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Atheist | 14:44 Fri 18th Sep 2020 | Religion & Spirituality
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If there is intelligent life on other planets, they might well have religions. Do christians here think that god would have sent them a version of Jesus?

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A quick check with google confirms there are at least 200 billion galaxies containing unimaginable billions of planets - our galaxy alone hosts at least 100 billion. Don’t you think it’s rather arrogant to claim that this insignificant speck of dust that we call home is unique?
08:00 Sat 19th Sep 2020
Please don't question my honesty.
Theland, If you claim to know something you can't possibly know - which you do - well .. you know the rest.
Naomi, I accept the evidence that you reject out of hand.
No dishonesty from either of us, but, I am so glad, and feel so complete with Jesus Christ in my life, that I am sad that others don't feel it too.
But, putting it like that is just me being honest, not pushing it on you.
What you have is not evidence, theland. It is not even circumstantial evidence. It is simply words written, in the main. by authors unknown - with absolutely nothing to corroborate those words.
You astonish me.
// Personally I discount any life forms anywhere. //

Why? It's not a good start to any argument that discounts even the possibility of life in places that we haven't even searched.

Jim 360 - Yes, I understand how from an enquiring scientific perspective, this is fertile ground for discussion, speculation and imagination, and the prospect of further exploration to drive it.
This is all underpinned by a naturalistic materialist worldview, that is too claustrophobic for me, as being a Christian, and believing as I do in the God of the Bible, it follows that I also believe in the uniqueness of our planet, and of mankind, created for the glory of God.

(I do wonder though, if a strong telescope may not detect an orbiting body inhabited by the great, wise, and rational Mibcn2cweus himself, enjoying his self imposed hermitage to further study the tools of reason, and plotting his next thread for Answer bank!)
Theland, //You astonish me.//

I have that effect on some people.

//this is fertile ground for discussion, speculation and imagination, and the prospect of further exploration to drive it.
This is all underpinned by a naturalistic materialist worldview, that is too claustrophobic for me//

Vastly broader potential for investigation must be less claustrophobic than the narrow view you support. Intellectually, you’re trapped in a prison of your own making.
Not at all, not when the scientists are exploring so many differing quantum theories to try and discover origins.
Something from nothing? The mind of God? Observational necessity of consciousness, and possibly reality?

Life from non life? More differing theories, all so far failures, but intriguing nevertheless.

And evolution? Well!

Yes a very broad spectrum.
//Yes a very broad spectrum.//

Not for you, Theland. You stopped investigating when you chose to support an unprovable theory.
Sigh ......... !
You may sigh ... it's true though isn't it.
Not at all you argumentative lady!
No one argues with themselves, Theland ... well, not the relatively sane among us at least. An argument takes at least two .....
You provide an important social service. (Monty Python?)
Once again it becomes personal. Par for the course when you're stuck.
No, not stuck, but a bit worn down.
There is so much evidence for me to call on, but brief posts are not adequate to present convincing arguments all of the time.

But, have you ever seen the Cyrus Cylinder, (Barrel), at the London Museum?
God mentions Cyrus by name 150 years before he was born, and calls on him to be His instrument to defeat the Babylonians.
Lots more to it. Interesting though.
As a slight Buddhist (i.e not deeply knowledgeable about the extent of the Buddha's teachings, but just trying to lead what he called 'a good life'), I'd chuck this in.

The Buddha told of multiverses, of planes of existence, of life in its infinite forms - certainly he wasn't a 'one-world' theorist, thinking life only existed on Earth.

If you've got the concentration, look up Buddhist Cosmology on Wikipedia - tough going, and you really have to be more of a devotee than me to plough through it all.

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I can't remember all of the details, but know enough about Buddhism to know that their ultimate goal is Nirvana, non existence.
What prompted Sidnartha to come to his conclusions apart from observation and meditation is still misleading, and provides none of the hopes of Christianity.
Theland, truth is what it is not what you think it is. Your version of the truth is based on a book written over many years by many authors, that has been translated and re written by countless others. It is, I suggest, not the most obvious place to look when searching for the truth.

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