King David wrote, “When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about human beings that you should care for them?” (Psalm 8:3-4). The space that God created, in its vastness and wonder, is majestic and awesome and beyond our comprehension.
Scientists say matter is spread over a space at least 93 billion light-years across. There are probably more than 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, with countless billions of planets. 10 That blows the mind! And it may cause us to wonder, are we the only intelligent beings God created in this vast universe?
Nothing in Scripture reveals that there is intelligent life on other planets. Scripture is silent on this issue. We are told there are demons, angels, seraphim, and cherubim, but there is no reference to other intelligent life.
But if there was life on other distant planets, it would not seem to contradict Christian beliefs. God is the creator of the universe, and if he created other life-forms and didn’t tell us about it—that’s his prerogative. And just because he chooses not to tell us doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t other intelligent beings out there. The point is, we simply don’t know.
This chapter originally appeared in 77 FAQs About God and the Bible by Sean McDowell and Josh McDowell (2012). Used by permission from Harvest House Publishers.