Alien Life, Extrasolar Planets and Universal Atonement Part 1
Copyright 1994 - 2017 Bill's Bible Basics

Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
July 14, 2007

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009


Opening Questions, Creation Account An Earth-Centric View?,
Conservative Christian Viewpoint, God's Business Is God's
Business, God's Ways Past Finding Out, Foolish To Question
God's Ways, God Saw That It Was Good And Was Pleased, Post-
Creation Events After The Seventh Day?, Open-Ended Question,
God Is An Industrious Creative Designer, Inventor Spirit Is
To Design And Perfect, Limiting God Due To Our Traditions,
Preconceived Ideas, And Shortsightedness, Jesus And Parables
God Doesn't Contradict His Word, God's Word Is The Standard,
Bible A Profound Book, Would Discovery Of Extraterrestrial
Life Destroy Our Faith?, Do Extrasolar Planets Exist?, God
Made All Things Including The Worlds, Physical Creation Is
Proof Of God's Existence, Pagan Worship Of The Heavens, Do
Other Solar Systems Exist?, Ever-Changing Scientific Views




Allow me to ask you a few questions: Do you think that there
is intelligent life in Outer Space? Do you believe that we
are really alone here on Planet Earth? Have you ever stopped
to consider the possibility that God may have also created
sentient beings elsewhere in the Universe?

As I am sure you probably realize, whether or not there is
life on other planets is a question which people have been
asking themselves for a very long time; probably ever since
man first looked up into the night sky thousands of years
ago. Our ancient progenitors may not have known whether or
not there were other planets, but that age-old question of
"Are we alone?" must have entered their hearts at one time
or another. I know that the idea of life on faraway planets
is something which I have personally pondered for quite a
few years now; in fact, ever since I was a curious, young,
scientific-minded teenager many years ago. I still remember
the times when my friend and I would gaze upon the glorious
wonders of the night sky through his reflector telescope.

One idea which I have personally considered in more recent
years, is that the Creation Account that's found in the Book
of Genesis may have been written from an Earth-centric point
of view. If this is true, is it possible then, that if God
did create intelligent beings on other planets, that those
beings may likewise have their own Creation Account; but in
their story, their planet plays a central role, while Earth
is but a small point of light that is found in their night
sky, if it is even visible at all? Even our Sun could just
be a tiny speck of light that is lost in the myriad of stars
which populate their sky. Is it even possible that due to
their lack of the necessary technology, that they may even
be totally ignorant of our existence, just as we are now
ignorant of their existence as well? These are some deep
thoughts to consider indeed!

Some people, such as more conservative-minded Christians, for
example, argue that if God truly created intelligent life on
other planets, then surely He would have told us about it in
His Word; that is to say, in the Bible. My answer to such a
perspective would have to be: "Not necessarily so". Why? Well
because in my view, it is not our place to determine what God
has to do, or doesn't have to do. Neither is the Almighty God
under any obligation to tell us everything if He doesn't wish
to. If He chooses to keep something to Himself, for whatever
His reasons, that is His business. For us mere humans to try
to understand everything that God does, or why He chooses to
do it, is rather foolish. We simply cannot understand all of
the thoughts and ways of the Almighty. As the Prophet Isaiah,
King David, and the Apostle Paul once wrote:

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your
ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my
thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8-9, KJV

"Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I
cannot attain unto it."
Psalms 139:6, KJV

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge
of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways
past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord?
or who hath been his counsellor?"
Romans 11:33-34, KJV

So, I think that the attitude adopted by some of my fellow
Christians, that is, that God would have surely told us if
He had created intelligent life on other planets, is a bit
shortsighted. To reiterate my point, God is really under no
obligation to tell us everything that He does, or even why
He chooses to do it, or doesn't do it; and for any of us to
think otherwise is just a sign of foolish arrogance. While
we can surely wonder about what God has done, because being
curious is a part of our human nature, it is not for us to
question His Ways. Please consider the wisdom found in the
following verses:

"Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, Shall he that
contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth
God, let him answer it. Then Job answered the LORD, and
said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will
lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will
not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further. Then
answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and
declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment?
wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?"
Job 40:1-8, KJV

"Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be
hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven,
and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.”
Ecclesiastes 5:2, KJV

"Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God?
Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast
thou made me thus?"
Romans 9:20, KJV

Some Christians have also proposed the idea that God had no
need to create intelligent life elsewhere, because the Bible
tells us that He was pleased with the life that He created
here on Planet Earth, and He saw that it was good. Consider
these verses found in the opening chapter of Genesis, as
well as in the Book of Revelation:

"And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided
the light from the darkness . . . And God called the dry
land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called
he Seas: and God saw that it was good . . . And the earth
brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind,
and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after
his kind: and God saw that it was good . . . And to rule
over the day and over the night, and to divide the light
from the darkness: and God saw that it was good . . . And
God created great whales, and every living creature that
moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after
their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God
saw that it was good . . . And God made the beast of the
earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every
thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God
saw that it was good."
Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, KJV

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and
power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy
pleasure they are and were created."
Revelation 4:11, KJV

While it is indeed true that God was very happy with the way
events originally turned out on our planet, I am not so sure
that this is a valid argument for concluding that He didn't
create life elsewhere. The Bible tells us that God rested on
the Seventh Day; but how do we know that following that day,
He didn't proceed to continue the process of Creation, by
creating additional intelligent life in other parts of the
Universe as well; particularly if what He had already made
here had turned out so well? Of course, I can just imagine
what God must be thinking now, after observing humanity for
some six thousand years. I'm reminded of the following verse
which occurs in the Book of Genesis, just prior to the time
of the Flood:

"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the
earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his
heart was only evil continually."
Genesis 6:5, KJV

If we are honest with ourselves, we must confess that the
possibility of intelligent life on other planets is really
an open-ended question, because none of us really knows the
answer to it with one hundred per cent certainty. Now, while
this may appear to be a funny question, allow me to ask you
something: If God completed all of Creation in Six Days, and
He rested on the Seventh Day, what has He been doing ever
since then? If we take into consideration God's industrious,
creative nature, I would think that He would be rather bored
by now if He has been doing absolutely nothing. That sounds
as monotonous as sitting on a cloud and playing a harp for
all of Eternity. I think that God has a lot more in store
for us, and that He Himself must keep rather busy even now.
I am reminded of something that the Apostle Paul wrote in
his first Epistle to the brethren at Corinth. He said:

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which
God hath prepared for them that love him."
1 Corinthians 2:9, KJV

I think many of you reading this will agree with me when I
say, that if a creator, designer or inventor happens to be
successful with something, the normal desire or motivation
is to want to try to do it again, in order to improve upon
the original creation or design. That being the case, how do
we know that God didn't feel the same way? How do we know
that God didn't decide to take His, (excuse the expression),
"experiment", that is to say, human life, elsewhere, and try
it again? Why couldn't He have seeded human life elsewhere in
the Universe as well? What prohibits Him from doing this? Is
it possible that we've foolishly tried to place limitations
on the very Creator of the Universe, due to our own hallowed
traditions, preconceived ideas, shortsightedness and limited
understanding?

While this may surprise or even offend some of my brethren
in the Lord, let me tell you that just because something is
not clearly stated in the Bible, does not necessarily mean
that it hasn't happened, or couldn't happen. In fact, I will
even say that there are some things which are hidden in the
Bible, of which many people are not even aware, simply due to
the fact that they only read it on the surface, if they even
take the time to read it at all. As I have mentioned before,
even Jesus spoke in Parables at times; because as He stated,
some things simply were not meant for everyone to hear or to
understand; particularly His enemies. Consider these verses:

"And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest
thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them,
Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the
kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For
whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have
more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be
taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in
parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear
not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled
the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall
hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and
shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross,
and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have
closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears, and should understand with their
heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But
blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they
hear . . . All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude
in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet,
saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter
things which have been kept secret from the foundation of
the world."
Matthew 13:10-16, 34-35, KJV

"These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the
time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in
proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father."
John 16:25, KJV

Allow me to clarify that I firmly believe that God does not
contradict His Word; and as I have pointed out a number of
times in other articles, I personally view the Bible as the
only Standard by which we should judge all things. If I hear
of something, or read something, which seems contrary to the
Word of God, then I will hold it in reservation until I can
form a more informed opinion about it. Ultimately, if what I
have heard or read does not pass the test of the Scriptures,
then I will outright reject it. The problem here, however,
is that some Christians are too quick to adopt the attitude
that if something is not clearly stated in God's Word, then
it simply isn't so. They leave no room to even consider the
possibility that the problem could be their own lack of
understanding of certain portions of the Bible.

Let me say again that the Bible is a very profound Book. I
should know, because I've been reading it seriously for over
thirty-five years, and there are still a lot of things which
I do not fully understand. In other words, due to our own
lack of understanding, we could inadvertently be putting God
in a box; we could be limiting Him; and this isn't right.

Of course, as I have already stated, I do not know the Mind
of God any more than the next person. As such, the proposal
I have put forth concerning God seeding human life elsewhere
in the Universe is purely speculative at best; however, this
possibility does exist. Why is it that some rigid Christians
find it so heretical to even suggest this possibility? What
are they afraid of? In my view, discovering life, whether it
is human life or not, on other planets, or being discovered
by the same, would only further add to God's greatness; it
would not detract from it by any means; and it would not, or
should not, destroy our faith, as some people have been led
to believe. If your faith were to be destroyed by such an
Earth-shaking event, it would be your own fault, because you
chose to limit God, as a result of your own narrow-minded
understanding of His Word.

Now, before we can even begin to discuss intelligent life on
other planets, we need to address another issue first; and
that is whether or not other inhabitable planets even exist.
In fact, we need to step back even further and ask ourselves
this question first: Are there any other planets beyond our
known Solar System? As is my custom, rather than address the
issue from a purely scientific perspective, we need to stop
and consider what God's Word has to say first. In the Bible,
we do find a few verses which suggest, or lightly hint, that
our Christian forefathers may have known things which have
been sanitized from our faith since that time, by the powers
that be. Consider the following verses:

"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in
time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these
last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed
heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"
Hebrews 1:1-2, KJV

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by
the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made
of things which do appear." Hebrews 11:3, KJV

In the previous two verses, the word "worlds" is derived
from the Greek word "aion". Consider what Thayer's Greek
Lexicon has to say concerning this word:

----- Begin Quote -----
   
1) for ever, an unbroken age, perpetuity of time, eternity
2) the worlds, universe
3) period of time, age
   
----- End Quote -----

As you can see, one of the meanings of the word "aion", is a
period of time, an age or eternity. Based upon this meaning,
someone wrote to me and suggested that it is in this context
that we should understand the previous two verses. However,
if we carefully consider what Paul is writing about in those
verses, it becomes obvious that this particular definition
does not fit at all. Why? Because Paul is clearly talking
about the physical creation of the Universe. He's discussing
how the worlds were framed; that is to say, completed, built
or made. Paul is talking about how God the Father, through
Jesus Christ, His Son, made all things out of nothing. This
understanding is clearly supported by other verses which
describe the very same event. Consider the following:

"All things were made by him; and without him was not any
thing made that was made."
John 1:3-4, KJV

"And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men
of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye
should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which
made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are
therein:"
Acts 14:15, KJV

"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that
he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made
with hands;"
Acts 17:24, KJV

"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all
things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom
are all things, and we by him."
1 Corinthians 8:6, KJV

"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the
mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid
in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:"
Ephesians 3:9

"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and
that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be
thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all
things were created by him, and for him: And he is before
all things, and by him all things consist."
Colossians 1:16-17, KJV

"For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are
all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the
captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."
Hebrews 2:10, KJV

"For every house is builded by some man; but he that built
all things is God."
Hebrews 3:4, KJV

"For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word
of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out
of the water and in the water:"
2 Peter 3:5, KJV

One of the reasons why the Apostles emphasized the physical
Creation so much, is because, as Paul tells us quite plainly
in his Epistle to the Roman brethren, the physical Universe
offers clear, unquestionable proof of God's existence, as
well as of the Power which He exerts over the same. Paul is
so convinced of this fact, that he even tells them, and us,
that as a result of this overwhelming evidence, we are all
without excuse. None of us have any reason to not believe in
God; and if we don't believe, it is only because of our own
willful pride, stubbornness and arrogance. Paul wrote:

"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the
world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that
are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they
are without excuse:"
Romans 1:20, KJV

Returning to my previous thought concerning the worlds being
framed by God, following are two more verses in which the
word "framed" is used in the very same manner; meaning to
physically create or construct something:

"Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed
as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that
made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of
him that framed it, He had no understanding?"
Isaiah 29:16, KJV

"In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto
an holy temple in the Lord:"
Ephesians 2:21, KJV

So, as you can hopefully see, if we are willing to open our
minds and hearts a little more, and be a little more liberal
in our understanding of the Scriptures, instead of being so
dogmatic, the Bible does seem to offer the possibility of
the existence of other planets within its pages. In fact, if
you would take the time to read the series "The Fruits Of
Disobedience", as well as "Our Pagan World: The Easter Myth
Exposed", you will discover that ancient cultures, including
the backslidden Israelites, made the mistake of worshipping
the Sun, Moon and stars, which brought the wrath of God down
upon them time and time again. As I mentioned earlier, they
may or may not have known that some of those stellar bodies
were in fact planets; however, the fact that Paul does use
the word "worlds", in my view, suggests the possibility that
maybe they did know. Following are some verses which clearly
show how the Israelites backslid against the Lord, and began
to worship the heavenly bodies:

"Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no
manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you
in Horeb out of the midst of the fire . . . And lest thou
lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun,
and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven,
shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which
the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the
whole heaven"
Deuteronomy 4:19, KJV

"If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which
the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath
wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in
transgressing his covenant, And hath gone and served other
gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any
of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; And it be
told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired
diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain,
that such abomination is wrought in Israel: Then shalt thou
bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed
that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that
woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die."
Deuteronomy 17:2-5, KJV

"And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God,
and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a
grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served
Baal."
2 Kings 17:16, KJV

"And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD,
after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast
out before the children of Israel. For he built up again the
high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he
reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab
king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and
served them. And he built altars in the house of the LORD,
of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name. And
he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts
of the house of the LORD."
2 Kings 21:2-5, KJV

"And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the
priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to
bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels
that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the
host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the
fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.
And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of
Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the
cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem;
them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to
the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of
heaven."
2 Kings 23:4-5, KJV

"At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the
bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes,
and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets,
and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their
graves: And they shall spread them before the sun, and the
moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and
whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and
whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they
shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung
upon the face of the earth."
Jeremiah 8:1-2, KJV

"And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of
Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of
all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense
unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink
offerings unto other gods."
Jeremiah 19:13, KJV

"I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all
the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant
of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with
the priests; And them that worship the host of heaven upon
the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the
LORD, and that swear by Malcham;"
Zephaniah 1:4-5, KJV

"Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of
heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye
house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and
sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of
your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and
I will carry you away beyond Babylon."
Acts 7:42-43, KJV

So as you can plainly see, while God has created the heavens
as an indisputable sign and testimony of His very existence
and awesome Power, and while we can indeed marvel at what He
has done, (as even King David himself wrote), we are not to
worship the same. As Paul stated, we are not to worship the
creature, or the creation, above the Creator. Our duty is to
worship God alone. Consider these two verses:

". . . The heavens declare the glory of God; and the
firmament sheweth his handywork."
Psalms 19:1, KJV

"Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and
served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed
for ever. Amen."
Romans 1:25, KJV

Returning to our main topic, one important question we need
to ask ourselves, is whether the previous two verses found
in the Book of Hebrews, are only talking about observable
planets within our immediate Solar System, or if they can
likewise be extended so as to include extrasolar planets as
well. In other words, if God created our own Solar System,
why couldn't He do the same elsewhere as well? Considering
the massive volume of galaxies, stars, nebulae and other
celestial phenomena which modern astronomy has revealed to
us, in my view, it seems rather ludicrous, not to mention
arrogant, for us to categorically assume that no other solar
systems exist other than our own. Do I know for a fact that
they exist? Of course not. This is really speculation on my
part. Even my understanding of the Biblical word "worlds" is
based upon personal speculation.

As I mentioned earlier, being as I am a Christian, I tend to
follow the wise advice found in the Scriptures, and measure
all things against God's Word. For this reason, when the mass
media announces the "discovery" of another extrasolar planet,
(also known as exoplanets -- there have been two hundred and
forty-two alleged "discoveries" to date), I will gravitate
towards the side of skepticism. I believe that whether we are
Christians or non-Christians, we should approach the issue of
extrasolar planets with some degree of caution; because one
aspect of modern science, is that it has a clear propensity
for wavering in its opinions from one day to the next. What
may have been true yesterday, may not necessarily hold true
tomorrow. Of course, science is a method of discovery; so if
further research and analysis reveals that something is no
longer true or valid, then it should rightly be discarded.

As we continue our talk on extraterrestrial life in part two
we will be taking a look at such issues as the immutability
of God's Word, astronomers Clyde Tombaugh and Percival Lowell
and the discovery of Pluto; the Kuiper Disk and Kuiper Belt
Objects; Pluto's demotion, scientific methodology; the theory
of evolution and the public school system; Gliese 581 c, HD
202206 c and other extrasolar planets; visual verification
versus secondary evidence; radial-velocity surveys and other
methods of detection; pleasing God by our faith; the Creation
as clear proof of God's existence; the double standard of
science; and the 2004 The Planetary Society article regarding
the extrasolar planet designated as 2M1207b. I trust that you
will join me.


Please go to part two for the continuation of this series.

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