This is stuff we’ve written about before, but it may be the first article on the topic written by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
Hambo’s article is Do I Believe in UFOs? Absolutely! It’s a copy of something that first appeared at Hambo’s website on 05 December 2007, before we began this humble blog, so although he’s repeated some of this material since then, it should be fun to see how it all began. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us, and Hambo’s numerous bible references omitted:
Is there intelligent life in outer space? Although this question intrigues scientists, theology can give us the answer.
That’s the first sentence, and it’s a gem. Think about it. There is no need for telescopes, or sending probes out there to look around. Science is a big waste of time. All you need is theology. Then he says:
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.
Those people are godless fools! Let’s read on:
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.
Hambo’s worldview rejects that possibility because, as we’ve said before, the bible was written by people who had no idea that there were any other worlds. Earth was all they knew, so they assumed it was the only world in existence, created for us in the center of what seemed to be a rather limited universe, consisting of only the Sun and the Moon, with the stars as lights set in a presumably solid firmament rotating around us, just below the glorious realm of Yahweh, from which he could look down upon us and receive our adoration. That’s how Hambo likes it. He continues:
During the six days of creation in Genesis 1, we learn that God created the earth first. On Day Four He made the sun and the moon for the earth, and then “he made the stars also.” 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.”
Yup — that’s all there is to it. After some more bible quotes, Hambo tells us:
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.
Not quite. As we reported in Oh No! Still More Planets Found, of more than 3,000 verified extra-solar planets found so far, at least 21 are Earth-like planets that orbit within their star’s habitable zone. Here’s more from Hambo:
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.”
What does that have to do with intelligent aliens? Hambo explains:
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.
But note, Jesus didn’t become a “God-Klingon,” a “God-Vulcan,” or a “God-Cardassian — He became the God-man. 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.
Tough luck for the aliens! Near the end, Hambo leaves himself a little wiggle-room:
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.
So there you are, dear reader. Forget about SETI, the Search for extraterrestrial intelligence. There’s nothing going on out there. You have Hambo’s word for it.
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