With recent US government acknowledgment of UFO/UAP sightings and unexplainable videos, a worldwide conversation began over the existence of aliens. But extraterrestrial life and the Bible aren’t compatible. Here’s why.
The buzz around UFOs was reignited in 2017 when a former Pentagon employee using the pseudonym “Miss X” snuck out a USB stick that contained a leaked video, eventually made public by the New York Times.
Former Pentagon UFO Chief and head of the Department of Defense Department of Defense’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATI), Luis Elizondo, began speaking publicly about the situation, particularly with outlets such as 60 Minutes and the Washington Post, and many more interviews on YouTube.
This created such a public furor that the US government ordered an assessment. Finally, what they dubbed a “preliminary report” was released on June 25, 2021, posted by the office of the Director of National Intelligence. UFO enthusiasts were underwhelmed by the report, as ufologists argued the government is still not telling us everything they know.
There are mixed opinions on whether disclosure on the actual existence of UFOs is coming, or if the government will continue to, in their estimation, see this about the true existence, as they believe, of UFOs.
But what should Christians believe? It’s important to remember that video and sightings of objects in the sky does not necessarily mean they are of alien origin or that extraterrestrial occupants are inside.
Many Christians argue that alien sightings are a demonic deception and believe that extraterrestrials are demons. We’ll leave that thought there, as that is a topic worthy of its own article.
In terms of disclosure, many Christian thought leaders believe that the deception that’s coming isn’t a disclosure to tell us that aliens are real – but one to make us think aliens are real.
In his excellent book on UFOs and aliens entitled “Ufo’s: The Great Last Days Deception,” author and pastor Billy Crone gives an in-depth review of the history of UFOs, citing numerous cases. It’s excellent reading for someone new to or not fully familiar with the topic. But most importantly for believers, Crone explains, with clear biblical examples, why the notion of aliens/extraterrestrials is completely incompatible with God’s creation.
“The idea of extraterrestrial life stems largely from a belief in evolution,” Crone says. “Extraterrestrial life is almost inevitable in an evolutionary worldview.”
In contrast, the Bible tells us that God created everything in existence.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
– Genesis 1:1
One of the greatest scientific minds, astronomer Sir Frederick Hoyle, decided to calculate the possibility of life coming into existence by chance out of some primordial soup. Hoyle knew it had been calculated that any event with a value of 1 in 10 to the 50 of power could never occur by chance. When Hoyle worked out the numbers for the spontaneous generation of just the proteins of a single amoeba, he came up with a figure of 1 in 10 to the 40,000th power. Hoyle changed his position on life spontaneously generating itself, being mathematically impossible. According to Crone, that alone buries Darwin and the entire theory of evolution.
“Extraterrestrial life is an evolutionary concept,” says Crone. “It does not comport with the biblical teachings of the uniqueness of the earth and the distinct spiritual position of human beings.”
“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;”
–Acts 17:26 (*some translations say “from one man” rather than “one blood.”)
Back in 2014, Pope Francis famously said aliens should be baptized, and he would do so if the extraterrestrial requested it, The Atlantic reported. The Pope compared it to the early church baptizing the Gentiles.
“When the Lord shows us the way, who are we to say, ‘No, Lord, it is not prudent!'” Francis said.
Further, in 2010 the Vatican’s astronomer, who also dismissed “intelligent design” as “bad theology,” said he would baptize an alien because “any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.” He, too, said he would only baptize an entity that requested it.
But Crone sees this notion of baptizing and redeeming extraterrestrials as incompatible with the Bible.
“They are not blood relatives of Jesus,” Crone points out. “So, Christ’s shed blood cannot pay for their sin.”
Crone rightly points out all human beings are descendents of God’s first human creations, Adam and Eve.
“Jesus is now and forever both God and man,” Crone says. “But He is not an alien.”
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,”
– 1 Peter 3:18
Astronomers and scientists, NASA and other space agencies continue to come up empty-handed when probing the universe. The little blue planet Earth is the rarest of rare, the only one supporting life.
The primary question people ask about the universe is: Are we alone?
Crone has a profound answer:
“We are not alone in the universe; there is God.”