There has been much interest recently around the discovery of Earth- like planets. While thinking of the possibility of life on those planets, I came to the realization that assuming there is no life on those planets, given that they are Earth -like, seems to be an unwarranted assumption.
A planet with Earth - like geophysical features but with no life will have to have:
- Water, but no water - based organism, even micro organisms
- Water and land masses, but no vegetation, no plant life even on a microscopic scale
- Organic molecules but no life
Is it reasonable to assume that the same processes that formed the Earth and other planets resulted in the creation of life on Earth but somehow did not result in creating life on other planets?
For those who believe that God created the universe, isn't it limiting God to imagine that He created Earth -like planets but stopped short of creating plant and animal life on those planets except on Earth?
This seems to me to be an artifical limitation place by us humans on how the universe develops.