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Lesson 30: What About Aliens?

by Stacia McKeever and Dan Lietha on June 13, 2016
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).
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Light Echo from Star V838 Monocerotis-December 17, 2002 • NASA

Superman came from the planet Krypton. Mr. Spock is from the planet Vulcan. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from Kashyyyk. Movies, television programs, and books tell us of worlds and life forms in far away galaxies.

But is any of it true? Could there really be aliens in outer space?

What can we learn from the Bible?

  • God created the universe and everything in it in six days around 6,000 years ago. So if there are aliens out there, they are part of God’s creation and not the products of millions of years of evolution.

However,

  • The Bible does not mention alien life forms. If extraterrestrials did exist, we might expect the Bible to reveal something about them, or tell us to expect a visit from them someday.
  • God placed a curse on the entire universe after Adam sinned (Genesis 3, Romans 8:18–22). So if there were other beings out there, they would also be suffering from the effects of our sin.
  • God created the sun, moon, stars, and other planets with special purposes (Genesis 1:14). The sun gives the earth light during the day. The moon gives the earth light during the night.
    The stars and other heavenly bodies mark off the seasons and years, and provide special signs for those on earth. Remember the special star that led the wisemen to Jesus? The earth has a very special place in the universe. God designed the heavenly bodies to support life on earth.
  • The Bible’s message is about how God has dealt with humans since the beginning. Jesus became a man and came to earth to die for the sin of mankind (1 Corinthians 15:1–4)—not for a race of alien beings. He is preparing a place in heaven for His children— not for a race of extraterrestrials.

It’s fascinating to learn about the heavens God created to glorify Himself and for our good. It’s amazing to think that God knows the number of stars in the universe. He has given each one a name!

But, could Luke Skywalker ever bump into Yoda on Dagobah? Is there intelligent life somewhere out there on a planet far, far away? It seems very unlikely, based on what the Bible does tell us. And, after 100 years of searching the skies for signs of life, not one real live alien has been found!

Instead of believing in beings who probably don’t exist, we need to trust in the One who made the heavens and the earth—the Creator God who offers us salvation through Jesus Christ.

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