Hambo and Aliens, Again

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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12 responses to “Hambo and Aliens, Again

  1. “… researchers should look to God’s Word and explore the universe through the lens of Scripture.”
    So the Earth is actually a flat disk or rectangle (the bible clearly indicates both shapes) and the stars are lights hung in the sky that will fall down to the ground some day, and disease is caused by demons, and rain come from opening little windows in the sky, etc. I wonder why the hamster and his equally idiotic followers don’t reject all modern conveniences like computers, electricity, medicine, etc? Of course then he would be unable to distribute his perpetual nonsense except by work of mouth.

  2. Mark Germano

    It’s worth mentioning that Ken Ham isn’t just an anti-evolution, creationist clown and con-man, but also a truly awful and terrible person.

  3. Why should the aliens have to leave their planet in order to make contact? Unless they are somehow living on a black hole, radio signals will leave their planet with no trouble at all.

    Perhaps Ham is bothered by the thought that if there are aliens, God would have needed to send a Son or Daughter to their planet as well, and of course to every other planet with sentient life. The Ol’ Bible doesn’t say anything about that, so Ham thinks it just can’t be. Then there’s the fact that Ham wouldn’t want to share the idea of Jesus with some weird aliens.

    This idea of multiple saviors just made me think — if “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son” to bring the message of love and peace and everything good, why did He send only one? Wouldn’t every culture on Earth need to know The Word? It would seem to be way more efficient in getting The Word out if He had sent sons and daughters to China, Siam, Egypt, Gaul, the Mayans, Aztecs, Greece, Rome, the Celts, Vikings, Maori, Inuit, Cherokee, Hopi, Anasazi, Aleut, India, Africa, etc., etc., etc.

    Why just one, and why just Judea? If He had sent many, there would have been no need for missionaries — everyone would have gotten The Word directly, unfiltered.

    Too bad I was born about 1,900 years too late to be His consultant. Peace and love are so good, I would have done it for free.

  4. Stephen Kennedy

    Hambo has no comprehension of the vastness of the Universe and the extraordinary technical challenges to detecting intelligent life in even the nearest solar systems to us. There are a trillion galaxies in the visible Universe consisting of about 100 billion stars each, all of which probably have planets.

    I know that Hambo does not accept it but besides being very big the Universe is also very old and our ability to detect radio signals is barely a hundred years old. Just our own galaxy is 50,000 light years wide but the only signals that could have reached us since we had the ability to receive them would have to be within only about 100 light years of us.

  5. …as well designed for life as Earth
    God has no needs as to where he puts life. He is not constrained by what you think of as well designed, or poorly designed.
    For example, Earth is not well designed for being exempt from the laws of thermodynamics.

  6. Ross Cameron

    ‘His fingerprints are everywhere’. If only he had left them on whichever of the 57 varieties of bible gets closest to his instructions.

  7. Michael Fugate

    God has fingers – literally – or is this poetic license like Genesis?

  8. “Some people who say they are Christians”
    Isn’t this lovely? Obviously Ol’Hambo is the Judge of this. So much for Matth. 7:1.

    “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.”
    Nobody will be surprised, but this means that Ol’Hambo is an IDiot (like Klinkleclapper) with “Bible is evidence” and “Young Earth” added.

    @MarkG observes astutely: “It’s worth mentioning ….”
    But what came first? Is Ol’Hambo a creationist clown etc. because he’s an awful and terrible person or the other way round? In my humble opinion this should replace the since long solved chicken-egg problem.

    @StephenK is in a mild mood today: “Hambo has no comprehension of …..” of course should read “Ol’Hambo doesn’t want to have any comprehension of ….. because it doesn’t suit him.”

    @TomS underestimates the power of Ol’Hambo: “He is not constrained by what you think of as well designed, or poorly designed.”
    Yes, Ol’Hambo being the wisest and knowledgablest man etc. etc. has the right to constrain his god in this respect.

  9. bewilderbeast

    “a day set aside to celebrate nonexistent extraterrestrial beings! ”
    Gasp! NO, Hambo!! Does anyone else do that? Surely not!

  10. Given the fact that nobody knows and understands more about theology than the great Australian-Kentuckian Ol’Hambo I’d love to learn what the Great Creacrapper has to say about this.

    https://www.livescience.com/62324-ancient-egyptian-papyrus-biblical-human-sacrifice.html

    “The tradition of a literal sacrifice seems in fact to have been rather widespread,”

  11. Pete Moulton

    Once again, Ol’ Hambo proves that he’s utterly bereft of any sense of self-awareness.

  12. Theodore Lawry

    The problem with looking for aliens, as opposed to looking for God, is only the latter activity bring Ken Ham any money.