The creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — are running out of new things to say, so they’re recycling something from April of 2008, the month we started this humble blog.
It’s an oldie goldie by Dr. Jason Lisle — the creationist astrophysicist. He used to work for ol’ Hambo — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else — so presumably they have the right to republish what he wrote in those days. This looks like a chapter in a book, because the title is The Bible and Modern Astronomy, Part 2. It’s very long, so we’ll give you only a few excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
The question of life from other planets is a hot topic in our culture today. Science fiction movies and television shows often depict strange creatures from faraway planets, but these ideas are not limited merely to science fiction programming. Many secular scientists believe that one day we will actually discover life on other planets. There are even programs like SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) that scan the heavens with powerful radio telescopes “listening” for signals from intelligent aliens. Unfortunately, many Christians have bought into the idea of extraterrestrial “alien” life without critically assessing such a belief in light of Scripture.
How horrible! Then he says:
The idea of extraterrestrial life stems largely from a belief in evolutionism. [Gasp!] Recall that in the evolution view, the earth is “just another planet” — one where the conditions just happened to be right for life to form and evolve. If there are countless billions of other planets in our galaxy, then surely at least a handful of these worlds have also had the right conditions. Extraterrestrial life is almost inevitable in an evolutionary worldview.
That’s exactly right. But Jason can’t accept it. He tells us:
However, the notion of alien life does not square well with Scripture. As previously discussed, the earth is unique. It is the earth that was designed for life (Isaiah 45:18), not the heavens. The other planets have an entirely different purpose than does the earth, and thus they are designed differently. In Genesis 1, we read that God created plants on the earth on day 3, birds to fly in the atmosphere and marine life to swim in the ocean on day 5, and animals to inhabit the land on day 6. Human beings are also made on day 6 and are given dominion over the animals, but where does the Bible discuss the creation of life on the “lights in the expanse of the heavens?” [Yeah, where?] There is no such description, because the lights in the expanse were not designed to accommodate life. God gave care of the earth to man, but the heavens are the Lord’s (Psalms 115:16). From a biblical perspective, extraterrestrial life does not seem reasonable.
Wowie, he’s right! He continues:
Problems are multiplied when we consider the possibility of intelligent alien life. [Intelligent?] Science fiction programming abounds with “races” of people who evolved on other worlds. … Although very entertaining, such alien races are theologically problematic. Intelligent alien beings cannot be redeemed! God’s plan of redemption is for human beings: those descended from Adam. Let us examine the conflict between the salvation message, and the notion of alien life.
We’ll skip the aliens’ salvation problem. Well, here’s a bit of it:
If there were “Vulcans” or “Klingons” out there, how would they be saved? They are not blood relatives of Jesus, and so Christ’s shed blood cannot pay for their sins. One might at first suppose that Christ also visited their world, and lived and died there as well, but this is anti-biblical. Christ died once for all (1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 9:27, 10:10). Jesus is now and forever both God and man; but He is not an “alien.”
The argument against aliens gets even better. Let’s read on:
One might suppose that alien beings have never sinned, in which case they would not need to be redeemed, but then another problem emerges: they suffer the effects of sin, despite having never sinned. Adam’s sin has affected all of creation — not just mankind. Romans 8:20–22 makes it clear that the entirety of creation suffers under the bondage of corruption. These kinds of issues highlight the problem of attempting to incorporate an antibiblical notion into the Christian worldview.
Aliens can’t be saved! Another excerpt:
Extraterrestrial life is an evolutionary concept; it does not comport with the biblical teachings of the uniqueness of the earth and the distinct spiritual position of human beings. Of all the worlds in the universe, it was the earth that God himself visited, taking on the additional nature of a human being, dying on a cross, and rising from the dead in order to redeem all who would trust in Him. The biblical worldview sharply contrasts with the secular worldview when it comes to alien life.
We’re barely half-way through, but this is long enough. Click over there and read it all, if you like. We’re outta here!
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