The Fermi Paradox
“Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.”
Where is everybody?! That’s what physicist Enrico Fermi wanted to know. After all, if life evolved on Earth, he thought, certainly it must have evolved on countless other planets. So in 1950, he put forth what is called the “Fermi paradox” – a challenge to other scientists to explain why extraterrestrial life has not yet been found.
One of the more popular explanations is that the universe is so big, we just haven’t found them yet. But now there are scientists who think aliens may have already found us! They are hiding from us to protect themselves, according to Adrian Kent of the Perimeter Institute in Ontario, Canada. Aliens, he suggests, do not want to attract the attention of more advanced species from other planets who might want to harm them.
But let’s think about that. If aliens have developed the technology to travel through the vastness of space to a planet that only managed to put a man on its moon around 50 years ago, wouldn’t they be far more advanced than us and have nothing to fear?
Many other scientists have attempted to solve the Fermi paradox. Some of their solutions are very imaginative. But here is one solution that I believe agrees with both science and the Bible. The reason why man has not found other beings elsewhere in our vast universe is because the Earth is the only planet created by God to nurture human beings, who were made in the image of God Himself.
Heavenly Father, I pray that scientists would turn their attention to learning about the universe that You created – just like it really is and not like they want or imagine it to be. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“Is ET hiding?”, Creation magazine, Jan-Mar 2012, p. 9. Photo: Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi (1901-1954). (PD)