Last fall, I went to an ICR conference (Institute for Creation Research) and got to hear an astrophysicist, Jason Lisle, talk about how science confirms biblical creation. It was absolutely enthralling. The overall topic isn’t related to this post, but he did mention the impossibility of extraterrestrial life forms towards the end.
He said there couldn’t be any such thing. God created the Earth, and nowhere else in His word does He say there are other worlds with other beings like us. He sent his one and only son, Jesus, to die for the sins of mankind. Jesus didn’t get reincarnated to die on other planets. Lisle said there are no such things as Vulcans and a Vulcan savior who can die for them (which is terribly sad, by the way).
There simply isn’t any scientific evidence of extraterrestrial life. The Bible, too, has nothing to say about the possibility. Remember, this is confirmation from a Christian astrophysicist.
Me: *hides mischievious evil writer grin*
Maybe there’s a better reason for why the sci-fi and fantasy genres appeal to me so much. Not just because they’re unique and otherworldly simply because they’re unique and otherworldly. Sure, it’s all fascinating.
But where did humans get such ideas?
I have a proposition to that question: We can mix and match animals, land and sea. There are probably strange demons floating around in our head (yes, like the fallen angels in Hell) giving us all sorts of outrageous ideas, the same way they give us the really bad ones. Said once the Puritans and Salem witch hunters.
But our ideas (or most of them) are beautiful. A lot of sci-fi and fantasy writers are Christian authors. I won’t give a list, because I’m sure a lot of us can think of them off the top of our extraordinary little heads. But think Middle-earth. Think Narnia and Malacandra and Diagon Alley. Putting Christian authors aside, think Star Wars and Doctor Who and Ender’s Game and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Full of strange, wonderful, and magnificent creatures. Maybe I’m weird, but I think they’re beautiful. They were once an unborn original idea from the brilliant mind of a human being. One of us.
(Oh wait, I’m not human. Duh.)
(Or maybe I’m pretending I’m not.)
Sorry, I must’ve been dreaming, where was I? Oh yes.
The point is, there’s got to be something that put those ideas in our head. God created so many different kinds of living creatures. Why, there are so many unexplored species in the ocean that may seem like aliens from a different planet; think of what it would be like to discover the octopus just a couple days from now, and what a shock it would be. So utterly alien.
Yet from what inspired us to create these guys?
The idea I have that I’m about to propose may be a little preposterous: Maybe God gave us these ideas for strange, supernatural, otherworldly creatures. I’m not exactly sure why I think this could be true, but God does give us thoughts and sparks for ideas and inspiration.
So why do I still hold to the childish dream that there might be other alien creatures out there? I’ll go through the reasons. And please, correct me if I’m wrong.
- Evidence doesn’t say it’s impossible.
- The Bible doesn’t say it’s impossible.
- Our ideas came from something, somewhere. If God Himself gave us these ideas, why?
- We all have an inner child. Our outer self is simply a callus that has grown because of life’s hardships, and it has grown around this inner child. We all must have believed at some point in time in Santa Claus, or the tooth fairy, with childish awe and wonder. We are all still little children. Why should we be ashamed to think like them, at least sometimes?
- It’s FUN to. I mean, what else would I write and read and glean such strange ideas from? What if we didn’t have sci-fi? What if we didn’t have … *lip trembles* … Star Wars?!?!?! (Give me some crying space.)
Maybe you’re reading this and you’re not a sci-fi or fantasy person. Maybe you just don’t understand us nerds. Maybe you do and you simply don’t get why I would think this way. And maybe you’re right. Maybe I’m just rambling.
But hey. I was just throwing the possibility out there.
I’m sure you have thoughts, opinions, agreements, or disagreements with what I said up there. (I know you do.) Why not type in your thoughts in that comment section below and I’ll read it and comment back and we’ll get some discussion going? It’s fun to talk about big questions. Cheers!