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Huh? Ken Ham Claims Aliens are Going to Hell So the Space Program is Just a Waste of Time

Ken Ham thinks the space program is a colossal waste of energy and cash. After all, chances are humankind will likely never run across an alien species and if they do, those non-human creatures are doomed to hell anyhow.

Besides, according to Ham, the search for extra-terrestrial beings is all just secular nonsense and a huge waste of taxpayer money (just like those pesky evolution-teaching textbooks).

“Secularists are desperate to find life in outer space” the Creation Museum founder explained, calling space exploration a “rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution.”

He also said since the Bible does not talk about alien life forms, they probably do not exist.

“Life did not evolve but was specially created by God, as Genesis clearly teaches. Christians certainly shouldn’t expect alien life to be cropping up across the universe,” he said. “Now the Bible doesn’t say whether there is or is not animal or plant life in outer space. I certainly suspect not.”

Then, he adds this bit of baffling eisegesis about alien salvation to explain while meeting an alien is not even worth it.

“You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation,” he explained.

In other words, according to Ham, even though Genesis talks about the creation of man and his habitat, aka the earth, Adam’s sin somehow managed to doom all lifeforms in the entire universe. Despite this, apparently God only gave humankind a way out of eternal damnation because God loves humans best.

“Jesus did not become the ‘GodKlingon’ or the ‘GodMartian’! Only descendants of Adam can be saved. God’s Son remains the ‘Godman’ as our Savior,” Ham continued, in an attempt to prove Martians and Klingons could never find the Lord.

Based on the alien’s inability to repent, Ham then concluded that the entire space program – and all scientific discoveries made with it – is certainly not anything ‘good Christians’ should waste their time learning or thinking about, especially when they could be doing really important things, like figuring out how humans and dinosaurs existed together on Noah’s ark.

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  • Roger N. Kirkman

    When I was a college sophomore, I had pretty much the same perspective as this Ken Ham does, as regards a connection between belief in extra-terrestrials and evolution. So, I got permission to test the students in my psych class on this, with the professor’s help in constructing an attitudes test with 20 questions on it (so that the students couldn’t guess the connection I was after).
    Once I started, I read the only book on attitude surveys available at the time. When I read something to the effect that “Many people think that attitudes are connected. The reality is that there is no connection.” I said to myself, “I”m going to regret I did this.” However, I didn’t. It was a true learning experience. The choices were five (strongly agree to strongly disagree) and there was no correlation between either answer. The only thing one could glean for sure was that more students agreed with evolution, and had no opinion about extra-terrestrials. Had Ken Ham gone to this level of enquiry, he wouldn’t look so foolish now. One expects this kind of misconstruing in a college sophomore, but not in an adult. He’s just unquestioning and has been left with few answers that mean anything.

  • Roger N. Kirkman

    This belief structure we are so unfortunate to witness is so addled that I continue. George Fox, founder of Quakerism, wrote in his journal about running into someone he described as a doctor (this is 1671) and got into a discussion with him. After a half hour, the doctor was willing to agree with Fox that women had souls (astounding enough that he didn’t believe this beforehand), but he drew the line at Indians. Nope, no way. Fox went out onto the street, found an Indian and dragged him back. Fox asked the Indian in front of the doctor how the Indian felt if he lied or did something wrong to someone. The Indian replied that he felt bad about it, in Fox’s view proof that the Indian had a soul as well. The long tirade of Ham about whether or not Klingons can be saved is just an extension of the doctor’s lack of understanding.
    Now, if I could just get this vision of Michaelangelo’s Creation, but with Adam replaced by Worf.