Our big big big big universe

March 25, 2008

A recent question that a Christian asked of me:

“Do you think God created life elsewhere in the universe? Otherwise, why would it be so big?”

Some thoughts:

– The Fall of humanity subjected all Creation to the curse of suffering and death (Genesis 3; Romans 8:19-22). So, would intelligent, sentient aliens would suffer for human sin? Is this just?

– The Church, the Body of Christ, is described as as ‘Bride.’ One day the Bride will be married to the Bridegroom (Revelation 21). Is Christ a polygamist? (Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:7; Ephesians 5:31.)

– The Bible tells us that God specifically created humanity as His image bearers (Genesis 1:26-27). What about the aliens? Are they super-intelligent yet soulless? Or did God send Jesus to die for them, on their planets, too?

One of my favourite books on this topic is Alien Intrusion, by Australian apologist Gary Bates. It offers a balanced and sensible approach to the topic of alien life forms, and their relation to different worldviews.

I found a short article that summarises some of Bates’ main arguments here. Here is a brief excerpt and a link to the rest of the article.


Did God create life on other planets?

Otherwise why is the universe so big?

by Gary Bates (2006)

Many people, Christian or otherwise, struggle with the notion that the earth is the only inhabited planet in this enormous universe.

Those who believe life evolved on the earth usually see it as virtual ‘fact’ that life has evolved on countless other planets. Discovering life on other planets would in turn be seen as confirming their evolutionary belief.

But even many Christians think, ‘God must have created life elsewhere, otherwise this enormous universe would be an awful waste of space.’ However, our thinking should be based on what God said He did (the Bible), and not what we think He would or should have done. [Read more…]


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