Life Beyond Earth

By Curtis Rittenour
Posted January 24, 2017

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has a dream. He wants to build a rocket capable of taking people to Mars and to establish a permanent city on the Red Planet. Musk has willing partners in this venture, including NASA. The eight-month journey would have many challenges—food, water, fuel, cramped quarters, isolation, and monotony.

To prepare for the possibility, NASA last week began a simulation test in Hawaii on the summit of Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world. Six participants (four men and two women) entered a vinyl-coated pod for eight months to mimic the journey to Mars.

Going to Mars isn’t just about having enough physical resources. Researchers are collecting data about the human experience in order to gain knowledge to successfully send people to Mars. Explorers must learn to live together. Musk plans to establish a “self-sustaining city of at least 1 million people on the planet.”

What do you think about establishing colonies on other planets? Can it save humanity?

The Scriptures tell us that when Christ returns to this earth, the righteous dead and “we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). For a thousand years we will live in heaven (see Revelation 20:4–6).

Then, according to the Bible, John saw “the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God” (Revelation 21:2). It will not land on Mars or some other planet. The home of the saved will be Earth—but not in the condition that we see it today. “I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away” (verse 1). Christ said, “Behold, I make all things new” (verse 5). God’s plan is to restore the earth to its original and perfect form before sin entered.

Our life beyond Earth is not revealed in science fiction but in the pages of Scripture! Discover more about heaven and the earth made new in this Bible study, “A Colossal City in Space.”
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