We’ve written several times before about how creationists — including the Discoveroids — declare that there are no aliens out there, at least none that are intelligent. See, for example: Ken Ham Says There Are No Intelligent Aliens, and Intelligent Aliens Terrify the Discovery Institute.
Now we have a new twist on the subject from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. His new post is Study: A Belief in Aliens May Be a Religious Impulse. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
If you believe in aliens from outer space, it may just be a religious impulse. A recent Scientific American article [Belief in Aliens May Be a Religious Impulse] by Michael Shermer (founder of the Skeptics Society and the publisher of Skeptic magazine) highlights a recent set of studies at North Dakota State University (NDSU) that found “those who report low levels of religious belief but high desire for meaning in life show greater belief in ETIs [Extraterrestrial Intelligence].”
That’s consistent with creationists’ near-unanimous dis-belief in aliens. What does Hambo make of it? He explains:
Of course, everyone is religious, including atheists and skeptics — they just place their belief in an evolutionary worldview, naturalism, and humanism, instead of in Christ and his Word. Romans 1 tells us that God has made it evident to all that he is the Creator — that’s why all are without excuse. Everyone knows God exists — which is why people have this yearning to find meaning in life. Sadly, because of our sin nature, many refuse to acknowledge who the true God is — they would rather believe in aliens than believe in the God of the bible.
Perfectly logical. Then he says:
In one of the NDSU team’s studies, researchers found that atheists and agnostics “were statistically significantly more likely to report believing in ETIs than those who reported being religious (primarily Christian).”/span>
That’s because they’ve strayed from The Truth™. After that, Hambo tells us:
Essentially, what these authors are saying is that atheists (whose religion is ultimately meaningless, purposeless, and hopeless) who are seeking a meaning for their lives may appeal to aliens to fulfill this role. Maybe if there’s something else out there, it will give their lives some meaning.
The poor, misguided fools! Hambo understands them so well. He continues:
But there is someone out there — our Creator! Our lives don’t have to be meaningless, purposeless, or hopeless because there is a God who knows us, loves us, and came to die on the Cross for us. We can have a personal relationship with our Creator because of his Son, and we can serve and worship him and be with him for eternity. He has revealed himself to us in his Word, in the person of Jesus Christ, and in how he has made himself evident from the created universe we live in.
Then he quotes from the end of Shermer’s article:
Given that there is no more evidence for aliens than there is for God, believers in either one must take a leap of faith or else suspend judgment until evidence emerges to the contrary. I can conceive of what that might be for ETI but not for God, unless the deity is a sufficiently advanced ETI as to appear divine.
You might think Shermer has a good point regarding evidence for aliens. Hambo, however, tops it with a better point:
But there is evidence for God all around us in what God has made — indeed there’s so much evidence for God in creation that those who reject him are without excuse [scripture reference]. Shermer and others like him choose to reject this evidence and instead interpret it through the lens of their naturalistic, evolutionary worldview. Yes, they would rather believe in nonexistent aliens for which there is no evidence instead of the God of creation, for which the evidence cries out, “In the beginning God created.”
Yeah — Hambo’s got evidence, and those atheists have nothing! He wraps it up with this:
Instead of appealing to nonexistent aliens for meaning and purpose, I encourage Shermer and other atheists like him, to turn to Jesus Christ and experience the hope and purpose he gives through the gospel.
So now you have a choice, dear reader. You can believe in Hambo’s religion, or the false religion of aliens — and suffer the eternal consequences. It’s up to you.
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