Debate: Is space exploration contrary to God's will?
As a fan of space exploration, I've been giving this question a lot of thought lately. From a number of perspectives, it seems as if there's strong evidence that man was not meant to explore space.
If we accept the Bible's account as authoritative, it's quite clear that man was not meant to venture into space. Consider the following verses:
Genesis 1:28 establishes the boundaries of man's dominion: it is give to us to "have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." We are NOT given dominion over things beyond the earth.
Psalm 115:6 tells us that "The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men." A clear distinction is set: Earth has been given to men, but the heavens have not.
In Acts, it's again made clear that God has set boundaries on human habitation, and that those boundaries are confined to this Earth: We are told that He "...hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation" (Acts 17:26)
Further, consider the entire story of the Tower of Babel: Man was punished, and punished harshly, for seeking to build a tower that reached to the heavens. Clearly, this was displeasing to God.
And what of Lucifer's initial sin? Isaiah 14 tells us that he was punished for seeking to ascend into heaven and exalt his throne above the stars of God!
Many Creationists and design advocates have pointed to the way in which natural laws and conditions on Earth are fine-tuned to support life as evidence of divine design. By the same logic, of course, we must take a good hard look at conditions elsewhere in the universe and question what the intent of the designer was there. It goes without saying that the overwhelming majority of the universe is NOT designed to support human life; in fact, it's fantastically hostile and would be almost instantly lethal to any form of Earthly life.
What can we conclude about God's Will from that fact?
--Benp 13:08, 31 December 2012 (EST)