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God, Elon Musk, and Space



Friends, on today’s episode of the “Word on Fire Show,” Brandon Vogt and I discuss some comments recently made by Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, about space and religion.

What does Catholicism have to say about the universe and the possibility of alien life? Should we be curious about the cosmos? And what opportunities might space exploration introduce to Catholic evangelists?

A listener asks, given recent research on anti-aging, is aging a disease?

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39 Comments

  1. Aging to maturity as from a child to adult is good. Aging unto death is, it would seem, a consequence of the Fall. That anything good comes from the latter is from grace. The last enemy to be conquered is death itself and that from the death of Christ.

  2. What strikes me about many people I encounter who are enthusiastic about space exploration and colonization is that this is an expression of their belief in scientism as a substitute for God. When stripped down to it's core, space and progress is their wonky substitute for the depiction of heaven and progress is their good works that bring them closer to their "deity". However, a worship of scientistic progress is really a worship of mankind and our "limitless capacity for innovation". These possible innovations, including space colonization, is mankind doing what was once seen as the impossible, it their miracle that proves that mankind is sort of god. Their is a good book that addresses this issue called "After Progress" by John Michael Greer.

  3. This bloke would could work god into a very bad case of diarrhea you had, tell you the Latin for diarrhea and use long words you've never heard of to describe said diarrhea

  4. This man's ability to spew out baseless waffle is amazing, just listen to the opening first lines. How does he get away with it? Oh yeah judgement day, here we go, this man is just delusional, genesis has no place in reality.

  5. Space and modern science is likely the great deception. The allowed delusion mentioned that will turn people away from god. It’s designed to make us feel small and insignificant. The atheist boom happened shortly after nasa was introduced. The Bible is literal. You believe the lie because you were taught it in the first years of life. People are waking up to this and are mocked. “Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.” Proverbs 15:12. And I don’t need to quote the design of the biblical earth. We all read Genesis

  6. What about a Spring aLoaded " wind-up" car…with a big size, twisty thing wind-up key on the top instead of the batteries car. That way you don't have to buy batteries no more for your car Solar battary pack and things. Or even the Push-Back car …you get out with a couple friends and push push back then get in real quick and go foward for a while down the road….or just find a hill and keep going !

  7. It’s great listening to Bishop Barron ! He really helps you understand the break down ok the Big Picture that is so hard to comprehend ..

  8. The Moon landing:

    "A small step for mankind, a giant leap for man." 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 🚀

  9. Having studied philosophy and theology… I would say I have never been able to understand who God is… God is not here nor there rather God is in your and my thought… once your and my thoughts disappear God does disappear…. And so I would say Anthropocentrism is not an arrogance rather it's a relevance… 🙏

  10. Bishop Barron, thank you for your always illuminating insights. Question: astronomers and astrobiologists speculate that because the moon of Europa orbiting around Jupiter has an ocean trapped under miles of ice along with undersea volcanic activity, the potential for life exists. If humans went there and discovered non-human, less/non-self aware aquatic life (i.e. fish) and we were hungry enough, would it be moral to eat them? I posed this same question to my 11 year-old niece and, horrified, she contended it would NOT be moral but deeply immoral. I disagree. Not trying to be difficult here. I genuinely would like to know your thoughts.

  11. This man is the true definition of a charlatan. He is no different to Benny hinn, David Koresh, Jim Jones…..in the sense that he pretends to hold knowledge he doesn't have, just another faker using god as his vehicle to spew out rubbish, sad really.

  12. Wonderful example of someone talking about what they cannot possible know but make out they do. Barron doesn't know if god exists nevermind knowing what god wants, ridiculous human.

  13. We need to write an Universal Chapter that can fit all Religions as in the 3rd Part o the Bible or the second coming of Jesus is never going to happen, we must all become Jesus in Gods Image and every religion's child. For that, the heads of the religions and Goverment heads could meet and talk, at least for a % to whom is interested. Not everyone has time to such studies, depths and highest from past to the future. Thank you, this chapter made me open a list for this theme. Not on Elon Musk, in an Universal understanding, with an open question. Every word you've shared is gold to the soul, thank you, how to invite the people from China, the Tao, ex-change a motive.

  14. The thin blue line is the description of the habitable zone between a rock and a hard place; the rock being our planet and the hard place being everything beyond where breathable air exists and where supporting life is hard or extremely difficult. This is precisely the wall of a bubble in what is, in astronomical terms, everything above ground and within the atmosphere below the stratosphere.
    This imaginary vision or visualization is a metaphor for our temporal existence, the transition zone between the two eternal destinations because we exist in the thin blue line, the space between heaven and hell, between which there is an impasse, a great impassable gulf.

  15. I think we should focus more on our planet, Earth because God (and Mother Mary especially) care about us – Earth people. I can’t get over the message about Russia, her errors spread through out the world, and that Jesus is extremely upset 😞

  16. There is no time!
    Finished!
    Got it!
    If só, you know me!
    Otherwise, a good and deeeep sleep for you!
    Only love saves you!
    Bye!!

  17. father i see you andme i never knew i need you i have been lost it took me a long time to find my blood and i refused myself. but know i know what i am and this great resposability i am ashamed to show my face now as i have not been holy to it, or this blood type or my england royalty. how do i be that one? it seams so big to carry this face and blood with the kowledge and i dont want to make terrable mistakes in time?

  18. Great interview! Elon Musk is my generations Benjamin Franklin. Dr. Annushka "Anna" Volovodov from the expanses, although not catholic, is one of my favorite characters bringing God into the equation. Our curiosity of space is intelligible and god is everywhere if we just take the time to look.

  19. "Do we have a kind of primacy, yeah, because we are made in God's image and likeness" Bp. Barron. Our primacy is like the primacy of the many thousands of other (unseen) species scattered across the billions of galaxies (and near dimensions and/or dark matter?) in the known universe. Each one made in the likeness of God and perceiving the Divine as appropriate to their sophistication and ability to communicate. Perhaps we are alone, but what a waste of space to quote Jody Foster in the movie "Contact".

  20. Here something else. When I study. I get whisked away in a vision and live a scene of precisely what I'm studying or pondering.

    I have even been David before Goliath and witnessed the army behind the giant as I as David himself stepped back and grabbed my sling. Put forth a stone and began to swing it. And Goliath charged.

    Then poof I woke up in complete disbelief!

  21. I know they found out MLKJR couldn't die. And kept leading him to sin and waiting for him to fail. And I think he couldn't die until slavery was abolished.

    What are your thoughts?

    Again I ask because I found out I can not die.

    I have tried guns and knives.

    And I tried jumping off heights and God entered me and would not allow me to move.

    Like wrestling an angel.

    I kept trying and trying because that's when I got something from God.

    But another man tried during a fit of rage. We got in a scuffle homeless and he pulled a knife I blinked and it was at my neck and he was in disbelief tried again and then ran!

    That's why I'm pestering. I need to know. There has to be some history in the Vatican or archdiocese that PROOVE what I saw a reality.

    Because I can't die.

    I'd let you try no problems. Or try myself before you but I mean how does that sound?

    Nobody in their right frame would allow me too.

    The thing is I am truly not lying here.

    AND IVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO. I HAVE ENDLESS MIND BLOWING MATERIAL.

    ITS ALL INARGUABLE AND UNARGUABLE. YET IT DOES NOT MAKE IT DIVINE TRUTH.

    BUT I KNOW SOME OF WHAT I HAVE IS COMPLETE TRUTH. BUT ONLY 15%

    THE REST IS WELL UP FOR DEBATE BUT I CAN WIN WITH WHAT I HAVE AND BEAT WHAT I HAVE AS RECOVER IN THE DEBATE WITH THE SAME MATERIAL I HAVE SO YA KNOW. A FLIP OF THE COIN AND CHOOSE WHAT YOU BELIEVE OR BELIEVE MORE IF ANYTHING.

    BUT I CAN NOT LET THE FACT GO THAT I CAN'T DIE AND IT IS WHAT DRIVES ME CRAZY NOW.

    PLEASE ADVISE.

    DO YOU THINK GOD IS MAD I KEPT TRYING DIFFERENT WAYS TO DIE.

    I HAD TO KNOW AND WELL I WAS LEFT ALONE IN THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL.

    THAT WAS GOD COMING TO ME.

    AND I KNOW IT WAS TESTING HIM.

    BUT BROTHER I COULD NOT DIE. IMAGINE FINDING THAT OUT WHILE YOURE BEGGING FOR IT. I LITERALLY WENT INSANE.

    THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH RECORDS OF ONE OF THE SAINTS FINDING THE SAME OUT. THERE HAS TO BE!

  22. I have just so much. Endless. All around. Chicken scratch. Boards around. Saved works online in notebooks. I was in the dark night of the soul 7 years. I kept slipping off step 8. I think I'm there again or on Step 9. I'm unsure. I stopped crying all the time. I have a small very small studio apartment now in the ghetto of Chicago and link card so I have food and insurance after a 16 month struggle. I have everything everywhere but I'm getting organized and have a great memory. I'm just still lost to the fact that…

    I CAN NOT DIE YET?

    WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO DO?

    Again I tried killing myself and there's no budge. Another has tried and ran in disbelief when they tried.

    Has this ever happened to anyone in the church known‽

    I NEED TO KNOW!

    I BELIEVE IT HAPPENED TO MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

    YOU KNOW THEY WANTED HIM DEAD HIS ENTIRE CAREER.

    I BELIEVE THEY TRIED AND KNEW.

    IM MIND BLOWN BY HIS STORY WITH DIVINE DISCERNMENT.

    BUT IS THERE ANY THING AT ALL RECORDED.

    I NEED TO KNOW.

    PLEASE ANYONE!

  23. "361 days till Rapture (9/23/23).

    “But about that day and/or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Of what use would it be for us beans if we knew the hour yet not the day? So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

    "Where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For now we know in part and we prophesy in part. The truth is like looking in the mirror but soon it will be face-to-face!

    "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

    "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

  24. True achievement for mankind is in a relationship with God. That doesn't mean we shouldn't explore God's Creation, the vastness of it, its extraordinary beauty, the endless amazement from it and hope that Creation leads us to God as it is meant to be and does not become a substitute for God. A spiritual crisis – meaning mankind disturbing the order of things in its relation to God and its duties toward Him – is the reason why mankind is incapable to survive its own self-degradation or destruction. We don't need more philosophical focus on the material world but on the spiritual one and that is given to perfection in the Lord Jesus-Christ.