We’ve written before about Creationism & Life on Other Worlds, but today we have something special. Your Curmudgeon brings you an article written by Ken Ham with an unexpected title: Do I Believe in UFOs? Absolutely!
You know who Ken Ham is — he’s the impresario of imbecility, the authority on absurdity, the producer of poppycock, the tycoon of tomfoolery. Ol’ Hambo is the creationist entrepreneur behind the infamous Creation Museum — which has become the North American Mecca for the mindless. Ham also operates the creationist website Answers in Genesis (AIG), an excellent source of creation science, where today’s article is posted.
Okay, you know this will be an intellectual treat, so we won’t delay any further. Here are some excerpts from Hambo’s essay, with some bold font added for emphasis:
Occasionally at conferences, someone will ask, “Do you believe in UFOs?”
I usually answer, “Absolutely! Any flying object that can’t be identified is a UFO.” I then continue, “But do I believe in UFOs piloted by Vulcans, Klingons, or Cardassians? The answer is a definite no.” Sorry, Star Trek fans!
What a clever man, and what a brilliant title. Well, he’s got our attention. Now you’re all wondering: Why doesn’t Hambo believe in aliens? Let’s read on:
A number of leading evolutionists, like the late Dr. Carl Sagan, have popularized the idea that there must be intelligent life in outer space. From an evolutionary perspective, it would make sense to suggest such a possibility. People who believe this possibility contend that, if life evolved on earth by natural processes, intelligent life must exist somewhere else in the far reaches of space, given the size of the universe and the millions of possible planets.
One can postulate endlessly about possibilities of intelligent life in outer space, but I believe a Christian worldview, built on the Bible, rejects such a possibility. Here is why. During the six days of creation in Genesis 1, we learn that God created the earth first. On Day 4 He made the sun and the moon for the earth, and then “he made the stars also” (Genesis 1:16).
Sagan was obviously a fool. We continue:
From these passages of Scripture it would seem that the earth is very special — it is center stage. Everything else was made for purposes relating to the earth. For instance, the sun, moon, and stars were made “for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years” (Genesis 1:14).
Yup, that’s what it says. Here’s more:
Many other passages single out the earth as being special, made for humans to dwell on, and a focus of God’s attention, such as Isaiah 66:1: “Thus says the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.”
Such verses certainly imply that the earth is to be considered separate and special when compared with the rest of the universe, so they suggest that the earth alone was created for life. So far, based on man’s limited exploration of space and the solar system, this certainly holds true.
We cannot deny it. Moving along:
But there is a theological reason that I believe rules out the possibility of intelligent life in outer space. The Bible makes it clear in Romans 8:22 that the “whole creation groans” because of Adam’s sin. When Adam fell, the entire universe was affected. Not only this, but one day in the future, there will be “a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away” (Revelation 21:1).
Wow! Another excerpt:
Now here is the problem. If there are intelligent beings on other planets, then they would have been affected by the fall of Adam because the whole creation was affected. So these beings would have to die because death was the penalty for sin. One day their planet will be destroyed by fire during God’s final judgment, but they cannot have salvation because that blessing is given only to humans.
It wouldn’t make sense theologically for there to be other intelligent, physical beings who suffer because of Adam’s sin but cannot be saved.
Yet another powerful reason to deny the existence of aliens! This is amazing stuff, too much to copy here, so we’re skipping a lot. Let’s jump to near the end of the article:
Now, regarding animal life and plants, we cannot be so dogmatic because the Bible does not state whether life exists elsewhere in the universe. Based on the passages about the heavens and earth, however, I strongly suspect that life does not exist elsewhere.
If a great thinker like Ken Ham suspects that there’s nothing out there, that should be good enough for you.
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