What Does The Bible Say About Life on Other Planets?
I’ve found over the years that whether or not God could have created life on other planets is not the question that usually needs to be asked. The real question is, “Are the entities that people are reporting communication with and torment at the hands of in this modern era, authentic extra-terrestrials, or not?”
But that being said, there’s one more point to be made pertaining to how contact with, or a passionate belief in, extra-terrestrials affects people who are Christians… which I’m offering largely as a warning to those of you who might be opening the door to belief systems involving aliens, and especially for those of you with children who are being bombarded with ET messages on television, in movies, etc…
What I know from dealing with this topic for well over a decade, is that you may well be convinced from this information we have covered so far that SOME aliens are fallen angels, or demonic messengers. But most people will quickly find themselves thinking,
“Well there could still be good aliens out there as well…”
“Just because some demons pretend to be aliens,
that doesn’t automatically mean there’s no life on other planets,
I think most of us remember that the Carl Sagan movie “Contact” left everyone thinking, “Well if there’s no life out there, that’s a pretty big waste of space..” right? Anybody remember that?
And maybe you’ve gone to a pastor or church leader with this very question, and the answer you got was less than satisfactory – and less than biblical, I’d dare say. Maybe you’ve heard someone say, “Well God can do anything he wants to, I suppose…” or maybe, “Well the Bible doesn’t really say one way or the other…it would seem pretty self-centered to think that WE’RE THE ONLY LIFE God created right?” I’m sure many of you have heard things just like this, right? Maybe some of you have even said things like this…
So I want to take a stab at honestly equipping you on what The Bible actually does say on this topic. Because if you’re grounded in what The Bible does say, you won’t be shaken by what it doesn’t say – or by what it doesn’t necessarily spell out so plainly for us. I’m going to submit to you that Bible does indeed thoroughly equip us for this topic.
And I can say this with confidence because of 1 Tim 3:16-17.
All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
1 Timothy 3:16-17
Through movies and TV, contactees and cults, and through BAD religious teachings, millions of people are falling for a lie.
“…and for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie;
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
1 Thes 2:11-12
My belief is that God says that the scriptures are profitable for doctrine, so that we can be thoroughly equipped to minister absolute truth on this topic, before the strong delusion takes center stage on world events, and the prophetic timetable.
It’s easy I think for all of us in our own imaginations to perceive that God could have created life on other planets.. in our own understanding it’s quite reasonable in fact. And unfortunately I think most of us just rest there, as if that’s a final answer to the question. But you know what God says about our own imaginations:
“Casting down vain imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God”
2 Corinthians 10:5
We are to cast them down, and not let what we can imagine exalt itself against the knowledge of God, and His word. Romans 1:21 says, that our imaginations can cause us to become vain, and hearts to become darkened.
“… but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened.”
Hosea 4:6 says God’s people are “destroyed for lack of knowledge”. And if we don’t have – or worse, reject – the knowledge of God, we can actually become the very people who refuse to love the truth, and are taken in by the lie, of strong delusion. As I said, in our own understanding, it’s quite reasonable to believe that maybe God did create life on other planets, and so many people in this world do believe as such. But this is what God says about our own understanding and worldly thinking:
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
So I want to invite you to suspend what your own imagination, your own understanding, and what the spirit of this age and this world are actively suggesting to you about life on other planets. There does SEEM to some to be a void in the Bible on this issue – it doesn’t seem to say, I know, I’ve heard it all before. But I believe that if we acknowledge what God’s Word does say, trust that it is profitable for doctrine, and let Him renew our mind on this topic, then hopefully He can direct your path. I hope to equip you with the ability to speak from a truly sound understanding of what the Bible says on whether there’s life on other planets or not.
I’m going to suggest to you something I’m calling “The Principle of Stated Intent” – I made this term up by the way, maybe it’s inspired, maybe not. But I think you’ll agree that just every now and then, we read a passage in the Bible where it seems like God goes out of His way to make sure we “get something” He’s trying to say. Occasionally, it’s as if the Holy Spirit, through the human author, goes out of His way to explain something really important.
As one example, I think of Paul, who wrote 2/3rds of the New Testament. And only once in all of his writings and the entire Old and New Testaments combined, Paul, inspired of the Holy Spirit, actually plainly state to us what in the entire Bible is of first importance.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time,
most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-6
No matter what else you do or don’t get out of reading the Bible, God wants you to know, and Paul is quick to say,
‘I delivered unto you FIRST OF ALL that Christ died for sins, resurrected from the dead, and there’s over 500 witnesses to that fact.’ First of all, of first importance, God’s Spirit goes out of His way with a “stated intent” that this is the most important information you need to know about the entire Bible; the message of the good news of Jesus Christ.
There’s a couple of other places where I think God goes out of His way to state for us His intent.
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night;
and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: [he made] the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 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.”
God says the stated intent of the stars and lights in the heavens, are to provide light on the earth, and to divide the seasons and the years. That doesn’t mean automatically they can’t be “inhabited,” I realize that, but biblically speaking, that’s not their stated intent. Notice, I use the word “inhabited”. This is on purpose, as there is a scripture that uses that very word, and I would ask you to contrast the stated intent above, with this stated intent about the earth:
“For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens;
God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it,
he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I [am] the LORD; and [there is] none else.”
“He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it;
He did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited” (NIV)
God states of the earth… throughout the Bible God states *only* of the earth… that He created it to be inhabited. When He tells of the creation and the purpose of the stars, “to be inhabited” doesn’t even make the list. And you saw it, there is a list!
If even part of God’s purpose for creating the stars (and any other lights in the heavens) was to give light or warmth to people on other planets, or to be inhabited by other biological life, then while God was actually giving us a list of reasons why the stars were created, you’d think these purposes would have at least made the list.
God says plainly and simply though that He “formed the earth to be inhabited” – all the other stars and heavenly lights’ biblically stated purpose is to “mark the seasons and to give light to the earth” – to it’s “inhabitants” – and “to the earth” is also specified. The Bible says that they exist for us.
I know that nobody can ever point to an exact passage in the Bible that says there’s NOT life on other planets… I’m simply asking you to let your faith rest entirely on what God does say to settle this for you doctrinally.
I’m asking you to add 2 and 2, to take what is said in two different places, contrast them, and draw the most likely conclusion, based solely on what God’s word states IS true. The stars and planets and other heavenly bodies were all made for God’s stated intent of them giving light to the earth and to be used by us to mark seasons here on earth, but only the earth was made for God’s stated intent of it being inhabited. That being said,
The Bible does in fact speak on non-terrestrial life! At the end of the 6th day in Genesis, the Bible says,
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.”
This verse shows God finished making all the host of the earth, AND all the host of heaven, by the end of the 6th day.
Now, if there were no life other than on earth, this verse could have been written to read, ‘Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of the earth.‘
But that is not what this verse says. This verse says “(the host of) them“, indicating BOTH the host of the earth, AND the host of the heavens. So, who are the host of the heavens? Who are the life in the heavens?
The Bible does tell us about the “host of heaven”.
“I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left…
And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.”
1 Kings 22:21-23
From this we know that the host of heaven can talk, are of the spiritual realm, and at times were at God’s throne.
“Thou, [even] thou, [art] LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host,
the earth, and all [things] that [are] therein, the seas, and all that [is] therein,
and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.”
Here we see the host of heaven can worship God. And we see a confirmation that they are alive, in the parallel – that heaven has hosts, just like the earth and seas have hosts, or life. The verse that most clearly defines the host of heaven is in Luke 2, in the story of the shepherds and Jesus’ birth.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”
“…And suddenly there was with the angel…
“…a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven…”
The “angels” here are described just prior, as a “multitude of the heavenly host”, showing these terms are synonymous, and both refer to the same beings, the angels. This is also made clear in the Greek and Hebrew used throughout the Bible.
In the Greek, the term in Luke 2 for “host of heaven” is “stratia ouranou”, and this is the same term used in 1 Kings and Nehemiah, in the Greek Septuagint, corresponding to the Hebrew term “tsaba shamayim”, or the “host of heaven”.
This is the same terminology used in Genesis 2:1, When God created the heavens and the earth and all the host of them.
So who are the host of heaven? They are angels.
They are the only life in the heavens that the Bible defines.
It is NOT that the Bible does not speak of sentient, intelligent life in the heavens, as some say… It is NOT that the Bible is totally silent, as some say. The Bible does speak to the fact that God did indeed create life in the heavens – the host of the heavens – and the Bible specifically defines that life as being angels, and nothing else – not biological lifeforms like us.
As Jesus said to His disciples after His resurrection,
“Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see;
for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”
Humans have flesh and bone. Apparently resurrected humans do too. But Jesus taught that spirits do not. And the Bible says that angels are ministering spirits, flames of fire, as is recorded in Hebrews,
“And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
Unfortunately, we know that some of these angels are “fallen.” Duet 4:19 and 2 Kings 23:5 mention the hosts of heaven negatively, with God warning certain idolatrous people not to worship them, and rebuking the priests who offer incense to Baal, and to the host of heaven. Revelation 12 also tells us:
“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and [to] his throne… And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him… Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them.
Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you,
having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
Rev 12:5,7-9, 12-13
Revelation 12 makes clear that the current location of the fallen angels is in the locality of Earth – they are no longer in the higher heavens. They are now located here on Earth, not on other planets, not in other galaxies, they are here.
This is also seen in Ephesians 6:12 – the powers and principalities that we wrestle with are the dark rulers of THIS world.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
And I’m submitting to you that they are today claiming to be aliens.
But whether you’re a Christian pastor, a Christian teacher, or just a Christian who might get asked what THE BIBLE SAYS about life on other planets, I’m imploring you to teach sound doctrine, without letting your imagination take you beyond what is written. As Christians, I simply think we have a responsibility to teach only what God’s Word does say, and nothing more. God can do anything yes, “nothing is too hard for God”, that’s biblical. But when it comes to teaching, we are compelled and constricted to impart God’s word alone.
The Bible does say that God created life other than what’s on the earth. He populated, or inhabited, the earth with biological life forms, and he populated the heavens with angelic life forms.
But my point is, contrary to what you’ve heard, thought, or perhaps even taught, the Bible is not silent on this issue. You may not immediately agree with the full implications of what it says, but this is indeed what it says. It goes against the spirit and the wisdom of this age, I know, but God calls our wisdom foolishness (1 Cor 3:19). I know it goes against our natural understanding of how things should be, but the things of God almost always do. Remember, just the price of admission to this ride is believing that a man rose from the dead – you think it’s supposed to start making MORE sense once you’re in all the way? No – it makes less sense; “Give if you want to receive,” “Don’t return evil for evil,” “Bless those that curse you…” Remember He says, His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are higher than our ways. That’s Isaiah 55, the passage that ends by saying His Word will not go out and return void – and that’s what I’m hoping to send you out with today – what His Word says.
And here’s what The Bible does say is absolutely true, no conjecture required:
1. The only stated purpose of the stars is to give light to the Earth and to mark the seasons. (Gen 1:14-28)
2. Only the Earth is stated as “created to be inhabited”.
This is not said of any other planet, star, or heavenly body. (Isa 45:18)
3. The Bible states that God populated the heavens with angels (hosts of heaven), and angels are not biological entities. (Gen 2:1, Luke 2, 24)
Those are all true statements, and they are all sound doctrine. The Bible exhorts us to speak sound doctrine, even though in the latter times many people will not endure sound doctrine.
As individuals, you and I can believe whatever we want; it’s arguably true that we’re all entitled to have our own personal opinions on some things. But I want to point out, if you’re maintaining the open-minded opinion that there IS life on other planets based solely on that fact that God could have created life on other planets, if He so chose – well, you’re going from what may be true, to accepting it as truth in your everyday walk. And I just caution those of you that are Christians, that you might be letting your own private interpretation come out of your mouth at times.
My goal is that you might be equipped for ministry, and therefore I feel it’s important for me to try and help you close the door to thinking like most of the world today already does, according to polls, and to encourage you to believe and teach what the Bible does say on this topic. I feel it’s especially incumbent on Christian leadership – pastors, elders, teachers – to do so, because of what the New Testament warns about will be the extra-tough judgment on teachers. And remember, Jesus said that we would ALL be judged by every idle word that comes out of our mouths. I think it’s more in line with what God HAS expressed in scripture on this topic to at minimum say that “there’s nothing in the Bible that indicates there is life on other planets” than to say “well maybe, because God can do anything” – that’s just natural thinking that doesn’t reflect anything The Bible states about the purposes of the stars, planets and other lights in the heavens. Nor does it reflect the only thing the Bible does say about life God created in the heavens – that the host of heaven are angels.
There is a bigger picture of why the Church’s answer to this question is so important. The expert, majority opinion of Christians who have studied the alien phenomenon extensively, is that what the world popularly calls “aliens” today, is in fact deceiving spirits, teaching doctrines of devils. And also that they are setting the world up for a strong delusion that will embrace the New World Order, one-world government, anti-christ ruler when he appears.
To the point, other than going against our natural thinking, what God’s word says on this topic goes against the coming Strong Delusion. The reason this strong delusion is going to be effective to deceive the world is precisely because it makes so much sense – to worldy thinking. Polls from 50 years ago, did not even reflect that 1 in 10 people believed in life on other planets, much less that it was visiting us. Now polls reflect that 6 in 10 people do, with the 17-24 year old crowd having 7 in 10 who believe in life on other planets. And 4 in 10 people believe that ET life has visited earth or is visiting it! Something’s definitely happened. It’s a Strong Delusion.
John says that the spirit of the antichrist is already at work in the world. And I believe that God has not left us defenseless in what Welsh minister IDE Thomas referred to in his UFO book as “Satan’s last great assault on humanity.”
And when you allow these doctrinally sound statements about what God has done to rule your thinking – you don’t HAVE to dogmatically say that God didn’t create life on other planets, but you can make the points above right from the Bible, and honestly say, “Everything I read in the Bible seems to indicate that He did not.”
That would be sound doctrine. That would be the words coming out of your mouth being in agreement with God’s word.
The smaller picture as to why your answer to this question is so important, is that just because you’re a Christian, sooner or later it’s very likely that some lost soul is going to come to you with their questions about UFOs and aliens, and you may have no idea how important your ready answer to their question is to them personally, or even to their eternal destiny.
I can tell you as a former abductee, that when I was 22 years old, lost as all get out and nearly suicidal from the madness these entities had inflicted in my life, that the way a Christian answered me when I brought my question about aliens to him, is why I’m here today. He didn’t know that I was a closet abductee when I asked him, but his answer made all the difference in my life. I’d be in a cult, or much worse off, if my Christian friend Leon had shied away from the truth, and given me the culturally popular answer that’s based on imagination and human reasoning, and simply told me he supposed God could do anything if he wanted.
But not every person out there in need of truth has received a solid answer of Biblical teaching from Christians and the Christian Church on this topic. For example, an abductee named Ann Brooke wasn’t so lucky.
“Ann Brooke experienced some strange events, which … caused her much distress. She is a bright, attractive, and perceptive person…
raised in a family that valued… Christian fundamentalist beliefs…
“She was unable to talk to her family about her UFO experience, which included: out-of-the body experience; near-death experience; abduction; bodily and sexual examination; and mental communication with UFO entities…”
I’ve been researching and teaching on this material for 13 concentrated years, and I just want to you to know that leaving the door open for a belief in extra-terrestrial biological life always leads to bad fruit, and New Age cult thinking.
Ann Brooke described the effects of her UFO experience as follows:
“After my experience I knew that I had been privileged with
a glimpse at something infinitely wondrous and profound…
My inner consciousness had undergone a complete and staggering metamorphosis…
Those truths I had been taught through the years by my church, family, parents, and teachers no longer were valid to me…”
– Leo Sprinkle, quoted in Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters pg 136-140, Ronald D. Story, Editor
Folks, Ann Brooke is a casualty of a cosmic spiritual war, of which there are eternal ramifications and losses.
We at Alien Resistance are here to report to you from the front lines of that war.
Continue to Part 8: The Strong Delusion and End Times Prophecy