AIG: Extraterrestrial Life, Sin, & Salvation

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.

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“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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12 responses to “AIG: Extraterrestrial Life, Sin, & Salvation

  1. Tomato Addict

    To stimulate your torpid mind, dear reader, we bring you the viewpoint from Answers in Genesis (AIG), …

    I’m already laughing so hard, I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish the sentence, much less the whole post.

  2. Tomato Addict

    ^^^HTML fail on the blockquote

    Finally made it through – Jason Lisle has clearly missed his true calling – to be a comedian. Thanks for that, Curmie. You made my day.

  3. It’s statements like Ham’s that should re-energize SETI. I think I’ll send them another contribution.

    When they dig up that monolith on the moon, all hell will break loose!

  4. Of course, Christians had to deal with this problem 500 years ago when they met people who had no access to the word of God, and who were not mentioned in the Bible.

  5. I knew I was special. Srsly.

  6. Tomato Addict says: “Thanks for that, Curmie. You made my day.”

    If this stuff weren’t so funny, I couldn’t do what I do here.

  7. This theological problem has certainly beren around for a while. An early story of space travel was written in Germany in 1744 (“DIE GESCHWINDE REISE” [THE SPEEDY JOURNEY], by E. C. Kindermann) in which the issue was addressed. Kindermann was an astronomer who thought he had discovered a hithero unseen moon of Mars and wrote a story about a journey thither to publicize his contribution to science. (Unfortunately, a look at a reconstruction of the sky the night he made his discovery suggests that he actualy saw the Crab Nebula, which happened to be close to Mars just then, and he didn’t recognize it as a background object.) In Kindermann’s view, the planets (including those of “fixed stars”) were mostly all inhabited by intelligent beings, not necessarily human. This led to the question of how did the inhabitants get there, and were they “fallen” like the inhabitants of Earth. His explanation was that life on each planet had a separate creation, and its own version of Adam and Eve. Most planets had passed the initial test and so were not “fallen.” The inhabitants of the Martian moon were half-fallen, though, due to their Adam and Eve equivalents having sinned but not as badly as the damned of Earth. The idea that there could be degrees of “fallen-ness” seems rather novel… So this question has been around for a while, and frankly I think Kindermann answered it better over 250 years ago than the present lot of loonies.

  8. Deklane says: “So this question has been around for a while …”

    I really don’t understand why these people are having such a problem. A deity that can create the whole universe in only six days can certainly take care of any salvation that may be necessary, wherever that may be.

  9. Retired Prof

    “Thus the theological position of extraterrestrial intelligent life would cast aspersions on God’s character . . . .”

    In contrast, creationists cast aspersions on god’s engineering skills. The idea that god would create, merely as a backdrop for the drama of human sin and salvation, such a vast universe as he apparently did implies colossal inefficiency. An engineer tries to use no more material than required to get a particular job done. A broad expanse of earth and water capped by a simple dome sprinkled with dots of different size and brightness would have sufficed.

    Instead, most of what we see out there is superfluous, and what we can see is only a tiny sliver of the whole. There are 100 billion other stars in our galaxy, an untold number of other galaxies. They are arranged in massive clusters with great voids between them, stretching all the way out to the dim shine of the microwave background. And that’s just the .4 percent we can readily see. Another 3.6 percent is intergalactic gas, which is hard to detect. The remaining 96 percent is made up of dark matter and dark energy, which are entirely hidden from us. What wasteful extravagance!

    Creationists could cast god’s engineering skills in a better light by maintaining that he actually surrounded the earth with an energy-efficient hologram that looks for all the world like a real universe.

  10. I don’t understand, tactically, why they go out on a limb like this, putting themselves on record as saying that Christianity is disproved by something that is open to empirical observation.

    But I understand psychologically. They don’t worship God, they worship the Bible.

  11. The Curmudgeon says, “A deity that can create the whole universe in only six days can certainly take care of any salvation that may be necessary, wherever that may be.”

    I have to agree. They’re limiting their own God’s power. Why couldn’t he create more than one species of intelligent life? Why couldn’t he simultaneously (even though it wouldn’t likely need to be at the exact same time) be reborn as one of those life-forms to save them from their sins? They’re the ones who are always saying that their God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.

    I think they need to keep better track of what they say and believe.

  12. @Gabe: “But I understand psychologically. They don’t worship God, they worship the Bible.”

    True. That’s the big problem with a lot of evangelicals. They forget that the Bible is supposed to be about their God, but is not their God in and of itself.