1. Space is a vacuum. Lonely isolation is one of the worst plagues on human existence. It simply destroys people, every time. In space, we’d need God more than ever.

  2. Steve Smith says:

    This made me think of the tower of Babel–human engineering in praise of ourselves and having only room for ourselves.

  3. Whether we’ll have long term, successful space colonies will probably depend on how long the human race lasts. Given enough time, we probably can figure out a way to colonize a few other planets. But, the idea of us being able to hop into a space ship and go between planets in just a few hours probably won’t happen. At least not for much, much longer.

    And yeah, God will still be present and at work in the universe regardless of whether we forget about him.

  4. Kessie says:

    All you have to do is read the accounts about Jamestown vs. Plymouth. At Jamestown, all the settlers were gentlemen who refused to work. All they wound up doing was bullying the Indians, who for some reason treated them kindly and didn’t butcher them, as they deserved. They starved and died of disease and stuff.

    Meanwhile, over in Plymouth, the Pilgrims served God and had one miracle after another, from Squanto showing up and teaching them how to survive, to the indians showing up with food when the colony was down to two kernels of corn per person.

    On Mars, there won’t be any Indians. Heck, there won’t be any air or water. While I think people could scratch out a colony there, I think without God, they’ll be murdering each other within a few years.

  5. Travis Perry says:

    If it should happen that many years or even centuries pass before the Lord returns–which I think is possible–Christianity will remain important. I think it’s an atheistic fantasy that religion is going away.

    It’s also true that someone like Mr. Musk would probably deliberately attempt to exclude Christians from any colony he would create. But who’s to say there will not be Christian inventors and innovators who are able to replicate what Musk and other atheists do?

  6. Travis C says:

    There may not be Indians, but there will be Tharks (we can begin properly by calling them Native Martians I think)

    Thanks for a great thought exercise Mark. It reminded me of reading C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy and his speculation on how other worlds work. It was never lost on me that humans brought evil with them, but ultimately God’s provision came through. And some good old Johnny Cash… “You can run on for a long time, sooner or later God’ll cut you down.”

What do you think?