IS THERE LIFE ELSEWHERE?
by Mark Aites
At times we are asked whether there is life somewhere else in the Universe? The answer would have to be, No. How do we arrive at such a conclusion? The answer is both the emphasis and silence of the Scriptures.
As the apostle Paul stood on Mars
Hill beholding the idolatry of
“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place; that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us” (Acts -27, ESV).
The emphasis of Scripture is upon the earth. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). In His marvelous creation, we note that from one man, came every nation. Where was man to live? On the face of the earth! Notice that the focus is upon man who dwells upon the earth.
The silence as to life elsewhere is significant. While the Bible acknowledges the heavens, with its stars and constellations, no where does it ever mention, or even suggest living beings of any kind. Why? The answer has to be, because God did not create them. If He had, would they be free will beings? Would they be subject to sin? Would Christ have to come into their world and die for them? Or, if they are not human, what purpose could they serve? How would eternity apply to them? In light of the biblical record, life on other planets simply does not make sense.
Only man has created life on other planets, and that, in the imagination of his mind. God has already revealed that the created life is here and here only! Leave Science Fiction to man and truth to the Lord!