“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.]