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Life on Earth ... and Elsewhere

A new legless amphibian named Chikilidae has recently been discovered in Northeast India that is unique from anything previously found.(1) DNA testing suggests that the Chikilidae is related to another similar species found in Africa. It has been suggested that the two species’ paths split some 140 million years ago when the larger land mass called Gondwana broke apart into the present-day Africa, Australia, South America and India.

Has this new species recently been created? Has it evolved from some other species? Or was it here from the beginning of creation? From Genesis 1, we know that all of God’s creation was created within the six days of creation week. Plants were created on Day 3, sea and flying creatures were created on Day 5, and all land creatures, the creeping things (of which this new species would be included), the beasts of the field and finally man were created on Day 6. So this kind of creature was there from the beginning – at least in some form.

God created life with the ability to have great variation but still remain the same type of plant or animal. Take the dog, for example. Today, through selective breeding, we have a great variety of dogs – from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane. No one would argue that these aren’t all dogs, which are different from cats. While the different breeds have different appearances and personalities, they are still all dogs. To get an idea of what the original dog-kind might have looked like, one could back interbreed the various breeds. What one would get would be a mutt. We can breed for certain genetic characteristics (say, small dog or large dog), which by default breeds out the complementary trait (large or small dog, respectively). The only way to get that trait back again is to breed it back in. But to call this variation within a kind “evolution” is disingenuous at best. No new information is being added to the genetic pool – only selection, whether it be “natural” due to kind isolation or environmental pressures, or “man-driven” as is the case with the dog. When we discover a new species we should be awed by the diversity of God’s creation. Again, this should point us to the Creator God and not to some naturalistic causes or a new life form that just mysteriously appeared.

Would our faith be shaken if one day we discover life somewhere else in the universe? The Bible is silent on this issue, I think, mainly because it is a love story between the Creator God and man. The whole focus is on redemption and restoring man’s relationship back to God through the sacrifice of God’s own son, Jesus, who died so that we would have life again. Could God have created other creatures on some distant planet in some far-away galaxy? Perhaps, but I am not sure what the point of that would be in God’s redemptive plan for us.

Are there other intelligent beings somewhere in our universe? I doubt it for the following reasons. First, this realm was created for us. By “realm” I mean this space-time universe we live in. Second, if there are other intelligent beings, they, too, like Adam, would have fallen and sinned, and thereby became separated from God. Would Jesus have to die again for them? I believe he died once for all mankind, so this would not be possible. While intelligent beings on another planet in some far-away galaxy makes for interesting science fiction, in reality I do not believe they exist. Besides, our focus and concern should be on our relationship with our Creator, learning to know and love Him as He loves us.

(1) Royal Society, Feb 22, 2012, http://royalsocietypublishing.org/gca?gca=royprsb%3Brspb.2012.0150v1&all...

This article is based on an interview broadcast by Broken Road Radio. To hear the original interview and many others on biblical creation topics, go to http://brokenroadradio.com/category/archives/dr-don-clark/

Comments

The Lord's atonement for man's sin is all encompassing. It is a one-time act of mercy that Jesus performed before returning to his judgment seat. Therefore, speculations about temporal life being on other planets is moot. There is none. This is the only planet of its kind.

That does not mean that the Lord's rule has any limits, however. He is the creator of the heavens as well as the earth. The Bible says he "alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea." (Job 9:8) Only those who love the Lord and keep his commandments will ever see the true wonders he has prepared for them in eternity ...

Each thing has its own place. The Lord created all things that they might fully enjoy the gifts he has given them. They were designed to be happy and to dwell in his presence. It's only mankind who turned away and decided to reject his Savior.

I believe, as you do, that we are entirely unique in the universe. That does not, however, preclude life from existing elsewhere. If life did exist anywhere other than on earth then it would be animalistic at best, or possibly something that we cannot quite imagine. It would not be "sentient" life though - that is reserved for us, mankind, only. We are created in God's image, to follow, worship and love God. Now, I am not saying or even imagining that any life (as we know it) exists anywhere beyond earth... but I would not say it is entirely impossible. Who knows what God has in store for us in eternity...?

Sentient life? Well, it's hard to say whether it even exists here, since so many people take so little thought toward loving and obeying their kind and generous Savior.

The Lord created the heavens and the earth, but this earth is the only one of its kind. Heaven is indeed a glorious place, far beyond the comprehension of mere men. But life there is lived in a state of righteousness. We will never find a planet filled with the hate and animosity towards its Creator that is found here. And for that we can all be grateful.

We can't say that there is no other life on other planets. As the article said, the Bible is silent on the matter. What we can say is that the atonement of Christ was an infinite atonement, meaning Christ suffered for all sin in the universe, that all who sin might be forgiven through Him. The real question then becomes not whether there could be other worlds inhabited by other people that the Lord has created, because the Lord has not told us that He is limited in His creative capacities. The question is, if there are other worlds with other people, whether they believe in and follow their Savior.

I have to disagree with you, Cory, about the extent of Christ's atonement. You said: "the atonement of Christ was an infinite atonement, meaning Christ suffered for all sin in the universe, that all who sin might be forgiven through Him." No, the Bible is quite clear that Christ became man in order to die for the sins of mankind. He became, in effect, our kinsman-redeemer. And when I say "our," I don't mean for imagined peoples throughout the universe.

So, if God created man, after His own image, on other planets, would they, then, be withheld from the universal redeeming power of Christ's atonement under your understanding of scripture? Christ became our (meaning earthlings) kinsman redeemer because He died and resurrected here. Such a kinship that we have with our Lord and Redeemer does not immediately forestall relationships the Lord might have with others of His children He has created elsewhere in this wide universe. Christ taught, "Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." John 10:16 KJV. Christ was not speaking of the gentiles as his other sheep, as He sent His disciples to teach them as missionaries. So, if the Lord had other sheep, who would hear His voice, specifically, to whom was he referring?

There is intelligent life in the universe, but not the kind that scientists think. What you get when you leave earth are the angels in heaven. And they're not stupid enough to deny that the Lord exists like evolutionists do.

Impossible? No. Improbable? Yes.

What you see here on earth is a special creation. It did not come about by chance, circumstance, and time, but was instantly created to serve its purpose. There are not, as some people believe, countless planets filled with life on the earthly level. No, there is one earth. Everything else is the heavens. There is no death in heaven, nor is there disobedience to God. If you disobey God, needless to say, don't expect to go to heaven. (Note that in hell you will not be free to disobey God, either. You've made your choice. Expect to live with it.)

Evolutionists presume greatly when they start talking about species that separated 140 million years ago. Go ahead and go back 140 million years. What will you find? Nothing. If they would just read Genesis, they would avoid all that egg that's splattering their faces.

An important point to note: We do not know exactly when time was put in place by the Lord, but to assume that it has always existed as a thing on its own is completely ignorant.

Time is relative, and exists, according to one's location in space. Time always exists somewhere for something, if that something is physically positioned relative to something else. The problem that we all have is that we have no idea when or where the earth was actually created. We know that the Bible says that the earth was created in six days, but we have no idea what those days were relative to. Were they relative to our sun, as we know days now? The Bible does not actually say. It says the Lord created the earth and then He introduced light after that. Was that sunlight from our sun? Probably not, because he didn't create the greater and lesser lights until the fourth day. Thus, we have no idea what timeframe things were created in as we have no idea what things were relative to what during the creation. We only know that things were created in periods of time that the Lord called days. That's not to say the evolutionists are right with their ridiculous millions of billions of years postulations, but at the same time making the statement that it is ignorant to claim that time has always existed can't be right either. Time always exists when two things exist. It can't be helped. All things that exist are relative to God, so He dwells in eternity, and always has. Since He has always existed, any time there is something else moving out there in the known or unknown universe, then that thing is relative to Him, and time exists to some extent.

When Adam and Eve sinned, the Bible tells us that ALL creation suffered because of it. It would be contrary to God's character to have created perfect little green men and women on some distant planet that then inherit death and the curse because of our sin.

However, there is intelligence out there, but they are just angels (both fallen and not).

If the Lord never intended for anyone else to suffer from someone else's sin, then why would Adam and Eve's initial transgression affect any of the rest of us? No man who sins is an island--his actions affect all those around him, and even all of society, in some way. Why would we expect the rest of the universe to function any differently? I'm not saying that the Lord created little green men somewhere, but He may have created other humans, in the likeness of His own image, elsewhere in the universe, who, just like we do, have their own sins that need to be resolved. As Christ's atonement was an infinite, universal atonement, it has the power to redeem all sin--even that of those who might possibly exist elsewhere in God's grand universe. Some would try to imagine a limit to Christ's atoning power, and say that it only has jurisdiction on earth, but I don't think it has a limit. He atoned for ALL sin, wherever it might be found in ALL of His creation. If there is no sin outside of our planet, then so be it, but if there are others like us in the universe, then surely they would need the redeeming love of their Savior as much as we do.

When Adam and Eve sinned, the Bible tells us that ALL creation suffered because of it. It would be contrary to God's character to have created perfect little green men and women on some distant planet that then inherit death and the curse because of our sin.

However, there is intelligence out there, but they are just angels (both fallen and not fallen).