I just read that scientists have found a planet outside our solar system that might be capable of life "as we know it". Quoting the article, "The planet is just the right size, might have water in liquid form, and in galactic terms is relatively nearby at 120 trillion miles away." Apparently scientists are especially excited because the temperatures on the planet surface are similar to ours. Some 220 other planets have been found previously, but they've been too hot or too cold. This planet is considered close. If you could travel at the speed of light, you could make a round trip in a mere 41 years. The next challenge will be to see if there is water on the planet. If you're weight conscious you may not want to visit. Gravity is 1.6 times earth gravity, so a 150 pound person here would weigh 240 lbs. there. On the other hand, if your interest is finding life you don't have to travel quite so far.
Here are a few clues that life may be closer than 120 trillion miles:
Matthew 18:2-3 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."
Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Luke 10:9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
1 John 5:11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
1 John 2:24-25 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
I hope that all of us "intelligent life forms" on planet earth will find this eternal life. We can travel there in the spaceship called faith without blasting off from Cape Canaveral. I understand the trip can be accomplished in a brief timeframe and that our ticket has already been purchased.
blessings, fellow travelers through time and space