saying: Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them?
31 And behold, the glory of the Lord was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and talked with him face to face. And the Lord God said unto Moses: For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me.
32 And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth [this verse means Moses was probably talking to Heavenly Father, not Jehovah/Christ].
33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.
34 And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.
35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.
36 And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying: Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and tell me concerning this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content.
37 And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying: The heavens, they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man; but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine.
38 And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof even so shall another come; and there is no end to my works, neither to my words.
39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
40 And now, Moses, my son, I will speak unto thee concerning this earth upon which thou standest; and thou shalt write the things which I shall speak.
41 And in a day when the children of men shall esteem my words as naught and take many of them from the book which thou shalt write, behold, I will raise up another like unto thee; and they shall be had again among the children of men—among as many as shall believe.
42 (These words were spoken unto Moses in the mount, the name of which shall not be known among the children of men. And now they are spoken unto you. Show them not unto any except them that believe. Even so. Amen.)
Why The Pearl Of Great Price Exists
Some people might wonder why the LDS church has the Book of Moses, isn't Genesis in the Old Testament enough??
Actually, due to massive numbers of mistakes in translation, and lost verses and lost chapters in the Bible (some intentionally taken out because whoever controlled the Bible at that time did not like the dotrines in the original Book of Moses), the Book of Moses is a very important book of scriptures!!!
In addition, when these revelations were originally given to Moses, and even when Joseph Smith translated this document, "scientists" didn't have a clue about galaxies or galaxy clusters or superclusters of galaxies, or even a Universe.
Just how big is the Universe according to our telescopes now? Well, watch this VERY AMAZING AND VERY INCREDIBLE seven minute YouTube video and you will understand just how amazing God is:
As telescopes in space get bigger so will our understanding of the size of the Universe and the power of God.
Here is an amazing, amazing Youtube video by Eric Metaxas about what it takes for "life" to form anywhere:
Our Milky Way galaxy is part of a "Local Group" galaxy cluster that contains more than 54 galaxies. But this cluster is only a very, very small part of the Laniakea Supercluster which is mentioned in the above video.
So is there life on other planets? Absolutely. If there is a God, and certainly there is a God, then He is the God of the entire Universe, not just this planet!!!
There are literally countless planets with life on them. And all of this life was created by God, or by someone He authorized to do it.
But of more importance is that God is literally our Heavenly Father, the father of our spirits, and thus He loves us. And we can become like him (see verse 39 above).
"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret" (TPJS, p. 345).
TPJS is Teachings Of The Prophet Joseph Smith, page 345.
One of the giant problems of the non-LDS Christian world is that they do not believe in the Pearl of Great Price, which is a book of scripture for Latter-Day Saints which anyone is welcome to read. This first several chapters of Genesis were absolutely butchered over the several millennium since Adam and Eve!!
We don't know how much of this damage to Genesis was intentional because some translator did not have enough faith in God to believe the doctrines of the original documents. Nor do we know how much of it was damaged accidentally due to damaged/lost documents or poor translations.
But I should note that the Pearl of Great Price was translated and made public by Joseph Smith before his death (in 1844) and long before large telescopes were developed and other telescopes were put into space!!!
The Pearl of Great Price, particularly the Book of Moses, is an inspired version of what the ORIGINAL manuscripts of the early chapters of the Book of Genesis contained (as written by Moses)!!!
Here is an online copy of the Book of Moses in the Pearl Of Great Price (i.e. the original version of the first several chapters of Genesis):
One Last Comment
Some churches, such as the evangelical churches, take the Bible literally, not knowing that the early chapters of Genesis were severely damaged over the centuries. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
The problem is that the Book of Genesis (parts of which should be replaced by the Book of Moses) is so damaged due to poor translations and lost documents that some of the evangelicals believe that the entire Universe was created in literally seven 24-hour days!!!
If that were true, the light from distant stars and galaxies, which are more than 7,000 light years away, would not have reached us yet so we would not yet be able to see them, even though they are there!!!
So we literally would not be able to see a single other Galaxy, a Galaxy cluster, etc. or even the vast number of stars in our own Milky Way Galaxy!!! So yes, the early chapters of Genesis were severely damaged and/or intentionally changed.
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