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Do aliens exist?

Aliens have been an interesting topic among people for some time. There are people (both Christians and non-Christians) who believe in intelligent, emotional, non-human creatures on other planets, and there are others who don't. While there has never been definite proof of aliens or UFOs, there is still a great number of people asking and exploring the question: Are we alone in the universe?

What does the Bible say about aliens?

Science fiction novels and movies portray aliens living on the other planets in the galaxy, and those are fun speculative stories. However, the Bible never mentions extraterrestrial life on other planets. Psalm 19:1 tells us that the reason God created the other planets was to show His handiwork. God set all the planets, moon, sun, and stars in place for His glory (Psalm 8:3), and that's reason enough for their existence. The Bible doesn't address aliens or "Unidentified Flying Objects" (UFOs), so there is a lot to speculate about on the topic extraterrestrial life.

The Bible specifically states that God created humans in His image (Genesis 1:27). If there were other intelligent beings capable of moral choices in the universe, God must've created them because He created the entire universe. But if that were the case...why weren't they also mentioned in Genesis? Wouldn't that just be more proof of God's glorious creation?

If there were alien lifeforms on other planets, they would need salvation just like mankind, because the Bible tells us that sin corrupted ALL of creation (Romans 8:21). Yet Jesus came to earth incarnate as a human to save humanity from punishment for the offenses we've made against God (John 3:16).

If God had created a whole other species of intelligent, moral beings somewhere else in the universe, Jesus would presumably have to die for them on their own planet to offer them salvation. Would Jesus have incarnated as an alien lifeform and appeared to an alien race? Hebrews 7:27 tells us that Jesus died ONCE for mankind in order to restore our relationship with God. Why wouldn't God tell us if Jesus also died for other life on other planets?

The (Lack of) Evidence Doesn't Lie

Despite the many alien hoaxes and reports of UFO sightings, nobody has ever 100% proven aliens exist. NASA has sent astronauts to the moon and space probes, satellites, and rovers to other planets only to find NO substantial evidence of life. Only Mars (and potentially a moon of Jupiter) could possibly sustain life, but there has been no sign of any intelligent species. NASA has sent multiple rovers to Mars since 1976, but none have yet reported any evidence of life on the planet.

So how do we explain claims of sightings attributed to extraterrestrial life? What about people who believe they’ve been abducted by aliens or ridden in alien spacecraft? Unidentified flying objects are just that—unidentified and unknown. They may be experimental aircraft that is entirely man-made but unfamiliar to the viewer. Other explanations may be related to mental illness, PTSD, or drug use. And we cannot rule out the possibility that these phenomena may be spiritual in nature—demons used by the enemy to trick, confuse, and distract humanity.

Demons are deceivers just like Satan, so it’s not surprising that they would try to lure people toward fear, conspiracy, or an unhealthy obsession that would render a person useless for the Kingdom of God. Remember what Paul says in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

So...what now?

We may have no definitive answer about what people have reported seeing or all the mysteries the universe holds, but that doesn't mean we need to be troubled by it. People often see what they want to see, and it's easy for our imaginations to run wild when we only catch a glimpse of something out of the corner of an eye. Becoming preoccupied with alien conspiracies can be a dangerous gateway to an obsession that detracts from our goal of glorifying God with our lives (1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 5:16). As such, we should be very careful how much time and energy we spend researching a topic that is filled with so many unproveable unknowns.

If there IS alien life somewhere out there in the universe, we can rest assured that God would have revealed it to us if we needed to know. Otherwise...


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TL;DR

The Bible does not reveal that God created life on other planets. The planets, stars, and moons declare God’s glory, but this does not mean there is life there (Psalm 19:1). When we hear about alien sightings and abductions, we cannot rule out the possibility that these phenomena may be spiritual in nature—demons used by the enemy to trick, confuse, and distract humanity (Ephesians 6:12). Being preoccupied with alien conspiracies can be a dangerous gateway to an obsession that detracts from our goal of glorifying God with our lives (1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 5:16). If the existence of aliens was important for us to know about, God would have let us know when we needed to know.

By: Vivian Bricker

Vivian loves learning, studying the Word of God, and helping others in their walk with Christ. She is dedicated to helping people learn more about Jesus and is ready to help in any way she can. Her favorite things to do are spending time with her family and friends, cooking, drawing, and spending time outside. When she is not writing, you can find her soaking up the sunshine or going on an adventure.

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