Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What the Bible Teaches About Life on Other Planets and Alien Beings


Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.             

Some would assert that there’s life on other planets.  Books, TV shows, documentaries, and other forms of media have long reported on these things.  But what does the Bible have to say?  Or does it say anything at all?  Fortunately it does. 

Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

From Genesis, we see that the sun and moon were created for “signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years” to “give light upon the earth.”  Note that they’re for the earth and nothing else; therefore, from this, it’s easy to infer that only the earth was intended for life. Psalms 115:16 supports this view.   

16The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

On the sixth day of Creation, God formed Adam from the dust of the earth, and then later that same day created Eve from one of Adam’s ribs.  And after them, all men are the result of procreation between Adam and Eve: that’s why Eve is called the mother of all living (Gen. 3:20); and since man is made just a little lower than the angels (Ps. 8:4-6; Heb. 2:5-9), then what room does that leave for alien beings and intelligent life on other planets?  Psalms 115:16 doesn’t allow for a gap between that which was formed on the earth and that which was formed in heaven.  In other words, the only signs of life that are ever mentioned in the Bible are those which God created for himself in the heavenlies and those he began on earth.  And so if there’s life on other planets, from whence did it come?  And who is their Creator?  The answer is obvious – else God would have told us so.
           
This would almost seems humorous if it wasn’t for certain that Satan would use it to deceive the elect – causing them to be less fruitful by turning their attention away from serving the Lord to those things which appear in the sky.  We are told not to chase signs and wonders and the Bible does in fact tell us that there will be many things happening in the sky above (Lu. 21:11).  But these things should not frighten us nor deter our attention from serving the one true and living God.
           
Of course someone may be curious about alien abductions and the like.  But as we’ve already seen, aliens simply just do not exist.  So what are we to think?  The common story by people who claim to have been visited or abducted by aliens is that they underwent some sort of alien autopsy and were left scarred (physically or otherwise) by the event, or that the event was accompanied by a wondrous light and offerings of wondrous knowledge and insight, perhaps even words of caution.   
           
For those who claim to be harmed, Satan is come to steal, kill, and destroy and so there is no doubt that he wants to harm people in any way that he can, or lead them to believe that they were harmed (Jn. 10:10).  Frankly, these claims are ridiculous.  It may be real in their mind, but at some level they have given themselves, and their minds, over to Satan (2 Thess. 2:11). 
           
For those who claim to have received some sort of special knowledge, this isn’t anything new.  Satan appeared to Eve and succeeded in tempting her by offering information which would cause her to become much wiser and become like God (Gen. 3:1-7; 2 Cor. 11:3-4).  Satan can appear as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14), but unless this “angel,” or “alien being,” is speaking positively of Jesus Christ, or repentance based upon his blood etc., then it isn’t of God – and this is the summation of the matter.  Selah.          

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