Every year the town that I attend church in has a UFO “festival”, based on 2 alleged encounters/ incidents which may have happened over 30 years ago. (No, I am not in New Mexico.) The local press (and others) gives this festival and the persons who put it on and attend it quite a bit of attention. Why? Is it just because they are spectacles, or is it because the general public is infatuated with UFOs and wants to learn more and more about anything that may give the theory some validity?
The U.S. (and much of the world) has been infatuated with finding extra-terrestrial intelligence (or “aliens” per se) for well over 40 years. Back in the early 70′s, the U.S., via NASA and other agencies, put a lot of money behind the federal SETI program. The program includes a large satellite dish in the southwest U.S. and scientists that monitor and analyze the data (radio transmissions) every hour of every day.
Wouldn’t we have found something by now?
Back when the program started, astronomers were estimating that it was “likely” that there were tens of thousands of advanced alien civilizations throughout the universe. And part of our goal as human beings was to reach out, find, and interact with these aliens from other galaxies. More recently, many of the key leaders of this program have admitted that these early estimates were grossly exagerrated- and that in fact it is more likely that the number of intelligent E.T. races were less than 50 or 100. I wonder if in another 40 years they will say that the more likely scenario is that there may be 1 or 2?
Another recent setback to the SETI program is that an even larger telescope project in California has had to be stopped/ delayed due to lack of funding sources. The project is only about 25% complete. It is interesting that the secular media has said very little about this; most of the public is unaware that the interest in E.T. life may be waning- even among scientists and other supporters.
Star Wars is JUST a movie !
Let me say that I am a big Star Wars fan, and a Star Trek fan. But these are stories; they are entertainment. They are not real life, and they are not science. Many people want it (alien life) to be the truth- but everything that the world has found out thus far has shown that there is none out there. Billions of our federal dollars have gone to this effort. Isn’t that enough? How many other more practical programs could be funded with this kind of money?
Biblical fact states very clearly that we on Earth are the only intelligent life form in the Universe, and all evidence thus far has shown that the Bible is correct. Most people want to believe in aliens because that would disprove God, and the Bible, and much of Christianity. Most people need to believe in something. Christians believe in Jesus. Many atheists believe in alien life forms. The fact that we have searched extensively for over 40 years and have absolutely no good “leads” on this matter is pretty good proof that we are- in fact- the only intelligent life form in the universe. And if that is the case, that flies in the face of statistics. Given the breadth of the universe the “odds” are that there WOULD be some other alien life form out there (if you just believe in science and do not believe in God’s words).
There is much that we can learn from other planets and the moon, etc. But can we stop searching for something that is not there?