Does the Bible mention aliens?

So, no, we don’t think for one moment that there is strange life or aliens on earth-like planets out there!

Did you get the impression that we believe aliens exist, after our previous blog (Do you know why they don’t find aliens?)?  Sorry that we used the wrong choice of words.  We meant it as a type of joke.  The truth is that after billions of dollars for research for nearly 50 years there is still no proof that aliens exist.

#  God clearly tells us in Scripture what does exist.

  • ‘God saw all that He had made, and it was very good….’ 1 
  • ‘Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.  By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.’ 2

#  If Genesis doesn’t mention the creation of angels, why will it mention the creation of aliens?

  • The logical reason why Genesis1 doesn’t mention the creation of angels is that God is gracious enough to first tell us that He created the natural world around us.  He mentions the things we cannot see later.
  • There are many references in Scripture about angels, their work and even the rebellion in their ranks.  Angels play an important role in God’s Kingdom.
  • Contrary to that, Scripture is silent about aliens.  It does not even hint that they exist.   Scripture never mentions them because there are no aliens.

God is very clear that the earth is the centre of His attention.

  • This is the planet where He will eventually settle to live eternally among His people.  ‘And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.’ 3
  • It cannot be much clearer.  Look at the repetition, ‘dwelling of God with men,’ ‘He will live with them,’ ‘They will be His people,’ ‘God Himself will be with them and be their God.’

#  People and angels serve God.

Later on John wanted to worship one of the angels, but the angel told him, ‘Do not do it! I am a fellow-servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book.  Worship God!’ 4  There is not a word about aliens who are part of God’s worship team or who keep the words of Scripture.

Conclusion

So, no, we don’t think for one moment that there is strange life or aliens on earth-like planets out there!

References

  1. Genesis 1:31
  2. Genesis 2:1-2
  3. Revelation 21:3
  4. Revelation 22:9

Aliens meet God

AliensKepler-452b has been hailed as the earth’s twin planet.

  • Around 1,400 light years from the earth, it has a mass five times higher than the earth’s.
  • Its diameter is about 60% more than the earth’s.
  • Its year is only about 20 days longer than ours.1

As can be expected the world is very excited, because alien life might exist there. People speculate how Christians will respond to the news of life on this ‘twin’ of earth. There is an interesting narrative in 1 Kings in the Old Testament that demonstrates how we should regard such challenges to the Bible.

Ben-Hadad, king of the Arameans, besieged Jerusalem and sent a message to King Ahab of Israel. He would come and take his silver and gold, wives and children, and that his officers will search the palace and houses of his officials and take everything of value. Ahab’s answer is classic: “Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.’” 3

Ahab meant: don’t glory in something until you have won the battle. For Christians it means: bring conclusive proof of life on Kepler-452b, not mere speculations. A subject like astro-biology (the study of life on other planets) has no evidence for what it teaches. It is all about ‘maybe, some day….’ If there was  any convincing proofs of life on other planets, we would never hear the end of it. The folly of the Bible will be loudly trumpeted.

In the mean time the following aspects can be considered:

  • Most unbelievers think life should have evolved in outer space. If it has never been proved that life evolved on earth, how did it evolve on other planets?
  • There is no need to contort the Bible to exonerate God; there is no need to imply that God could have created life on other planets even if the Bible is silent on it.
  • God is all-knowing, ever-present and almighty. It would be a gross lapse of memory from Him not to inform us in His Book about life on other planets.
  • God knew about the planet discoveries in 2015. Yet He only told us (in the Bible) that He created life on planet earth and He gave this planet to man. 4
  • This planet is so special that it will be renewed and become the place where God will live with His people for ever. 5

To conclude:

Unbelievers should not boast about life on other planets before hard evidence. This idea of life on other planets to explain life on earth is a trap of the devil to tell people not to trust the Bible (which means they could miss heaven). Don’t fall for that one.

 

References

  1. J G Hartnett, Life on Earth 2.0 – Really, Discovery of Kepler-452b,  Creation Ministries International, 13 August 2015
  2. J Schweitzer, Earth 2.0: Bad news for God, huffingtonpost.com, 23 July 2015, cited by Hartnett
  3. 1 Kings 20:11
  4. Psalm 115:16
  5. Revelation 21:1-4

Why is there suffering and evil in the world?

As we know, the Bible is God’s Kingdom Manual. In it He explains EarthquakeHis purposes and plans. So we understand why He created the heavens and the earth (He will renew them for His eternal headquarters).

Many people find it perplexing why there is so much trouble, evil, drugs, wars, rebellions, unrest, etc in this present life? Couldn’t an all-knowing, all-powerful God give us an easy ride on earth, without problems, droughts, famines, poverty, tsunamis, palace coups, marriage unrest, rebellious children, etc? A good God and a bad world (created by Him) doesn’t make sense!

That is true. God’s plan is a peaceful, blessed, eternal Kingdom (a new heaven and earth with happy citizens and a perfect Leader, in future). To answer the question why the world is bad now, let us imagine that planet earth was perfect with no droughts, diseases, or financial problems, but only peace and happiness. If that was true, one could easily think that the people would be content and happy, and have no issues with the leadership of the country. Yet when life is good, a person’s real attitudes and loyalties do not surface.

Also there are no difficult demands on anyone in a perfect place. The only requirement is that the status quo must not change. In a perfect world, the leader has no guarantee that his loving, loyal citizens will not decide to rebel or attempt a palace coup. Say circumstances change and the economy goes down, or some disaster strikes, what guarantee does the leadership have that people’s attitudes will not change? Think how many times that has happened in history.

That was God’s ‘dilemma.’ Give the people perfection, and the real motives and desires of their hearts do not surface. So God allowed that ancient serpent, the devil, or Satan to infiltrate His creation and corrupt it. God’s plan was to use, amongst others, the devil’s reign of evil to test who are willing to love Him and remain loyal. We see an example of it in the letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3.  Every one of them encourages believers to persevere and overcome.1

So when Adam and Eve fell (disobeying God and switching allegiance to the devil), the whole world came under the control of the devil, with the subsequent curse on the earth – the perfect recipe for the revelation of people’s real feelings. That explains why God allowed evil. He tests us this side of the grave.

God will never tolerate another palace coup like the devil’s. The devil was one of God’s angels, but rebelled and decided to oppose God. In Isaiah 14:13-14 the devil declared, ’I will ascend to heaven, I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ 

So to answer the question, ‘Why is there suffering and evil in the world?’ God makes sure that we love Him in the midst of trials and troubles (if we are loyal here, we will be loyal there). With an earthly Utopia, that would have been impossible.

References

1. Revelation 2:7,11,17, 26; 3:5,12,21

 

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