That illustration shows the creationists’ view of the universe. We see man, the climax of creation — and certainly no kin to no monkey — standing on the immovable flat Earth which is supported by pillars, and the sun goes around the Earth. Our world was created to be the principal focus of divine attention. That’s how the bible describes things, so that’s what a true creationist believes. There’s nothing else out there worth knowing about.
We’ve posted a few times before about creationism’s view of life on worlds other than Earth. The last time was Ken Ham: Aliens Are Going to Hell!, in which he said:
I’m shocked at the countless hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent over the years in the desperate and fruitless search for extraterrestrial life. … Of course, secularists are desperate to find life in outer space, as they believe that would provide evidence that life can evolve in different locations and given the supposed right conditions! The search for extraterrestrial life is really driven by man’s rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution!
Now we have a new essay from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Ol’ Hambo’s latest is Alien Life a Decade Away from Discovery? This is important, because Hambo is not only the world’s holiest man who understands scripture better than anyone else, he also understands science better than anyone else. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The media has once again been buzzing with the claims of secular astronomers that alien life is just a few years away from sure discovery. Reportedly, NASA’s chief scientist Ellen Stofan predicted that, “We’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years.”
Hambo gives some quotes from her recent remarks, but it might be better if you watched her for yourself in this brief video. Then Hambo says:
Evolutionists are convinced they’ll find life in outer space because if evolution occurred here on Earth, then it must have occurred somewhere else. According to secularists, Earth is not special. In their view, it’s just one of many places where, over the supposed billions of years of the universe’s history, life managed to come from non-life and begin the process of evolution. Despite a lack of evidence, scientists are becoming increasingly convinced that life will be found soon. … But from a biblical perspective we shouldn’t expect to find life in outer space.
Does the bible really say that? Not explicitly. Hambo prudently says:
Now, we are not told in Scripture if there is no life on other planets or moons.
That’s true. In fact, other planets are barely mentioned, and there’s no hint that any of them have their own moons. As we’ve noted before, the entire bible mentions the planets only once — in 2 Kings 23:5. According to the King James version:
And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
The only thing we’re told about other planets is not to burn incense unto them. Nevertheless, Hambo knows what’s out there and what isn’t. He continues:
Life did not evolve on Earth or anywhere else but was specially created by our Creator as Genesis clearly tells us. Isaiah tells us that Earth was formed to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18) and Earth is clearly the focus of God’s attention. It is to Earth that God Himself came down in the person of Jesus Christ to dwell among men and die and rise again for our salvation. Christ did not come and die for Martians or other extraterrestrials — He came as the “God-man” to die for mankind, descendants of Adam and Eve. So we have good reason to say that there isn’t intelligent extraterrestrial life, and it’s doubtful that there is even microbial life in outer space, though Scripture doesn’t completely rule out the possibility.
Hambo’s right again. Scripture doesn’t rule out extra-terrestrial microbial life; however it doesn’t mention microbes on Earth either — yet they’re everywhere. Make of that what you will.
Okay, that’s it for aliens. Now get ready for the geocentric universe:
According to secularists there is no center of the universe, so Earth isn’t in any kind of special place. It’s simply a rocky chunk that was in just the right place in our solar system for life to evolve. But the biblical perspective is much different. We might not be the physical center of the universe, but we are the theological center of the universe. It is Earth — not the sun, moon, stars, or other planets — that was created first by God on Day One of Creation Week. In fact, after God created the heavens and the Earth, He focused for three days on Earth before He turned again on Day Four to the heavens. These heavens were created, at least in part, to give God glory and to show His handiwork to the world (Psalm 19:1). It is Earth — not Mars, Jupiter, or some exoplanet in another solar system — that is God’s footstool (Isaiah 66:1; Acts 7:49). And it was to this little planet that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ.
They’ve said that before — see AIG: Our Geocentric Universe, but we understand the necessity for repetition. With only one book in the AIG library, their repertoire is limited. Here’s another excerpt:
Many people hope that discovering extraterrestrials will help us answer the deepest questions of life like “where did we come from?,” “where are we going?,” and “what is the meaning of life?” But these questions won’t be answered by hypothetical extraterrestrials! They are only answered in God’s Word. Scripture alone provides the answers to the deep questions that we ask.
Right. One book is all you’ll ever need. Hambo finishes with a reminder from the greatest event in his life — his debate with Bill Nye:
At my debate with Bill Nye “The Science Guy” last year and in response to a question about where matter came from, I answered: “There is a book” (God’s Word). That Book explains where matter came from, the origin of the universe and life, what our human problem is (sin), and the solution to that problem: Jesus Christ.
Now you know all you need to know. In fact, it’s all there is or ever will be to know. Toss out your other books and forget everything your teachers told you. Pay no attention to what those godless scientists are doing. Go to the Creation Museum and learn what you need to know. Do it now, before it’s too late!
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