First, let it be said, we do NOT believe that aliens exist.
The Bible gives us no reason to believe that there is life elsewhere in the universe; in fact, the Bible gives us several key reasons why there cannot be. However, that has not stopped theologians, astronomers, and science fiction fans and writers through the years from contemplating the “what ifs” long and hard. The debates have narrowed down where the problems would arise, if the existence and discovery of extraterrestrial life could be proved.
Those who contemplate the existence of aliens and the impact their existence would have on the Christian faith commonly discuss the identity and work of Jesus. God sent His only begotten Son, God incarnate, to save mankind and redeem creation. Does that redemption include life on other planets? Or would God have manifested Himself on those other planets, as well (in the manner of Aslan in Narnia)? Does “only begotten” mean “only physical representation”? Or is it more limited, referring only to the human species?
Another consideration: would an otherworldly, sentient, advanced life form sin and need redemption in the same way we do? Human life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11). Where is the life of these hypothetical aliens? And what would have to be sacrificed to save them? Could the shedding of Jesus’ human blood save silicon-based glass creatures whose sin was melting and reforming themselves into unnatural shapes?
Another topic of discussion concerning the existence of aliens and Christianity is what it means to be made in the “image of God.”Since God has no physical body, we take this to mean a reflection of God’s non-physical aspects—rationality, morality, and sociability. Would aliens, if they exist, embody the same characteristics?
One issue rarely broached is the impact of young earth creationism on the discovery of alien life. It is conceivable, if highly unlikely, that the geological pyrotechnics that took place during the global flood could have spewed a bacteria- or lichen-tainted stone all the way to Mars where it found shelter in a misty canyon. But any life form more complicated or farther out would be much harder to harmonize with a literal reading of Genesis 1. Could demons have taken trees and shrubs and rodents and bugs to another planet with an environment similar to Earth’s? Possibly. But without the Spirit’s blessing of life, it’s unlikely any of it would have survived. Parallel creations? Maybe. The Bible does not mention them.
Considering what we know about space and life and the world as the Bible portrays it, we already have an explanation for so-called alien activity on Earth. Reports of “close encounters” describe the ethereal, transient, deceptive, and malevolent. Accounts also record that encounters with supposed aliens can be stopped by a real, authentic call to Jesus. Everything points to the activity of demons, not extraterrestrials. In fact, it is plausible that the “powerful delusion” spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 will involve an alien-abduction theory to explain away the rapture.
The “discovery” of alien life would have no effect on genuine Christianity. The Bible stands as written, no matter what secular theories are advanced or discoveries are claimed. The Bible says the earth and mankind are unique in God’s creation. God created the earth even before He created the sun, moon, or stars (Genesis 1). Yes, there are strange and inexplicable things that take place. There is no reason, though, to attribute these phenomena to aliens or UFOs. If there is a discernable cause to these events, it is spiritual or, more specifically, demonic in origin. In the final analysis, all conjecturing about what would happen to our faith if aliens were proved to be real is interesting but unhelpful; it should never be allowed to descend into the “foolish and stupid arguments” that we are warned against (2 Timothy 2:23).
Please send this to every Christian you know who may be entertaining the idea that Aliens do exist. I am hearing this chatter even from very grounded believers in light of “Balloongate.”
Let the WORD of GOD be your guide – not sensational websites!!
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Amen, Geri! You are 100% correct!!
As a speculative fiction writer, I’m toying with the [purely fictional] idea that alien civilizations are the spin-offs of long-ago wars in the heavenly realms. Makes for interesting story telling…but it doesn’t change my conclusion that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is the one and only way of salvation for ALL who have sinned, past, present, and future!
Oh, second thought: I endorse an idea which I saw in a comment elsewhere that believed our demonically-inspired “powers that be” might be cooking up an alien invasion, possibly ‘actual’ aliens [demons] but more likely pulled off purely with humans and Hollywood technology, in order to pressure us to give up private property, fossil fuels, eating meat, Christianity, yadda yadda yadda….
……….and be SO happy!!!
It was predicted, decades ago, they would be doing this when it is actually the fallen ones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFsyzJuO9V0
I don’t know if you are familiar with Steve Quayle. He’s done extensive research on aliens and fallen angels. He’s written quite a few books, as well as made several videos. Pastor Paul Begley has a webcast with several videos about Aliens and Fallen Angels featuring L.A. Marzulli, Steve Quayle and others. The ‘powers that be’ want us to believe that aliens are indeed aliens. God’s Word tells us that many will be deceived in the end times. I believe that we are indeed living in the end times. Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Amen! I agree with you! Come Lord Jesus!!
This nonsense boils down to biblical creation vs. evolution/ millions of years. Many Christians have compromised the inerrant word of God by adding or taking away from His story. There were six historical and literal days of creation, “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” Gen. 1:31 God created this earth alone to be inhabited and for us to have a relationship with Him. The sun, moon and stars created on day four were created for another purpose. “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens, to separate the day from night. And let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so.” Gen. 1:14-15. We are also told: ” The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” This, along with other scriptures, reveals the Person of God we look up to and know is faithful to fulfill His promises. He is not bound by time for He is eternal. As He stretches the heavens, light years merely represents distance and not time. Our God is alien to an unbelieving world; yet, it is not His desire to be. The “naturalist society” will not accept a supernatural Sovereign God and they attempt to explain things by their imagination. They can’t even accept the fact that the chicken came before the egg! “So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged creature according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Gen. 1:21 Death did not enter this world until Adam sinned. The fosssil record is evidence of the global flood of Noah’s day. The good news is that Jesus paid for our sins and that through faith in His death and resurrection we may have fellowship with the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord and Redeemer and nobody, not even Satan can take that away.
I believe what people believe to be aliens are actually demons. It will be part of the great deception.
I agree with you. I have thought this since I was saved in 1983.