Creationists seem to be at war with the whole universe, because the more we learn about it, the more it seems to conflict with the naïve, pre-scientific description found in Genesis. The evidence we now have discloses a universe that is too big, too old, and has far too many planets — some of which may be life-supporting and — gasp! — home to other intelligent species. For those whose worldview (and livelihood) is based on a millennia-old description of Earth as the only life-supporting world in existence, the only response to science is unrelenting opposition.
We see this in the latest post from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.
AIG’s article is titled Is Belief in Alien Life Harmless?, written by Danny Faulkner. It was first posted in October of 2015, but we somehow ignored it then. The last time we wrote about one of Danny’s essays was AIG Panics Over Another Extra-Solar Planet. Here’s AIG’s biographical information about him. They say he taught physics and astronomy until he joined AIG. His undergraduate degree is from Bob Jones University. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The thought that aliens might be living on other planets may sound innocent enough. But lurking underneath are some deep theological dangers.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh — deep theological dangers! [*End Drool Mode*] Danny says:
A 2012 survey reported that more than a third of Americans believe aliens have visited the earth, and only about one-fifth do not (the rest were undecided). With ET believers outnumbering non-believers nearly two-to-one, the intense fascination with aliens is obvious.
Given all this hype, should Christians care? Does the Bible have anything to say? In case you’re worried that you might have missed the Bible’s account of an alien visitation, let me assure you that it does not actually mention ETs or flying saucers. However, as with so many other issues, biblical principles help answer whether flying saucers and ETs are real. It’s not a trivial question.
Danny assures us that the the bible “does not actually mention ETs or flying saucers.” That’s very comforting. He then tells us:
Assuming for the moment that flying saucers and ETs are real, where do they come from? The obvious answer is that they must come from other planets, so this issue is more a question of whether life exists on other planets. For about three centuries, people have been aware that planets might orbit other stars. However, this suspicion was not confirmed until the mid-1990s, when astronomers first discovered an extrasolar planet, a planet orbiting another star. We now know of nearly 2,000 extrasolar planets, with new discoveries frequently being made. It now appears that extrasolar planets may be common.
Danny’s count of extra-solar planets is a bit obsolete, because his article is from 2015. According to NASA, the latest count is 3,488 conformed, of which 361 are believed to be terrestrial (rocky in composition). Danny continues:
Most arguments in favor of life existing on other planets rely upon probability. Given the trillions of stars in the universe and the likelihood that many of those stars have orbiting planets, what is the probability that we are alone in the universe? But this approach assumes that life naturally arises wherever the conditions are conducive for life to exist.
Hey — good point! There’s that outrageous assumption that life arises naturally. What about the possibility that life’s origin is supernatural? Let’s read on:
From the Bible, we know that this is not how life came about on the earth. Rather, God specially created life on this planet. It would be inconsistent to believe that God created life on earth but that life arose naturally on other worlds. So if life exists elsewhere, God must have created it too. That makes the existence of ETs a theological question, and a very serious one.
Yes, the existence of life on other worlds is a theological question, so Danny turns to the bible:
In the beginning, God created the earth first, and He made the heavenly bodies throughout the rest of the universe to serve the inhabitants of earth (Genesis 1:14–19). … While the Bible is not geocentric (placing the earth at the physical center of the universe), the earth is the center of God’s attention. Humans — and not ETs — are God’s primary concern in the universe.
Danny is so profound! Here’s more:
This raises a host of other theological questions. According to Romans 8:18–22, Adam’s sin affected the entire universe. What effect did man’s fall and the subsequent curse have on ETs? Did they fall because of Adam’s sin, or was there an Adam-like ET that sinned on each inhabited planet? Holding ETs accountable for Adam’s sin does not seem just.
[It would trivialize the gospel] to propose an Adam among every alien race who sinned and brought each respective race under the penalty of death. In order to secure their salvation, Jesus would have to be born, live, die, and rise again on countless planets. Even skeptics have noted that this is the logical consequence of believing in human-like beings on other worlds. … Effectively, this questions whether the existence of ETs can be compatible with the gospel of the New Testament.
Gasp — the existence of ETs is incompatible with the gospel! That’s a powerful argument! Another excerpt:
This is a fair question to ask. Unfortunately, while many skeptics raise this question, few Christians take it seriously. Skeptics use it to ridicule Christianity. If life is common in the universe, they conclude it’s just as probable there is no God. However, you can answer the question in a very different way. If the God of the Bible and the gospel are real, then ETs are not.
This is serious, dear reader. Danny says that if ETs exist, the bible is discredited. He then returns to the question of flying saucer sightings, and says:
Most people who strongly believe in alien visitations believe in evolution and reject the authority of Scripture. They are well aware that alien life conflicts with the teachings of the Bible. To them, the reality of ETs disproves the Bible. Given that belief in ETs is so powerful in turning people away from the truth, the possibility of satanic deception is quite real.
Gasp — satanic deception! And now we come to the end:
So while alien visitations might have a fun place in frivolous fiction, the heart-felt belief that life really does exist elsewhere can have eternal ramifications.
Danny doesn’t leave any room for doubt, does he? If aliens exist, the bible is discredited, so we know all we need to know about aliens. They’re a satanic deception. Case closed!
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