The Bible and Aliens Part 2

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The Uniqueness of Earth and Mankind

To those who accept evolutionary theory and believe that this world is not the result of an intelligent God who created this entire universe for his glory, and created man in His own image, they think that it is a foregone conclusion that we cannot be alone. Over the billions of years that they say this universe has been in existence there must be other worlds similar to ours that have formed and evolved into planets capable of sustaining life similar to ours. Further, there must be planets that are farther along in the evoultionary process that have more evolved beings that are more powerful and more intelligent.

It is with this mindset that many, if not most, Scientists are constantly probing the galaxy looking for any signs of life beyond our own. Obviously, as Christians, we know that any search to displace the God of the universe will ultimately end in failure. But many Christians also look at this vast universe with all of its stars and think that God must have created intelligent life on other planets. But did He? Truthfully, we cannot be dogmatic on this subject since the Bible neither confirms nor denies such life. However, there are clues that point in a specific direction.


I. Earth Holds Center Stage in Creation

If we go back to the Genesis account in creation, we see that the earth plays a pivotal role in God's designing of it all. In fact it was created before any other planet or star even existed. In Genesis 1:1-14 we see that the earth was around on day one. The Sun, Moon and stars weren't created until day four. From this account it is obvious that the Bible seems to indicate that the earth is more than just one among many planets that inhabit the universe.


II. Man's Creation in the Image of God

It is interesting that of everything created, man has a unique relationship with his creator. He is the only being in Scripture that is said to be created in the image of God. Even the angels, that are obviously far more intelligent and powerful, don't have this unique priviledge. The creation of the universe and all of its glory is topped off by the forming, from the dust of the earth, the first man. Mankind was given dominion over everything on earth (Genesis 1:28). But there are other Scriptures which indicate that he was also given dominion over all of creation. For example Psalm 8 tells us that the heavens are the work of God's fingers, then goes on to say: "You have made him (man) to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet (8:3,6).

In the book of Deuteronomy we see a similar statement. In Deuteronomy 4:19 Moses tells God's people:

"And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the Sun, the Moon and the Stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the Lord your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage."

Clearly the Bible indicates that God has given man a unique place in this universe. He plays a central role. So, where would extraterrestrial life rank in the created order, when the Bible indicates that man is God's vice regent to take care of it? If they existed, they would have to be subject to man. This gives us a far different view of this universe than Star Trek, Star Wars and other Science fiction series tend to picture.


III. The Entire Universe was affected by Adam's Sin

Scripture indicates that when man sinned, the entire universe was affected by that fall. Romans 8:18-22 tells us that all creation was subjected to futility and awaits the time when it will be released from the curse caused by sin. The fate of the universe is forever linked to God's timetable for mankind and the earth. One day our Lord Jesus Christ will return to finish his work of salvation which he began on the cross. We see in II Peter 3:9-10, as well as Revelation 21:1 that He will destroy this present heaven and earth and make new ones. In other words, the galaxies, stars and planets will be destroyed.

The question is, if God had created intelligent life on other planets in the universe, then why would their fate be completely linked to the failure of earth's inhabitants? Should whole races of non-human intellegent creatures be annihilated because of our rebellion? Unless they are, in some way connected to Adam, then they should not have to suffer for our sins. This alone would indicate that there is no intelligent life other than man that would be affected.


Conclusion

Once again, we don't want to be dogmatic about what Scripture is silent on, but the clear indicators are that this universe is not populated with myriads of intelligent beings such as ourselves. The only extraterrestrial life that the Bible talks about are the angels who were apparently created before this present universe even existed. And even they are said to be eagerly observing what God is doing here on planet earth.

This universe is so vast, magnificent and glorious that it points to the glory of the one who created it (Psalm 19:1). As one person observed, rather than looking to the heavens and trying to find some extraterrestrial life that we have no indication even exists, we should be looking and being in awe of the one who made it all possible. It is my prayer that we will all spend our lives bringing glory to Him who has given us such a unique place in this world and in this vast and magnificent universe. 


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GodTalk 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan Author

Thanks. I appreciate the encouragement. It is my hope to write much more in the weeks to come on various topics that will help to expose people to the truth of God's Word. May the Lord bless you.


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BillJ777 4 years ago

Reading your article was a special treat...I love to read the truth and only truth like this, given by the Holy Spirit is so complete. I find it hard not to get offended and slightly irritated by the comments of those who do not Jesus Christ but your reply was yet another perfect example of exposing the short sightedness of man by himself without God. More please.


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GodTalk 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan Author

I really appreciate that you stopped by and that the Lord was able to use this article to help you. May He bless you.


cr00059n 4 years ago

Your article points out some well intriguing concepts about God and man. Its really great of you to share it here, as I'm always searching for such stuff.


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GodTalk 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan Author

First of all the Bible is not a Science book and never claimed to be. But there are no scientific inaccuracies in it. The inaccuracies come from misinterpretations.

Secondly, my conclusions are not from vague snipets from the Bible, but came from a Systematic understanding of the Scriptures as a whole.

Regarding Copernicus, there is no indication that he was killed by the Church. Rather he suffered from dementia later in life. He had a stroke and later died from that. And the Bible never made any claims about the Sun revolving around the earth. Granted, the church believed this, but it wasn't Scriptural. The Bible, made references to the sun like all of us do even today when we say it rises and sets, and so forth.

Also, the universe and all that exists is here to bring glory to the God who created it. It shows what a great and awesome creator He is. The stars are also wonderful navigation tools for mankind. Man has used the stars for centuries to find his way.

And if you can look at the universe with all of its order and patterns and still think of it as random chance, then I can't help you.

What Science says about the age of the Universe and the earth is based upon as much speculation as pure science.

And all of the fossil record unnderstanding is based upon the theory of uniformitarianism which says that the processes in the world today existed in the past,and a study of present events can be used to study past events. But there is much evidence for catastrophism which indicates that the earth's features and the fossil records are a result of a series of catastrophic events, each of which brought changes both to the physical features of the earth and all living things. This is more in keeping with the biblical record.

Finally, the Bible was written to a pre-scientific age, and was written so that the common man could understand. The lack of detail is not indication that it isn't divinely inspired. God didn't want to give a detailed account of the heavens and the earth, but wanted to set the stage for salvation history, and the need for a savior to come into this world. The book of Genesis did this to perfection. Thanks for reading.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

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None of your arguments are more than snips from the Bible.

The Bible(s) as there are two of them, are vague and ambiguous in their reading.

Genesis is the most vague and ambiguous relating to any scientific value.

Genesis didn't provide information on the Earth revolving around the Sun. This was not believed by the church until way after Copernicus was killed for telling the truth. That the Sun didn't revolve around the Earth.

Science believes that the Earth wasn't created until nine billions years after the rest of the universe was already in existence.

The universe if it only exists to brighten the night skies of the earth would be a total waste.

BTW, the universe is filled with space debris of unfinished objects and dying galaxies. The universe looks more like random action than any kind of plan.

If you read Genesis from the knowledge of the people at the time of the writing of the Bible(S), the information contained in it would be consistent with that knowledge.

The lack of details in Genesis is also consistent with the lack of knowledge at the time it was written.

The bibles should have been in existence at the time events happened, and not millions of years later, or even thousands of years later. Which view you choose depends on whether you look to science or the Bible for your answer.

My opinion is that the Bible(s) were written by people with the knowledge possessed by people of that time, and with no divine knowledge.


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GodTalk 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan Author

You are right sweethearts2, we are all the result of a loving creator that loved us enough to send His Son to die for us, even when we were His enemies and alienated from Him. He is a marvelous God! Thanks for the visit.

Lifegate: It is a pleasure to have you read my work, and thanks for the encouragement. I enjoyed researching the topic.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

GodTalk,

You picked an interesting topic for this series. Glad you thought of it and researched it for us!


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sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Good hub - I do not believe I am a result of mystery and accident. God knew me before I was. Voted up

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