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Question:

"Is it possible that there is intelligent life on other planets?"

Answer:

The Bible actually does mention aliens and extraterrestrials, but the "aliens" were simply people who were strangers in a foreign land (as in Genesis 23:4), or people who were not Israelites (as in Exodus 12:48-49). The only "extraterrestrials" that the Bible mentions are the various orders of angels, as well as God Himself.

The Bible does not say anything about life on any planets other than earth, and there are a number of Scriptural reasons for believing that there is no life anywhere else in the universe:

  1. The Bible says that God created everything, including all life on earth, and therefore life did not "spontaneously evolve" on earth (for proof, I invite you to see my article called The Biblical Evidence Against the Theories of Evolution). Since life did not spontaneously evolve on earth, we have no Scriptural support for believing that life might have spontaneously evolved on any other planets.
  2. Notice that the earth is special in God's plan. The earth is unique because it is the only "heavenly body" which is the center of attention in the account of Creation:
    "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning-- the first day. And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning--the second day. And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the third day. And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning-- the fourth day." (Genesis 1:1-19)
    The Bible tells us that God created the earth on the very first day of Creation (Genesis 1:2, above), and no other heavenly bodies are described as being created until the fourth day of Creation (Genesis 1:14-19, above). In fact, the passage above says that the sun, moon, and stars were created for purposes which all relate to the earth (marking the days, seasons, and years, as well as providing light for the earth). The earth is at the center stage of Creation, and it is the only planet that is described as having any life on it. The earth is special in God's Creation, and this uniqueness of earth argues against life on other planets.
  3. The Bible says that all of Creation was perfect until the Fall. Notice that when Adam and Eve sinned, all of God's Creation was then cursed:
    "The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time." (Romans 8:19-22)
    Here is what The Bible Knowledge Commentary (Walvoord and Zuck, Dallas Theological Seminary, p.472) says about the above passage:
    "When God's program of salvation for people is completed and the children of God together experience their glorious freedom from sin, Satan, and physical decay, then the Creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay. God had cursed the physical Creation as a part of His judgment on people for sin because of their position and authority over the Creation as God's representatives (Gen. 1:26-30; 2:8, 15). Similarly, since God's program of salvation for people is one of a new Creation (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15), the physical world also will be re-created (Rev. 21:5)." (emphasis added).
    So because of the Fall, all of God's Creation was cursed.

    Now let's consider the implications. If intelligent life exists on other planets, then that life is part of God's Creation (as we saw in point #1, above). Therefore, those creatures were unfairly cursed as a result of the sin of the first two humans. If you think about it, it would not be fair or just or reasonable for God to judge us based on the sins of some other lifeforms on a distant planet. So when the Bible says that "the whole creation" (Romans 8:19-22, above) was cursed and was put into bondage to decay because of the sin of Adam and Eve, this argues against life existing on any other planets in the universe.
  4. The Bible says that someday in the future, the heavens and the earth will all be destroyed, and then a new heaven and earth will be created:
    "He also says, "In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end."" (Hebrews 1:10-12)

    "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness." (2 Peter 3:10-13)

    "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea." (Revelation 21:1)
    This destruction of the heavens and the earth is based on God's plan for the human race, and in fact after God creates the new earth then He will come down and live on earth with us forever! (see my article called Beyond the Second Coming).

    Since the destruction of the entire heavens is based on God's plan for humans, this argues against the existence of intelligent life on other planets because that life will be destroyed when God destroys the heavens and the earth. Again, this would mean that other intelligent lifeforms will be destroyed because of the sins of the first two humans, which would be against the nature of a good and fair and just and righteous God.
  5. Jesus' death on the cross did not make atonement for any lifeforms in the universe other than humans. Jesus did not die for dogs or cats or kangaroos or viruses or amoebas, for example. Jesus became human, and His death was specifically to ransom humans. If there were other intelligent lifeforms on other planets (Martians and Venutians, for example), then Jesus would have to be born as a Martian and a Venutian and every other kind of lifeform in order to atone for their sins. If we choose to believe that Jesus was born and executed on millions or billions of other planets in the universe then our doctrine would be based on nothing more than a guess because the Bible does not support this idea in any way.
  6. The Bible says that Christians are the "bride" of Christ (for example, see my article called The Rapture of the Church). If there were Martians and Venutians and other kinds of intelligent lifeforms on other planets then it would imply that Jesus will have lots of different brides ("Martian brides," "Venutian brides," and so on). Again, if we choose to believe this then our doctrine would be based on nothing more than a guess because the Bible does not support this idea in any way.

Conclusion

The Bible does not say anything about life on other planets, so we have no Scriptural support for believing in things like UFOs and "space aliens." In fact, if there were life on other planets then God would have to go against His very nature in order to fulfill some of the Biblical prophecies that we looked at.

But if there is no life on other planets, does this mean that all of the UFO sightings and "alien abductions" and so on are just delusions or hoaxes? Not necessarily. Many Christians (myself included) believe that the devil might be behind many of these stories. The devil wants to turn people's attention away from the Son of God, and he has millennia of experience in pushing people's buttons. The Bible says that one day Jesus will return and will "snatch" all Christians off of the earth and take them back into heaven with Him (see my article called The Rapture of the Church). The devil knows what the Bible says (remember, he quoted Scripture to Jesus in the wilderness in Matthew 4:5-6), and it is very possible that the devil is planning ahead so that when the "Rapture" happens and all of the Christians "vanish," the devil can then turn people's minds to UFOs as a possible explanation. The devil will do anything in his power to deceive people, and the Bible says that he (and his demons) somehow have the power to perform signs and miracles:
"For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect --if that were possible." (Matthew 24:24)

"And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved." (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10)

"Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty." (Revelation 16:13-14)

"But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur." (Revelation 19:20)
So it seems possible that there really is a UFO conspiracy going on in the world, but that the devil is behind it all.

What it boils down to is that God didn't feel that it was important to say anything in His Book about life on other planets, and therefore life on other planets should not be an important issue to us either. The Bible has plenty of other important issues for us to focus our time and attention on!


I hope this has been helpful, and may the Lord abundantly bless you as you study His Word!
 
 
 
  Modification History  
 
 

  • 07/31/2008 - Renamed this article.
  • 04/04/2002 - New article.