So, here’s the thing.
The only explicit domain placed under human dominion in the Bible is Earth.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.– Genesis 1:26
This is perfectly reasonable, as — compared to the rest of the dead material universe — the earth is a fragile, unique garden, the very apple of God’s eye.
Everything that we know is physically alive — excepting Jesus Himself (who resurrected in the flesh, and now is at the right hand of God the Father) — is here, on the green and blue and brown marble.
Every soul worth fighting for, every moral decision that must be fought, it is done here, on this world.
Adam also had a unique, special garden to care for, before he was to be promoted to better things. He failed.
But Christ succeeded.
I suggest that, as we grow in imitation of Christ, our garden will grow more wealthy, more rich, more complex, more fruitful, more alive.
And when the time comes, we will leave our small plot of land, and expand.
I suggest that’s one reason why there is this huge mass of useful material hanging above us, a perfect stepping stone to even greater glory, that God put there for us, waiting for us to become who we were always meant to be.
Most sci-fi types believe that we will colonize space as a strictly humanistic endeavor.
I don’t think so.
By AD 2500 (say) even the average-intelligent human being will have access to so much material/intellectual power (from fusion power, to AI, to genetic upgrades), that either
- we will utterly destroy and disgrace ourselves as our sins turn our power and knowledge into a curse, in sad imitation of apostate Western Europe – from Napoleon to Hitler, and on to the abortuary graves and sodomite sterility (complete with the open invitation to the eager Muslim gravediggers).
- we will all grow more and more Christlike, until the final enemy, death, is defeated… and Christ manifests Himself as history ends, the final judgement begins, and the sinless New Heavens and the New Earth is manifested.
Christ has gained the victory: so, I am going with the second option.
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. — Genesis 1:16
Everything exists for a reason, and that reason has many folds, many layers, many aspects and facets.
The Sun exists to rule the day, and the Moon exists to rule the night.
If you conceive of space as a vast, eternal night, then it can be argued that the Moon is our gateway, to extend the reach of life.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. — John 14:6
God worked with a particular nation in history – Israel – at a particular region in space and time – the region of Palestine, from about the time of Abraham (~1875 BC) to the destruction of the Second Temple (AD 70).
In such the same way, I suggest that physical life, brought into being by God, starts on Earth… but does not end here, nor is to be confined here.
There is room and time to grow, for those who stand with Christ.