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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Aliens

Posted by Richard on March 1, 2009

Houston asks:

Did God create extra terrestrial life?

You’ll notice that you won’t find a mention of extra-terrestrial life in the Bible. The question becomes, why wouldn’t God put information about life on other planets in the Bible? If God didn’t write the Bible to tell us if there is alien life, why did He write it?

The Bible is God’s ultimate story of redemption. From the fall to final glory, it tells the story of Jesus. The Old Testament points to the coming savior, and the New Testament tells of His ministry. Things that don’t fit into that story are not going to be covered in depth, if at all. We can reasonably assume that the existence of alien life will not affect our salvation.

Life, in fact all of creation, is purposed for God’s redemption story. The heavens and the earth will be wiped away when it comes time to judge mankind (Rev 20:11). Do you think God would create life on other planets just to blink them out of existence when its time to judge us?

There is a recorded purpose for the stars in the sky. Genesis 1:16 says the stars provide some light at night. Jeremiah 31:35 says God “fixed the order of the moon and the stars for light by night” which enables us to navigate with them, plan harvest and when to plant based on the calendar the stars provide. The appearance and position of certain stars and constellations in the night sky accurately denotes the time of year.

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Highway to Heaven

Posted by Richard on February 23, 2009

An anonymous reader asks:

What do we, as people, have to do to be able to go to heaven?

First, a little warm up. God is perfect (Psalm 18:30, Deut 34:2, Matthew 5:48). God is holy (Psalm 77:13). There are many other attributes of God, but we’ll focus on these two. Sin is unholy. Sin is the opposite of perfect. To be in heaven is to dwell with God. Needless to say, that God does not permit anything sinful in his presence (Revelation 20:10). In order to be permitted into God’s presence, we would need to be sinless.
This, for humans, is impossible. Ever since original sin, the very nature of man has been sinful. Even sinful thoughts in our minds are sin (Deut 15:9). The consequence of this sin is death, or more precisely spiritual separation from God. There is an unbridgable chasm in sin separating us from God.

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In short, there is nothing we, as people, can do (of ourselves) to get to heaven. (Romans 3:23)

Fortunately for us, God provided a proxy (that is, someone else to take our place in the punishment due to us) in Jesus. Jesus died to pay the necessary penalty for our sin, that by accepting and embracing his gift to us, we might have eternal life in heaven.
Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24, ESV)

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Baptism

Posted by Richard on January 29, 2009

An anonymous reader asks:

What do I have to know to be baptized?

Baptism, or immersion, is an outward public declaration of your inward acceptance of Jesus Christ as your personal savior. You need to know that Jesus died to pay the debt owed because of your sins, and that he was resurrected that you could have eternal life through Him (John 3:16).

Water baptism is an essential step of obedience toward Christ. He has commanded us to be baptized (Mat 28:19, Acts 2:38), and is an important declaration of your submission to Christ as your Lord.

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