Here is a very interesting article from scientists in the UK, who are asking the question: was life seeded on earth by extraterrestrials? They are, of course, taking a very scientific approach; they have found foreign particles, some spores that look suspicious, as well as "fossils with biologic properties" attached to meteorites.
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In the article, we see this abstract of a 1970s-era article co-written by Francis Crick, famed Nobel prize winner for his work with DNA. This article illuminates the theory of "Direct Panspermia":
"It now seems unlikely that extraterrestrial living organisms could have reached the Earth either as spores driven by the radiation pressure from another star or as living organisms imbedded in a meteorite. As an alternative to these nineteenth-century mechanisms, we have considered Directed Panspermia, the theory that organisms were deliberately transmitted to the Earth by intelligent beings on another planet.
We conclude that it is possible that life reached the Earth in this way, but that the scientific evidence is inadequate at the present time to say anything about the probability. We draw attention to the kinds of evidence that might throw additional light on the topic."
Extraterrestrial Origins of Life
Urantia Book readers will not find this statement to be surprising, for reader/believers of the revelation know that life was, indeed, planted here by extraterrestrial-albeit spiritual-beings - the Life Carriers.
The opening paragraph of this paper devoted to the revelation of the Life Carriers states:
36:0.1 LIFE DOES NOT originate spontaneously. Life is constructed according to plans formulated by the (unrevealed) Architects of Being and appears on the inhabited planets either by direct importation or as a result of the operations of the Life Carriers of the local universes. These carriers of life are among the most interesting and versatile of the diverse family of universe Sons. They are intrusted with designing and carrying creature life to the planetary spheres. And after planting this life on such new worlds, they remain there for long periods to foster its development.
Further, we read:
36:3.1 Life does not spontaneously appear in the universes; the Life Carriers must initiate it on the barren planets. They are the carriers, disseminators, and guardians of life as it appears on the evolutionary worlds of space. All life of the order and forms known on Urantia arises with these Sons, though not all forms of planetary life are existent on Urantia.
Life is not a haphazard or purely random occurrence in the universes. All life comes from God, and it is fostered and nurtured according to the plans of God. The universe is vast beyond our imaginations; there are countless spheres out there that harbor life, and all of that life originated with God. Understanding Urantia Book teachings that the universe is mind-made and personality managed, it becomes easier to see how life implantation is reasonable, because it fits neatly into the revealed plans of God for the growth and nurture of that implanted life.
It may be awhile before science-and scientists-are able to make that leap of faith by which they can entertain the idea that the universe is not only a physical, material creation, but a spiritual one as well; that the universe is created, maintained, fostered, and administered by spiritual beings who have our good in mind.
Does this Mean The Urantia Book Is About Aliens?
Some people who have a peripheral understanding or a glancing association with The Urantia Book may point to studies such as this one, and use them to corroborate their belief that The Urantia Book is all about aliens. There may not be anything essentially wrong about this belief, but it is very important to know that any "extraterrestrial beings" who minister to our world are here according to God's plan. Also important to note is that such beings are almost always spiritual in nature. The Life Carriers are an example of this kind of being, and they minister in much the same way on numerous other planets like ours that are evolutionary in nature and destiny.
32:5.7 There is in the mind of God a plan which embraces every creature of all his vast domains, and this plan is an eternal purpose of boundless opportunity, unlimited progress, and endless life. And the infinite treasures of such a matchless career are yours for the striving!
Also important to note is that the even the average mortal here on earth is capable of understanding the universe, and that it is a friendly place. Even Jesus validated this fact, when he stated:
133:1.4 "I am absolutely assured that the entire universe is friendly to me—this all-powerful truth I insist on believing with a wholehearted trust in spite of all appearances to the contrary."
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