To stimulate your torpid mind, dear reader, we bring you the viewpoint from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. What we found for you is in AIG’s News to Note, October 8, 2011 — “A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint.”
It’s the third item at their news summary, titled Did E.T. sin, and, if so, did Jesus die to save him/it? AIG’s article is based on this item from Fox News: Is Life on Other Planets Part of God’s Plan? That was about the Pentagon’s recent event to promote interest in space exploration, about which we previously wrote: The 100 Year Starship Study Symposium. Fox said, with bold font added for emphasis:
While rocket-science researchers at the 100 Year Starship Symposium pondered interstellar travel on a whole new class of spaceship over the weekend, theologians debated an equally paradigm-shifting concept: reconciling the Bible with life elsewhere in the universe. Simply put, if life is discovered on other planets, can we still say that mankind is unique — made in the image of God?
“The discovery of intelligent life from other planets would be a challenge to the Christian worldview,” admitted Dr. Jason Lisle, an astrophysicist with the Creation Museum’s research arm, Answers in Genesis.
“The fact that no evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence has ever been detected must be considered … a confirmation of Christianity,” Lisle told FoxNews.com.
We could stop right there and you’d have your laugh for the weekend, but as long as AIG has posted about this vital question, we’re going to discuss it. First, however, we should remind you of the previously-stated AIG position on alien life, which we wrote about here: Ken Ham Says There’s No Extraterrestrial Life. To be fair, ol’ Hambo says that there’s a very slim chance of some primitive life out there, but there’s definitely no alien intelligence, and he personally thinks — for scriptural reasons — that there’s no life anywhere but on Earth.
Okay, Here are some excerpts from AIG’s analysis of the news, with bold font added by us and scripture references omitted:
DARPA — the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — says it sponsored the symposium hoping “to inspire several generations to commit to the research and development of breakthrough technologies and cross-cutting innovation across myriad disciplines” to prepare for interstellar travel in the next 100 years. While DARPA and NASA ponder the question of how to best spend the $1 million allocated to the program, Christians are discussing whether interstellar seekers should expect to find any new life and new civilizations. And if so, how would those beings stand with God?
How would intelligent aliens stand with God? That’s the key question for AIG. Your Curmudgeon understands such things. Here at our own headquarters, we too apply a filter to the news. Take the weather, for example. It has significance to different people for different reasons, but to us, weather news means only one thing: Will our two splendid dogs, Deimos and Phobos, be able to go outside to do what they have to do? So we sympathize with AIG’s news filter. Let’s read on:
“Did Jesus die for Klingons too?” asked Weidemann [sic — they mean philosophy professor Christian Weidemannof of Germany’s Ruhr-University Bochum], explaining the issue: “According to Christianity, an historic event some 2,000 years ago was supposed to save the whole of creation. You can grasp the conflict. . . . If there are extraterrestrial intelligent beings at all, it is safe to assume that most of them are sinners too. If so, did Jesus save them too? My position is no.”
Professor Weidemannof says Jesus didn’t die to save E.T. But what does AIG say? We continue:
Answers in Genesis’ astrophysicist Jason Lisle, however, like Weidemann [sic] , says, “The discovery of intelligent life from other planets would be a challenge to the Christian worldview” adding that “no evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence has ever been detected.” Nevertheless, he says, “It was on Earth that God Himself became a human being — not a Vulcan or Klingon.”
That pretty much settles the question, but here’s more:
God created the entire universe. God’s Son Jesus Christ came to Earth as a human being, the “last Adam,”to die for all human beings who, like their real common ancestor — the first Adam — are sinners. We also know from God’s Word that the whole creation groans with corruption under the curse of man’s sin. Thus the theological position of extraterrestrial intelligent life would cast aspersions on God’s character, as such beings would be reaping the guilty whirlwind of man’s sin without access to the grace of Christ.
There you are, dear reader, you now have the official word from AIG — intelligent extraterrestrial life would cast aspersions on God’s character. Moving along:
Despite the contention of some that God is great enough to have created many aliens on many worlds, we have no evidence either in God’s Word or in outer space that He did.
Furthermore, those who really expect to find E.T. often do so because they believe — contrary to God’s Word — that life evolved here from random chemical interactions and that in a huge universe it must have done so many times. In fact, constant exposure to the notion that the universe is billions of years old puts many in the mindset to consider intelligent aliens a reality.
It’s all so very clear now — E.T. is a Darwinist plot! One final excerpt:
Scripture teaches that life did not randomly evolve but was created by God over the course of one week. God spent the Creation Week preparing a place for Adam and Eve and created them in His image. Despite the fun of sci-fi, neither mankind nor the world evolved, so there is no reason to believe life evolved elsewhere either.
Furthermore, like our ancestor Adam we all have a sinful nature and need the salvation God offers. We are sufficiently special to our Creator that He sent His Son to earth to seek and to save lost human beings from the eternal consequences of sin.
Now you know. There are no extraterrestrials because we’re special. So everyone can stop looking for E.T.
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