Aliens, UFOs and Extra-terrestrials
Did God create extra-terrestrials? Is there life on other planets far far away? Does the Bible make an allowance for aliens? What about the reports on UFOs and personal encounters with aliens?
Firstly, what do most people understand by extra-terrestrials? By definition, extra-terrestrial means 'not of the Earth' – They are the intelligent aliens that are popularized in science fiction movies and claimed to have been seen by some. Some of the claims are very convincing.
Folks, aliens are very real - BUT: Aliens are fallen angels masquerading as beings from other planets to deceive men and discredit the Bible. This is true even of the reported mass sightings of aliens and UFOs. Remember that in Bethlehem, when Jesus was born, several shepherds simultaneously saw masses of angels in the sky and even heard them sing and talk to them. The Bible has many accounts of angels in human form talking to men. The apostle Paul warned us to be hospitable to strangers because we may be entertaining angels unawares (Hebrews 13:2).
Satan and his hordes of evil angels can counterfeit much of what God can do and take up all sorts of grotesque shapes. You may recall that when the spirits came out of the false prophet and the Anti-Christ they looked like frogs (Revelation 16:13). Satan and the fallen angels have been transformed into grotesque creatures in proportion to their evil nature however, they can also transform themselves into handsome and seemingly friendly people deceiving the flock (2 Corinthians 11:15).
You will find many testimonies of encounters of Christians with fallen angels on YouTube. I have had encounters with at least three holy angels that I am aware of. One saved my life, another one saved us from being killed in my car and another encouraged me verbally after my water baptism. They are real. I tell the truth. Of these I saw two - one was an attractive dark haired lady in a glistening black fur coat, the other was a humble old lady using a walking stick. They can take any form at all.
KNOWN ANGELIC FORMS
The following images fit descriptions I have heard from close and trustworthy friends. I once visited the mother of a friend in Richmond, Victoria, Australia who was terrified out of her wits. She had a brutal husband, an ex-army transport driver, which is why her son boarded at our place. She was nervous and very frightened as she began to describe her experiences. She said that in the middle of the night an American Indian, in full headdress, would suddenly appear at the end of her bed. He was very friendly and told her not to be afraid. Indeed, he told her what would happen on the morrow and what she ought to do to have everything work out well. These things would come to pass and she would have a great time. She began to welcome the visits of this spirit who would appear and disappear from her bedside. One day he no longer turned up.
After a few days things began to move mysteriously around in her house. Items she had placed on a mantelpiece would be in the adjacent room the next day. Doors would swing open through unseen hands. Furniture would be rearranged while she slept. Not having experience with demonic activities at the time I suggested that I bring a couple of experienced ministers from church. She wouldn't have it. Despite her terror she didn't want other Christians in her house. I couldn't help her. In hindsight, I wish I would have prayed there and then, but she was becoming agitated. Her reluctance to have a pastor in her house is possibly why she was prone to demonic attack - she apparently resented people who believed in Jesus. I don't know what became of her.
Missionary couples, from the Pacific islands, told me that such encounters are common among village people who believe in spirits. The grotesque masks in New Guinea, meant to frighten enemies, are replicas of demons they have actually seen. Here are images of encounters friends or newspapers have described. First, a holy angel who came disguised as a tramp! But remember that demons can look quite innocent too.
LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS?
The Bible makes no allowance for the existence of any extra-terrestrials apart from angels. Consider the manner and the sequence in which God created the Earth and the universe.
The book of Genesis is very clear about the beginnings of the cosmos. Before the creation God filled all in all. There was nothing else but God. When our triune God began to create He created a space-time dimension filled with nothingness; a vast space containing nothing. Then God proceeded to create something out of nothing by the Word (John 1:1-10). At first, there was only the Earth suspended in dark nothingness hanging on nothing and entirely covered by water. ‘He stretches out the north over the empty place, and He hung the earth on nothing’ (Job 26:7).
The book of Job is remarkable. In Job 38:7 God declared that the angels were already present when He began to form the Earth. They were evidently the first of His creation, on day 1, to inhabit heaven.
God does not want our minds to dwell on angels so He tells us very little about them. In tiny snippets God reveals in the book of Job that the angels witnessed the creation of the Earth. On three occasions God refers unmistakably to angels as 'sons of God'. Elsewhere in the Scripture 'sons of God' can also refer to godly men and women. Listen carefully to this string of verses because they verify that angels witnessed the creation of the Earth,
'Again he said, And hear the Word of Jehovah. I saw Jehovah sitting on His throne, and all the host of Heaven were standing on His right hand and on His left. And Jehovah said, Who shall tempt Ahab king of Israel so that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-Gilead? And one spoke saying in one way, and another saying in another way. And a spirit came out and stood before Jehovah and said, I will tempt him. And Jehovah said, With what? And he said, I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And Jehovah said, You shall tempt him, and you are able. Go out and do so' (2 Chronicles 18:18-21).
'And a day came when the sons of God came to present themselves before Jehovah. And Satan also came among them' (Job 1:6).
Then in chapter 2 the angels in heaven assembled before God once again: 'And it happened that a day came when the sons of God came to present themselves before Jehovah; and Satan also came among them to present himself before Jehovah' (Job 2:1).
In this verse we see that the angels in heaven, outside of space-time, witnessed the creation of the Earth: 'Where were you when I founded the earth? Declare if you know understanding. Who has set its dimensions for you know? Or who has stretched a line on it? On what were its bases sunk? Or who cast its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy'? (Job 38:4-7).
On day 4 God created the universe around the Earth that was hanging on nothing. He spoke and filled the nothingness. He stretched out the heavens from around the Earth (Isaiah 42:5; 45:12; 48:13; 51:13. Jeremiah 10:12).
In that sense, the Earth is the centre of the universe, even if currently God has arranged for the Earth to end up in the best possible environment within the Milky Way galaxy. The Earth circles the Sun while the Sun circles the centre of the galaxy.
Matter expanded at a fast rate into the nothingness of ‘deep space’. Our Sun, the Moon and stars and galaxies filled the immediate nothingness, but the Earth was God’s focus.
The Milky Way Reconstruction - NASA/JPL-Caltech/Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, 3rd June, 2015
God populated the Earth with a man and a woman on day 6. After Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden, Adam called his wife's name Eve because she was the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20). The Earth was rapidly populated because Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters (Genesis 5:4).
Notice that God was only focused on the planet Earth. God’s entire attention was devoted to our planet. Life on other planets is nowhere mentioned. NASA has not found any sign of life anywhere else but on the Earth. The presence of methane, hydrogen, water and simple organic molecules on other planets tells us nothing. These simple molecules are a far cry from the information-containing DNA on which all life forms are ultimately dependent on, directly or indirectly. For example, viruses which do not have DNA depend on DNA-containing organisms to multiply and survive. Only DNA-containing living cells have the genetic machinery to reproduce life forms. Everything else is parasitic on complex DNA-containing cells.
God had already foreseen the sin that Adam and Eve would eventually fall into. The apostle Peter, in talking about Jesus said, ‘He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you’ (1Peter 1:20).
God also created the extra-terrestrials – the angels. Their habitation was in the heavens, an invisible dimension which lies outside of space-time. One could refer to it as a parallel universe where the throne room of God is located. It is the habitation of myriads of angels who were presided over by at least three glorious and powerful Arch-angels, Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel.
Angels are so-called naked spirits because they do not have flesh and blood. Both the Old and New Testaments frequently state explicitly that angels can manifest themselves in human form when they wish and even eat part of a meal.
A huge number, one third of the angels, became evil (demons) when they took sides with Lucifer and rebelled against God. Ever since, Lucifer, also known as Satan or the Devil, has attempted to wreck God’s redemption of man. Lucifer was horrified when he learned that he was only created to glorify God and to serve man. Ever since, he has been working to take the crown off God's head and place it on his own. The demons had three days of triumph when they thought they had done away with Jesus on the cross, the Lord of glory. CS Lewis in writing the Narnia series depicted this entire bizarre plot, even including a betrayal. It is astounding that this rebellion in the heavens actually took place and is continuing to this present day. The apostle reminds us that we are engaged in warfare and need to put on the armour of God:
'For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world's rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places' (Ephesians 6:12).
Jesus and the apostles warned that these evil spiritual beings are liars and will attempt to deceive us as we give opportunity (e.g. when we are bitter, unforgiving, angry or are overcome by lust, drugs, alcohol or other vices). Their deception can take on many different forms. They can pretend to be the spirits of the deceased in seances, etc, giving the illusion that the dead can speak to us. Another ploy is to masquerade as aliens from a distant planet, even in visions of spaceships, to mislead people wanting to believe that intelligent life can evolve somewhere in outer space.
IF THERE WERE INTELLIGENT BEINGS ON OTHER PLANETS
If that were the case, Jesus, as the only begotten son of God, would have to visit all other planets and be put to death by evil men once again. But how could He? His offering on the cross was once and for all and for all of time (Hebrews 9:28).
‘For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good Word of God and the powers of the world to come, and who have fallen away; it is impossible, I say, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify the Son of God afresh to themselves and put Him to an open shame’ (Hebrews 6:4-6).
This brings to mind two examples. Firstly, the case of Charles Templeton who went on crusades with Billy Graham and was thought to be the better evangelist. After visiting the death camps in Germany, after the war, he was horrified how a loving God could have allowed the Jews to go through the holocaust. He began to feel that the Bible did not speak of the God he thought he was serving so he denounced his Christianity to his dying days. He also attempted to turn Billy from the faith. I can see no redeeming feature in Charles Templeton for having so disappointed the evangelical congregations of America. My belief is that God would have given him the chance to change his mind.
'Templeton declared himself an agnostic. His public pronouncement of his loss of faith caused a backlash from the evangelical community' Wikipedia
Moses also ran foul of God despite having been His faithful servant for years. In the end he found grace, but lost the opportunity to cross the Jordan with Israel to enter the Promised Land. Aaron, the high priest, suffered a similar fate. However, they served to signify that neither the Law nor the Aaronic priesthood had a place in the Promised Land, the Church (Hebrews 7:11-12; 24; 1Peter 2:5-9).
God severely chastised Moses for striking the rock, in the wilderness, twice in anger instead of just asking it for water (Numbers 20:11-12). ‘and all drank the same spiritual drink for they drank of the spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ’ (1Corinthians 10:4). Therefore, both Moses and Aaron died a premature death. It was that serious. Jesus is not to be struck a second time in our hearts. We struck Him once already because it is my sin and yours that sent Him to the cross. There is no forgiveness if we strike him a second time out of unbelief. Nevertheless, it obviously becomes a matter of the degree of seriousness into which we fall, whether our fall is momentary or eternal.
Once Jesus ascended to heaven in a resurrection body no men or demons can touch Him anymore. He could appear and disappear, and walk through walls at will (Luke 24:31; John 20:26). He is indestructible and cannot die a second time on another planet.
The Scripture condemns anyone who virtually crucifies Christ a second time. So-called Christian evolutionists and radio-astronomers believe in intelligent life on other planets capable of sending meaningful radio signals into space as a calling card. By implication, if they believe in redemption through the blood of Chris their unspoken expectation is that Christ will have to go there, preach the gospel and die a second time for their sins. This is heresy.
How serious is heresy? Heretics are not condemned by God, for we can all be heretics, proclaiming false doctrines, at some stage in our life. Old Testament believers would have no doubt stoned us to death, but we have grace through Jesus Christ. Excluding the mentally disabled, I would have to say that we would have to have hearts that will recognize good doctrine and are teachable. It is a sign whether the Holy Spirit is guiding our lives or not. The Spirit of God will lead us into all truth.
'However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth. For He shall not speak of Himself, but whatever He hears, He shall speak. And He will announce to you things to come' (John 16:13).
Unfortunately grace is not irresistible. What do I mean by that? We can resist the Spirit of Grace and stubbornly choose to go in the way of Cain who rejected God's offer of restitution. For instance, it's sad if such people think the Earth was seeded by aliens and that there are technologically superior beings out there and that the Bible is wrong, and then are determined to teach that to others. They are trapped into a doctrine of deceiving demons. God said of such people that persist:
'and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth so that they might be saved; and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie so that all those who do not believe the truth, but delight in unrighteousness, might be condemned (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).
It falls into the same category as churches that believe that gay marriage is acceptable to God because God is love and celebrate gay marriages with great joy. Both categories wilfully choose to ignore the word of God. Unless they repent I don't believe that Jesus will give them a welcome in heaven and especially not if they have been shown the scriptures and doggedly choose to persist. Jesus warned that there will be wheat and tares in the church. The harvest at the end will reveal it.
SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS
Every time the media claim evidence for life on other planets the evidence, once revealed in detail, is ridiculous to the extreme in its speculations. I speak as a scientist myself. Evolutionists are clutching at straws.