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Creationist Denies Possible Alien Life Because It Couldn't be Saved by Jesus

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A group of NASA scientists announced last week that humans could discover alien life within 20 years.

“I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe,” said NASA astronomer Kevin Hand, noted The Register.

"Sometime in the near future, people will be able to point to a star and say, 'That star has a planet like Earth,'" added Sara Seager, professor of planetary science and physics at MIT.

However, that possible scientific breakthrough was not good news to Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum.

Ham wrote on his website AnswersInGenesis.org:

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... 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!

None of the NASA scientists mentioned evolution, but Ham continued:

The search for extraterrestrial life is really driven by man’s rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution! ...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.

However, there has never been any legitimate evolutionary theory that claims life evolved on other planets.

Additionally, the Bible doesn't say that the earth is special or unique in Isaiah 45:18, which states, "For this is what the LORD says-- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited-- he says: 'I am the LORD, and there is no other.'"

Ham also claimed:

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.

However, Isaiah 66:1 actually says, "This is what the LORD says: 'Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?'”

Psalm 115:16 states, "The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind."

Neither verse claims there cannot be life on other planets, which Ham eventually does admit:

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.

However, the Bible never mentions that Adam's sin affected the entire universe. There is not even a mention in the Bible that the earth resides in a solar system.

Ham writes:

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.

An understanding of the gospel makes it clear that salvation through Christ is only for the Adamic race—human beings who are all descendants of Adam
...We need to start proclaiming the authority of God’s Word from the very first verse—even on the subject of alien life!

Sources: AnswersInGenesis.org, BibleHub.com, The Register (Image Credit: Acdixon)

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