Email What are the odds that intelligent life evolved on Earth and nowhere else among the 20 billion trillion stars in the observable universe across About one in 10 billion trillion, according to researchers writing in the journal Astrobiology -- meaning it's very, very unlikely humanity is unique across the sweep of cosmic space and time. Put another way, even if life evolves on only one planet in a billion orbiting in the habitable zone of its star -- the region where water can exist as a liquid and life as it's known on Earth could, in theory, evolve -- "that still means it's happened on the order of 10 trillion times," said Adam Frank, an astronomer at the University of Rochester.
The Hebrew word used here for "men" is "Ghever," and it is commonly associated with warfare. Exodus does not specify how or if the men were armed unless perhaps Exodus Yet it does not seem to occur to the fleeing Israelites to fight back against the pursuing Egyptians.
They behave like a small band of trapped refugees. Other Bible sources, such as the census that was taken later, indicate a much smaller number of Hebrew refugees. The sun moved backwards for Joshua and for Hezekiah. It was a sin to make up this hoax.
It is a smaller sin to propagate it without verifying the facts, but certain evangelists do just that. The idea behind the story is to make up some scientific-sounding story to explain a Biblical event.
This pattern appears later in creationism literature, in supplying details of the catastrophes claimed to be part of the Flood events. Certain sections of the Bible imply that the Joshuan conquest was a sudden sweeping through the land of Canaan. Archeology suggests that the conquest was gradual, over a period of a hundred years or so, and so do certain other Biblical texts.
If those are the only problems, then the accuracy of the Bible after Genesis 11 compares favorably with other ancient literature the Iliad.
The examples cited above are trivial and are not important to Salvation. The point is, if those three are all the inaccuracies we can complain about, then the Bible after Genesis 11 is rock-solid as a historical source.
The first 11 chapters of Genesis do contain some historically verifiable facts. We know of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. We know the mountains of Ararat in Turkey. The Tower of Babel is similar to Babylonian ziggurats. The contrast is with the rest of the Bible. You can carbon-date to the time of Christ a fishing boat excavated from the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, and match certain of its design features to the Gospel account of Jesus calming a storm.
It is only against this high level of verified history that the first part of Genesis seems a little strange. I am not bold or arrogant enough to conclude that "the Biblical statement thatHebrew fighting men crossed the Red Sea is wrong.
I will only say that it sounds suspicious against other Biblical accounts, archaeology, and other historical sources. An Egyptian account of the Exodus story that confirms the Biblical number could be found tomorrow.
We can also believe that God could stop the sun for Joshua and Hezekiah without causing enormous tidal waves. The crossing of the Red Seathe stopping of the Jordan River, the destruction of Jericho - these are all miracles enacted by God Almighty.
The occurrence of an extremely unlikely event that serves human need can also be viewed as a miracle. The birth of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah in their old age was a miracle Genesis However, one had better be very sure that the probabilities have been evaluated correctly, or risk disillusionment later when a more likely mechanism is discovered.
It is certainly difficult to flip coins and have them all come up heads - unless you work on the first one, the second one, and then the third one, and so on until you have heads this process took me only nine minutes.
Natural Causes Some of the miracles recorded by the Bible seem to have a natural component. There is an east wind mentioned before the crossing of the Red Sea.
The Jordan River has been temporarily blocked by a landslide several times in recorded history. The Holy Land is subject to earthquakes. Are all miracles caused by natural causes, without God? The Bible affirms that God works through the natural world and is in charge of it.
Certain miracles may have had a natural component, but this is not a requirement. If no natural component is mentioned, then it is not proper for a Christian to invent one.Apr 16, · Leroy Chiao: Data found on moons of Saturn and Jupiter affirm my belief that humans are not alone in the universe.
But we likely will never encounter other intelligent life. The Question of Intelligent Life in Space Throughout the years, the alien has been one of the most popular topics in science fiction movies and books. In fact, a lot of people are getting interested and would like to know if there is really another kind of living creature out there in space.
Sep 11, · So, do you think there is intelligent life somewhere out there in space? I do. My reasoning is very simple: Since space has no boundaries the chances that there is intelligent life in addition to us are immense. May 09, · Whether there is intelligent life in outer space or not does not answer the basic question of where that life, or life on Earth, originated.
Fourth, there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever for life on other planets. And, I still wonder, if there are millions of planets in the universe that are capable of supporting life, and millions of intelligent lives out there, then why none has visited earth Quantification of the parameters involved in the above equations is not exact.
So, how accurate . Using conservative numbers, the Drake Equation gives us a logical reason to conclude there is a probability that alien life is (or was) out there, somewhere.
Even in cases where the ultimate solution is zero, there is still a strong case for intelligent life we can’t detect, either because their technology is insufficient or because they.