Except for evolution, nothing upsets creationists more than the idea of intelligent aliens. That’s particularly true of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Half of Americans Believe in Aliens. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Today is what’s been dubbed National Alien Day, a day set aside to celebrate nonexistent extraterrestrial beings! But despite the overwhelming lack of evidence for these aliens, a YouGov study shows that half of people in the UK, Germany, and the United States believe there’s intelligent alien life somewhere out there.
We never heard of National Alien Day, but it’s in the British tabloids — see National Alien Day: Extraterrestrial fans prepare for Alien Day on April 26. As for the YouGov study, all we could find at their website is this from September 2015: You are not alone: most people believe that aliens exist. Okay, back to Hambo. He says:
Some people who say they are Christians have gone on social media to challenge me about the existence of aliens. Now, the Bible does not say if there is or is not animal or plant life on other planets — I suspect not for various reasons.
One reason might be because the bible has nothing to say about planets. It mentions 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 the bible tells us about other planets is that we shouldn’t burn incense unto them. Anyway, Hambo tells us:
But to understand why I don’t believe there are intelligent aliens on other planets, I encourage you to read “‘We’ll Find a New Earth within 20 Years’,” an item I wrote in 2014 to discusses this topic in relation to the gospel.
We read it, and then wrote Ken Ham: Aliens Are Going to Hell! Hambo continues:
It’s interesting that so many people are willing to believe in alien life, for which there is no evidence. People often automatically assume, for example, that any pulsating light, signal from outer space, or unexplained flying object is from aliens, yet these same people will often reject the overwhelming evidence of God’s existence seen throughout what he has made.
He thoughtfully reminds us of that evidence:
His fingerprints are everywhere. We see them in what he’s made here on earth and in the heavens. The incredible design of every living creature, the laws of nature, the language system of DNA, and so much more declares our Creator and his greatness.
That’s an ark-load of evidence for God, and there’s none for aliens. Well, people are strange. Let’s read on:
It seems every week there’s a new study on why aliens or an alien civilization hasn’t been discovered yet. And this week’s study [Aliens on ‘Super-Earth’ Planets May Be Trapped by Gravity] says that we haven’t encountered aliens because leaving their planet is too expensive!
Researchers believe life is most likely to be found on “Super-Earths,” giant-size versions of our planet (though no planet has been discovered that’s even close to being as well designed for life as earth). But these planets would have stronger gravity than earth, so a rocket leaving that planet would need to weigh 440,000 tons due to the amount of fuel required for blastoff.
Yes, but the article to which Hambo refers mentions other technologies that could be employed besides chemical fueled rockets, and there’s also the possibility of aliens on Earth-sized planets too. But Hambo is fixated on the worst-case scenario, and he ends his post with this:
So that’s why we can’t find aliens — they can’t leave their planets! Instead of searching for nonexistent aliens, researchers should look to God’s Word and explore the universe through the lens of Scripture.
Right. We should shut down NASA and similar agencies around the world, and all those silly scientists should be re-educated in bible colleges.
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