A few months ago there was a brief flurry of articles about the possibility that evidence had been found that there was life on Venus. A good example is this from PhysOrg: If there is life on Venus, how could it have got there? Origin of life experts explain. PhysOrg said:
The recent discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus is exciting, as it may serve as a potential sign of life (among other possible explanations). … Most phosphine in Earth’s atmosphere is produced by living microbes. So the possibility of life on Venus producing phosphine can’t be ignored.
But the researchers, led by UK astronomer Jane Greaves, say their discovery “is not robust evidence for life” on Venus. Rather, it’s evidence of “anomalous and unexplained chemistry,” of which biological processes are just one possible origin.
For a while, it was fun to speculate about what was going on, but we don’t think anyone got carried away by the possibility of life. Well, someone did, and now the tale can be told.
That someone is Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, ol’ Hambo posted this today: Life Really, Really Not Discovered on Venus. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
It was only five months ago that headlines declared [Link omitted!] life had been discovered on Venus. The articles associated with the headlines were slightly more nuanced — signatures of life may have been discovered on the hot little planet second from the Sun. Only a month after, two separate studies [Link omitted!] argued with those conclusions, saying the “signature of life” (phosphine) wasn’t found in Venus.
All the while, ol’ Hambo must have been in a spiritual crisis. But then he got some good news. He says:
Well, now another study [Link omitted!] says phosphine was not found on Venus (saying it was sulfur dioxide). Amazing what five months can do! But because not finding evidence of life on Venus is not considered sensational, this new research didn’t make the headlines. So many people probably still believe the false headlines last year that implied evidence of life had been found on Venus.
Hambo is going to use his blog to set the record straight for all those confused people. He tells us:
Now, when the discovery was first made, we at Answers in Genesis were skeptical. Why? Because life on other planets is not something we expect when we start our thinking based on the Word of God, what it teaches about the uniqueness of earth, and it being created for life (while the heavens were created for signs and seasons and to bring glory to God). And, as further study has taken place, our skepticism is well founded.
Ooooooooooooh! Isn’t Hambo wonderful? He was right all along! Let’s read on:
Now, sometimes when Christians see headlines or studies that contradict God’s Word, or what we’d expect starting with God’s Word, they feel anxious and want an immediate answer to disprove the new study. Sometimes that answer is obvious or available right away — sometimes it isn’t, and we have to wait.
Skipping the words of wisdom Hambo learned from his father, he continues:
This is a reminder to parents to equip your kids to think foundationally — understanding God’s infallible Word, not fallible “science” using man’s wisdom — as the foundation for our thinking. [It’s the only way to think!] And to give them answers to the questions of our day (apologetics). But you likely won’t have an answer to every single question your children have or to every skeptical claim. Do your best to answer (you can find a bevy of resources at Answers in Genesis and at Answers.tv [Links omitted!] to equip you with answers), but, if you don’t have the answer (and we will never have all the answers, as we are finite human beings), don’t neglect to still point them back to the truth and authority of God’s Word as my father did.
That’s wonderful advice! He finishes with these inspiring words:
The Bible is true — eventually it will be vindicated, every single time. [Ooooooooooooh! It’s True!] As Isaiah says, “the Word of God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8). Ideas contrary to God’s Word will come and go, but the Word of God will remain forever. We can boldly put our confidence in God and in his true Word.
What’s true about Venus is true of Darwinism too, dear reader. Put your faith in Hambo. He’s never wrong!
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