“Where is everybody?” – The Grand Conundrum

The Earth rests on nothing
NASA long ago departed from its original mission to expand knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space pertinent to aviation and space exploration.
 
NASA now has quadrifurcated missions to (1) gain knowledge of air and space, (2) serve as an ‘outreach’ to Muslims, (3) prove anthropogenic ‘climate change’ (formerly ‘global warming’) and (4) disprove the existence of God.
 
Recognizing the immensity of the universe and accepting the probability of earth-like planets in solar systems similar to our own, physicist Enrique Fermi asked the question, “Where is everybody?” Thus the Fermi Paradox.  
 
Climate change between cycles of ice ages and global warming are established facts recorded in the geological record of the earth. Obviously, fossil fuels and refrigerants had nothing to do with all previous climate changes.
 
With the aid of a primitive telescope, the first astronomer in history Galileo Galilei explored the heavens and published a book on his findings, approximately 3,600 years after a man named Job concluded the earth was a round orb circling the sun. For his contribution to science, he was nearly convicted of heresy, a capital offense in his day.
 
Islamists, Mormons, and Buddhists are cool with the idea of extraterrestrial life. In fact, the Mormon religion is based on this idea. Enrique Fermi was agnostic. Although raised a Catholic, he was ambivalent to any religion, uniquely qualifying him to ask the question: “Where is everybody?”
 
Throughout most of the first three decades of my life, I, too, was ambivalent. Four years into marriage something began to gnaw at my heart. I tried this and that church, but none satisfied this gnawing that would not go away. Then came Sunday. Two young Christian airmen, one whom I knew well, came to my home one Sunday evening. As they departed, the young man I knew blurted out, “John, you need Jesus.” A few months later on, there was an inexplicable encounter between me and the God I came to know intimately.
 
By no means do I suggest this old man became a perfect specimen of mankind overnight. I am a work in progress.
 
Whether NASA scientists or others ever get up close and personal with ET, is of no importance to me, because, as Job succinctly stated, “I know my redeemer lives.”
 
Consider these words from the Isaiah 40:28-31.
 
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become tired or grow weary;
There is no searching of His understanding.
 
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who has no might, He increases power.
 
Even youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
 
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.
 
By the way, I rest assured Enrique Fermi is no longer agnostic.
 
John White
Rockwall, Texas

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