I rather suspect there will be some people watching developments from Mars with a degree of trepidation. NASA have proudly announced the discovery of liquid water on the planet they previously thought to be pretty arid. Very arid, actually. They knew the humidity was higher than they expected, but now they have clear evidence of liquid water during what passes for spring and summer 130 odd million miles from the sun. Temperatures can rise to a positively balmy -20 Celsius. You can still have liquid water at that point, as my earlier post will tell you.
Here’s the thing. As far as we know, and it’s by no means definite but it is extremely likely, life requires water. Liquid water. The corollary of this is that where there is liquid water there’s a chance that life exists there.
That makes things a bit difficult for the creationists, doesn’t it? The ones who insist that the Bible is a true and full record of how life came into being. According to them, life came into being, on Earth, thanks to divine intervention. Day 3 was a big one, because god created dry land, and all plant life. Must have had his work cut out. Day 5 he put in the hours too, and created all life that lives in water. There’s some theological disagreement about whether this means he created insects then, but if not he made a special effort on Day 6. That was when he made all creatures that live on land. He pulled out the stops and made man and woman too, so he was quite busy that day, and hence Day 7 was a duvet day.
Here’s the problem. The entire story is geocentric and anthropocentric. God created life here, apparently, but there is no mention at all that he maybe created life elsewhere. Hence if life is found on Mars, there’s going to have to be a bit of backpedalling. Whoops. How did that happen?
It’s a bit of a poser, isn’t it? Life on other planets means the Bible is wrong, or is being wilfully misinterpreted by those who could have what you may regard as a vested interest.
By the way, Genesis contains three different interpretations of the word ‘day.’ It is used to mean a 24 hour period of time, the length of time when it’s daylight, and an unspecified length of time such as we use in the phrase, ‘Back in the day.’