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December 4, 2010

Over the last several months I’ve noticed the topic of aliens keeps coming up. Whether it’s Discovery Channel’s “Alien Planet” or some new YouTube video featuring fuzzy, less-than-convincing pictures of a supposed UFO or just a friendly conversation with passerby, the topic of extraterrestrial activity seems to be on the rise. I have personally had several such encounters. The other week I talked to one guy whose response to the existence of a Creator was basically, “what about aliens? Maybe they had something to do with it.” Really? Aliens?

The only reason I can think of that people would hold to the existence of aliens is that they don’t have to believe in God. If God is real and His Word is true, then people are bad and need salvation. But, if aliens created the world there is no dilemma over the divine. Or, if aliens just exist out there somewhere, then there can be doubt cast upon the Bible’s story of life and the centrality of earth. And on and on. Honestly, it’s laughable (I mean no offense to people of the alien persuasion) that people would stretch all the way to aliens in order to get around God.

It’s also important to see this as an issue. If Christ came to earth as a human being, died and rose again, in the flesh, and now sits at the Father’s hand in human form, then there is a major problem with believing in aliens. Jesus is a man, not an alien. Part of the Godhead exists in human form (as opposed to spirit, as the Father exists). That’s huge! Jesus is not the Savior of aliens, but of mankind.

Although I find it mind-boggling, this issue needs an apologetic, and needs to be taken seriously by the Christian community.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt Brightup permalink
    December 11, 2010 11:16 pm

    My roommate and I were talking about the increasing excuse for ignoring God, aliens, the other night. My stoner friend back home who I was trying to evangelize to used the alien excuse. Richard Dawkins said that as well in “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” We think that maybe in the future aliens will become more and more popular. Perhaps demons will encounter people again and everyone will think its aliens. Then, when the rapture happens, everyone will be like, “Well of course people disappeared. It was the aliens; they teleported the Christians to their spaceships.” Yeah I know this is all stuff I can’t know, but it’s interesting to think about.

  2. Anoymous permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:57 pm

    Interesting article. However if you are going to take that stance you must be fully willing to take it’s consequences. For if life of any sort is to be discovered in another place than that would seriously put into question many of the things that are believed by Christians.

    • December 13, 2010 11:01 pm

      I think you missed the point. I’m saying take the topic of aliens seriously and know how to respond to it as an emerging issue, not “there might be aliens, get ready.”

      By “needs an apologetic” I mean “toward,” not “on behalf of.”

  3. newagelegends permalink
    January 21, 2011 1:55 pm

    Well I don’t know if they exist, but it’s surely a more interesting story that aliens created us than the boring old god stuff.

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