The Lutheran Witness

The Gospel and Little Green Men

Comments (5)
  1. Avatar Ken says:

    I’m thankful this topic has now been addressed but, I’m wondering what is meant in the fifth paragraph by “…sons of God…”! I believe in Jesus Christ, The Only Begotten Son of God. So…, what’s up?

    1. Avatar Alan Ludwig says:

      Ken, thanks for your comment. The reference is to Romans 8:19, which says: “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.” Who these are is explained by St. Paul in another place: “But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:25-27 ESV).

  2. Thank you, so aptly said!

  3. Avatar Carl Vehse says:

    In addition to the obvious life-hospitable factors, such as a temperature suitable for liquid water and a suitably-sized sun, there are many more factors required for a planet to be fit for human-like intelligent life (with more factors likely to be discovered):

    Suitable gravity for atmosphere, with appropriate pressure, to retain oxygen and water vapor but not hydrogen; suitable axis rotation rate; appropriate tilt of planet axis for seasons; suitable orbital distance from star to prevent tidal locking; magnetic field from planet molten core to shield atmosphere from cosmic radiation; sufficient planetary plate tectonics for crustal mineral recycling; suitable distribution and shape of continents to sustain deep ocean currents; sufficient actinide radioisotopes in planet interior for decay heat; suitably-sized moon to create needed tides and stabilize planet rotation; giant outer gas planets to prevent large asteroids and comets from frequent collisions with planet; suburban galaxy location providing sufficient distance from recent supernovas; far enough away from gravitational disturbances by higher density of stars in inner area of galaxy; only minor orbital variations caused by small chaotic gravitational interactions between nearby planets.

    With these factors the number of planets in our galaxy capable of sustaining human life is much smaller than the media and grant-seeking astronomers imply in their articles. The estimated probable number is likely very close to the experimentally known value of one.

  4. Avatar Carl Vehse says:

    From Romans 5:12, we know that the Fall infected the world (kosmos) with sin. Scripture does not state anywhere else God has placed souls needing the Gospel, other than in humans.