“There’s No Life On Mars”
The idea that life can or even does exist on Mars has a long history. In 1877 the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli claimed to have seen a planet wide system of channels. A fascination with this planet began and scientists from around the world began to explore the possibility until July of 1965 the Mariner 4 transmitted 22 close-up pictures of Mars. All that was revealed was a surface containing many craters and naturally occurring channels but no evidence of artificial canals or flowing water. Finally, in July and September1976, Viking Landers 1 and 2 touched down on the surface of Mars. The experiments conducted provided no clear evidence for the presence of living microorganisms in the soil near the landing sites. According to mission biologists, Mars is self-sterilizing. They believe that the composition of the soil prevents the formation of living organisms in the Martian soil. In short, there is no life on mars. Mars’ atmosphere can not sustain life. It is self-sterilizing.
We discover in the New Testament that Paul visited Mars, not the planet but the hill. In Acts 17:22 - 23 Paul reveals that, much like the planet, there was no life on the hill. He makes an interesting statement he says to these people, “I observe that you are very religious in every respect.” Yet at the same time Paul also points out that don’t know who they are worshipping. Paul understood that regardless of how religious you are you are dead unless you know the one you are worshipping. Religion is self-sterilizing. Religion minus relationship cannot sustain life. Religion without relationship only produces death. There was no life on Mars. Throughout the Bible we read account after account of people who find themselves in an atmosphere like Mars where there is no life.
II. Example of No Life
A. Exodus 20:18 - We read about a religious people that wanted the things of God, they wanted the works of God, they wanted the show, the lights, the horns, the whistles but the reality is they didn’t want a face to face relationship with God. They didn’t mind the preacher getting the word, they didn’t mind a few signs and wonders, but they didn’t want to come into a personal relationship with God. They wanted to go through someone else. They didn’t know the one they were worshipping. Moses knew God but the people only knew Moses. There is no life there.
B. Samson - Wanted the power and the gifts of God. Wanted the capability to defeat the enemy. Didn’t mind showing off the power of God. Didn’t mind stepping up on stage and demonstrating his gift, but the Bible says that when he finally told his source of strength to Delilah and she cut his hair and called the enemy in Samson stood and shook himself as usual never realizing that the spirit of God had left him. He had the form of Godliness - the Nazarite vow, but not the power. There was no life there.
C. Pharisees - probably the best example. Religious to a fault. Knew every law every ordinance. Knew how to do church. Knew how to play the role. Had it down to an art form, yet Jesus states that there was no life there when He said to the Pharisees “you are nothing more than a bunch of white-washed seplecures. Beautiful on the outside but full of dead men’s bones on the inside.”