But, that doesn't really matter. People who read the bible ultra literally already have to do some pretty whacky mental gymnastics to get it to make any sense... ie- God created fossils to confuse us and test our faith... The literal bible read is already completely incompatible with science. Adding one more conflict to that list won't change anything.
Somebody who reads the bible in a more metaphorical way could definitely deal with finding life on other planets, although finding intelliegent life would certainly be something that would require some consideration of what that means in terms of our place in the universe, how to relate to those people, etc, but that's all good.
"Seems weird" isnt "proof".The idea that he created the rest of the universe so we'd have something to look at at night and then he just happened to pop life on there too seems weird.
So? The writers of the New Testament were witnesses to the events described therein. You cannlt expect them to have written about occourances on other planets...He sent his one son down to earth, but there is no talk of him doing a tour of other planets, etc.
Not sure how that matters.Plus other planets are just different. They have different religions, different length days, different color skies, maybe no seas at all, etc.
Again, not sure how that matters.Much of the literal text of the bible would be completely unapplicable there. So is the idea that they would have their own god and bible that is different? That seems pretty problematic... Or they would have no god? He never bothered speaking to them?
Not at all. God coule very well have created the earth in a manner that makes evolution appear to be sound.But, that doesn't really matter. People who read the bible ultra literally already have to do some pretty whacky mental gymnastics to get it to make any sense... ie- God created fossils to confuse us and test our faith... The literal bible read is already completely incompatible with science.
Heck -- if you fiddle with the length of a day, its entirely possible that God creatated everything -through- evolution.
If EVERY woman is a "virgin" until the first kid pops out, the there's absolutely NOTHING special about the origin of Jesus, and again, the whole basis of Christianity collapses.
Never forget that religion is the oldest profession.
If an interpretation is inconsistent with reality, it's false.
The Bible, as written, is both internally inconsistent and falsified by external reality.
Any honest reading of the thing will show this.
What necessitates that some concsious entity had to create the Universe?
So what's the point of inventing god, when that theory only adds complexity without providing any useful or testable conclusions?
The only point is that humans have memories before they have language or the references needed to comprehend the events around them, and thus all humans have this memory of the warm loving giant that cared for them....but those giants always vanish once the baby grows up.
That's the wellsping of religion, infantile memories.
"Because" is not an answer.