Are Aliens Going to Hell?

by Ken Ham on July 29, 2014
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Yes, “that’s messed up.”

That’s how Neil de Grasse Tyson (host of the new Cosmos TV series) responded to statements TV commentator and comic Bill Maher (falsely) claimed I had said about the possibility of life in outer space and aliens supposedly going to hell.

So what did Tyson mean when he said on Maher’s HBO program last week that I was “messed up”? Well, as is usual for any language, there can be a number of definitions, including wrong, crazy, weird, or being intoxicated.

In context, I suspect Tyson meant “messed up” in the sense that he believed I was just plain wrong and considered what I supposedly said also to be weird. Assuming Tyson was saying I was just wrong, I would simply reply that Bill Maher is “messed up” and Tyson is also “messed up”!

Maher, in typical style, told outright untruths last week on his HBO TV program Real Time to demean me and try to get some laughs for his vulgar TV show.

A website called MEDIAite reported yesterday about the segment on this atheist’s TV show, with this headline:

‘That’s Messed Up’: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Responds to Creationist Ken Ham’s NASA Claims.

Here is what Maher said:

Creationist Ken Ham who runs the Creation Museum . . . said this week that we should call off the search for extraterrestrial life because aliens haven’t heard the word of Jesus and thus are going to hell anyway.

He then had astronomer and Cosmos TV host Tyson respond, and Tyson said “that’s messed up.” (You can watch the Bill Maher lie here on this short YouTube clip.)

I used a theological reason to argue that I did not believe there were aliens in outer space.

Yes, it is messed up. Maher outright lied (but then, to an atheist who has no basis for morality, what is a “lie” anyway?). As anyone who has read my post about supposed alien life knows, I didn’t say “aliens haven’t heard the word of Jesus and thus are going to hell anyway.” I used a theological reason to argue that I did not believe there were aliens in outer space. For instance, in the short blog post I stated,

I do believe there can’t be other intelligent beings in outer space because of the meaning of the gospel . . . . 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.

I also stated that “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.” (You can read the entire post on my blog.)

Many secular websites (including Huffington Post and Salon.com) are also spreading Maher’s false information, as part of their ongoing attempts to malign me and the ministry of AiG. We shouldn’t be surprised.

Propagating Untruths

Science (observational science) can’t be used to disprove the Bible in Genesis—in fact, it confirms it! So what do these secularists do instead? Well, they propagate untruths and attack us personally.

For instance, the Huffington Post stated the following:

Creationist Ken Ham's strange comment about aliens rendered the usually loquacious Neil deGrasse Tyson almost speechless during his recent appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Ham, the president and CEO of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., said in a July 20 blog post that humans should stop searching for extraterrestrial life because aliens likely don’t exist. Even if aliens do exist, he added, they would almost certainly go to Hell.

I challenge Huffington Post to document where I supposedly said this. They can’t! HuffPost is guilty of spreading a lie, and it only demonstrates its hatred of Bible-believing Christians.

The popular website Salon.com is also spreading the same lie. In an article about Tyson’s statement, a Salon author stated the following:

Last week Ken Ham, president and founder of creationist organization Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, called for the end of the U.S. space program. The pseudo-science promoter does not believe we should be searching for extraterrestrial life. Why? Well, for starters, if we found alien life it would be damned to hell.

I also challenge Salon.com to document where I actually said that I “called for the end of the U.S. space program,” and where I supposedly said that “if we found alien life it would be damned to hell.” I have made no such statements.

Salon.com, HuffPost, and many other secular sites (as well as Maher himself) are guilty of spreading outright lies for the sake of maligning those of us who stand for God’s Word beginning in Genesis.

It is an obviously deliberate attempt to denigrate biblical creationists!

In regard to what I did say about aliens, these secularists have not only taken my comments completely out of context, but they have actually made up false quotes attributed to me. It is an obviously deliberate attempt to denigrate biblical creationists!

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that Tyson actually seemed to believe what Maher claimed. After all, Tyson also believes the fairy tale of evolution, and so he is easily deceived.

What’s interesting is that if you do an Internet search, you will find many examples over the years of both Christians and non-Christians who have made comments similar to what I said, in essence saying that Bible-believing Christians would have a problem with a belief in aliens because Jesus died for the human race, and thus only humans in this universe can be saved—thus Bible-believing Christians don’t (or can’t) accept the belief there are aliens on other planets.

So, Do I Believe Aliens Are Going to Hell?

I don’t believe in aliens, so there will be no aliens in hell!

I don’t believe in aliens, so there will be no aliens in hell! But unless people like Bill Maher, who are alienated from God because of their blatant rebellion against Him, repent before a Holy God and receive the free gift of salvation, they will end up in a real place called hell.

Pray with me that God will open Maher’s heart to the truth of His Word and the saving gospel.

Actually, everyone in this world has “messed up” because we are sons and daughters of Adam and Eve:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

And so every one of us needs to repent and live in Christ:

No longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. (Ephesians 4:17–25)

Let’s pray that one day the following can be said of both Maher and Tyson:

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight. (Colossians 1:19–22)

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