August 23

What Does the Bible Say About Extraterrestrial Life?

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Posted by Gonzo on August 23, 2023 11:54 AM
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With UFO movies and UFO sightings so pervasive in our culture, some point to certain passages in the Bible as evidence that alien creatures or spaceships exist. Let’s examine what Scripture has to say on this issue.

Scripture does not refer to aliens or their technology, yet their existence would not erode the truthfulness of Scripture.

Genesis

Christian scholars have asserted that the Bible deliberately remains silent about extraterrestrial life because, should any physical ETI exist, they would likely have committed sins that require Jesus Christ’s atoning death for redemption – an approach known as exotheology.

Straightforward interpretation of Job 38:7 in the Bible indicates that “son of God” refers to angels rather than aliens; this interpretation is supported by both Old and New Testament texts and widely held views among bible scholars across time and space. Responsible bible scholars agree on this interpretation for it is the most straightforward and consistent interpretation possible of Scripture.

Exodus

Once Adam committed sin, “all creation fell in him”. Therefore alien life would need a Redeemer just like us – which in this case would be Jesus Christ.

The exodus story fits within a larger biblical narrative and theological vision of liberation. Reputable Bible scholars around the world have concluded that Ezekiel’s inaugural vision doesn’t refer to extraterrestrial beings; rather it alludes to cosmic powers instead. Here’s why…….

Leviticus

The Bible does not refer to aliens directly. Leviticus describes God’s relationship with His people; their last time sharing space together was in Eden Garden where humans mismanaged it badly.

At least in theory, any aliens claiming descent from Adam require Christ as their redeemer – not Q, Cardassians, or the Borg. Scripture clearly establishes Jesus Christ as our only Savior and at the end of time all humans will become part of His glorious humanity.

Numbers

Biblical numbers often carry symbolic meaning. Bible scholars employ gematria to decipher these biblical symbols, by analyzing numerical values of letters of the alphabet and word combinations as well as historical context.

The number one represents unity, two represents division or difference, and 12 stands for completion or perfection – as evidenced by its use throughout Scripture, including among Israel’s 12 tribes and New Jerusalem’s foundation stones.

Deuteronomy

The Bible does not address aliens in their current sense, and any attempt to read aliens into its texts would run counter to their plain reading and the consensus of trained, responsible Bible scholars throughout time.

Biblical accounts of Elijah being taken up in a celestial vehicle and Zechariah witnessing a flying scroll are clearly anomolies rather than alien spacecrafts. Furthermore, intelligent life on other planets must believe in Christ’s atoning sacrifice for sin if they wish to believe his atoning death as atoning for theirs; something aliens would find extremely hard to achieve.

1 Samuel

Some Christians have made claims from certain biblical passages which appear to allude to alien life, yet such interpretations are at best tenuous and potentially misleading.

1 Samuel is an important book that examines kingship in Israel and shows us that God reigns supreme and has his plan for humanity.

Since ancient times, legitimate biblical scholars have concluded that the Bible remains silent on physical extraterrestrial intelligent life (ETIL) on other planets; however, it does address spiritual ETIL in many different ways.

2 Samuel

2 Samuel continues the story of David begun in 1 Samuel and records both his successes and difficulties – as well as God’s fulfillment of His promise that Messiah would come from David’s lineage.

The Bible remains silent on aliens from distant planets, yet speaks of angels as spiritual beings who dwell between dimensions but interact with our earthly realm – often depicted as “aliens” in movies and TV shows. Please do not confuse this spiritual being with demons that possess people and control their behavior.

1 Kings

Christian scholars have suggested that the Bible does not limit God from creating life on other planets in our universe, citing its numerous references to angels who live in an independent spiritual realm from ours.

1 Kings chronicles the period following David’s reign and leading up to its fall and Babylonian exile. It focuses heavily on Elijah and Elisha’s attempts to turn Israel away from idol worship while providing an expansive look into Solomon’s rule.

2 Kings

With UFO movies and theories becoming more and more prevalent in popular culture, many people seek answers from the Bible on this matter. Although the Bible remains silent regarding aliens from other planets who call other dimensions home ‘home,’ it does refer to beings from these dimensions who call themselves angels as potential sources.

Some Christians argue that if God created physical, human-like extraterrestrial life forms on different bodies throughout the universe, it is curious that no mention is made in Scripture about them. Unfortunately, this argument fails in multiple ways.

1 Chronicles

Who wrote 1 Chronicles? or whether it originally formed part of another work like Samuel or Kings remains unknown, although Jewish tradition suggests Ezra may be the author.

There are a number of references in Scripture where individuals encounter mysterious beings who turn out to be angels; Elijah was taken up into heaven aboard an angelic vehicle while Zechariah encountered a flying scroll.

UFO enthusiasts sometimes interpret Scripture through their own lens rather than by drawing its meaning from within its context (eisegesis). Reading passages within context is key for comprehending biblical passages.


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