Sunday, September 18, 2011

Do Aliens Exist? What Does the Bible Say About UFO’s?

One topic of interest to people is the good old question, “Do Aliens Exist.” Of course, they are not talking about illegal aliens (the type that cross borders to countries). They mean beings or organisms from another planet (or outer space).
This is a great question, and people have often claimed stories of sightings, UFO crashes, alien abductions, and more. People sometimes have videos, pictures, scrap metal (supposedly from spaceships), and other “evidence.” However, there is no known evidence that shows us that aliens do 100% for sure exist. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist. They could exist. After all, we do have an estimated 100 Billion galaxies in the HUGE universe. We live in 1 galaxy (the Milky Way). That is a large space to fill up, and we can’t even imagine how large that really is.

What Does the Bible Say About UFO’s or Aliens? Do They Exist? Is There Life on Other Planets?

The bible never specifically mentions UFO’s or aliens, nor does it ever come out and say there is life on another planet. However, it does mention other beings (angels, demons, creatures). It also mentions a very strange event in the Book of Ezekiel, starting in chapter 1 verse 4. This is used as an argument very often for those that believe aliens exist:

Eze 1:14  And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning. 
 Eze 1:15  Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. 
 Eze 1:16  The appearance of the wheels and their work [was] like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work [was] as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 
 Eze 1:17  When they went, they went upon their four sides: [and] they turned not when they went. 
 Eze 1:18  As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings [were] full of eyes round about them four. 
 Eze 1:19  And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. 
 Eze 1:20  Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither [was their] spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature [was] in the wheels. 
 Eze 1:21  When those went, [these] went; and when those stood, [these] stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature [was] in the wheels. 
 Eze 1:22  And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature [was] as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. 
 Eze 1:23  And under the firmament [were] their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies. 
 Eze 1:24  And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

Possible Arguments Against the Existence of Aliens:

One argument against the existence of aliens is the fact that the Bible and God seem very focused on humans as if everything else was created only for us. It mentions, for example, in the creation story about how the moon and stars were created for seasons and signs for Earth.
The entire creation story never mentions any other beings or creatures. But then again, the creation story also doesn’t mention anything about angels or satan, or the creation of other things that could have existed before our universe.

Another argument against UFO’s or aliens is the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation clearly tell us that the entire earth and heavens will be destroyed, and it will be replaced by a new heaven and a new Earth. And that God will dwell with MAN on this new Earth.
So where does that leave the aliens? That is, I think, probably the best argument that aliens maybe don’t exist after all? Surely it would have mentioned them in this section if they live on another planet or in another galaxy. But then again, maybe aliens are nothing more than a form angels may take? Or perhaps they do exist, but in different dimension of space/time.

Another argument is that scientists recently released a statement saying recent research shows that it would be very unlikely that other galaxies or planets could sustain life due to the conditions during the big bang. They think Earth could be the only known planet or galaxy to sustain and grow life.

Possible Arguments For the Existence of Aliens:

Some possible arguments could be the verses mentioned above, that describe some sort of beings and spacecraft that sounds very alien-like. Again, these could have been halucinations or just angels.

Another argument is the vast number of sightings, reportings, pictures, and claimed abductions. But then again, many of these have been proven to be hoaxes. Perhaps some are real. Maybe some people truly believe they are real, but they are in fact just natural occurences (such as weather balloons or government experiments).

Another argument could be that the universe is so large, it isn’t likely that the Earth is the only planet or the Milky Way is the only galaxy with life. However, so far there are no real traces of life anywhere. And the galaxies and planets that could possibly sustain life are so far away, we could never survive the trip in space to try and find them.

Conclusion: Do Aliens Exist or Not?

The bible never mentions life on other planets, nor does it specifically mention aliens. So we can only guess whether there is life on other planets, or other beings created by God besides us.
This is very complicated and confusing. Could it be that aliens are nothing more than incarnations of angels or demons? That seems to give a good explanation since the same book mentioned above (Ezekiel) finishes talking about “wings” on these creatures. And we do know that angels are very often depicted having wings.

The bible does not ever mention other creatures existing on other planets. However, it does mention other creatures besides humans (angels, demons, beasts, etc.). So we can’t say with 100% certainty that aliens do not exist.

Maybe God manages other universes that we don’t know about? Maybe there are other creations we don’t know about? Only time will tell. But I try to make it a point not to pick one side or the other on complicated ideas in which the bible doesn’t specifically tell us one way or the other. I think there probably aren’t aliens, but at the same time, who knows? Perhaps aliens do exist.


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