reply to post by Fastriver
No they are completely different. One is the belief that some spiritual all knowing entity created everything, and the other is the belief that there
is other life in the universe. While there is no physical evidence for either, we do not have any physical evidence for alien life because we have not
explored the tiniest fraction of the universe. There are hundreds of billions, maybe even trillions of galaxies in the universe, each containing
billions of stars. We are just one planet in one solar system in one galaxy, and the idea that we are the only one that is the right distance from the
sun so our oceans won't boil/freeze that happened to develop the right chemicals for life is just ignorant. The universe is so incredibly massive
that we cannot truly comprehend it's size. Our planet was lucky enough to be in the Goldilocks zone with liquid oceans, we were lucky enough to
develop an atmosphere that can support life, so if there are hundreds of trillions of other stars with planets orbiting around them in the universe,
why do you believe that we are the only one which developed life?
We have just recently developed the technology to search for exo-planets, and already hundreds have been found in the Goldilocks zone which may be
able to support life. If we had the technology to travel across the universe in a lifetime, we would for sure discover extraterrestrial life, it's
just a matter of knowing where to look.
Drake Equation - # of planets with life
With God on the other hand, there are dozens of other religions out there, so how do you know yours is the right one? Religion is based on geography,
people tend to conform to the religious beliefs of the people around them. Religion and the afterlife is just a coping device used for people who are
scared to die, afraid that when their brain stops functioning, stops taking in information of their surroundings, perceiving language, sight, sound,
stops thinking in general, that's it and they're dead. Religion is also contradictory, most if not all religions state that their God is the correct
one and any other God is false, so they sort of cancel each other out. The Bible is flawed and filled with lies, and the basic idea that "some cosmic
Jewish zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so that he
can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree"
is delusional and borderline insane. If I started telling everybody around me I spoke to a ghost who told me I must talk him late at night in front of
a mirror and cut myself as a blood sacrifice, and if they do not do the same they will be tortured and punished by the mystical ghost creature Zeebo,
I would be slapped with a restraining order, and possibly thrown in a mental asylum.
Religion and the idea of a creator of the universe is also just a simple explanation for the creation of the universe, we don't know how it works, so
we find a simple solution. I'm sure in a few hundred years, we will know how the universe was created, and I believe that everything, starting from
the Big Bang, all the way to stars/planets forming, life developing on earth, etc., can be explained scientifically. Religion is filled with flaws,
and it's also one of the most destructive parts of humanity, leading to countless wars and deaths, such as the Crusades, Spanish Inquisition,
fighting over Israel, etc.
There is no physical evidence of extraterrestrial life because we do not have the technology to find physical evidence. We can't even get humans to
the edge of the solar system, so how do you expect us to discover other life out there? The only way we will have physical evidence is if dozens of
UFOs hover above major cities for hours, then come down and introduce themselves on several media stations at once. You can spend every night of your
life praying to God, and he will never answer, because he is just a fabrication of the human mind, sort of like an imaginary friend for adults who are