posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 04:21 PM
I suppose it wouldn't be completely out of the question that some distant race of creatures could reach a level and type of intelligence that would
make them self-reflective and wondering about the nature of existence. I'm not sure, however, that they would necessarily decide, as many human
beings have, that the answer lies in some poorly-defined entity/power called "God." God is a kind of default explanation we use to feel better
about our ignorance. To us, "God" = "I don't know." I would hope that an advanced intelligent alien species would have senses and patterns of
thought that would allow them to get a bigger, better picture of reality than we have.
That being said, as suggested, a theocratic society might become aggressively spacefaring if they believed there were other intelligences out there
who needed to be brought The Truth to do as their god commands, or to ensure some kind of salvation, or subservience. It would then be up so us to
join them or fight them, depending on their arguments. They might actually know The Truth, after all. Although, for humanity, when people feel like
they know The Truth, it tends to make them less curious. If you think you have the answers to everything, research and discovery could easily be seen
as useless or heretical.
One of the worst case scenarios would be if aliens truly believed that human beings were spiritual beings trapped in ignorant, weak, pain-filled
bodies, and it was their holy duty to free our energies from our bodies so that they might righteously co-mingle with that of the creator entity. In
other words, wipe us out like vermin, but for our own good. That would be horrifying, particularly if they were right.