Written by Ron Hutchison

Is there physical extraterrestrial life on other planets in the universe? Are we being visited by such life today? Many people firmly believe that such life exists. Some scientists tell us that we are very arrogant to think that "we are the only ones" who exist in this vast universe. There are also many people who believe that we are being visited by physical beings from planets outside of our solar system. It will be our purpose in this study to see what the Bible teaches about extraterrestrial life.

There are two things that we need to point out as we begin our study: First, there is something "built-in" to human beings that causes us to look to a superior being for salvation. This accounts for the fact that even the most primitive people on the earth believe in a "higher power."  The problem today is that many people in our world are materialist in their outlook and are looking for physical salvation.  They expect that if physical, extraterrestrial beings exist, that they will come to the earth and "save us." Could it be that our old enemy Satan is using this desire to cause people to deny God's word and look for the wrong kind of salvation - to look somewhere other than where they should be looking? It is my opinion that this is what is taking place, at least in the life of some people.  People are not looking to God's word to find a savior, they are looking to nature. They are looking to the materialistic theory of evolution.

The Second thing we need to point out is that belief in physical extraterrestrial life rests upon the foundation of the theory of evolution. If the theory of evolution is false, the belief in physical extraterrestrial life is foolish.  This is why scientists are looking for water on Mars and other bodies in the solar system and universe. They believe that life came from water on this earth, and they believe that is the only way life could have come about other places in the universe. It is all based on the theory of evolution.  If the theory of evolution is false (as I believe that it is), then scientists are searching in vain for extraterrestrial life.


There are many people throughout the world who believe that ET's exist. They believe there is intelligent life on other planets in our universe. In fact, although scientists have seen no planets other than those in our own solar system, they tell us that there are literally millions of planets in the universe that can support life. They claim that they have discovered planets outside of our solar system and they believe they exist because they can see a gravitational pull on some stars. Even if such planets exist, there is absolutely no evidence that life exists on them.

Alien life is the subject of popular television programs and movies like Star Trek and Star Wars, and such programs have become very popular with people all over the world. Some who adhere to the New Age religions actually claim they have had telepathic communications with ET's. There are others who sincerely believe they have seen alien space craft. Thousands claim aliens have abducted them. Some have even made the claim that they have traveled to the home planets of the aliens.

There can be no doubt that many others, though they may have doubts, want to believe in extraterrestrial life. But they do not want to believe in just any extraterrestrial life. They want to believe in extraterrestrial life that is more intelligent, more advanced, and more benevolent than man. They want to believe that ET's will provide a way to escape the evils and troubles that we have brought upon ourselves on this earth.


Many people have asked, "What does the Bible say about this subject?" The short answer to that question is this: It says absolutely nothing about the kind of extraterrestrial life under consideration in this question. The fact is, however, that the Bible teaches that extraterrestrial life exists. The Bible teaches that there are spiritual beings such as angels, God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ in heaven. It speaks of the Devil and his angels and demons. But it never speaks of material, physical extraterrestrial life.

Although the Bible does not address this question explicitly, that is, it does not just come right out and say there are no physical extraterrestrial beings, it does address it implicitly by teaching us that God created human, animal, and plant life only on the earth. This is the ONLY material life that the Bible speaks of!

For example, the Bible does not teach that the stars and planets were created billions of years before the earth was created. In fact, it says, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). The earth was created on the first day of creation. Yet, it was not until the fourth day that the Bible says,  Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. Then 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. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on 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. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day." (Gen. 1:14-19). Why did God create the earth on the first day and wait until the fourth day to create the rest of the planets, the stars, the moon and the sun? One possibility is that it was to emphasize the fact that the earth is unique and holds center stage in God's creation.

The Bible also teaches that the fate of the universe (of every other planet and every object in space) is tied forever to God's timetable for mankind and the Earth. The Bible teaches, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?" (2 Peter 3:10-12). What believer in the Bible can deny that the Bible teaches that this present universe with all it's many stars which make up millions of galaxies and all the planets and other objects in space will be destroyed. This destruction is based on God's dealings with people who live on this earth!

What does this have to do with the existence of extraterrestrial life? It is a fact, that this timetable and the whole reason for this destruction is based on God's plan for earthlings. I know people will speculate that God had the power to send Jesus to die for the sins of the ET's on their own planets.  But if that were so, then the Bible cannot be true, because the Hebrew writer, in speaking of Jesus dying for sin wrote, ". . . who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did ONCE FOR ALL when He offered up Himself. (Hebrews 7:27). Hebrews 9:12 says, "Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place ONCE FOR ALL, having obtained eternal redemption."  Hebrews 9:26 says, "...but now, ONCE at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself" (emphasis mine - RH).  There can be no doubt that Jesus died only ONCE for sin. Thus, to say that He died here on earth and then was sent to other planets to die for them is to take a position contrary to what the Scriptures clearly teach. Some may argue that God could have sent a different Savior to other planets. However, the Bible is clear in expressing the fact that there are only three persons in the Godhead. It also makes clear that only one of them died, and that only Jesus was qualified to die for sin (Hebrews 4:14-15). Men want to believe in a savior - an extraterrestrial who will bring salvation. Nevertheless, there is only one extraterrestrial that has ever qualified as Savior and that is Jesus Christ. He only came to THE EARTH to die for the sins of PEOPLE who inhabit the earth. The Bible says that we are to go "into all the WORLD" and "preach the gospel to the whole creation" or "all nations" (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:18-20 ASV). The "world" is planet earth. The "creation" or "nations" are people who inhabit planet earth. There's no implication anywhere in the scriptures that the gospel is for any others, or that any others even exist.  


The question arises, if this earth is the only place where life exists, then why would God create such a vast universe? Why the millions of light-years distance between the objects in space? Why so many millions of these objects, such as the many millions of galaxies that scientists have discovered? The Bible sets forth two reasons:

First, as we read from Genesis 1:14,  "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." Without the sun, moon, planets and stars, it would be hard for man to do certain things. Things like telling time, navigating, and traveling from place to place. Even from the earliest recorded history, people used the movement of stars in producing their calendars and finding their way across great distances. Some scientists believe that even some migrating birds use the constellations for their navigation.

The second great reason God created the universe as He did was to focus man's attention on God's greatness, glory and power. "The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork." (Psalms 19:1). The vastness of the universe is a tremendous expression of God's might and power. It shows how superior He is to us. The universe declares that He is greater than we can ever imagine, even greater than the spectacular creation He has created. The Psalmist wrote,  "O Yahweh, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen; even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. O Yahweh, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:1-9). The Psalmist really shows here how much God loves us. What is man that God would be mindful of him? How could a God so great and powerful that He could create this vast universe, love such a small and insignificant being as man? Yet, He does love us. He loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for our sins, and has set man to have dominion over the works of His hands.

Thus, rather than dreaming up fantasies of alien beings when we consider the vastness of the universe, we need to meditate upon the glory of God. Upon His majesty and power, and His love for us, even though we are so small in comparison to this vast universe He has created. We need to recognize that we will outlast this enormous universe - and that we will live forever - and that we ought to see the need to get ready for that day when this universe will be destroyed by the all-powerful Creator.

Yes, there is another dimension (if you want to call it that) - a place where spirit beings dwell. A place of indescribable beauty and comfort. A place the Bible calls heaven. Thus, we must not put too much emphasis upon this material universe we live in, for it's only temporary. Heaven is permanent (eternal). This universe will be destroyed someday and we will inhabit eternity. But the Bible speaks of another place in this spiritual dimension, that place called hell. A place of indescribable torment and suffering. A place to be avoided at all costs.


The real issue in all these speculations concerning extraterrestrial life, is man's desire to reject God and live the way he wants to live, but at the same time to have some hope that someone will come and save him.

The Bible makes clear that when men reject a knowledge of God they begin to look somewhere else for a substitute. "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man; and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things." (Romans 1:18-23). Man has now "progressed" to the point where he worships the things of the universe and looks for his salvation from the stars. He has rejected a knowledge of God and looks somewhere else for a substitute.

The real, overriding issue with man goes back to what it always goes back to - AUTHORITY! Whose authority are we going to respect? Who are we going to obey?

It's the authority of God versus the opinions and speculations of men. All other issues are related to and rooted in this one issue. God's word contradicts man's opinions and speculations concerning the origin of this universe, and thus life on other planets. You cannot believe the Bible and at the same time believe in the theory of evolution. You cannot reject the theory of evolution and believe in physical extraterrestrial life, because the existence of physical extraterrestrial life depends on the theory of evolution being true.

The Bible tells us that God created life on planet earth. Those who search for life in any other part of the universe search in vain. The claim for the discovery of life in the so-called "Martian rocks" by NASA scientists several years ago, and any other claims of life outside this earth, are simply attempts to explain the origin of life without God - something which cannot be done but something man has tried to do for centuries.

So, we have to decide. Am I going to accept what the Bible says about life in this universe or am I going to accept the opinions, speculations and imaginations of men? The Bible speaks of life being created in no other place but planet earth. The Bible makes clear that planet earth and in particular men who inhabit planet earth are the center of His attention and the subject of His plan of redemption.

Oh, I know thousands of people have seen objects they consider to be extraterrestrial (flying discs or flying saucers). Some Christians have seen them. I myself have seen what could be described as flying saucers. But why jump to the conclusion that such craft are extraterrestrial? Isn't it more reasonable to conclude that they belong to and were invented by men? Yes, certainly more reasonable and in harmony with the scriptures, understanding that the Bible does not teach that there are any physical, material extraterrestrial beings to build such craft.

My friends, God (an extraterrestrial being) sent His Son (an extraterrestrial being) to come to this earth and die for your sins (John 3:16). You must look to Him for salvation. You must obey Him (Matthew 7:21; Hebrews 5:8-9).

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