“Something big is coming, and you might want to get out in front of it…”
A word of advice from my older brother, given to me last week when I was home in Ohio.
He was, of course, talking about what’s been capturing everyone’s imaginations recently: UFOs and the potential of aliens.
You see, next month (June 2021), US Intelligence agencies are going to issue a report to Congress on “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.” This is after the Navy released several official videos in the last year, capturing UFOs on their government equipment. These flying “Tic-Tac’s” could fly in gravity-defying directions, were splashing in and out of the water, leaving our high-ranked intelligence officials bewildered. And upon public release, the masses were off to the races with theories, explanations and supposed confirmation that aliens do, in fact, exist.
The videos, yeah…they’re fascinating. Captivating. A little scary. And sends the mind in all different directions trying to make heads or tails of what the eye is observing. Is it a micro-ship from the “Tall Greys?” Or a spy-craft sent by the Reptillians? Is it a glitch in governmental computer software? Or just some punk kid’s drone that got lost at sea?
Sure, it’s fun to go around and around with fantastical musings of intelligent life on other planets, but it always leads me…uncomfortably back to the question: Where does God fit into all this?
I don’t think I’m alone, as a Christian, wondering where God fits into the question of aliens or life on other planets. Because yeah, I’m a 21st century Christ follower: I believe in the Gospel and I believe in Science. I believe in the sovereignty of God, and His creation of the world. And I believe God gives us the gifts to discover vaccines and cures to diseases and modern medicine, but I don’t believe we have the authority to play God – through things like abortion, IVF, euthanasia, gender selection etc. – just because we’ve discovered the science to do so.
So what about aliens?
Because on the one hand, God is the creator of Heaven and Earth. And Heaven…is expansive….to the tune of trillions and quadrillions of galaxies…that we’ve discovered. So, talk to anyone and their brother, and they’ll spit ya the “probability” argument: With the sheer number of galaxies and planets out there – discovered and undiscovered – just simply based on probability…there is for sure extraterrestrial life out there.
Which, yeah…I can get behind that thinking. Sure.
But what about God?
And more accurately…what about Jesus?
Jesus was fully God AND fully HUMAN. He came down from Heaven, and out of love died to save mankind. If aliens were to exist, WHAT WOULD THAT MEAN IN TERMS OF SALVATION AND THE CROSS?
Just off the top of my head here…are aliens saved? Did Jesus ALSO come down to other planets and civilizations and take the form of a Tall Grey or Reptillian or what have you, and die on their version of a Roman Cross to save that alien lifeform? After all…if aliens exist, they would be creations of God, would they not?
There are just so many questions! So many unraveled ends!
And why doesn’t the Bible talk about aliens? Sure it talks about the heavens, and the stars and and the underworld. I mean, the Wise Men found Jesus by tracking The Star of Bethlehem…they studied the sky. Surely, if God would have created other intelligent life, that would be in there too.
Or perhaps, are aliens a byproduct of God’s creation of Earth? He created the Heavens and Earth on Day 1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) And depending how long you believe “ONE DAY” is in the creation story (which allows for things like the dinosaurs, etc.), it wasn’t until Day 6 that God created mankind. So maybe, the aliens were just part and parcel to those celestial bodies that God created in the Heavens — kind of like animals: without souls, and detached from salvation.
And therefore, would they fall under the same “Ten Commandment” jurisdictions that we follow as Christ-lovers? Do they sin? Are they fallen? Or are they still in harmony with God, as He intended the world to be?
But mainly, if aliens exist, what does that mean for God’s love for us? Are we one of a myriad of different species of “children” that He has? And…not to sound like the youngest child or anything…but, does that mean we’re not special? (I’m being serious.)
Honestly, the more I think about it, the more questions it raises.
All I know is that, come June, when whatever “bombshell” the US Intelligence is going to drop regarding these “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” it has the grave potential to shake a lot of Christians’ faith. I fear it could unlock Pandoras Box, and leave many people questioning the validity of everything they’ve ever believed.
And I pray that not be the case.
So my question to you is….what do you think?
Do YOU believe in life on other planets? Do you think there is truly intelligent life out there? What do you make of these Navy videos? What do you think the big “declassification” is going to be in June?
I am teeming with interest…so please, let me know!
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