It seems that there is nothing that Ken Ham’s cartoonishly simplistic ideas about what his enemies believe can’t explain. Charles Darwin has invaded everything, according to Ham, even forcing us to look for evidence of extra-terrestrial life.
I’m shocked at the countless hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent over the years in the desperate and fruitless search for extraterrestrial life. Even Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” in our recent debate, happily gloated about tax dollars being spent toward this effort. And now, secular scientists are at it again.
Of course, secularists are desperate to find life in outer space, as they believe that would provide evidence that life can evolve in different locations and given the supposed right conditions! The search for extraterrestrial life is really driven by man’s rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution!
Yes, yes, yes, it’s all the fault of that crafty devil. Or here’s an alternate hypothesis: It’s a very natural question, when we find that the universe is so vast, to ask whether there may be life elsewhere. It’s a question that fascinates Christians as well as atheists, of course. But Ham, as always, prefers ideas that are so simpleminded that they would embarrass a five-year old.
You see, according to the secular, evolutionary worldview there must be other habited worlds out there. As the head of NASA, Charles Borden, puts it, “It’s highly improbable in the limitless vastness of the universe that we humans stand alone.” Secularists cannot allow earth to be special or unique—that’s a biblical idea (Isaiah 45:18). If life evolved here, it simply must have evolved elsewhere they believe.
Don’t you love being told what you must believe by people who don’t know you? I have no idea whether it’s highly improbable for there not to be life out there or not; it depends entirely on what variables and assumptions one builds in to such a probability equation. It’s entirely possible that Earth is the only planet on which life is found. It’s entirely possible that it is found elsewhere. But neither of those facts will have any effect at all on the undeniable reality that life evolved on this planet.
The Bible, in sharp contrast to the secular worldview, teaches that earth was specially created, that it is unique and the focus of God’s attention (Isaiah 66:1 and Psalm 115:16). Life did not evolve but was specially created by God, as Genesis clearly teaches. Christians certainly shouldn’t expect alien life to be cropping up across the universe. (There are other theological problems with intelligent alien life that you can read about here)
Now the Bible doesn’t say whether there is or is not animal or plant life in outer space. I certainly suspect not. The Earth was created for human life. And the sun and moon were created for signs and our seasons—and to declare the glory of God.
And I do believe there can’t be other intelligent beings in outer space because of the meaning of the gospel. You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation. One day, the whole universe will be judged by fire, and there will be a new heavens and earth. God’s Son stepped into history to be Jesus Christ, the “Godman,” to be our relative, and to be the perfect sacrifice for sin—the Savior of mankind.
Jesus did not become the “GodKlingon” or the “GodMartian”! Only descendants of Adam can be saved. God’s Son remains the “Godman” as our Savior. In fact, the Bible makes it clear that we see the Father through the Son (and we see the Son through His Word). To suggest that aliens could respond to the gospel is just totally wrong.
Who suggests such a thing? This is the very old “this scientific idea conflicts with my religious beliefs, therefore it is wrong” argument. Guess what? That argument has never been true. Not once.