Chris H, USA, wrote in after reading Did God create life on other planets? agreeing with us that there probably isn’t life on other planets, but arguing that the whole universe isn’t fallen, and that in theory, God could have a relationship with other beings without it being based on dying for them. His message is printed in full, followed by a response from CMI-US’s CEO Gary Bates and Information Officer Lita Cosner.
I disagree with a premise and the conclusion of this piece. I believe in the infallibility of Scripture, and in YEC. I agree that Christ’s work on Earth saves humans only, that “other sheep” are gentiles, that SETI is a waste of resources, and that if there were intelligent alien life elsewhere in the universe, they wouldn’t be able to personally come here in a reasonable amount of time. I also see no evidence that life exists anywhere in the universe other than Earth, or even that it could naturally exist elsewhere.
However, I dispute your premise that Adam’s fall resulted in the cursing of the entire universe. The English translation “whole creation” in Romans 8:18–22 sounds like everything God created, but the apostles used that phrase elsewhere as an idiom with a different meaning.
The Great Commission as recorded in Mark 16:15, using the same Greek root, commands us to “preach the gospel to all creation”. Unless you’re into misguided legends of Francis of Assisi, you understand this means all people on Earth, not everything in the entire universe. Colossians 1:23 says the gospel has been preached to “every creature under heaven”, which is clearly an idiom meaning “everyone around” seeing as those living in outer Mongolia and South America had not yet heard the gospel at that time.
The Bible has many literal statements that we should take literally (like “There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day”)—but we need to properly interpret the Bible, properly understanding parables, metaphors and idioms for what they are.
“The heavens” … When we say “heaven” or “heavens” in English we are generally referring to either outer space or the place where God lives. But when the Bible says “the heavens” it also includes the air and near space (Deut 4:11, 11:17, Job 12:7, 20:6, Ps 18:13, Matt 3:16–17, 26:64, Acts 2:2, 14:17, Rev 8:13 etc etc). The Revelation refers to the destruction of stars, but explicitly not all the stars. Also in some cases the stars are definitely obscured from our view rather than destroyed, and in other cases are more like meteorites than balls of gas massive enough to sustain fusion. There is no Biblical reason to believe that the events of the last days will involve the complete destruction and rebirth of the entire Universe.
I have some problems with C.S.Lewis’s theology, but he rightly postulated that Jesus could have different kinds of relationships with other creations of His without dying for them. As for Jesus being a polygamist … that is the subjection of human logic upon God … and see Jeremiah 3.
So—I will be surprised if we ever find evidence of life not from Earth, but if that evidence were to appear —including evidence of an intelligent race outside our solar system-it would not contradict the Bible
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