The creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — have written about life on Mars before, for example: Answers in Genesis & Life on Mars, and also AIG’s Head Buried in the Sands of Mars.
In those earlier posts, AIG claimed that the existence of water on Mars, which is now undeniable, and even the possibility of bacteria, don’t contradict the bible, which tells them that, like everything else in the universe, Mars is young. Also, even if there is some kind of primitive life on Mars, we weren’t there to see it happen, so there’s no evidence that life can evolve into existence.
Today they’re doing it again. Their latest post is Mars—The Other Blue Planet?, which is a repeat of something that first appeared in April of last year, but we didn’t notice it then. We did today. It was written by Dr. Ron Samec. At the end of his post we’re told: “Dr. Ron Samec is a professional observational astronomer and former professor of physics and astronomy at Bob Jones University. He is also the author of well over 150 journal articles and abstracts published in professional journals.” We haven’t checked his publication record, but he’s written a few times for AIG in the past. Here are some excerpts from his latest post, with bold font added by us:
As we look at the bitterly cold desert on Mars today, the thought of flowing water seems laughable. Yet evidence is growing that the planet was once wet . . . and this possibility fits nicely in the creation model. [Hee hee!]
Did water once flow on the surface of another planet in the solar system? Although Mars is now a desert, we have growing evidence that rain and flash floods once scoured the surface, sustaining a network of streams and lakes — and perhaps even an ocean. Today it appears that some of this water is locked up in subsurface permafrost and the rest has escaped into space. Where did all this liquid water come from, and why did it disappear? These are two of the greatest mysteries in planetary astronomy. … Yet despite our ever-increasing knowledge of the Red Planet, investigators are still baffled.
Samec explains why the investigators are baffled:
The search is hampered by a glaring flaw in their theories. Since we can’t observe past events, we must make assumptions. If the assumptions are wrong, the conclusions will be wrong. Instead of turning to God’s Word, the one infallible source of truth about planetary history, secular astronomers assume the universe is old.
Those secular astronomers are fools! Samec devotes several paragraphs to recent discoveries of water and volcanoes on Mars. We’ll skip all that because there are far better sources of information available. Then he says:
Where did the water originally come from? Perhaps the first volcanoes on Mars erupted and spewed out water during Creation Week or at the Fall, without the plate tectonics we find on Earth.
Yes — those are certainly good possibilities! He continues:
Because we still have so little information, much more work remains to be done to explain Mars’ topography. Other timelines are possible. Did catastrophe strike at the same time as the watery catastrophe on Earth? (If the Fall impacted the whole cosmos, according to Romans 8:22, perhaps the judgment during Noah’s day extended to other planets.)
Why don’t secular astronomers consider such ideas? Let’s read on:
It’s fascinating to consider what our Creator continues to do throughout our dynamic universe. But in all of this, we know one thing. Mars was never populated with intelligent life, engineers or otherwise.
How does Samec know that? He provides evidence in his final paragraph:
Isaiah 45:18 explains that Earth is the place God made to be inhabited: “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord, and there is no other.” Psalm 115:16 likewise says, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.”
So there you are. If we know what’s good for us, we’ll stay right here at home — where we belong.
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