Extraterrestrials: What Does The Bible Say?

by Dody Gibson

There has been a lot of stories, newspaper accounts, articles, movies and books that deal with life in worlds and in forms that are alien to our own. Sightings, personal interviews on TV and even distinguished scientists give an air of credibility to the position that intelligent life exists on some very distant expanse beyond this planet Earth. Indeed, it has sparked the imagination of man from the earliest history and is the origin of idol worship. But what does the Bible say?

It is a fact that the Scripture is silent on this issue. There is not one reference or implication that, somewhere in some galaxy light years away, living beings exist as we would recognize or otherwise. This point alone is not enough to draw a conclusion, for there are many things that God has chosen not to tell us. But what can we know? What facts does the Scripture contribute that will lend some light on this very controversial subject?

FIRST of all, if life does exist apart from this planet, we know that it cannot be older than this one. The Earth was created first and not until the fourth day did the creation of the heavenly bodies take place; the sun, the moon and the stars. If other worlds were made for the purpose of sustaining life, they did not take form until the fourth day.

SECONDLY All of the creation was completed by the sixth day. "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made." (Gen 2:1-2) God ended His creating on the sixth day and the Earth and the entire entire universe was finished. He was very pleased with the results. (Gen 1:31) If other worlds are out there, they were formed during this week of creation. To say that He later recreated would contradict that He had "finished all the host of them." To say that He had changed His mind about the perfection of the completion and so altered or added to it is a ridiculous assumption.

THIRD, man was the last step and the crowning glory of all creation. He was made in the Divine image. (Gen 1:26) He was called the "son of God." (Luke 3:38) From this one blood sprang all the nations of the Earth. (Acts 17:26) If there is life beyond this sphere of existence, then it must have descended from Adam to be a part of God's creation or His likeness.

FOURTH Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. (Gen 3:20)

FIFTH Did Jesus die for these alleged alien beings also? We know that His blood covered the sins of those under the Old Covenant and also those under the New Testament. Does it also stretch to those of the cosmos? We know that He died only once. "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man after He had offered one sacrifice for the sins forever sat down on the right hand of God." (Heb 10:10-12) Jesus died once for all time and for all mankind. Inhabitants from other solar systems would have to rely on the sacrifice for sin that Christ made when He came to this planet. We have not been instructed to evangelize beyond the "bounds of this habitation" nor would it have been possible to travel there even at this date. All those who had lived and died in the past 6,000 years would have been lost in ignorance.

SIXTH When Jesus comes again to stand in judgment on this planet, all worlds, all stars, all heavenly bodies, the entire universe will be destroyed. (2 Pet 3:7,10,12) The longevity of any life in outer space depends on the end of this world, our Earth. Yes, it is surely the central theme of the cosmos.

There was, however, one exception to this sequestered state in which we live. A being from another world did visit this planet Earth. He told us that it was going to be destroyed. Its end would come by fire and the heat would be so great that it would melt all the elements. Tungsten melts at a temperature in excess of 6,000 degrees. We can meditate on this minimum requirement. But He said on the day this occurs, He will come back and rescue those who are prepared. The recorded instructions for those who believe and are concerned for their salvation, are found in His own words in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The wise will make themselves ready and tell everyone they meet.

Therefore, watch the skies!

And that’s the Amazing Truth!

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