Did Jesus Die for Aliens, Too?

“Thus Bible-believing Christians don’t (or can’t) accept the belief there are aliens on other planets.”

Ken Ham, Creation Museum (email I received today)

I don’t know Ken Ham personally and would not make personal comments in any case.  My response, here, is purely about the position taken and the way it was presented.  And I couldn’t decide whether to speak softly, using the back door, or more directly.  So here goes.

The quote above, including the entire letter that was sent, is just embarrassing nonsense.  (I kinda decided against the back door).  What he believes about aliens, or what you believe, is a personal issue.  But look at the law that just got passed for all “Bible-believing Christians.”

. . . Christians don’t (or can’t) accept . . .

It is ludicrous and has nothing to do with Christianity or the Bible. Actually, all of the existing “Christian” Bibles (Protestant, Catholic, and more)  are collections of ancient documents which speak to an ancient faith:  a faith that is still valid and viable. It contains wisdom and direction and story and many other things.  But it is not a science book and Bible-believing Christians are free to think for themselves despite such narrow-minded pontifications.  Even on the off chance he meant that “some Christians feel compelled/are not personally able to accept,” it is horribly stated.

Believe in aliens, don’t believe.  Who cares!  But leave the Bible out of this conversation.  The Bible does not address this issue on any level.  This approach has skeptics howling.  And I don’t blame them.  It is nothing but farcical ignorance.

It sounds exactly like the end of the 19th century when preachers and some Greek teachers were claiming that NT Greek was “Holy Spirit” Greek, a special language made by God for writing the NT.  Uhh . . .  oh yes, well . . . then somebody found the Greek papyri proving conclusively that NT Greek was written in Koine (common) Greek, a form of Hellenistic Greek.  Imagine that.  Ancient Christian documents written in common, everyday language.

Truth is, I really like the following commercial.  It is not only a class act, it is far more truthful and appealing than anything (so far) that I’ve seen from the would-be spokesman for all of Christianity:

There is not one thing about this video that requires atheism (which is not mentioned until the final 2 seconds).  One could debate whether “knowledge” and “the power of  logic” are the pristine power for the salvation of the world that is rather naively presented.  Somehow, I think maybe love, and respect, and honor, and ethics, and morality, and guarded ambition, and intelligent conversation somehow belong in this mix:  but it is a 1 minute video and does a great job of stating itself.

As for me, I go one God further than either atheism or Hamite Christianity (which are curiously mirror images of each other).   I don’t rely on magic or mysticism or think that once we all get logical that our problems will all melt away.  And I sure don’t think that bending the Bible around to my beliefs is any more helpful than bending science, or logic, or knowledge around.   I don’t hide behind a made-up view of the Bible to protect me, and I absolutely don’t worry that some (Christians or Atheists) doubt me:  I just let ’em.  I think for myself while respecting the visions and strivings of many, many others in many, many disciplines.

All of this said, when the above video commercial is contrasted with the Ken Ham approach (which is then labeled “Bible-believing Christianity”), I’ll choose the video in a cold minute.

I’m a thinker, set free by Jesus Christ;  never was nor will be a descendant of Ham.

Gary D. Collier

[I repeat:  this is not a personal comment.  This is, however, a clear, focused, and intended rejection of the position that was offered.]

5 thoughts on “Did Jesus Die for Aliens, Too?

  1. Brother Gary, where you used the adjective ‘Hamite’, I assumed you were referencing Ham, the son of Noah, and a variety of Christianity unknown to me. My Google search yielded nothing informative, nor did my search of “Hamite Christianity”. In rereading your article, I noticed that the author of the troubling email you received is Ken Ham, Creation Museum. Thus informed, I read your article again, and noted in the last sentence that you were indeed referring to the earlier Ham. Still yet, I could not divine what ‘Hamite Christianity’ is/was, nor its influence. Will you clarify, please?
    Regarding your (overly broad) assertion, “The Bible does not address this issue on any level,” I offer two comments. First, we are instructed to teach/reach all nations/peoples. Second, we are admonished to not worry/guess/conjecture/define God’s plans for those souls who remain outside/beyond the knowledge of God and Christ. Clearly, God has a plan for them to which we are not privy. I suggest that both concepts can be reasonably construed to include aliens.
    For myself, as one who relishes the freedom we have in Christ, I concluded long ago that I must believe in the scientific probabilities that aliens exist and that we will never encounter them in our lifetimes on earth.

    May God continue His blessings in your life and ministry of His Word. Joe Warlick, Tulsa

    [Bob Herndon, our minister, formerly of Indianapolis, introduced your online studies to me.]

    • Joe, I appreciate your reply very much. My play on the biblical name Ham nonetheless intentionally distances me from that current author and from the brand of Christianity he proclaims. I disavow any claims (which I consider embarrassing) that “Bible-believing Christians…don’t (can’t)” believe in the existence of aliens from other worlds. This is a brand of Christianity with which I have no wish to be associated. Not whether aliens exist or not (who cares!), but telling other Christians what they must believe about science and science related questions–which the Bible does not address and was not written to address.

      As to my comment “The Bible does not address this issue on any level,” which you label an “(overly broad) assertion,” I stand by the statement as carefully chosen, pointed, and wholly correct. The problem is, too many people don’t know the difference between what the Bible says, and what we think it means. The Bible does not say one word about this topic (aliens). Nor was any biblical document written to address such a topic. This is the key issue.

      If anyone (including Ken Ham or anyone else) wishes to state why he or she would draw certain theological applications from certain texts, that is just fine. But don’t then claim that the “Bible says this thing, and that no Christian can believe in aliens” because of some theological assessment about specific texts that have nothing to do with that question.

      This is not a minor point, and it is not about aliens. I don’t care about that topic. It is about our view of the nature of the Bible and how we are so willing to force our opinions onto it, and then blame it for making claims that it actually does not even address. When people don’t know the difference between what a text says, and what we think it means, or how we decide to apply that text, then anything goes.

      As to my statement that the Bible does not address the subject, all we need to do is provide one text that is written to address the topic of aliens or their salvation. Just one.

      Thanks again Joe. And all my best to Bob.
      Gary

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