Cause and Effect.
RalphWaldo Emerson once said the Law of Cause and Effect is the “law of laws.” So let’s take a hypothetical step further down the line, for if it’s ever found that an advanced civilization once inhabited Mars, then it will almost certainly provide ammunition for the growing number of enthusiasts who believe that in one way or another, modern-day man originated from the Red Planet. As the evidence for life having once existed beyond the boundaries of Earth continues to mount up, so too will the inevitable problems which will accompany it.
Just as the geological and fossil record here on Earth, has been presented as evidence for the Darwinian theory of evolution, any similar record discovered upon Mars, let’s say, will be presented in exactly the same format. But this time to support the theory of mankind’s cosmic ancestry.
A hypothetical scenario perhaps, a preposterous one even, but should that hypothesis ever become a reality, and officially disclosed, how will us Earthlings, particularly the three main monotheistic religions, handle it? Whose God did the ancient, otherworldly civilization belong to?
Whilst all things are possible with God, there’s nothing .immediately apparent in the Bible which would allow for the presence of physical life elsewhere, and to my knowledge, neither is there within the Koran.
Even the ‘traditional’ Darwinian evolutionist will be flummoxed when faced with the realisation that modern-day man, the so-called apex of evolution, has been knocked down from his pedestal. For . somebody long ago, once stood there before him.
Shawn Joseph, Ph. D, author of: Life on Earth, came from other planets, has this to say in one of his articles;
And of course these conclusions will be disputed by the “torches and pitchforks” crowd who come lumbering forth grunting in fear, condemning and seeking to destroy what they don’t understand.
Whilst his contempt for those who believe the Genesis account comes across loud and clear, the man has a valid point. Without a right understanding, how will the Bible-believing Christian react to an announcement that life once existed on Mars? How will he amongst others explain the death and destruction which once occurred there?
Here on home ground, the Young Earth Creationist has been quite successful by using Noah’s Flood to combat the sceptic, but that’s where the buck stops. The waters at that time covered the mountain peaks of our home-planet, but could rise no higher.
We will see later how there’s reliable evidence of widespread flood destruction on Mars. But how will man explain it? According to the apostle Peter, any reason given isn’t likely to include the possibility of an ancient judgement, which was administered by the word of God.(2 Peter 3:5-6.)
Maybe a terrible cosmic war did once take place between angels, and/or physical sentient beings. Maybe the cosmos was inflicted by a series of ‘natural’ disasters. But ultimately, according to the Bible, when a judgement of such magnitude occurs, it’s always due to the inevitable result of sin, and caused by the word of God.
On a natural level, it could be said that Noah’s flood occurred due to a series of events which we would call ”natural” disasters. An Insurance company on the other hand, although they might not actually believe it, would claim such a thing to be an Act of God.
From a philosophical point of view, every cause and effect had its worldly purpose to what we are experiencing today. From a spiritual point of view, every action has a reaction or consequence. ”We reap what we sow.” The dividing line is very thin, for nothing can happen or take effect without cause, and whilst we might not always see it, where God is concerned,the cause is always a just one.
Genesis 2:5.…….. for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth……
Genesis 6:12. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Genesis 7:4. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
If God had not caused it to rain forty days and nights, there would have been no flood, but if there had been no cause, God would not have caused it to rain.
God will do nothing for the sake of a whim, or just for the fun of it, but only when He has just cause to do so. In this case, the cause was the ungodly attitude, and the wicked behaviour of mankind, compounded by the fact all flesh had become corrupted, as a result of the earlier interference by the “sons of God,” the fallen angels.
Neither will he pass judgement upon lowly life-forms for their sake, but only upon those who are conscious of their faults. In other words, those who are created with the capacity to know God, and hence, are accountable to Him.
By reasoning from Scripture, one can conclude that the very fact Mars, and probably the entire Solar System or beyond, has come under such catastrophic judgement, proves in biblical theory at least, that somebody, physical or otherwise, but either way, being consciously aware of their faults, once inhabited or visited Mars.
Jesus Christ we are told, is the same yesterday and today and for ever ( Hebrews 13:8 ) Therefore he would of had just cause to bring a deluge upon Mars by his word.
Of course there are fossils on Mars!
I remain convinced that sooner or later, and should the Lord tarry, his people will have to contend with the issue of life, or former life elsewhere. How will we as Christians face up to the challenge? The secularist, relying purely on his atheistic presuppositions, will have a field-day if believers are not forearmed from the word of God.
In the words of Fred Bristow, an online friend of mine:
The Bible is a hidden gold mine of Truth. We are so fortunate and blessed to know Him and we know that "flesh and blood" did not reveal Truth to us but it was Him! Maybe - just maybe - if we can show the Bible reveals the Creator some people would become persuaded to "believe on" the Saviour and thereby find eternal life!