Are the aliens coming?

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I recently stumbled across a college biology textbook with the following subchapter title:

“Scientists are beginning to take the possibility of extraterrestrial life seriously.”

Table of Contents from the 7th edition of Biology by Raven et al.

Maybe some scientists are taking the possibility of extraterrestrial life seriously, but not all scientists are, including this one. Now, I cannot prove extraterrestrial life does not exist, nor can I prove that it does. What I can do though, as a scientist and a Christian, is use the Bible to inform and direct my scientific pursuits.  And the Bible starts in Genesis 1:1 by saying that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” In other words, He created Earth, and everything else, and Earth was the place He put life. Earth is special and unique. The Bible does not mention that life was put anywhere else. Also, Jesus would have had to die many times over in many other places to take away the sins of those “worlds”, and that’s not mentioned in the Bible, either.

Using that information, I would then ask a question: Does extraterrestrial life exist? My hypothesis would be “No, extraterrestrial life does not exist.” Then, following the scientific method, I would collect data in an effort to falsify my hypothesis. In other words, I would search for extraterrestrial life.

There was a time when the word “superstition” was used to describe beliefs outside of Christianity. Today, the definition has been hijacked by secular fundamentalists in order to paint all Christian beliefs as unreasonable. Indeed, Christianity is foolishness to the unbeliever (I Corinthians 1:18), and I certainly don’t claim some superior rational understanding as to why God allowed a pattern of Creation, Fall, and Redemption, but there sure is a lot of evidence out there to support what the Bible says about this. I’ll use the older definition of superstition for this discussion.

In our universe, there exists a whole collection of facts, subject to interpretation. Who is going to be the best at interpreting those facts, the Christian or the non-Christian? I say the Christian, and the “alien debate” is a perfect example. All we have to do is look to God’s word and His works to see that beliefs about aliens are superstitious. We have already learned what God’s word says about aliens. But what do His works say? What do we learn when we study the Universe? Well, according to a poll, over 70% of people surveyed by SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) believe we are not “on our own”, we just need to keep looking:

In case you are wondering, polls do not prove the existence of extraterrestrials! Real, verifiable data is the only thing that can scientifically prove the existence of extraterrestrials. And ALL the data collected so far shows that every place else in the universe is DEAD. Therefore, my hypothesis stated earlier is correct; extraterrestrial life does not exist. If you want to let all the hype, books, opinion polls and movies convince you that aliens exist, that’s fine, but I think  you are being superstitious.

Back in the early 1600’s, Francis Bacon, considered the founder of the scientific method, wrote that a proper interpretation of God’s Word would lead to a better understanding and use of His Works. And when it comes to extraterrestrial life, a study of His Word and His Works both give the same result, THERE IS NO EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE. If you want to believe in aliens and even search for them, then by all means feel free to, but your pursuit is superstitious, not scientific.

On a final note, you might be interested to know that the subchapter about extraterrestrial life came from the 7th edition of Biology by P.H. Raven et al. The 7th edition came out in 2005, and since then, two newer editions are out. And guess what? The extraterrestrial subchapter was removed from the more recent editions! So, could it be that scientists are starting to take seriously the possiblity that science is overstepping its bounds and needs to step back and rethink a thing or two? Perhaps.

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8 Comments on “Are the aliens coming?”

  1. John Nelson Says:

    Your post raised a question in my mind. A question that I neve had before.

    “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” In other words, He created Earth, and everything else, and Earth was the place He put life.

    Its your paraphrasing which raised the question in my mind. It’s not paraphrasing, it’s interpreting.

    While the Bible details what happened on earth in the next five days, I’m unsure as to whether it ever mentions the heavens again.

    Does the Bible specifically say that God places life uniquely on earth?

    • gensci Says:

      Hi John,
      As far as I know, the Bible does not specifically say God places life uniquely on Earth. I think He doesn’t say anything because He makes it clear that we are the only planet with life. He says in Genesis 1:17 that he made light for Earth. This would have been a perfect time to discuss other places the light was made for, but no mention is made. If God wanted to make life on other planets, He certainly could have. I hope that soon we’ll see a shift off this overemphasis on the question of “are other planets inhabited?” to an effort to answer a more interesting question, “can we inhabit other planets?” This question is more in line with God’s command to us in Genesis 1:26-28 to rule over His creation.

  2. Annastazia Says:

    Don’t you think god maybe protecting us from evil who said god wants us to know of other life. We know good can’t exist without bad we know that love doesnt exist without hate, what about the opposite to human ?? Answer; maybe unknown but the bible will not interpt EVERYTHING IT DISCUSSES the world we know ‘Earth’, not others.

    • gensci Says:

      Hi Annastazia,
      I would disagree with your concept of opposites. -4 and positive 4 are opposites, not good and evil, love and hate, light an dark, etc. God describes himself as good. Therefore, evil is not the opposite of good, but rather a lack of good. God also says He is love. Therefore, hate is not the opposite of love, but rather a lack of love. If you think of it that way (which I believe is correct), then there is no “opposite of humans.” There is of course a lack of human life in places like outer space, and this is confirmed in Scripture as well as all of the SETI data collected so far.

  3. Kim Says:

    Hi all,

    SETI’s poll read: “Are we alone in the Universe?”…

    Maybe it should read, “Do you want to believe we are NOT alone in the Universe?”

    I think that would be a more accurate poll to take.

    An interesting discussion along the lines of this blog topic would be the impossibility (hazards) of deep space travel.

    • gensci Says:

      Good point! I think some people think the “ease of time travel” shown in Star Trek and Star Wars is based on real events 🙂

  4. John Says:

    *Ahem* While the Bible may say god only gave light to earth and ONLY gave life to earth, and that there is no other life AT ALL in this universe, then Why did god Create Ever OTHER star in this Universe? If they were mistakes, why not berid of them? You do know how Vast the Universe is, Our Galaxy ALONE has billions of Stars, let alone the thousands of Galaxies in our Universe. I just don’t think its possible we are alone. Perhapse GOD is only God of our Solar system, because there is an awful lot of planets in the universe.

    • gensci Says:

      Hi John,
      I have no idea why God created all those other stars. I can also find no evidence that they were mistakes, where did you get that idea from? Also, current estimates of galaxy #s are millions to billions, not thousands. If you don’t think we are alone, then you are certainly free to believe that. I would call your belief a superstitious one, but that’s just my opinion. However, please don’t encourage our government to spend tax dollars supporting your search for extraterrestrials. There are A LOT better things we should spend Americans’ hard-earned dollars on! Extraterrestrial research should be privately funded.

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