We recently wrote NASA’s Search for Life on Mars — Futile?, predicting that Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else, would declare that life on Mars never existed, and NASA should stop wasting money on futile expeditions.
You may judge for yourself whether our prediction was correct, after you take a look at Hambo’s latest post at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry. It’s titled Was Your Great-Great-Great Grandma a Martian? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Last week “NASA’s most specialized life-hunting laboratory to date,” the rover Perseverance, successfully landed on the Red Planet. It’s a great feat of scientific ingenuity and achievement. Now that it is safely there, its mission begins as it rolls down what are supposedly ancient riverbeds in search of an answer to the question, “is there, or was there, life on Mars?”
Hambo displays his deep contempt for science when he says:
For many scientists, it is more than just a hope that microbial life will be found in clays on Mars. Some hope this will give insight into our own supposed evolutionary origins. For example, a recent popular science article quotes planetary scientist Christopher Carr who says, “There’s a number of things that have come to light only recently, which strongly support at least the plausibility of an origin of life on Mars and its potential transfer to Earth.”
It’s impossible to imagine Hambo’s disgust as he tells us:
In other words, your great-great-great (many more greats!) grandmother might have been a Martian — a microbial Martian anyway. (Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” in our second unofficial debate [Link omitted!] as I took him through the Ark Encounter in 2016, suggested a similar possibility and said, “It is not crazy.”)
But Hambo appears to think it is crazy. He continues:
Now why do researchers like Carr believe this? Well, because the supposed conditions on the early Earth weren’t ideal for producing life. So they believe perhaps the conditions on Mars were better, and life managed to get from the red planet to our blue planet, where it gained a foothold and eventually evolved into all the varied lifeforms we have today. It’s just storytelling to try to rescue a false worldview.
Hambo’s ministry would never engage in “just storytelling” to “rescue a false worldview.” Let’s read on:
Other researchers disagree with the “life began on Mars” hypothesis, with one quoted as saying, “I find [moving the origin of life to Mars] to be a little too dramatic . . . Maybe we just need to understand some of the chemistry better. Maybe our model for the early Earth isn’t as good as it should be.”
Hambo gives us a better model:
I would certainly agree that their model for the early Earth “isn’t as good as it should be”! Since they’ve rejected what God’s Word says about our early Earth — created covered in water on the first day of creation week, given an atmosphere on day two, dry land and plants on day three, flying and swimming creatures on day five, and land animals and humans on day six — they won’t properly understand our origins, the world around us, or even the origin of Mars!
Hambo is so wise! Now he tells those foolish scientists what they should be doing:
If they truly want to develop a better model for “early Earth” (Earth as it existed at the beginning of creation week, when God created it from nothing, just six thousand years ago), we need to start with God’s perfect, unchanging Word, not the imaginations of human beings who weren’t there, don’t know everything, and frequently make mistakes.
Hooray for Hambo! Another excerpt:
So what will Perseverance find on Mars? Here’s what AiG astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner predicts [Link omitted!]:
Hambo ends his post with a big quote from Faulkner. This is a tiny bit of it:
The evolutionary worldview requires that life not be unique to the Earth. [ Evolutionists are fools!] However, special creation leads to the conclusion that life is unique in many ways, but especially in the one place in the universe where there is life. Hence, I expect all tests for the existence of life on Mars to be negative.
So there you are, dear reader. NASA’s new mission will discover nothing, and ol’ Hambo knew it all the time.
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