A couple of days ago, I was in a small café editing a book I’ve been writing (By the way, I’ll share more about the book at the end of this post!). About halfway through my work, a lady and her son came in to chat with the barista, who they apparently knew. They talked about everything but what really caught my attention was a conversation about Kepler 452b.
If you haven’t heard about it already, Kepler 452b is a recent discovery by NASA which they are touting as an ‘earth-like planet.’ Social media has taken it even further with names such as ‘Earth’s twin’ and ‘Earth’s cousin.’ The problem is, people often overlook terms in these reports such a ‘estimate’ or ‘guess’ and then like a game of telephone, conversations such as the one I overheard in the café turn into the misconception that we are on the brink of finding other life.
The boy and his Mom were convinced that we couldn’t possibly be alone because the universe is ‘too big’ and ‘there’s just got to be more.’ Something within us longs for there to be more, it’s not anything new. Acts 17 records a story about Paul going through Athens and his response to those who were looking for something more.
“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.”
It’s silly, but Ancient Aliens on the History channel is probably one of the shows I watch the most. If you haven’t seen it, the show is the attempt of theorists, such as crazy-haired Giorgio Tsoukalos, to prove some of the greatest events and wonders of the world were the result of aliens interacting with man. The wall of Jericho coming down? Aliens. The Pyramids? Aliens. Atlantis? Definitely aliens.
While it’s all just silliness to me, it really does tug at the heart strings of others who are looking for something more. It’s natural for humans in all walks of life to be looking for ‘something more out there’ and it’s our opportunity as Christians to help them discover that in fact, there is something more. Our God is unknown to them and they’re looking. Sometimes people come across answers that can be silly and other times they come across answers that can be dangerous. We have to point them back to the one whose image we were made in. There’s no little green men out there. There is just one Trinitarian God whose image we are a reflection of.
So what does my book have to do with aliens? Absolutely nothing, but it does have to do with looking for more. Looking for Christmas is the planned title and the story follows a Father and his teenage daughter as they deal with the loss of his wife/her Mom. They’re given the challenge of connecting in their own way and the wonder of Christmas might just be the thing that brings them together. Look for its release in November on Amazon and Kindle!