I've asked this question on other forums and I've never gotten a response. Apparently people think the question is too silly to respond to. Or maybe they just don't have an answer. I don't believe the question is silly. I think it's a perfectly legitimate, rational question that I think will eventually come up in the future of space exploration.
If in the future if we finally discover other earth-like planets with atmospheres like ours that supports some kind of intelligent life, not necessarily like humans, but living, thinking, beings with abstract thoughts - how does the belief in Jesus play into this equation?
If the only way to heaven is through Jesus, how would these intelligent beings get to heaven? Would each planet have their own Jesus? Would that Jesus be an alien Jesus? Could there be millions of Jesuses throughout the universe, one for each life giving planet?
And, would these foreign intelligent beings (aliens) have their own heaven or would we all share the same heaven? Would heaven have thousands of different intelligent life forms and look like that bar in Star Wars?
I'm not trying to be funny here. I know these questions sound a little like something a six-year-old might ask his Momma. But I just want your thoughts on this. Eventually, in the future, these questions are going to come up more often in discussions about space.
How will religion deal with future discoveries in space exploration?