Question: [You] reported that the Vatican justified expenditures for its telescope by saying it would all be worth it “if just a single alien is converted.”...Shouldn't the gospel be given to extraterrestrials...? |

TBC Staff

Question: Your newsletter reported that the Vatican justified expenditures for its telescope by saying it would all be worth it “if just a single alien is converted.” You seemed to imply disapproval of that idea. Why? Shouldn’t the gospel be given to extraterrestrials if they are encountered?

Response: First of all, the gospel is for man, not for beings on other planets: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son...that the world through him might be saved” (Jn:3:16-17); “Christ died for our sins” (1 Cor:15:3); “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners [on this planet]” (1 Tm 1:15); “he is the propitiation...for the sins of the whole world” (1 Jn:2:2), etc. So even if extraterrestrial intelligences (ETIs) existed, the gospel would do them no good. In fact, they don’t exist.

It is not the Bible but evolutionists who suggest there are ETIs out there; and the Vatican accepts evolution. Atheists believe that life happened by chance on earth and could have happened by chance elsewhere, a theory which the Vatican also accepts. On the contrary, life is created by God. If it exists on other planets, He created it—but that idea is both unbiblical and unreasonable. God didn’t say, “Adam and Eve blew it so I’ll try again on another planet and hope for better results.” God was not experimenting. Any intelligent life capable of making a choice would make sinful choices. Surely one planet of sinners is enough.

Furthermore, since “God is love” (1 Jn:4:16), He would not create intelligent beings anywhere and after they sinned do nothing to rescue them. But there is only one way for God to forgive any sinners anywhere in the universe: the penalty must be paid by God himself becoming one of them. Jesus had to become a man to redeem us. He would have to become one of each kind of ETI to redeem them. But that suggestion is antichrist doctrine according to 1 John:4:1-3—Christ has come once and for all time in human flesh. Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb:13:8)—the unique Son of God who is God and man in one Person.

It was to this earth that Satan came to spread his rebellion and to this earth that Christ came to defeat Satan and destroy his power throughout the entire universe. It is to this earth that Christ will return to destroy Antichrist and to establish His kingdom; and from this earth He will rule the new universe. Christ died for sin only once, here on this planet and for mankind (Heb 9 and 10, etc.). His sacrifice of Himself for sin and His resurrection cleansed the entire universe of sin and made possible a new universe. The Bible has no gaps into which ETIs could fit.

Moreover, the universe is so vast that it is absurd to imagine contact with physical ETIs even if they did exist. It would take our spacecraft 90,000 years just to reach the closest sun that might have planets where life might exist. As for UFOs, it is absurd to imagine that any beings with the technology to zoom through “hyperspace” and come to Earth would either crash when they got here or engage in the multiple kidnappings and sexual examinations of humans that are alleged. UFOs are non-physical demonic manifestations. Angels and demons are out there, but not ETIs.