NASA, Still Looking for Life in all the Wrong Places

Life on Mars

NASA, Still Looking for Life in all the Wrong Places


NASA didn’t double down on their previous claims that there’s life out there somewhere, and by somewhere they mean our closest planetary neighbor, Mars. No, they didn’t triple down. In fact, I’ve lost count on how many times these alleged experts have told us that there’s life out there somewhere and we’re bound to find it sooner or later. Well they’ve gone and done it again, only this time, their looking much closer to home. They’re looking at Mars (CNN, 2015).

In 2014, the newswires were all atwitter as NASA announced in a public meeting with NASA’s chief that the agency’s top scientists have said that they expect to find alien life within the next 20 years. Evidently, that is their story then and they’re still sticking to it. This is nothing new, because they have been promoting this non-discovery for most of my adult life. It is getting more and more difficult to take these announcements seriously.

Why are so many at NASA convinced that the discovery of extraterrestrial life is inevitable? It has to do with their materialistic evolutionary worldview, coupled with a case of terminal wishful thinking that somehow, somewhere the miracle of abiogenesis will happen again. Yes, I said again. You see, those who believe in a creation without a Creator (and design without a Designer) are convinced that all you need to do is have the basic building blocks of life mix with water for an undetermined amount of time and life will spontaneously appear in some form or another. Carbon based life is their best guess because they firmly believe that this is not only possible, it is quite probable, since it already happened some 3.5 billion years ago give or take a couple of million years. 
Never fear, the Fermi paradox is here

We can rest assured that hope springs eternal in the minds of atheist and agnostic scientists with regard to finally making contact with E.T. However, several serious problems should be considered in any serious discussion concerning extraterrestrial life. First, these scientists have a 100% failure rate with regard to their ambitious, but ill-conceived, efforts to have E.T. phone them. Over 50 years of listening for E.T. have yielded zero evidence in favor of the existence of extraterrestrial life.

The answer can be found in the logic of the Fermi paradox. What exactly is the Fermi paradox? It was the result of a 1950 discussion with physicist Enrico Fermi. In 1975, astrophysicist Michael Hart wrote a paper containing a more detailed discussion of the implications of the Fermi paradox, sometimes referred to as the Fermi-Hart paradox. 

It is a set of seemingly logical precepts concerning the existence of extraterrestrial life. The Fermi paradox is the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations (in the minds of evolutionary scientists) and the lack of evidence for, or contact with, such civilizations. These precepts are based entirely on a fallacious premise, i.e. that there must be life somewhere in the vast uncharted regions of outer space. Here is the Fermi paradox in a nutshell:

The size and age of the universe incline us to believe that many technologically advanced civilizations must exist. However, this belief seems logically inconsistent with our lack of observational evidence to support it. Either:

(1) The initial assumption is incorrect and technologically advanced
      intelligent life is much rarer than we believe, or

(2) Our current observations are incomplete and we simply have not
      detected them yet, or

(3) Our search methodologies are flawed and we are not searching for the
      correct indicators.

Have you noticed the flaw? There is nothing in this paradox that allows for the possibility that life simply does not exist in outer space. Fermi states, life might exist, but the smart aliens are too rare for us to discover or we just haven’t looked in the right place yet or we are not doing it correctly or fill in the blank yourself any old reason will do. Bottom line, according to Fermi and those who endorse his paradox, life exists in outer space, period! End of discussion, (Rowitt, 2010). 

One thing is certain; those who do not recognize the Creator of all that is seen and unseen in our spectacular universe will continue looking for life in all the wrong places. We know that God spoke the universe into existence in six literal 24-hour days and rested on the 7th day declaring everything He had created to be “very good,” Gen. 1:21. When you are spiritually dead in your own trespasses and sins, including the most egregious of all sins, the sin of self-righteousness (pride), you will continue looking for life apart from the personal relationship our Creator offered to everyone through His Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, Matt. 11:28.

The more our evolutionary counterparts look for life without the benefit of the knowledge of the One who created it; they are doomed to repeat the failures of their predecessors.

Steve Rowitt, Th.M., Ph.D.
Chief Technical Advisor
Creation Studies Institute




Anthony, S. (2014). We’ll find alien life in the next 20 years with our new, awesome telescopes says NASA. Extreme Tech July 15, 2014. Accessed 8.28.15.

CNN (2015). NASA: Liquid water exists on Mars, boosting hopes for life there. Posted 11:15 AM, September 28, 2015. Accessed CNN Wire and Lorenzo Hall, Updated at 10:40pm, September 28, 2015. Accessed 9.28.15.

Rowitt, S. (2010). NASA’s Big Announcement: Much ado about, nothing much. Creation Studies Institute, December 7, 2010. Accessed 9.28.15.