Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Thursday, July 11, 2024
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Psalm 139:14a – I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (KJV)

I love studying living things, and I was privileged to have a career in biological research. I used microscopes and microsurgery to examine the structure and function of organs in tiny critters, like insects and wood lice, and I was always amazed at how intricate the mechanics of living things can be. I also taught human physiology courses for students entering into the health sciences, and like King David, I would marvel at how the human body is wonderfully and intricately made. Some people admire the Mona Lisa and what the gifted artist, Leonardo da Vinci, needed to do to create this masterpiece. I marvel at the biological machines whose functions attest to our Creator Who brought life into existence.

Being a Christian in the biological sciences, I am also aware of popular atheists who use their faith in science to deny the existence of God, whereas science has inspired me to worship the One Who made us in His image. I recently wrote about Stephen Hawking and his denial that God existed. Another such atheist was Carl Sagan, who became a celebrity astronomer with his popular science program in the 1980s, Cosmos, and his novel, Contact, which was made into a major motion picture after his death. Rather than believe that the universe was created for us, he said, "For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." He viewed the cosmos as a masterpiece, as is the Mona Lisa, but rather than acknowledge the master Creator, he gave the universe the ability to create itself. He worshipped the creation, not the Creator. As he said, "We are the representatives of the cosmos; we are an example of what hydrogen atoms can do, given 15 billion years of cosmic evolution."

Carl Sagan died in 1996, just 62 years old. He left at least one legacy based on his atheism: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). These studies use vast resources listening to electromagnetic radiation and looking for other life forms in our massive universe. According to faith in evolution, since life arose by chance, it must have evolved in other worlds.

As Christians, we know that there is an Extraterrestrial Intelligence, but we don't need any technology to discover this truth. He has revealed Himself in His Word, the Bible, and in His works in nature. Let us listen carefully for His still small voice (1 Kings 19:12), and rejoice in His presence.

Prayer: Dear Lord, may Your peace rule our hearts, and may Your words richly dwell within us. You are our Creator, Saviour, and friend, and will be there at our end, when we will be with You in glory. Amen.

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Gary Chiang <gchiang@redeemer.ca>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Gary.


    Amen Gary. Well said.


    Amen … the last Word! Blessings.


    Thanks Gary, good devotional. Blessings.


    Thank you for sharing. A great start to my day. Lord bless you!


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. To God be the glory! Blessings.


    Thank you, Gary. You must have had a fascinating career; praise God for Christians scientists like you who look at the world through the Bible.


    Thank you for your brave and encouraging message, Gary. I am always amazed and in awe at the beauty of God’s creation and it is definitely inspiring to hear from a scientist on this topic.


    Beautiful!! I’m always so thankful when scientists recognize (and proclaim to others) that ‘our GOD reigns’. I love your prayer too.
    Thank you for sharing.


    What a lovely way to start my day! Thank you for writing. I appreciate your intro. Puts power to the rest.
    (Manitoba)


    As another who was trained in science, I’ve never understood why some don’t believe in a God who created it all. One doesn’t negate the other. Your devotion summed up my beliefs perfectly. ‘Our God is an awesome god!’


    Thank you, Gary, for your very special and encouraging writing today. May you continue your in-depth study of living things and discovery of God’s great creations. Blessings for sharing your experiences and your faith in our loving Saviour.


    Thank you for this encouraging perspective. I see it this way as well but you with your science background added more weight to this truth. Lee Strobel, through the search to prove God does not exist, came to believe.
    Amen!


    Good morning, Gary,
    I did watch Cosmos when it was on and did enjoy it. I like the title you chose for your devotional which intrigued me where you were going with your story. Thank you for sharing your faith with us and your knowledge of what other people think. I prayed your prayer and liked the part of peace ruling our hearts. Blessings.


    Thank you for your message today, Gary!
    And Amen and Praise God the Father.
    In Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” – God is The Creator. And in John 1:3 “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (NIV). Thanks again for the reminder.


    The complexity of creation is amazing. I sometimes wonder what I missed by moving from Sciences to business back in university. Microbiology was fascinating, but trying to keep up with colour deficient sight was too difficult. Litmus tests were murder … why do stains use red or purple when making slides… by the time I noticed the change in colour when using titration it was well past the mark.
    I did have a microbiology prof at Guelph who confided that he was also colourblind, so if you have a student struggling like I did, add some encouragement.
    Blessings.


    Hi Gary,
    What a great devotional. I greatly appreciated your scientific framework to proving the existence of God by faith. Your style of writing is clear and refreshing!
    I encourage you to keep writing what God places on your heart.
    When I taught Apologetics, I presented God as a perfect melding of faith and science. We use electricity every day, but we cannot see it. We sit in chairs that are engineered with a scientific mind by humans, yet each time we sit it is an act of faith – trusting (having faith) it won’t break.
    Your devotional blessed me.
    May God bless your day abundantly.
    Again, thank you for your cogent contribution to Presbycan.


    Thank you for today’s reading.


    The more we learn, the more we don’t know and keeps us humble in the presence of God’s creation.


    Hello,
    I read your words this morning and was very touched. I too am fascinated by science but have always believed deeply that God is the reason we have a universe. Your words explained perfectly why science cannot answer all our questions when God has created everything.


    Thanks Gary
    The world needs more scientists with courage to express their understanding of God!
    Blessings,
    (BC)

 



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