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Gramps,

There has been many questions of whether life exists on Mars. With the new discoveries by our probes and scientific instruments, discoveries are pointing to the possibility. How does this fit with the plan of God?

John

 

Answer

 

John,

I would like to start with by sharing Moses 1:33,35:

33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.

 

35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.

In this passage the Lord is talking about all the worlds he has created (which would of course clearly include Mars) and how he created this Earth. The Lord also tells us that he is only going to provide an account for this Earth.

That leaves us only really able to speculate about Mars. We know that God doesn’t do anything without a purpose and a reason. What would have been a good enough reason for God to cause Mars to be created? Was it inhabited at some point? Will it be inhabited at some point? Or was it designed because of the impact it would have on us? Mars has been noticed and pondered on and stories made up and told, and even now we are reaching out to learn more about it. I could see any of those reasons being “good enough” for God to create it.

In the end though we need to remember the words found in Isaiah 55:8-9:

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

 

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

We can try to guess all we want about life on Mars and what purpose it might serve in God’s plan, but chances are we are not going to fully understand until He reveals it to us.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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