Sunday marked the 45th anniversary of man landing on the moon. On July 10, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped from the lunar module onto the surface of the moon with those famous words: “One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind”. But, did you ever wonder what would have happened in the 1960s if Ken Ham and his ilk had political power? We probably would not have landed on the moon.
Ken Ham, leader of Answers in Genesis has a problem with space exploration. He thinks we are wasting money trying to discover if other intelligent life is out there. He wrote on Sunday “I’m shocked at the countless hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent over the years in the desperate and fruitless search for extraterrestrial life. “
He went on to say “Of course, secularists are desperate to find life in outer space, as they believe that would provide evidence that life can evolve in different locations and given the supposed right conditions! The search for extraterrestrial life is really driven by man’s rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution!”
He has been known to howl at the moon on several occasions when it comes to science. See, he doesn’t believe that science actually exists. He doesn’t believe anything that he cannot find in the bible, which he considers to be a scientific tome. But, that doesn’t keep him from coming up with different interpretations of what he is reading than other religious scholars.
He even goes on a rant that even if there were alien beings in the universe, they are all doomed to hell. His interpretation of the bible is justified in his own words.
And I do believe there can’t be other intelligent beings in outer space because of the meaning of the gospel. You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation. One day, the whole universe will be judged by fire, and there will be a new heavens and earth. God’s Son stepped into history to be Jesus Christ, the “Godman,” to be our relative, and to be the perfect sacrifice for sin—the Savior of mankind.
Jesus did not become the “GodKlingon” or the “GodMartian”! Only descendants of Adam can be saved. God’s Son remains the “Godman” as our Savior. In fact, the Bible makes it clear that we see the Father through the Son (and we see the Son through His Word). To suggest that aliens could respond to the gospel is just totally wrong.
An understanding of the gospel makes it clear that salvation through Christ is only for the Adamic race—human beings who are all descendants of Adam.
So, once again we find Ken Ham making up his own beliefs. This is the kind of thinking that would have stopped JFK from getting the financial support for his quest to land a man on the moon. We all know from history, that Kennedy didn’t give a damn about the science of landing a man on the moon. He only wanted to beat the Russians there. It was more of a political show than a scientific show.
But, the science that came out of landing a man on the moon has had a tremendous effect on our lives. I am still in wonder that the computers used to land a man on the moon had less computing power than a pocket calculator does today. That is making the most out of what you have. But, Mr. Ham doesn’t think any of that is necessary. He wants to stop further space exploration because he considers it an affront to his god.
He even goes on to say that we must be alone in the universe.
The Bible, in sharp contrast to the secular worldview, teaches that earth was specially created, that it is unique and the focus of God’s attention (Isaiah 66:1 and Psalm 115:16). Life did not evolve but was specially created by God, as Genesis clearly teaches. Christians certainly shouldn’t expect alien life to be cropping up across the universe.
Now the Bible doesn’t say whether there is or is not animal or plant life in outer space. I certainly suspect not. The Earth was created for human life. And the sun and moon were created for signs and our seasons—and to declare the glory of God.
I don’t know if there is intelligent life on other planets. Statistically, the probability exists that there is. I don’t doubt that there probably is life out there, but, until we have proof of intelligent life on other planets, I will keep an open mind. I refuse to live in a fantasy world where one book seems to have all the answers. Nor, do I believe that if that book doesn’t directly address a question, I can make up whatever I want it to say.
Ken Ham and his Answers in Genesis group are part of the larger problem humanity faces. These are people who refuse to look at the universe and think what a wonderful and mysterious place it is. Whether you believe in a god or not, the universe is a splendid place. We must continue to explore whatever is out there. Unlike the closed mind society of the Cult, we are creatures of inquisitiveness. That is what makes us what we are. There are questions. We are bound to discover the answers.